Monthly Archives: November 2015

Homeward Bound

TG2015I’ve been in the appliance industry for 20 years. During this time I’ve been fortunate to work for companies that truly take care of their clients and allow the latitude to go above and beyond to do the right thing. That type of freedom is something I wish for everyone.

At Aggressive I’ve witnessed an exceptional level of giving. I’ve seen it in the way we make sure we find the right appliances for our guests, do research for the right part, offer up soul warming goodies, support local businesses, and strengthen our community in hands-on ways by hosting charitable events.  This is who we are…….and it’s the place people keep coming back to for appliances for over 35 years.


Our key ingredients? A highly professional in-house delivery and install team, an award winning service department, and a sales team comprised of elite players within our industry, featuring such stars as a former brand representative, appliance store managers/owners, and people that have been doing this appliance “thing” for so long, so well, they could start their own appliance themed wiki site!

Another premium key ingredient? You! Yes, for obvious reasons, but when you walk into our showroom for the first time and that look of surprise, wonderment, and “Wow!” spreads across your face, that’s the best! I completely understand. If you’ve been here, you know. You get it. I’m so glad you do.

Good people, good things happening, and a sense of trust that if it’s possible, we will make it happen. That energy attracts good people and keeps good things going on.  I am so grateful for all the “ingredients” that make Aggressive, Aggressive.

I think what people feel when they come into Aggressive is what I feel when I walk in….Home.

The Happiest of Thanksgivings from our home to yours!


Grateful Gobbling


With Thanksgiving a week away….here are some tips, a simple recipe, and some words of comforting wisdom from our own Jim Balano.

1. Do NOT Self Clean Your Oven. That type of extreme heat could stress your oven before the big day. Please wait until after the holidays to do it.

2. Turning the Turkey Lets It Cook Evenly. Roasting a bird breast side down for at least half of the cooking time shields the delicate breast meat from heat currents in the oven and exposes the thigh meat to direct heat. The bird will need to be turned breast side up allowing the skin on the breast to brown and crisp. Roast the turkey breast side up for at least the last hour of roasting. If the breast skin isn’t browning, raise the oven temperature slightly and baste the skin with clarified butter or oil. As an alternative to flipping, cook the bird breast side up the whole time shielding the breast with foil until the last half of the roasting time.


3. Brining the Bird. Brining makes a bird juicy. Brining is soaking a whole turkey in a salt solution. The salt in brining breaks down proteins in the meat and exposes more bonding sites for water molecules, thus allowing the meat to retain more water as it cooks. During brining, a turkey absorbs 10 to 15 percent additional weight in water. As it cooks, the bird naturally loses 20 to 30 percent of its initial water content. Brining cuts the net loss in half resulting in a juicier, more tender turkey. Another plus, the salt in the brine makes the bird taste more seasoned. Pan drippings from a brined bird can be very salty, so be sure to use little to no additional salt in gravy made from the drippings. I use my larger cooler to brine the bird with ice.

4. Pies. Home made pies are the best if they are warm out of the oven. Place baked pies in the warm oven when you are ready to serve the meal.


5. Letting the Turkey Rest. Take the turkey out of the oven 30/45 minutes before carving.  Tent it with aluminum foil to keep it warm.  This allows juices to resettle in the turkey.


6. Meat Thermometer. Does your oven have a temperature probe? Set it for 165F.  It will continue to cook after you remove it from the oven. This will reduce the chance of an overcooked dried turkey.

7. Saving Tummy Room. Thanksgiving dinner has all of your family’s favorites.  Reduce or eliminate your appetizers before the meal so that you will have space in your tummy to enjoy the second helping or your mother’s pie or dessert.

8. Be Thankful. After our prayers are given, we hold hands and declare what we are so thankful for from the current year. Enjoy the company of your family and friends.


I grew up in Massachusetts with a cranberry bog in my backyard. This recipe is so simple, but so tasty…

Cranberry Sauce

Homemade Cranberry Sauce


1 cup sugar 1 cup water 1 12-ounce package Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries, rinsed and drained


Combine water and sugar in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil; add cranberries, return to boil. Reduce heat and boil gently for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Cover and cool completely at room temperature. Refrigerate until serving time. Makes 2 1/4 cups.

Science Experiments, Vacuums, and Vinegar

FD-EL23BC90KS-OEH2.tif; FD-EW23BC85KS-OLH_131_L01.psd, cool zoneAfter Doug’s blog last week I was inspired to check out the daily holidays and found that “National Clean Out Your Refrigerator Day” is just around the corner! November 15th, conveniently falls on a Sunday. This is the day to go to town tidying up fresh food preservers everywhere! Come on fellow humans! Join me in the clean party! (I sure know how to have a good time). RefDirtyWarning….each refrigerator comes with its own list of instructions on how to clean the interior and exterior. I would highly recommend reading it before you take any of my advice.

Start by removing all the science experiments, tossing anything unrecognizable, and ridding the fridge of anything that has a less than aromatic, enticing scent. Wiping down shelves and interior walls, washing drawers, and wiping down the exterior handles and surfaces, are all part of the clean transformation from “ick” to “Niiiiice!”. My personal favorite is to use a vinegar-water solution in a spray bottle and good old warm soap and water. Sure your refrigerator may smell like a soapy salad….but after a little while…the clean and freshness will come through!


If your refrigerator has a coil it’s recommended it get vacuumed. Every 6 months to a year is a good start, but let’s face it, most people don’t do that. Why not start? It will help the efficiency of your appliance and increase its life expectancy while simultaneously reducing your yuck factor instantly!

Having a clean refrigerator really is a feel-good feeling. It’s an easy and quick way to achieve a quick sense of accomplishment. Another way is to toss it and come buy a new one here!

Happy Holiday!

A Taste for Every Month


Did you know that November is National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month?  I am among the lovers of peanut butter, so I intend to participate in this month long celebration.  Thinking about National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month made me realize that as a purveyor of awesome appliances, we should observe more of these tasty celebrations.  Here are some of the great monthly celebrations and links to some recipes.  If your current appliances won’t do these ingredients justice, come in to our showroom and let us show you the latest and greatest in cooking.  We can make this month (and every month) Celebrate Your New Appliances Month.

January: Oatmeal MonthWhole Wheat Oatmeal Pancakes

February: Cherry MonthCherry Stuffed Grilled Chicken

March: Quinoa MonthMediterranean Quinoa Salad

April: Pecan Month  –  Pecan-Crusted Pork Tenderloin Pinwheels with Carolina Mustard Sauce

May: Sweet Vidalia Onion MonthHerbed Pizza with Grilled Vidalia Onions, Sausage and Mango

May is also Maytag Month.  Check back with us then for their best rebates and promotions of the year.  Yeah, there is a recipe too –  Maytag Blue Cheese Salad Dressing


June: Turkey Lover’s MonthChipotle Turkey Meatloaf

July: Blueberry MonthBlueberry Beef Burgers

August: Catfish MonthBaked Cinnamon Chipotle Catfish with Sweet Pepper Slaw

September: Honey MonthCheryl’s Baklava

October: Chili MonthMultiple Award Winning Black Bean Chili

November: Peanut Butter Lover’s MonthPeanut Butter Surprise Cookies

December: Buckwheat MonthBuckwheat Mushroom Kreplach in Dill Tomato Sauce

I hope you can celebrate the great food months with us.  Did you know that June is World Naked Bike Ride Month (only in the northern hemisphere) or that March is Mad for Plaid Month?  For more special observances and food months check out www.brownielocks.com.  Food.com says that you can celebrate a food a day, but that would make this blog too big.