Monthly Archives: March 2015

Basketballs & Dishes

With March Madness Sweet 16 happening right now….who has time to spend in the kitchen cleaning up the game dishes? Someone, or something, has to do them. If, like me, your “madness” is a dishwasher so loud it could be mistaken for an insane fan throwing pots, pans, and glasses around the house, it may be time for a new dishwasher. One of my “Sweet 16” dishwasher options to end my personal March Madness would be Fisher & Paykel. So prepare yourself for product knowledge tossed out to you with plenty of cheesy basketball puns.


Fisher & Paykel is an appliance company known well for its dishwasher drawer solutions. While they offer a whole complete kitchen appliance suite, their dishdrawers are a game changer due their unique feature set and versatility of use. Fisher & Paykel developed the idea of a dishwasher drawer when someone jumped in with a filing cabinet box and said “Hey! Make a dishwasher like these drawers!” This was in 1986 and took another 13 years for them to introduce their dishwasher drawer into the North American Market. They have continued to improve their machines throughout the years with design and engineering that includes SmartDrive motor technology.dishdrawer-2

This industry player offers one or two drawer options; panel ready or not; with or without a handle. This allows for easy pairing with any other brand as well as the whole team of Fisher & Paykel kitchen appliances. On the two drawer models you can choose separate wash cycles and temperatures for each drawer. For day to day use you can choose to run just one drawer, or use the full capacity of the double drawer to fit up to 14 place settings, easily accommodating the dinner dishes of a basketball team roster of 12. Unlike cheering fans, at 47.5 dB, it’s also quiet. They have built-in safety features such as a triple stage flood protection with a high strength hose, an overfill tub sensor, and a back-up switch that activates a drain pump. FPdishdrawerIf your eyes are glued to a game and your little one wanders into the kitchen, the child lock feature keeps their little hands from setting off cycles. The powerful motor controls water pressure in the dishwasher and is strong enough to shoot water into the air 17 FEET, a feature any basketball player, or fan, could appreciate. With a 2 year parts and labor warranty that extends to 3 years if you register online, you can be assured it will be a key kitchen clean up player for a long time.

As for me and my final dishwasher pick? I’ll get to it after the games….

Blog idea credit to the awesome Cathy Bame for bringing up March Madness. You rock!!


Super Duper Extra Special Contest

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We at Aggressive Appliances really love appliances. We are the people at parties checking out your kitchen because we want to look at the appliances you have….especially if it’s vintage with funky, groovy colors. New things come out like a smart phone activated, built-in, custom, coffee/beverage dispenser and we all “ooh & ahhh” around it. We even make sure we have the right glasses to put under it’s dispenser to make sure its magnificence is showcased properly. (this is real by the way, see it here, you appliance-geek-in-training, you)

Yes. We are THOSE people. Don’t judge us. We are not cut from typical cloth. It’s a poly/cotton blend most likely cleaned in a front load steam washer with a built-in inside light illuminating the wash cycle. And we know we are weird. But enough about us.

Who are you? What would you love to read about? We want to know!!! Who wants junk in their email? You? No? I didn’t think so. And I seriously am not interested in boring you to tears.  


You have a voice! Speak up! The world wants to hear you! And I’m here to deliver your appliance message to them!!!

How about this? You email me with an appliance/cooking/recipe/joke topic you have always wanted to read about or share with the world. I will collect your tasty ideas and pick the best idea to use in our upcoming blog articles. If your idea is selected as THE most awesome blog idea YOUR idea will be used in the very next blog article with a mention that you were the GREATEST GENIUS IDEA WINNER (after all entries are received and reviewed). If you don’t win the “Best of the Best” but your fantastic idea is used for another blog down the road you will be credited as “One Of The Geniuses With Great Blog Ideas”.

All cool ideas, the cool people with the ideas, and the cool winner with the best idea, will be announced in some extra special cool way on our blog site. This is purposely vague because I haven’t thought up exactly how to really showcase your creative brilliance….but I will.

I know, I know. THIS IS HUGE!!! It may be the biggest contest of 2015 and you’ll be part of it, MAYBE EVEN WIN IT!!! Your 15 minutes of BLOG FAME right at your fingertips!!!!

Now slice me a piece of your thoughts and send those blog ideas my way! You have some winning to do!!!!

All submissions should be sent to cvarela@aggressiveappliances.com, titled “BLOG CONTEST ENTRY”. Contest close date is April 3, 2015. All submissions will be reviewed and the winner’s idea will be used for the May 7th blog.  

RANDOM AGGRESSIVE PIC MOMENT – With spring starting tomorrow, here’s a pic of frozen Jaskot grand-kiddos, Jeremy & Jemma, and their snowy friend, graciously representing Aggressive Appliances. Team Aggressive!!!! WHOOP!! WHOOP!! 



Irish Comfort


Being of Ukrainian and Cuban descent, it makes complete and total sense that I love and crave corned beef and cabbage. Right? I can hear my inner Irish woman screaming “LOVE IT!!” With St. Patrick’s Day just days away…..here’s a simple recipe borrowed from allrecipes.com for some Irish “soul” food. Apparently it wasn’t a traditional Irish meal until the Irish came to America. Who knew? Now I do.

Some Interesting History on St. Patrick’s Day

Yummy comfort food rocks and even IF the Irish tradition only began when Irish immigrants first landed in the U.S., does it even matter? Good food is good food, and this dish is SO good. While we’re at it, why not sprinkle some shamrocks around the house in anticipation of the arrival of mischievous leprechauns bearing pots of gold who want a taste of this culinary creation?

I could use some gold.

May the luck of the Irish shine down upon you and may your lives be happy and full….just like your bellies after making this recipe…Enjoy!

Corned Beef and Cabbage

Prep Time:         10 minutes

Cook Time:         2 hours 25 minutes

Ready In:             2 hours 35 minutes

Servings:             5


3              Pounds corned beef brisket with spice packet

10            Small red potatoes

5              Carrots, peeled and cut into 3-inch pieces

1              Large head cabbage, cut into small wedges

Directions: Place corned beef in large pot or Dutch oven and cover with water. Add the spice packet that came with the corned beef. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer. Simmer approximately 50 minutes per pound or until tender. Add whole potatoes and carrots, and cook until the vegetable are almost tender. Add cabbage and cook for 15 minutes. Remove meat and let rest 15 minutes. Place vegetables in a bowl and cover. Add as much broth (cooking liquid reserved in the Dutch oven or large pot) as you want. Slice meat across the grain.


La Cornue



Aggressive Appliances displays many of the world’s most elite appliances. Within our showroom walls clients often learn about new appliance innovations or see something they didn’t know existed. One such prestigious brand we have on display here in our showroom is La Cornue.

Who are they? What is it? What can they bring to us within our own home kitchens?


If you can, try to picture Paris in 1908. Gas lighting illuminates the streets. Then imagine a food connoisseur and craftsman, passionate about technology. His focus….how to capture gas indoors for delicious French cooking. It was in this environment Albert Dupuy conceptualized and created his first gas powered oven.

While it was common to use a vaulted ceiling within hearth cooking, Dupuy took this idea and designed a vaulted ceiling oven powered by gas. The curvature of the oven shape allowed heat to flow in circular rotations, dropping and falling within the oven, creating a natural convection with exceptional baking and roasting results.

LCrangesAs the line matured, so did their offerings. Their cooktop configurations feature such choices as French plaques, gas lava-rock grills, power burners, electric plates, and gas burners. The features of why this line is a stand out product are best answered here in their FAQ section. The artistry of the line is really beautiful. You have to really see the care put into the design of their ovens. The attention to detail in every facet of these works of culinary art is at a level not seen before.

With options ranging to over $48700, physically seeing the line demonstrates why they are able to command this price level. They have options beginning at $6800 allowing every chef the opportunity to experience La Cornue’s fine culinary attention to workmanship and design. If your curiosity is piqued you can learn more about this fine line by clicking here or better yet, visit our Orlando showroom for a personal tour of our display.front-gallery-18-900x375