Thermador: RECIPES THAT WON’T DROP THE BALL ON NEW YEAR’S EVE

After all of the shopping, cooking and entertaining of the past few weeks, what better way to keep the momentum going than by throwing the ultimate New Year’s Eve party! As my personal favorite holiday of the season, nothing thrills me more than gathering with my family and loved ones over delicious sips and appetizers and reflecting on the most special moments of the year – while eagerly looking ahead at what’s to come. Whether you’re in the mood for a lowkey night in or a lavish celebration, here are my favorite New Year’s Eve recipes that guests will gush about all year long!

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As the traditional toast of choice on the big night, no New Year’s celebration is complete without champagne. But just because that’s the common cocktail of the holiday, it doesn’t mean your drink has to be ordinary. When creating my signature sip, I opt for seasonal garnishes that brighten up the bubbly! My Champagne Pomegranate Cocktail does just the trick, with a simple yet stylish touch of pomegranate seeds added to each glass. What better way to incorporate the colors and flavors of the winter season! To keep my champagne glasses perfectly sparkling, I turn to my Thermador Star-Sapphire™ Dishwasher. With the innovative Star Speed®, the industry’s fastest hot water cycle at 20 minutes, I can rest assured knowing that my guests will always be ready for another round. And, with the industry-first Star Glow, the dishwasher illuminates with vivid shades of blue or radiant shades of white that set the mood to match the occasion. How’s that for a New Year’s celebration?

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For a festive appetizer, I opt for a flavorful bite. One of my favorite dishes to serve during the holidays is Asian Shrimp Cocktail Bites. With the contrast of piping hot shrimp and cold – yet spicy – dipping sauce, it’s the perfect party appetizer. After combining my ingredients, which includes finely chopped shrimp and water chestnuts (another holiday classic!), minced garlic, slivered almonds and lemon zest, I form into balls and place on an oiled baking sheet to cook in my Thermador 30” Professional Series Oven. With the Super Fast Preheat, my oven is ready to go in less than seven minutes, so I can spend more time celebrating – not waiting. Happy New Year, indeed!

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To round out the festivities, I like to have a selection of sweets on hand. For a perfect party dessert that’s just as delicious as it is special, I opt for a Chocolate Soufflé topped with cream and berries. Made from rich dark chocolate, you won’t have to worry about this dish being left behind once the clock strikes midnight. Delightfully decadent and sumptuously celebratory, it’s the perfect way to welcome the New Year!

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Now that you have an idea of how I’ll be celebrating on New Year’s Eve, what are some of your holiday favorites? Share your thoughts with us in the comments or on our social pages: www.facebook.com/thermador@ThermadorHome and @Thermador.

Happy New Year!

 

Champagne Pomegranate Cocktail

Festive Asian Shrimp Cocktail Bites

Chocolate Soufflé Cake

Weber: 5 TIPS FOR GRILLING IN THE COLD

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Test your inner Grill Master by bringing barbecue into the winter.

CLEAN
Keep your grill, and the pathway to it, free of snow. Perform all grill maintenance to ensure safe and easy grilling sessions.

STAGE
Set yourself up for success by prepping your food indoors before grilling to save time spent outside in the cold. Keep tools and a warm plate handy, just inside the door nearest to your grill.

PRE-HEATING
Allow extra time for your grill to get up to temperature (pre-heat to 500 ̊F).

GRILLING TIME
Each time you open the lid, it adds 5 to 7 minutes. “Lookin’ ain’t cookin’!”

DON’T FORGET!
Let your food rest after bringing it indoors. Make sure your grill and fuel source are off. Close all vents on charcoal models.

Frigidaire: Abbey’s Kitchen – New Years Resolution Tricks

It’s the month following a delicious holiday season, and that can only mean two things. One, we have some serious new years resolutions. And two, we have a lot of gifted chocolate still kicking around the house.

How can you resolve this inevitable dilemma without driving yourself (and your family members) nuts? Check out my top five super easy mindful eating hacks that will trick you into eating more healthy without even thinking.

1. Prep and Portion- Right after you go grocery shopping, wash, chop and portion up some easy to grab baggies of healthy snacks. I like to make my own snack-size yogurt cups by putting ½ cup of greek yogurt into a container with ½ cup frozen berries on top. I also fill my crisper with bags of sliced bell peppers and celery. In the pantry, I portion out 1 ounce servings of almonds into baggies (about 23) and divvy up the natural popcorn into 2-cup plastic bags.

2. Rearrange the Fridge- Put all of your portioned out fruit and vegetables, low fat Greek yogurt, and pre-cooked sliced protein front and centre in the fridge so they’re the first thing you see when you mindlessly open the door. You need to make them as accessible and easy to grab as possible so that when you’re feeling impulsive, your first instinct will be to grab the baby carrots and not the pudding cup.

3. Swap Your Serving Ware- When I inherited my grandmother’s dishes, I was amazed at how small they looked in comparison to what we tend to eat off every night. But in reality, they’re not small- our dishes are just super sized! Try serving dinner on smaller plates to trick your brain into eating less because you won’t be tempted to fill empty space with larger portions.

4. Get Out of the Kitchen- A lot of people have a habit of setting up their laptop at the breakfast bar or on the kitchen table but that’s basically setting you up for a world of temptation every time someone grabs a snack. Boredom can also be a factor in mindless eating, and let’s be honest, boredom kitchen = eating as entertainment. Try to set up your mobile office as far away from the kitchen as possible. If you’re apartment is tiny (let’s be honest, it probably is), maybe think about packing up and heading to a local library. Hey, you’re not even technically allowed snacks there!

5. Serve Selective-Family Style – If you typically serve your whole meal family style at the table, consider switching up your dinner-time routine. Serve the higher calorie items like your meat, sauces and starches in the kitchen, and bring a large bowl of salad or vegetables to the table. Still hungry after your first portion? No need to go into the kitchen for more pasta, there are plenty of low-cal, high fibre veggies right in front of you to help fill you up.

So there you go- five super easy mindful eating hacks that will help you eat better this year without even knowing you’re trying.

Frigidaire – Get Rid of that Film: Easy Method to Clean Your Dishwasher

I don’t know about you, but to me it sounds like an oxymoron to clean your dishwasher. Isn’t it cleaned every time you use the dishwasher? I mean it is what the dishwasher does—wash dishes. But just like with your washer machine, soap scum can build up along with food particles and other yuck.

So what should you do to clean your dishwasher? Just follow these steps …

1. Take Out and Clean Dishwasher Parts

Take out all parts of the dishwasher that can be removed by hand. Typically dishwashers have a filter in them to remove and clean. In my Frigidaire Gallery® Dishwasher I have a fine grade and coarse grade filter, and so I only need to check and clean it when necessary if large food particles become trapped or when I notice a drop in cleaning performance. The filters on my dishwasher are self-cleaning, but when I want to do a deep clean or get out tough gunk I do clean those filters out.

Here is the gunk I found when I cleaned my filter out….I know…ewwwww!

Take them out, and clean them with warm, soapy water. You may need a sponge to get all the gunk out of your filter.

2. Wipe out the inside of the Dishwasher with Soap & Water

Gunk—everything from food particles to bits of plastic—can get stuck in on the edges of the dishwasher door, or on the walls of the dishwasher. Take a dishcloth with warm soapy water and wipe it all down well.

3. Clean and Sanitize Dishwasher with Vinegar

Make sure the dishwasher is completely empty of all dishes. Then take a dishwasher-safe cup, such as a glass measuring cup, and fill it with vinegar. Place the cup with the vinegar in the dishwasher on the bottom rack and run the dishwasher on the hottest cycle. The vinegar will sanitize the dishwasher removing any odors that linger. If your dishwasher has a lot of hard water stains you may need to do this routine more than once.

4. Clean the Outside of the Dishwasher

Once the inside is clean, next you’ll want to clean the front of the dishwasher. Start by wiping down the top of the door that meets the top of the dishwasher. Then take warm soapy water and wipe down the front of the dishwasher. Then dry it all off with a soft towel.

 

When I clean my Frigidaire Gallery® Dishwasher regularly once every 2-3 months, I find that my dishes come out sparkly clean which saves me time. No more irritating little food particles to have to rewash! And I really love the soft rubbery prongs that keep my cups from banging all around while they are getting cleaned. It’s probably my favorite feature about my dishwasher.

Cleaning out your dishwasher not only helps with odors and ickiness, but it can also help your dishwasher keep your dishes coming out sparkly clean.

Thermador: TOP 2017 TRENDS THAT WILL LAST THROUGH THE NEW YEAR

 

Oh what a year it has been! With the New Year almost here, I am reflecting on the top trending kitchen designs and ideas this year brought us. As open floorplan layouts are increasingly prevalent, I have loved how the look and feel of the kitchen continues to spill over into other areas of the home – with the colors, materials and functionality setting the tone for the rest of your living space. As we prepare for an exciting 2018, here are a few of the top design trends I loved in 2017 that I believe will carry you through the New Year and beyond.

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Designer Jon de la Cruz for House Beautiful Kitchen of the Year

 

Color

A trend that swept 2017, color will continue to make waves in the New Year. Since color sets the tone for the atmosphere of any home, even the simplest splash can completely transform a space. In 2018, edgier hues will reign supreme – with black, charcoal and deep purple shades taking over as neutrals. Minimalist pastels are also expected, as mint greens, sandy pinks and serene shades of blue are being called upon to reimagine simple, modern designs.

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Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge designer David Decker

 

Customization

Kitchen designs have evolved, creating a paradigm shift toward complete personalization. In the coming year, this trend will dominate, with customizable appliance configurations that suit virtually any cooking or design style, to personalized backsplash tiles that brighten up the space. When it comes to the latter, taking a cue from the sultry color palette of the season will serve you best, as dark tones and minimalist mix-and-match designs are most favored.

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Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge designer Shane Harr

 

As for cooking appliances, the options are nearly limitless. With the new lineup of customizable Freedom® Refrigeration Columns from Thermador, appliances can be mixed and matched to create specialized configurations with design options such as custom panels. Similarly, there’s the option to personalize the 60” Pro Grand® Range, from the cooking surface to the ovens. One trend that’s dominant across the board: sleek, modern styles leading the way.

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Metallic Accents

From fixtures to finishes, metallic accents will be all the rage in 2018. While mixed metals have been a key feature of 2017 kitchen designs, the new year will bring gold, brass and copper to almost everything from hardware, to appliances, to gadgets, to furniture. While the warm finishes add a touch of luxury to the space, the shimmering accents also blend beautifully with many kitchen colors and designs and create an ultra-lavish feel.

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Thermador Kitchen Design Challenge designer Ilivette Hidalgo-Nilsson

 

Now that I’ve given you my personal take on 2018 kitchen trends, I’d love to hear how you plan to incorporate them in your kitchen designs in the new year! Share your thoughts with us in the comments or on our social pages: www.facebook.com/thermador@ThermadorHome and @Thermador.

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This blog was originally posted by Stephanie Moore on the Thermador Blog