…decorations of red on a green Christmas tree…

Feeling festive? Let these gorgeous RED appliances inspire you to get in the holiday mood.


Danby: The Art Of Dishwasher Loading


Before You Begin

As a beautiful painting begins with a sketch, the art of dishwasher loading requires preparation. Give your dishes a bit of hands-on cleaning before you load them. Scrape loose bits of food into the garbage, being careful not to cause scratches.

Time is of the essence. The longer food sits on your dishes, the harder it is to wash off.

You can leave some food behind but remember – the bits you leave behind don’t just vanish. Any food stuck on your dishes falls into the dishwasher’s drain, where it can build up and cause repugnant odors.

The art of dishwasher loading

With preparations in place, it is time to begin your work.

In the art of dishwasher loading, less is more. If you stack your dishes, the water won’t reach the ones on top. If you place them too close together, they won’t all get enough soap and water. Leave enough space between dishes and don’t overload your dishwasher. You remove the flatware basket to make more room.

Every dish has its place. Plates and bowls belong on the bottom rack, with the dirty side facing inward. Stagger large and small plates to ensure the best coverage. Pots, pans, and casserole dishes also go on the lower level, angled downward. Place cups upside down on the top rack, angled downward to keep water from pooling on the bottom. Large pans and platters should be tucked along the sides and back of the bottom rack where they won’t block the others from getting covered.

Plastic pieces, like Tupperware and children’s dishes, take special care. Place them on the top rack with your cups, far from the heating element below. Small plastic utensils can be kept together in a mesh bag to keep them from falling through the rack.

What not to wash

Dishwashing is an intimate affair – not everyone’s invited. Gold and silver-plated utensils should never go in the dishwasher, as detergent can damage them. Hot water and detergent can also compromise the coating of non-stick pans. Cleaning cast iron cookware needs special care, and wooden utensils can crack, split, and warp in the dishwasher.

Remove sticky labels from new dishes before they go in for the first time. Labels can peel and break up in the dishwasher, clogging the drain and spreading residue on your glassware. Once you’ve mastered the art of dishwasher loading, you can sit back and admire your work – sparkling clean dishes with every wash. Great art starts with a great canvas.

Danby offers a variety of compact, utility-driven dishwaters for every home. From small countertop models to built-in options, there’s one to suit your unique needs.  Shop Danby at TA Appliances and Barbecues 


This post originally appeared on the Danby blog. 

Knock knock, it’s LG InstaView™ Door-in-Door® Refrigerators

Raid the Fridge Without Losing Your Cool

InstaView™ Door-in-Door® refrigerators have a sleek glass panel that allows you to see inside the easy access door without letting the cold air out. Simply knock twice on the glass to illuminate the contents within.


Meet Your Coolest Match

With a variety of options including French 3-Door and 4-Door models, you can find the InstaView™ Door-in-Door® refrigerator that fits your kitchen perfectly.


A Fresh Look

“Food grazing” is easier than ever with the LG InstaView™ Door-in-Door® refrigerators. Experience the convenience of seeing what’s in the fridge without even opening the door, reducing cold air loss to help keep food fresher, longer.


Extend Food Freshness

Door-in-Door® with the ColdSaver™ Panel significantly reduces cold air loss by keeping it where it matters most — on the inside. More cold air means means more peace of mind that food will stay fresher for longer.


Space When You Need It

LG large capacity refrigerators have extra room for food storage, with convenient organization for all of your family’s favorite foods.


Discover LG at TA Appliances and Barbecues 

Broil King: 5 Reasons Why You Should Grill Your Holiday Turkey

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Tis the season for eating Turkey and if you are one of the growing number of chefs thinking about grilling your holiday bird, here are 5 reasons to help convince you why you should.

  • Flavor – what grilling is all about.   You can’t beat the flavor, texture or aroma of a grilled turkey.  Grilling also allows you to add another layer of flavor by adding smoke to the grilling environment.
  • More room in your oven.   Cooking your turkey on your grill leaves lots of oven space for other delicious menu items like scalloped potatoes and pumpkin pie.
  • Clean-up is a breeze.    If you grill your turkey you won’t have a roasting pan to soak and scrub – but you can still use a disposable roasting pan to catch drippings for gravy.
  • Impressive presentation – a beautifully grilled turkey with golden-brown, crispy skin is sure to impress your friends and family.
  • Create a separate space – On a warm Thanksgiving day, some of your guests will certainly want to see what all the fuss is about – let them gather around the grill and offer up some appetizers in your outdoor space.

It’s that simple.

Here are some helpful links for getting started:

Grilling Turkey –  Rotisserie Method

Grilling Turkey – Convection Method

Turkey on the Smoker 

Iron Chef Night at Distinctive Appliance

At TA Appliance, we’re always finding new and innovative ways to connect our design partners, trade alliance group & consumers with the latest appliance trends. Distinctive Appliance is the perfect venue to discover the latest (and greatest) in appliance trends. With brands like Bertazzoni and Blomberg, this premium facility is a must-see for any designer.

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We invited interior designers for a special industry night at Distinctive Appliance alongside Foodies on Foot. In an “Iron Chef” format, we split up into teams to create a delicious appetizer and main dish using the feature ingredient of the day – shrimp and salmon.

Thanks to the wonderful team at Foodies on Foot, we had all of the ingredients ready and spread out with us and our teams were ready to cook in the live kitchens at Distinctive Appliance. With 6 teams in total, each team had only 30 minutes to present our panel of judges with their delicious dishes.

The kitchen was all fired up and the competition was fierce. Each team worked together to make their best shrimp appetizer along with a delicious salmon entree.

At the end of each round, our panel of judges sampled each entree and appetizer and chose our winning team! Thank you to all of our participants that joined us during this special evening.

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The real highlight of the evening was the gorgeous showroom at Distinctive Appliance & the hands-on experience that our attendees were able to have with such amazing appliances.

About Foodies on Foot http://foodiesonfoot.ca/ 

Foodies on Foot™ is an award winning food events, catering, PR, and promotions company, headed by food media personality, Steven Hellmann. From private streetcar food tours, to exclusive classes and to secret dining experiences with the top Chefs and the most creative people in the food industry, Foodies on Foot™ is dedicated to creating unique and trend setting food experiences with a heartwarming approach of connecting people through their passion for food.
Distinctive Appliances operate premium facilities in the greater Montreal and Toronto areas. Although our state of the art showrooms do not sell directly to the public, we offer the best in product education and demonstrations. A guided tour through our lineup will help you match your requirements with the product that will not only meet your discerning needs, but cater to your whims.