Electrolux Fall Warmers: Delicious and Warming Harvest Vegetable Soup

 

The temperatures are dropping and my people need warming up. We’re coming in from the cold, it’s already dark, and we’re tired and hungry. We need something to eat and a big bowl of soup is just the ticket.

Hearty, nourishing, and comforting, a meal-in-a-bowl is where it’s at when the leaves begin to fall.

Soup is one of the joys of life. I love making it, I love eating it, and even better, I love serving it to my family.

Why? Here are 5 reasons I think soup is Soup-er:

1. It’s the perfect after school snack. After a hard day of learning, what your kids need is a big bowl of nutrition. Load up on veggies, beans, lentils and other power ingredients, and they’ll be raring to go when it’s time for homework or after school activities.

2. It’s a healthy pick-me-up at any time of day. Forget cheese and crackers, bars, boring apples, or other processed snacks. Heat up a bowl of soup and fill their bellies with essential nutrients and brain food.

3. It’s easy. Anyone can make it. You can’t really go wrong when making soup. Plus, once the chopping is done, it basically cooks itself. Win/Win.

4. It’s the ultimate Make Ahead Meal. I always make a pot of soup on Sunday or Monday and keep it in the fridge. This way, my kids can heat up a bowl any time they want a little nosh. Not one to waste, I store tubs of homemade soup in the freezer too. That way, if I haven’t had the chance to make a fresh batch, we can take out the container in the morning and place it in the temperature controlled drawer of our Whirlpool Five Door Refrigerator to defrost, and voila! Soup’s on, just in time for dinner.

5. It’s like magic. Remember the book Stone Soup? It’s true. Even when my fridge seems devoid of dinner options, I can rustle up a delicious and filling meal as long as I keep the basics like carrots, celery, and parsnips in my Whirlpool Triple Crisper System. Seriously, there’s always a pot of soup in my family’s future. The automatic humidity control keeps my produce fresh and organized, so everything’s there for me to whip up the dinner in a flash.

The easiest soup recipe is vegetable-based, since it keeps and freezes so nicely. To up the nutrition (got to make sure they get enough protein, you know…) I add pulses and beans. I make my own blend of lentils from the bulk food store, and sometimes I add split peas or barley too. For added fibre and bulk a can of chick peas or 5-bean mix will do the trick.

The beautiful thing about vegetable soups is that anything goes, as long as you’ve got carrots, celery and onions or leeks, you’ve got soup. From that starting point, throw in whatever you’ve got in the fridge, add a beautiful loaf of bread, and you are literally done like dinner.

Serving my family a steaming bowl of soup seems like the simplest thing in the world. But, to me it’s not. Chopping, sautéing, stirring, ladling it up—all of those actions show that I care about them. That I care that they eat and that they’re satisfied and happy.

If food is love, soup is the warmest expression of it. Don’t you think?

 

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Harvest Fall Vegetable Soup

Ingredients

2 tbsp coconut oil or vegetable oil

2 large leeks, rinsed well, halved, and sliced thinly

2 cups sliced and diced carrot

1 cup sliced and diced celery, plus 1 /2 cup chopped celery leaves

1 cup peeled, sliced, and diced parsnip

2 medium zucchini, quartered and sliced

2 cups diced butternut squash

1 1/2 cups mixed lentils or pre-mixed soup blend (lentils, split peas, barley), rinsed till the water runs clear

8-12 cups of liquid (organic vegetable stock or water, or a combination of the two

1 can beans of your choice, rinsed well

Salt & pepper to taste

2 large dried bay leaves

 

Method

Heat the oil in a large stock pot or dutch oven on medium high heat. Add the leeks and cook till they’re soft, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. Add the celery, parsnip, and carrots and cook another 3 minutes until the vegetables are beginning to soften. Add the lentils and stir to combine. Add 8-10 cups of the liquid of your choice, reserving the extra in case the soup is too thick. Toss in the bay leaves and season with salt and pepper (Don’t over-season. You can always add salt, but you can’t take it out.)

Bring to a boil, and simmer, covered, for about 30 minutes. When the lentils have begun to soften, add the zucchini and butternut squash. Stir to combine and continue to simmer another 20 minutes or so. Add the beans and continue to simmer until they’re heated through.

Serve topped with toasted pepitas or sunflower seeds and top with croutons if desired. Add crusty bread and a nice cheese for the perfect evening in front of the fire.

 

Broil King: Grilling With Apples – 4 Perfect Recipes for Fall

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Fall is in full swing & that has us excited for all of the wonderful fall ingredients that will be arriving at our local farmers markets –  including crisp delicious apples.

Below are just a few of the great ways you can add this fall treat to your grilling menu.

APPLE PORK TENDERLOIN CROSTINI

GRILLED SWEET POTATOES WITH SAUTÉED APPLES

APPLE ROASTED ROTISSERIE CHICKEN

APPLE CRISP

Find more tips and grilling recipes at http://www.broilkingbbq.com

KitchenAid: THE ART OF MAKING GOOD COFFEE

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For many of us, coffee is the first thing we turn to in the morning to jump start the day. It’s also the medium that brings us together with family and friends, slows us down to enjoy a few minutes with a book in a favorite chair, and gives us the afternoon energy to keep going.

There’s also an art and entertainment value in the actual process of making coffee. While the end result—a warm mug of black nectar—may be what we desire, we can also learn to enjoy the art and even science behind making a really good cup of coffee.

Here are my favorite ways to make an incredible cup of joe, while also enjoying the process that goes into making that cup.

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

Grind Beans Before Making Coffee

The best cup of coffee is always achieved by using freshly-roasted coffee beans and grinding the beans just before you brew. There are many ways to grind coffee beans (hammer, stone and chisel or a spice grinder), but you’ll always find that a burr grinder is a baristas top choice for grinding beans.

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

Beyond just the taste difference, grinding your own beans allows you to be in complete control of the entire coffee-making process. The KitchenAid® Burr Grinder features 15 different grind levels, allowing you to achieve the perfect grind for your preferred coffee-brewing method.

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

Weight Matters

A scale allows you to achieve the perfect ratio between coffee beans and water, whether you (and your guests) like a lighter brew or a darker brew. A weight measurement keeps your coffee-brewing consistent—every gram counts!

The KitchenAid® Digital Scale Jar Burr Grinder Accessory allows you to weigh your grounds as they come out of the Burr Grinder so you don’t have to worry about weighing out just enough beans ahead of time. This means you can keep coffee beans in the Burr Grinder at all times. You’ll always be ready to make coffee.

In order to determine how many grams of beans are needed to make coffee, consult the KitchenAid manual that comes with your coffee maker.

Once the freshly-roasted coffee beans/grounds are weighed (according to the manual instructions), it’s time to make coffee using your favorite method. There are many ways to make a good cup of joe. Let’s talk about a few of my favorites.

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

Hands-On Coffee

The KitchenAid® Precision Press Coffee Maker is a simple way to enjoy the hands-on process and control of making coffee.

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

The Precision Press Coffee Maker doesn’t use a paper filter to separate the coffee grounds from the coffee. Instead, the coffee grounds are steeped in the water, resulting in a tiny amount of grounds in the final coffee. This results in bold, flavorful coffee.

You can also use the Precision Press Coffee Maker to weigh the amount of coffee grounds and water to your ratio preference. The timer also lets me time my brew time perfectly.

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

Hands-Off, Pour Over Coffee

Most weekday mornings in my home are quite busy. There’s very little time for slowing down when lunches need to be packed, breakfast needs to be served, and children need to get ready for school.

Even in the busyness, I can still enjoy really good coffee, and even enjoy the art of making it with the KitchenAid® Pour Over Coffee Brewer.

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

The Pour Over Coffee Brewer allows me to enjoy a cup of coffee that tastes similar to a hands-on, pour over method, but in a fraction of the time due to a one-touch automatic button. And the Pour Over Coffee Brewer makes up to 8 cups of coffee—enough coffee for multiple people. That’s something most traditional pour over methods can’t do.

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

Artistic Coffee

If you’ve ever been to a fancy coffee shop or spent time perusing coffee videos on YouTube, you’ve probably seen the siphon method used to make coffee. This method is incredibly entertaining to watch.

Siphon coffee brewing is not only a beautiful process to watch (and we eat/drink with our eyes first), but it also produces incredibly smooth-tasting coffee thanks to a traditional, immersion vacuum brewing technique.

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

The KitchenAid® Siphon Coffee Brewer allows me to get back to using this traditional method with a simplified, automatic approach.

The Siphon Coffee Brewer isn’t a coffee brewer I reach for on a daily basis (that’s where the Precision Press Coffee Maker and/or Pour Over Coffee Brewer come in handy). Rather, it’s a statement coffee maker—one that’s brought out in our home when we want to really enjoy the artistic beauty of making coffee or entertain our guests and serve them a cup of joe at the same time. 

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

Cold Brew

Cold brew is my beverage of choice most afternoons, along with water. Making cold brew is a fascinating process, that calls for steeping coffee grounds in water for about 16 hours (give or take a few hours for taste preferences), and then removing the grounds from the now concentrated coffee.

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

The KitchenAid® Cold Brew Coffee Maker allows me to make cold brew easily using a stainless steel steeper basket and glass storage container. Once the steeper is removed from the coffee (after the steeping time), the glass storage container is kept in the refrigerator and the coffee is ready to be enjoyed all week long.

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

The Art of Making Really Good Coffee

How about you? Do you have a favorite method for brewing coffee? What about the method do you love—the flavor, the experience, the beauty of the process?

*The Contributor of this post has been compensated by KitchenAid for this post, but this post represents the Contributor’s own opinion.*

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Thermador AUTUMN EATS: SUMPTUOUS SEASONAL RECIPES

Autumn has officially arrived, and I can’t wait to make the most of the seasonal harvest! From apples to pumpkins, the fall flavors are making their grand entrance, and they can be prepared in an assortment of ways: boiled, baked, steamed, sautéed and beyond. As the precursor to the holiday season, this time of year brings plenty of guests to my home, so I often find myself in the kitchen. In planning for the perfect fall feasts, I’ve gathered a savory selection of my favorite recipes. These delectable dishes pack a flavorful punch!

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There are few things I love more than entertaining, so I always look forward to preparing elaborate dinners for my family and friends. One of my favorite recipes to make is a succulent roasted pork. Made with a combination of savory seasonings and fresh autumn fruits and vegetables, the tender meat soaks up every flavor of fall. With an exceptional lineup of fresh ingredients, I rely on my Thermador 36-Inch Built-In Fresh Food Column to keep everything preserved until cooking time. For my fresh-from-the-garden apples, carrots and butternut squash, the Delicate Produce Bins provide the perfect storage solution. To see to it that my dish is prepared just right, I turn to my Thermador 48-Inch Pro Grand Dual Fuel Steam Range. With 27 Easy Cook® food programs, the pre-programmed modes automatically set the oven temperature and humidity to ensure perfect cooking results. Your pork will be impeccably roasted and tender to the taste!

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It wouldn’t be autumn without pumpkin! Nothing captures the warm essence of the season quite as well. From lattes, to muffins, to soups, to desserts, pumpkin is the ultimate fall super food. With its versatile flavor and smooth texture, it’s no wonder this fruit remains the leader of the pack! One of my can’t-live-without pumpkin recipes is Toffee Crunch Maple Pumpkin Cupcakes. Perfect for any occasion, these cupcakes pack sweet and spicy flavors. To bake, I return to my Thermador 48-Inch Pro Grand Dual Fuel Steam Range. Topped with a velvety cream cheese frosting and crisp toffee bits, these tasty treats won’t be around for long!

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Of course, no meal is complete without a cocktail. For a delicious seasonal sip, I opt for the Autumn Cocktail – a rich mix of bourbon and apple. With its sweet yet fiery flavor and warm caramel-colored hue, it’s the perfect note to end your evening on.

For a closer look at my fall-harvest favorites, check out the full recipes below. Make sure to share your thoughts with us in the comments or on our social pages: www.facebook.com/thermador@ThermadorHome and @Thermador!

 

Autumn Cocktail

3 oz bourbon

6 oz unfiltered apple juice

½ teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail mixer or shaker

Serve over ice

 

Autumn Roast

Toffee Crunch Maple Pumpkin Cupcakes

 

This blog originally appeared on Thermador: http://www.thermador.com/blog/autumn-eats-sumptuous-seasonal-recipes/

Home has a new Hub – enter to win a Samsung Family Hub Fridge

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Whether you’re having people over or spending some serious time in the kitchen, the Family Hub™ is there with your favourite music and TV shows. Stream music with the built-in speakers and mirror your SmartTV to the vibrant touchscreen of the Family Hub™ so you won’t miss a second of the action.

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Weber: HOW TO PREVENT RUST ON CAST IRON GRATES

 

59d3b3718868d_Grates.jpgMany of our grills come with porcelain enameled cast iron (PECI) cooking grates and they are incredibly popular. The heat retaining properties of cast iron makes it easy to produce impressive, bold sear marks on whatever it is you may be cooking. The porcelain enamel makes them easy to clean and maintain, but there are some things you may want to consider doing in order to make sure they last as long as possible.

#1) Avoid scraping the grates. The porcelain enamel does a good job of protecting the grates, but if you scrape them with metal tools you could damage the porcelain. Way before I worked at Weber I used to use the edge of my BBQ spatula to scrape the grates clean while I was grilling. Now I think back to how many times I had to replace my grates and it all seems so clear what was happening.

#2) Brush the grates. The easiest and best way to make sure your PECI grates last as long as possible is to brush them every time you use the grill. Just preheat the grill on high for 15 minutes with the lid closed and then brush the grates clean with a Weber Stainless Steel Grill Brush. Click here for a video on how to clean cooking grates. The video shows stainless steel grates, but the cleaning instructions are identical for PECI grates.

#3) No soaps with citrus. Washing PECI grates in a sink usually isn’t necessary, but if you find yourself with a reason to do so try to avoid using any soaps with citrus cleaning agents in them. They can promote corrosion. You can soak the grates in hot water to remove stubborn particles and then use a mild dishwashing liquid and nylon/soft abrasive pads or brushes. Make sure you use a soft cloth or paper towel to thoroughly dry the grates when you’re done. Letting them air-dry can also promote corrosion.

#4) Consider the environment. If you live near a body of saltwater or have a pool really close to your grill you may need to consider keeping your grill covered. Cleaning your grill and cooking grates more often is also recommended. Vapors from both saltwater and pool chemicals can have a corrosive effect on grills in general, and that also applies to PECI cooking grates.

If you show your PECI grates a little bit of love they’ll return the favor