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Is New Technology Great?

JennAirWifiOven5Can you remember a time when you had to wait for the 11 o’clock news to get the sports scores? Have you ever had part of a song lyric in your head but couldn’t remember the whole song?  Or been in the grocery store and didn’t have the list of ingredients for the recipe you want to make?  Can you live without your smart phone?  With Google in your pocket, we can have a world’s worth of knowledge available anytime.  If you take your phone or tablet with you to the kitchen, you can look up recipes or cooking techniques with ease.   WolfWallOven2

I almost never reference a cookbook anymore.  Pretty soon, you may not even need to power up your phone or tablet to be a better cook.  We now have at least four brands of ovens (click on any of the pictures to go to their sites) with some pre-programmed smart cook functionality and at least four brands that are offering limited wi-fi connectivity to control or check your oven remotely.

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I said “at least” because new models are being announced or rumored all the time. If you don’t cook a prime rib regularly, you may forget what temperature to set the meat probe. A smart oven has that built into it.  Just pull up the smart cook function and tell it that you want a medium rare prime rib and the oven does the rest.  Today’s most advanced ovens have settings for beef, pork, poultry, baked goods, and many more foods.

DacorWalloven A few days ago we installed Jenn-Air’s new oven.  It has their second generation advanced touch controller with photos of food built in.  If you don’t know the difference in medium and medium rare, the photos show examples of each.JennAirWifiOven6

The interface is now easier to use and they have added app controlled Wi-fi connectivity.  I installed the app this morning and without touching the oven, I changed the touch screen image, turned on the oven, and set the timer.  The advantage is that you can start the pre-heat while you are at the grocery store or turn off the oven that you forgot before you left the house.

JennAirWifiOven2Come by and we can show you the advanced controllers from Jenn-Air, Miele, Dacor and Wolf. Be sure to bring your phone so you can play on one yourself….just make sure you turn off the oven before you leave!

Investing in Camouflage

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I tried to buy an integrated refrigerator…but I couldn’t find one. (My appliance version of the joke “I tried to buy a camouflage shirt but couldn’t find one”). Exactly what DO refrigeration and camouflage have in common? A whole lot! Kitchens today are disappearing into cabinetry to create seamless, integrated looks. When opening any kitchen cabinetry door or drawer don’t be surprised if you find perfect produce, creamy milk, or fine wines. How can you make a great investment in your home with the appliance industry’s version of camouflage?

Most products we buy (think cars and boats) begin to depreciate drastically the moment they’re put into service. There are however a few products that not only hold their value, but in fact enhance the overall value of a home. Integrated refrigeration is one such product. Integrated refrigeration is virtually indistinguishable from your custom cabinetry. These products can be designed into your kitchen with incredible location flexibility. Here are pictures of several units as captured on an iPhone 6. Pricing is MSRP* (Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price).

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Pictured above….Sub-Zero 18″ all freezer column IC-18FI $6430, 30″ all refrigerator column IC-30R $7105, 18″ wine storage column IW-18 $5595

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Pictured above….Gaggenau 30″ freezer column RF471 $7499, 30″ refrigerator column RC472 $7049, 24″ wine storage RW464 $7699.

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Pictured above….Monogram 30″ refrigerator/freezer column with convertible drawers both with full refrigerator door ZIC30GN $6999, or a glass refrigerator door option ZIK30GN $7499

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Pictured above….Thermador 30″ refrigerator column T30IR800 $5499, (not pictured, but on our floor) 24″ freezer column with external dispenser T24ID800 $5499

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Pictured above….Miele 18″ freezer column F1413Vi $6049, 36″ refrigerator column K1903Vi $7195

The idea and most of the blog content provided by Jerry Jaskot

This Little Griddle of Mine, I’m Gonna Let it Shine

VikingChrome-1The day before Thanksgiving it was kind of quiet in here right after 12 noon. I’m sure you were all busy cooking, prepping, or sitting in stand still traffic. This was the perfect time for us at Aggressive to play on our appliances. We are prone to do that from time to time.

One of the reasons our customers benefit from our mostly live showroom is we play on the appliances and tell them about what we like about them. We test out their cool features AND eat too many of the tasty results, often. Eric and Doug treated us to peanut loaded cookies and homemade sausages on this particular Thanksgiving Eve. It should be noted this place is a serious threat to my waist and worth every calorie…

The reason I bring up their willingness to feed us is that I was most impressed by how Eric cooked up the sausage. He first defrosted it in the Miele steam oven and then griddled it up on the Viking  ViChrome™ Griddle.

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This griddle is quite impressive!!!! The result was a juicy and tender sausage inside, but crispy and browned on the outside. Perfection! So tasty and fresh. You would never have known it was frozen from 2014!!!! Since the griddle is “thermostatically” controlled it gives off even heat and temperature across the whole surface. That heat stays on the griddle so you aren’t heating up the kitchen, just the food.

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Anyone who loves cooking also knows cleaning up is not an ingredient of that joy. Once cooled, this griddle is easy to lift off the range and carry. The non-stick grease catch also comes out with no problem. Bring all the pieces to the sink, soap up, and done! All cleaned up! It’s mirror-like, chrome finish is beautiful, will not discolor over time, and is why it is so easy to clean.

If you happen to be in the area and want play on this range, or any other appliance, let us know. We would be happy to sample your creation!

Fun in the Kitchen

Today’s subject: Fun in the kitchen. Men, get your minds out of the gutter and think appliances, specifically dishwashers. A man shared with me that he and his wife don’t own a dishwasher and actually visit while they do the dishes (by hand). No, his name wasn’t John Boy Walton, but for the rest of us it’s more likely a struggle between wanting to cook a healthy meal at home, and really hating to make a mountain of dirty dishes and utensils. If this is your struggle then your solution is simple- obtain a good dishwasher. Oh yeah, and while your new machine is quietly doing the cleaning you should ask your spouse how their day was.

Here’s a few of my dishwasher recommendations to meet a variety of budgets:

Miele (see video) Models ranging from $899-$2,299

General Electric GDT720 (see video) (with bottle wash jets, also great for cleaning smoothie glasses) starting at $899

Bosch SHX7PT55UC $1299 (see it here)

KitchenAid models starting at $699 (built like tanks!)

Whirlpool WDF520PADM starting at $399 (see it here)