Wolf Gourmet Recipe: A Soup For The Season


Soup season is year-round for us. Mason jars of soup show up in the office fridge on a regular basis, and there is an occasional line for the microwave around noon. We swap soup recipes regularly and experiment with new flavors on the weekends. Bring us a loaf of crusty bread, and we’re set. Some would say we are soup obsessed, and it may be true. When you can blend and pour a hot soup in six minutes, the possibilities seem endless. Using sautéed or roasted vegetables expands the flavor profiles even further. Cooler evenings and the arrival of fall mean soups take on a seasonal turn, bringing back pumpkin as well as potatoes and squash.

There are plenty of varieties of squash to choose from to make a satisfying soup for a cool fall day. Butternut squash is one of our favorites.

Use a chef’s knife to cut about one inch off both ends. Stand the squash up on the bigger end and carefully cut the skin off, and cut in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and membranes, then cut into pieces. If you are short on time, you can find peeled, precut squash at most grocery stores.

It roasts up nicely, smells wonderful, and can be further enhanced by additions from sweet to savory, both with excellent results. We took the savory route, adding seasonal herbs and bacon into the blender with the roasted squash for a hint of smoky flavor.

Hanging out with fellow food enthusiasts, we can geek out over something simple like garnishes. The crispy shallots are definitely worth the effort; they add a textural finish and contrast to the rich, velvety soup.

  • 6 slices thick-cut bacon diced, divided
  • 1 medium butternut squash peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 1 small yellow onion chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt divided
  • 1 cup canola oil or other neutral vegetable oil for frying
  • 2 large shallots thinly sliced
  • 3 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh sage
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped fresh thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Pinch of dried crushed red pepper
  • Preheat oven to Roast 400°F. In the baking pan, toss together half of the diced bacon, all of the squash and onion, olive oil and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Roast until squash is tender, 25-30 minutes. Set aside.
  • Heat a medium skillet over medium heat. Add remaining half of the diced bacon and cook until well-browned and crispy, about 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, heat 1 cup of canola oil over medium-high heat until it registers 275°F on a deep-fry thermometer. Add the shallots and cook until golden brown, about 5 minutes. Transfer the shallots to a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside.
  • Add chicken broth, heavy cream, sage, thyme, remaining ½ teaspoon kosher salt, black pepper and crushed red pepper in the order listed. Add the roasted vegetable mixture. Select Soup setting and press start. Once the cycle finishes, serve immediately with reserved crispy shallots and bacon.

13 Scary-Good Thermador Features to Boost Your Halloween Bash

Halloween is all about costumes, tricks and treats and bobbing for apples, right? Wrong! Halloween is a fun and festive holiday for culinary enthusiasts to get creative, throw a big party and shine like the star (g)hosts they are.

There’s a lot that goes into planning a party, from preparing the menu, to selecting décor, to putting together guest lists and playlists – and making it all happen flawlessly is no easy feat. The host with the most can rest easy knowing Thermador offers a “lucky 13” array of products and features to help throw a spook-tacular party!

Star Burner

1. ExtraLow® – Melting chocolate or caramel for candied apples has never been easier! Set your Star® Burner to ExtraLow® and let the magic happen. The burner will cycle on and off, maintaining the perfect temperature for delicate sauces without fear of scorching or ruining them as you entertain guests.

2. PowerBoost® – Want to boil water quickly for your famous deviled eggs? The PowerBoost® feature heats cookware faster than any other type of cooking technology and cuts down time for meal prep.

Induction Cooktop

3. Freedom® Induction CooktopDon’t be afraid to pull out your oversized cookware this Halloween. This intelligent appliance recognizes the size, shape and location of a pot or pan, so you can easily cook enough for a large crowd.

4. Steam OvenNo kitchen is complete without the power of steam. Easily roast your pumpkin seeds AND your veggies for light and delicious side dishes.

5. Professional GrillBOO-hoo? Says who? Just because summer is over doesn’t mean you can’t make grilled burgers or fish part of your fall

6. Warming Drawer – You’ve worked hard to prep the perfect meal for your friends and family – keep it warm and ready to go using the Thermador Warming Drawer.

Micro Drawer Microwave

7. MicroDrawer MicrowaveThe best part of fall is sipping on warm drinks that keep your hands toasty. Hang on to that feeling and reheat your guests’ hot tea, cocoa or apple cider all night long!

8. Bar Mode – For guests that prefer a cooler refreshment, make sure to keep them frightfully chilly using the Bar Mode setting on the under-counter Double Drawer Refrigerator.

9. Super Freeze – From hot to cool to colder – the Super Freeze option on Thermador freezer columns will ensure your party’s boozy pops are quickly frozen to perfection.

Wine Bottles

10. Wine Columns – Don’t spook guests by running out of wine. Thermador wine columns are equipped with dual temperature zones to keep every vintage red or white varietal chilled to perfection. A wine column in every room will also ensure a drink is always within reach!

 11. Diamond Ice – Regular ice cubes melt quickly—and they’re frightfully boring. Splash some Diamond Ice into your guests’ cups, and your cocktails will stay bone-chillingly cold all night long.

12. Fully Automatic Built-In Coffee MachineBring those tired souls back to life with a jolt of caffeine. There’s no reason your party has to end when your guests can enjoy a delicious cup of coffee at the touch of a button.


13. StarSpeed™Don’t be scared to run out of plates and glasses. With StarSpeed™, the industry’s fastest washing cycle clocking in at just 20 minutes, you can serve delicious food and drinks again…and again…and again!

Now that we’ve got prep and execution under control, it’s time to get your party started. Have a monstrously good time!


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Blue Star Recipe: Spice Rubbed Pork Chop with Polenta & Romesco

When Chef Bobby Flay was designing his home kitchen he wanted to create a space that would rival what he can do in his restaurants.  That is why he chose the professional-level power and performance of the BlueStar Platinum Series for his NYC home.  From the searing 25,000 BTU burners to the extra-large convection oven that can fit a full-size sheet pan, he says his 60” gas range is the closest thing he can get to a professional range at home.


Bring the flavors of the Mediterranean into your kitchen with this Spice Rubbed Pork Chop with Polenta and Romesco Sauce recipe from Chef Bobby Flay’s New York City restaurant Gato.  This recipe is big on flavor thanks to its unique spice blend.


Spice Rubbed Pork Chop with Polenta & Romesco

Serves: 4


  • Olive oil
  • Canola oil
  • 3 large roasted red peppers, peeled, seeded and chopped, drained and patted dry
  • 1/3 cup marcona almonds
  • Ciabatta bread, cut into small cubes
  • 1/4 cup golden raisins, soaked in water and drained
  • 2 ancho chiles, soaked in hot water, drained, stems and seeds removed
  • 4 plum tomatoes
  • 5 cloves garlic
  • 3 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • Honey
  • 2 teaspoons harissa paste
  • 2 teaspoons Calabrian chile puree
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  1. Heat a few tablespoons of oil in a large saute pan over high heat.  Add the peppers, cook until lightly golden brown, and remove to the bowl of a food processor.  Add more oil, fry the almonds until golden brown, and remove with a slotted spoon to food processor bowl with peppers.  Continue frying each ingredient separately and adding to the bowl up until the garlic cloves.
  2. Add the vinegar, honey, harissa and Calabrian chile paste and process until smooth.  Add more olive oil if needed and season with salt and pepper.


  • 3 cups homemade chicken stock or mushroom stock or low sodium canned chicken stock
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 cup medium grind polenta
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup romesco sauce, recipe above
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  1. Bring stock and milk to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat, add the salt.  Slowly whisk in the polenta and continue whisking until it begins to thicken.  Lower the heat to medium-low and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until thickened and soft, about 25 minutes, adding more stock or milk if needed.
  2. Remove from heat, stir in the cheese and fold in the romesco.


  • 1/4 cup finely chopped parsley
  • 1 large clove garlic, finely chopped to a paste
  • Olive oil
  • Finely grated zest of lemon
  • Finely grated zest of orange
  • Kosher salt and pepper
  1. Combine in a bowl and season with salt and pepper

Spice Rubbed Pork

  • 3 tablespoons Spanish paprika
  • 3 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 3 tablespoons ground dry mustard
  • 3 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground fennel
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • Canola oil
  • 4 pork chops
  • Chervil leaves, for garnish
  • Chive oil, for garnish
  1. Combine the spices in a small bowl.  Remove the pork from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking.  Season the pork on both sides with salt and pepper and rub one side with the spice rub.
  2. Heat a few tablespoons of the oil in the pan over high heat until almost smoking.  Put the pork in the pan, rub side down and cook until a crust forms, about 4 minutes.  Turn the chops over, reduce heat and continue cooking to medium-well doneness, about 5 minutes longer.  If pork is thick, finish in a 400 degree oven for about 8 minutes.  Remove to a cutting board and let rest for 5 minutes before cutting.
  3. Add polenta to plate, then place pork chop on top.
  4. Place dollop of romesco sauce on top of the pork chop.
  5. Garnish with gremolata, chive oil and chervil.

Thermador: 5 Star Products to Look For

By now you must’ve heard this is the 100th anniversary of Thermador. We’ve learned a thing or two about product innovation and kitchen design over the decades, and we’ve produced some amazing – and groundbreaking – appliances. It’s tough to pick favorites, that’s like asking a mother to decide which of her kids she loves best. But for now, we’ll highlight a few of our shining stars.

Thermador Refrigerator

  1. Keepin’ It Cool

After spending time at a local market selecting colorful, crisp and delicious seasonal ingredients, would you want anything less than the best to keep them fresh? The exceptional array of Thermador refrigeration columns are designed to keep ingredients fresh & easy to find, with features like bright LED theater lighting inside, storage drawers that can be programmed to preserve particular items at their optimum temperatures, air that flows through the doors so you can keep items like milk there, and more. We know one size doesn’t fit all when it comes to preservation needs, so we’ve designed our refrigeration options to empower culinary enthusiasts to mix and match our refrigeration columns with our wine and freezer columns to create a completely customized Culinary Preservation Center. These can be installed in timeless stainless steel – OR – they can be outfitted with custom panels to match the surrounding cabinetry, or a unique material that will turn the unit into a work of kitchen art.

Thermador 60-Inch Range

  1. Bigger & Bolder

Cooking is at the core of what Thermador is about, which is why our cooking appliances continue to heat up the American kitchen after all these decades. For our centennial year we are proud to introduce the 60” Pro Grand® Range Collection, taking cooking personalization to the next level. This incredible range allows home chefs to select what surface and oven combinations works best for their personal cooking and entertaining style. On the surface pick from a Dual Zone Griddle or a Professional Grill and griddle combo, and for the ovens choose from two convection ovens or a convection oven with a steam and convection oven and warming drawer. Once the chef picks their configuration, they’ll soon find that with the amazing design and size of this appliance, three is never a crowd – as many as three cooks can seamlessly use the appliance at one time!

Thermador 60-Inch

  1. Steam It Up

Thermador introduced steam and convection ovens in 2010, and reheated pizza just hasn’t been the same since (thankfully!). Cooking with steam continues to grow in popularity for the numerous benefits associated with it. Thermador steam and convection ovens give culinary enthusiasts all the benefits of cooking with steam combined with the power of convection – all in one appliance! Moist and flavorful meals, perfectly browned meat, healthier cooking and tastier leftovers are just a steam away!

Freedom Induction Cooktop

  1. A Taste of the Future

Cooking without boundaries, can you imagine it? Thermador did and the Freedom® Induction Cooktop came to life in 2012, taking induction cooking to a whole new level (and, not to brag, but we have over 30 international patents on it). This incredible appliance is so smart that it can intelligently recognize the size, shape and position of the cookware to deliver exception cooking performance. Can you top that?

Under Counter Refrigerator

  1. A Piece for Every Room

We’re all about big and bold, but we also love to make smaller spaces have big impact. For our 100th year we balanced the release of the big and bold 60” Pro Grand® Steam Range with a selection of under counter refrigeration– the ideal complement to our full-sized line of culinary preservation columns. Whether you are looking to install a Double Drawer Refrigerator in your bedroom for drinks and midnight snacks, or a Wine Reserve Refrigerator in every room of your home so a sip of wine is always nearby – we’ve got you covered.

Thermador Kitchen

Beautiful appliances are kind of our thing, and we’re so proud of the products we’ve created over the last 100 years. Stay tuned and check back in often…you never know when we’ll announce the next big thing!

Plan a Frigidaire Kitchen Remodel in 5 Easy Steps


If you’re thinking about remodeling your kitchen but you’re not sure where to start, integrate these 5 simple steps to get the kitchen you want at the price you can afford.

Step 1: Evaluate Your Current Kitchen

Before you begin, make a list of what you like and dislike about your kitchen. If you’re going to renovate, it’s important to determine what you want to achieve with your renovation. Consider things like layout, space utilization, functionality…etc.

Step 2: Collect Inspiration

Bypass those spontaneous design choices and “on-a-whim” purchases; instead, collect inspiration images of timeless trends that won’t go out of style. Flick through magazines, scroll the web, or browse different lifestyle blogs, and see what catches your eye. Keep in mind; some design trends are mere fads. Stick to design elements that won’t be out-dated.

Step 3: Build A Budget

When renovating a kitchen, it’s very important to set up a budget. Decide how much you want to spend, and stick to it! Be prepared to review the costs before investing. This may seem like a daunting task, but will save you time and money in the long run.

Step 4: It’s Time To Design!

Do you want a new kitchen that accommodates your family, is highly functional, and reflects your home décor style? We suggest sitting down with a designer to develop a layout before you finalize everything. Make sure your needs are met and the design is exactly what you want before you start to develop.

Step 5: Choose Appliances

Kitchen appliances can make up one of the largest investments in your home. New appliances can create an instant update to any kitchen, thus adding more value to your home. Before making any decisions, start by doing a little homework. What do you like and dislike about your current appliances? Is your existing appliance always smudged with fingerprints? Frigidaire Gallery® offers Smudge-Proof™ Stainless Steel that resists fingerprints and is easy to clean!

Your kitchen will go through many different steps throughout the remodel. By following these steps you’ll get the perfect kitchen that’s right for you and your family.

Crown Verity: Natural gas or propane? What’s better? It depends.


Natural gas or propane? What’s better? It depends.

Roughly two-thirds of the grills on the market today use propane although natural gas is rising in popularity and is actually cheaper to buy and use long-term.


The major advantage of using propane is the portability option. You can move your grill to virtually anywhere you want because the tank travels with the unit. Propane also burns hotter than natural gas (2500 BTU’s vs 1000 BTUs), which some grilling purists believe is one of the most important factors to keep in mind. Propane is considered to be environmentally-friendly because there’s no lead, has low GHG emissions and produces water vapor and carbon dioxide.

On the other hand, there is the expense and time associated with having to take a tank out to be filled up and returned. (Nothing throws a cold towel on a great event faster than running out of propane just as the party’s kicking in to high gear.) Some people believe propane also creates a “wet heat” which can negatively change the texture of the food being cooked. And because propane is heavier than air (natural gas is lighter than air) it stays lower to the ground, in a more concentrated form and for longer periods of time. This makes it more dangerous in situations where fires or sparks can occur.


Convenience, cost and environmental impact are three key points to keep in mind when considering natural gas. For starters, you’ll never have to worry about running out of gas, since your fuel is always on and accessible. Natural gas is also cheaper than propane and is considered to be a greener gas because it burns cleaner.

But there are some other factors to bear in mind when looking at natural gas. The main one is that your grill will not be portable because it’s fixed to the gas line. You might be able to get a flexible gas pipe although this still won’t give you much mobility and could present other issues at the same time. You’ll also need a professional to install the line and to hook up your grill, so your up-front costs could be high, particularly if you live some distance from a natural gas main. And, finally, as a general rule, most natural gas grills are more expensive than propane grills.

So if you’ve been wondering which one you should choose – propane or natural gas – take heart in knowing that they are both great options for grilling and will deliver excellent results. What it comes down to is being aware of your grilling expectations and how your choice of fuel will have an impact on them.

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