Friday, October 6, 2017

Pros and Cons of Double Oven Ranges

One of the most popular trends in the appliance world today is the double oven range. Its rise in popularity can be attributed to the desire for cooking multiple dishes at separate temperatures. But, does the hype live up to its functionality? Let us look at several pro's and con's of this category of ranges.

1. Big oven with "quick use" secondary oven 

Most double oven ranges include one large cavity oven, with a capacity ranging from 3 cu. ft. to 5 cu. ft. This large oven is capable of handling large dishes such as roasts. Ranges with this size of oven also include what I call a "quick use" oven. The reason I have given it such a name, is because of its small size it allows you to cook everyday items quicker. The size of these secondary ovens range from 1 cu. ft. to 2.6 cu. ft. Don’t let the size scare you as they will accommodate most casserole dishes. 

2. Cook your whole meal at the same time!

With these dual ovens you now have the luxury of cooking all your items at the same time. When my lovely wife and I cooked (without our double oven, of course) our biggest complaint was having to wait for the lasagna to finish, before we could cook the rolls! With 4 boys screaming and fighting, being able to have the food ready 15 minutes earlier saved us a few headaches. Not to mention, our rolls came out amazing because we could cook them at a higher temperature.


1. Side effects may include the need to see a chiropractor!

One down side to the big lower oven is its proximity to the floor. With the secondary oven typically on top, the lower oven is forced lower to the ground. We have found that larger items, which are typically only in the bottom oven, are burdensome to pick up. By consequence you may be left with a few backaches! I recommend using proper lifting techniques with this style of oven (bend your knees).

2. Upper oven requires some getting used to. 

The upper oven is much smaller and closer to the heating elements inside the oven, therefore making the way it cooks very distinct compared with single oven ranges. We burnt the first half-dozen frozen pizzas as a result.  However, there is an easy fix by lowering your cooking time by about 10%. 

These are only a few pros and cons I have experienced firsthand with the double oven ranges. Manufactures have released many different options that may solve these issues. My best advice is to try before you buy, bring in your heavy dishes and play with the features. Best of luck!

Let us know if you have any follow-up questions about double oven ranges. Give us a call today!

Friday, September 22, 2017

Burn 100 Calories in 10 Minutes!

If you have a hard time fitting exercise into your busy life, this workout is for you! All you need is ten minutes and you can start getting fit and seeing results in no time! You can burn 100 calories in just ten minutes’ time by circuit training with this workout that can be done anywhere including your home or on a break at work. Get ready to say goodbye to flab and start looking fab!

10-Minute, 100 Calorie Workout

     Run in place, high knees- 30 seconds
     Jumping jacks- 30 seconds
     20 pushups
     20 crunches
     Mountain climbers, 30 seconds
     Plank, 30 seconds
     Squats, 30 seconds

Repeat the circuit as many times as you can in 10 minutes for a 100-calorie burn! As you get stronger you will be able to complete the circuit more times in a ten-minute period. If you have longer than 10 minutes to devote to your workout, see if you can double up for a 20-minute workout that will burn 200 calories!

One of the biggest problems with working out is never being able to find time to exercise. Between your children, home, work and social life, it can be tough to spare a whole hour to devote to a fitness class or jogging. This workout is quick, effective, and will make your whole body feel great! Try it out and let us know what you think in the comments section.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Learn How to Make Heavenly Crab Cakes

Chef Mark is here to teach you a few tricks to make perfect sauteed crab cakes. Use your cooktop or range to cook this recipe in a skillet. There are some great techniques to help you make your patty into a cylinder looking patty. Chef Mark also goes into details about how to saute your crab cakes instead of frying them. This is a healthier option that still gets that golden brown crispness that you want.

Here are the ingredients that are used in this video:

  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Lemon
  • Sauteed Onions 
  • Sauteed Green Peppers
  • Crab Meat
  • Panko Bread Crumbs
  • Mayonnaise
  • Mint Parsley

What other food items do you want to learn how to cook better? Leave it in the comments section.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Have you seen Black Stainless?

For two years now, black stainless has been the industry’s strongest selling alternative for buyers turned off by traditional stainless because of its inherent fingerprints and smudges.

Black stainless is stainless steel, but it’s protective coat and modern finish resists the gooey smears and eyesores that can ruin the look of traditional stainless. And like traditional stainless steel, the black stainless matches just about every cabinet type without compromising modern style or even that professional look.

In the past, various alternatives to traditional stainless have fizzled out because they lacked the wow-factor or a healthy selection of models and features. But almost overnight, black stainless is enjoying support from Samsung, LG, and Kitchen Aid- and not just on their freestanding products or entry models. Black stainless is also available on wall ovens, professional hoods, and other built-in appliances.

Its darker hue is not as reflective as traditional stainless steel or as generic. It’s not industrial. It’s modern. Black stainless can be mixed and matched with traditional stainless or black appliances, chosen for an accent piece, or used to tie in other design materials in the kitchen. The hue is open for interpretation. Some have described it as a warmer option while others have praised it as more of a statement.

Stainless steel is not going out of style- it’s the color choice for more than 70% of new appliance purchases. But a shift in style and taste is certainly occurring. Fittingly, the last time multiple brands simultaneously supported a new appliance color was when traditional stainless steel was introduced.

If you love the look, but are tired of the upkeep that comes with traditional stainless steel, don’t write off the new black stainless. It maybe the alternative you’ve been waiting for.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Oatmeal: The Original Superfood

In today’s health-conscious society, “superfood” is a buzzword that gets bandied about a lot. By definition, a superfood is a food that has an abundance of astounding health properties and is good for you in a number of ways. Oatmeal, once looked upon as a bland, somewhat boring breakfast choice, is actually a powerful superfood in its own right, and should be given the respect it deserves. Here are some ways that unassuming, quiet oatmeal is actually a superfood in disguise. Be sure to incorporate some oatmeal into your diet today!

Oats have long been linked to lowering the risk of heart disease. This is because of avenanthramide, a bio-active antioxidant compound that is as beneficial as it is hard to pronounce. Researchers have found that avenanthramide can keep arteries clean, prevent fatty buildup and reduce your overall risk of heart disease and cancer, and it can be found right in your morning bowl of oatmeal!

In addition to an impressive 6 grams of protein per cup, oatmeal is packed with important nutrients such as folic acid,  vitamin B, manganese and magnesium. These nutrients are all beneficial to your overall health and wellness.

If you are trying to lose weight, you’ll be interested to know that oatmeal helps stave off those hunger pangs for much longer than another type of breakfast food. Because oats are considered “low-glycemic carbohydrates,” it takes your body a while to fully digest and absorb them, which means that you will not feel hungry again for a while after eating a 150-calorie bowl of oatmeal. Additionally, children who eat oatmeal every morning were found to be 50 percent less likely to be obese than children who ate other breakfast foods, according to a study in the National Post.

Packed with 4 grams of fiber per cup, oats contain enough fiber to reduce cholesterol by as much as 23 percent. The fiber found in oatmeal, beta-glucan, works as a cleaning agent for your intestines, scrubbing them out and reducing constipation. Not only is fiber important for maintaining a healthy cholesterol level and digestive tract, but it is also able to reduce heartburn in people who suffer from GERD (gastroesophageal reflux disease).

Now that you know how oatmeal can work for you, all you have to do is figure out how you like to eat it best. Have a delicious oatmeal-based recipe? Share it in the comments.

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Let's Hear it for Hummus!

Over the past decade or so, hummus, a once-obscure Middle Eastern garbanzo bean dip, has become one of the most popular dishes in the United States. Whether you are at a backyard barbecue, a baby shower, or an upscale eatery, you are almost certain to come into contact with at least one hummus-inspired appetizer or entree. It’s no wonder- not only is hummus relatively simple to make at home, but it also has a surprisingly high number of health benefits. Here are a few facts you should know before you make hummus a staple in your diet.

It’s a great source of protein. People who prefer plant-based protein in their diet will be happy to know that hummus is a particularly protein-rich food. Vegetarians and vegans can use hummus as one of their primary sources of protein and rest assured that they are getting enough of the essential building block that improves the overall health of our skin, bone, muscle and blood.

It can help lower cholesterol. If you are on a low-cholesterol diet, or if you simply wish to live a heart-healthy lifestyle, hummus can be the key. Since hummus’ primary ingredient is garbanzo beans, also known as chickpeas, it is a food that can help keep your heart healthy, as all beans contain nutrients that can help lower cholesterol. However, make sure to avoid store brands of hummus that are high in sodium if you are really looking to keep your heart as healthy as possible.

It can improve bone strength. Since garbanzo beans and tahini, the two main ingredients in hummus, contain calcium, hummus is a particularly good food choice for post-menopausal women looking to maintain their bone density and avoid osteoporosis.

It’s loaded with iron. Chickpeas and tahini (a sesame seed paste) are good sources of iron, which helps oxygenate red blood cells. Anyone with an iron deficiency will be happy to know that eating hummus can help combat their anemia and get the boost in their iron intake that they need.

Have any other fun health facts about hummus? Please share in the comments section.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Cooking with Chef Mark: How to Julienne Fine Cut Carrots

Ever wonder how to get super thin vegetables? It is actually easier to cut yourself than you think. Chef Mark is here to demonstrate how to get the Julienne (super thin) Cut carrots. Care about your food and have great knife skills for food preparation for an amazing meal for your family and friends.

 With a little practice and patience, you can make your vegetables super thin just as though you were a famous restaurant chef.

What special knife skills do you have that make your meals at home special? Share it with us in the comment section.