Designer Spotlight: Edit Kasza of Edit Design

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Meet Edit Kasza (left) of Edit Design, with her ecstatic client Ann from Ayr, Ontario. Edit was born, raised and worked as an economist in Hungary. She lived in the Netherlands for 18 months before emigrating to Canada in 1990. There, she decided to go back to school to pursue her life long dream of interior design. Edit obtained her degree at Niagara College then moved to Cambridge, Ontario- Where she established Edit Design.

Edit has been grateful to have the chance to work with builders in a fast-pace environment, as well as high-end custom kitchen cabinet companies to achieve an immense amount of experience before she opened the studio in Galt. Edit’s years of experience, natural creative abilities and problem-solving skills help individuals and professionals achieve a gratified design experience from beginning to end.

Edit’s favorite style of design is Midcentury Modern. Our designer likes a clean look, using unique design elements and keen attention to client’s needs and details. Her design featured substantial amounts of cabinetry, while incorporating built-in appliances to utilize space.

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Cabinets by Muskoka Cabinet Company, Ottawa
Door Style: Terus Graphite
Color: Graphite
The project in Ayr was a large open concept ranch-style house. We created a “hard working kitchen” incorporating modern high-tech appliance, exposed wood and mixed rustic elements and lots of practical storages. Edit’s favorite part of the design was the “baking station” designed for the husband to make his delish homemade pasta and baked goods.

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The project incorporated beautiful built-in Miele appliances. The built-in application is becoming more popular and for good reason. The panel-ready refrigeration matching seamlessly with the cabinetry, to the induction cooktop and built-in steam oven and wall oven combination are not only space saving, but modern, sleek and efficient.

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“There is no better time to eliminate mistakes than before they happen, therefore I believe that the well-planned design solution is the foundation for a successful project. Clients are reassured that they are receiving independent unbiased advice from an expert designer. Clients who choose our project management service enjoy the ultimate convenience of having an independent industry professional working directly for them, ensuring that standards are high and value is achieved. “ –Edit Kasza

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Counter Tops: Stonex – Caesar Stone White Attica
Floor: Refinished by Len Koebel Flooring

We asked Edit what her biggest challenge was, she responded “the biggest challenge was to update the kitchen to compliment the beautiful existing interior while keeping the integrity of the house.” Edit partnered with her TA Appliance Specialist Emilie Bailey to ensure end to end designer experience, and selected the best product fit for the clients. You can contact Edit Design Inc (519) 240-9242 or online editdesign.ca

Edit partnered with TA’s Sales Professional Emilie Bailey. Emilie enjoys working with designers to meet the needs and dreams of clients. She has over 15 years in the appliance industry, with extensive knowledge in built-ins and a uniquely comprehensive knowledge of what is both possible and available to customers. Emilie is able to work with clients to optimize both the product’s function and footprint for their kitchen design. To contact Emilie, you may can email- ebailey@taappliance.com or call 519-578-0300 ext.3221

Danby Advice: How to Properly Dispose of a Fridge, Mini-Fridge or Freezer

There are several ways to safely and properly dispose of a fridge, mini-fridge, or freezer. The right choice for you will depend on the condition of the appliance and the recycling facilities in your area.

Fridge recycling

Whether you’re upgrading to a new model, throwing out a broken fridge or downsizing to apartment-size appliances, here’s what you should consider when disposing of your old fridge or freezer.

Can Refrigerators Be Recycled?

The short answer is: yes. Refrigerators and freezers contain recyclable glass, plastic and metals. However, certain parts of a fridge must be recovered and disposed of properly before the rest of the appliance can be recycled.

  • Refrigerant: The compressor and evaporator coil contain a chemical compound called refrigerant. Refrigerants contain toxic, ozone-depleting chlorofluorocarbon (mainly in fridges manufactured before 1995) or hydrofluorocarbon, which contains greenhouse gases. All components containing refrigerant should be properly reclaimed and disposed of by a professional.
  • Insulation: Many refrigerators manufactured before 2005 contain foam insulation made with ozone-depleting substances. These appliances should be dismantled and reclaimed by a professional.

How to Properly Dispose of a Refrigerator or Freezer

It’s never safe to remove compressors, refrigerant or insulation from a refrigerator yourself. Leaving an it on the curb isn’t a good idea, either, since you’ll have no way to ensure it will be disposed of properly.

The safest, most responsible way to recycle or dispose of a refrigerator is to ask for help from a professional. Many organizations will help you properly dispose of a fridge for free; others will even reimburse you.

To find out how to properly dispose of a refrigerator in your area, check the following local resources:

  1. Municipal waste management may offer a curbside appliance collection program on certain days of the year or pick up the refrigerator from your home on request.
  2. Local electrical or gas utilities may run appliance recycling programs. Those that do often offer incentives to donate appliances for recycling.
  3. Transfer stations/waste management facilities may have the resources to properly dispose of a refrigerator on-site, if you have a way to transport it there. Call ahead to find out before you go.
  4. Your state or provincial government will likely have a website with information on appliance disposal in your area. Some have their own recycling programs as well.
  5. Private companies offering refrigerator pick-up and disposal are an option if no public resources are available. Be sure to verify that the company will properly dispose of the appliance first.

How to Properly Dispose of a Mini-Fridge

Just like full-size refrigerators and freezers, mini-fridges contain insulation and refrigerant that should only be handled by a professional. The same guidelines for safe fridge and freezer disposal also apply to a mini-fridge.

If your local waste facility or appliance collection program takes fridges, it’s likely that they’ll dispose of a mini-fridge as well. However, since mini-fridges are easier to move by yourself, they may not offer the convenience of curb-side pick-up.

Donating an Old Fridge or Freezer

Various charities accept old refrigerators as donations so long as the appliance is working (and not moldy or excessively dirty). Many can even arrange to pick it up from your home. However, there are a few things to consider before donating:

  • If the appliance has been in storage, test it before you donate. The refrigerator may not be working as well as it did (or at all) when you last used it. This simple step will save the charity the trouble of recycling a broken refrigerator.
  • Depending on where you live, you may be eligible for a tax receipt for your donation. If you’re not sure, it doesn’t hurt to ask!
  • Be mindful that older refrigerators are less efficient than newer models. While donating a refrigerator for resale is generous, but it can also contribute to increased energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions. Weigh the benefits of recycling vs. donating and decide which option is right for you.

We hope this guide clarifies what you need to consider when it comes time to properly dispose of your refrigerator, mini-fridge or freezer. Enjoy your new appliance!

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THERMADOR TRANSFORMS THE LUXURY CULINARY EXPERIENCE WITH REVOLUTIONARY NEW COOKING APPLIANCES

Since 1916, Thermador has been synonymous with exceptional. We introduced America to the cooktop, rolled out steam and convection ovens and opened the door to personalization with column refrigeration. Now, Thermador is transforming the culinary experience even further with the introduction of highly innovative new cooking appliances, spanning two distinct, newly designed collections: Masterpiece®and Professional. Breaking the boundaries of innovation, design and technology, the statement-making new appliances elevate the ultimate entertainer’s experience, building a personal connection in a way like never-before.

Freedom® Induction Cooktop

Exclusive to the Masterpiece® Collection, the revolutionary Freedom® Induction Cooktop boasts the largest fully usable cooking surface on the market within its class. With 30-inch and 36-inch models, the entire surface of the cooktop can be used as one large cooking area – with the 36-inch model allowing for up to six pots or pans to be heated simultaneously in any position and controlled using an enhanced full color touch screen with clear, vibrant displays.

For the exceptional cook who enjoys unparalleled freedom of movement, the Freedom® Induction Cooktop sees to it that there is no need to manually adjust settings – the cooktop automatically detects the presence of cookware on the surface and transfers all programmed settings to the next location whenever it is shifted, offering more responsiveness and flexibility – ideal for the ultimate entertainer who’s juggling multiple dishes for the dinner party.

The cooktop also boasts a bevy of smart, intuitive features that elevate the luxury cooking experience. When paired with the Home Connect™ app, the Cooktop Hood Sync feature allows cooks to enjoy synchronization between the cooktop and matching hood for task lighting and ventilation for select models. Additional features such as Freedom Sapphire Glow™ provide visual feedback when a pot is moved or heated, further enhancing your culinary adventure, while Freedom MyZone™ allows you to change a preset power level simply by moving a pot or pan on the cooktop – ideal for bold recipes that require frequent temperature changes. Transcending culinary limits, the Freedom® Induction Cooktop pulls out all the stops.

 

Convection, Steam and Speed Ovens

With the newly designed convection, steam and speed ovens, Thermador introduces a collection of cooking appliances that cater to a variety of culinary endeavors – with exceptional innovation baked right in. Spanning two distinct styles – Masterpiece® and Professional – the luxury ovens serve as the perfect sous chefs for exceptional cooks. All-new convection ovens boast a multitude of preset modes, allowing ultimate entertainers to perfect even the most adventurous recipes – while the groundbreaking new steam ovens feature a large steam capacity of 2.5 cubic feet with 30” width and multiple racks. A multi-faceted appliance, the all-new speed ovens combine convection baking, broiling and microwaving into one powerful unit. No matter your culinary preference, your Thermador oven is sure to stand out – empowering you to express yourself through your culinary creations.

For exceptional cooks who prefer a modern, sleek and refined look, the Masterpiece® Collection boasts an elegant aesthetic – complete with stunning metallic gray glass, vibrant color displays and sleek, contemporary handles crafted with high-quality stainless steel. For a look that makes a grand statement, the Professional Collection exudes bold features and bright color displays, striking metallic gray glass and distinct handles crafted with high-quality stainless steel. Equally jaw-dropping, both Collections offer complete design flexibility, with the option for flush or standard installation – so you can seamlessly integrate your oven into the way you live.

The Thermador Connected Experience by Home Connect

Because enhancing the luxury experience is always top of mind, Thermador is building a personal connection with you in a way like never-before, with the ultra-innovative Thermador Connected Experience by Home ConnectThe Thermador Connected Experience takes consumers on an exceptional culinary journey by connecting them to exclusive content, unique partnerships and customized product guidance. With features such as Remote Start and mobile notifications, you can cook smarter from the Home Connect™ app and know when your culinary creation is hot and ready to enjoy. The app will also give you access to a world of culinary inspiration, including exclusive recipes, control from your mobile devices and remote diagnostics for the ultimate user experience.

With the statement-making new cooking appliances, Thermador delivers a one-of-a-kind culinary experience that truly embodies luxury living.

Blue Star: PREP & ENTERTAIN WITH EASE: SEAMLESS COOLING TO COOKING

Home cooks are always seeking new tools to enhance and refine their process, to produce the best results. At BlueStar®, our goal is to equip every home cook with appliances that maximize performance and efficiency in their home kitchen.

We have the honor of working with America’s best chefs, and rely on their experience to fuel real innovations that make cooking better everyday. Their challenge to us: make the transition from prep to cooling to cooking easier. They wanted a lot: zero transfers, less bowls to clean, easy movement, plus the ability to serve prepared chilled courses.

The full extension shelf in the 36-inch Built-in Refrigerator from BlueStar

Our answer was the full extension shelf in our 36” Built-In refrigerator; which not only made it easier, but seamless. Now home cooks can start a recipe by mixing ingredients on a sheet pan, then store it in the refrigerator or freezer and then move directly to the oven without transferring – and then back to refrigerator or freezer before serving. They can proof breads and pizza doughs before using our artisan bake stone. They can make salads, appetizers and desserts for guests ahead of time and pull them out, ready to serve. Engineered and designed to compliment your cooking process, this leading innovation not only improved how they cook at home, but connected a hallmark of BlueStar’s appliances – accommodation of commercial-size sheet pans, now, for seamless cooling to cooking.

The full extension shelf in the 36-inch Built-in Refrigerator from BlueStar

Keeping the idea of smooth transition in mind, BlueStar’s 36” Built-In refrigerator comes with articulating hinges, allowing the tray to fully extend, saving you from unnecessary contact with the door’s shelving. Built with commercial-grade stainless steel and glass it provides a sturdy, flat surface for organization.  With award-winning, industry-leading features, our refrigerator will enhance your cooking experience, and bring chef-level results at home.

Renowned pastry chef and bread baker Zoe Francois showed us just how effortlessly this all works together with her delectable profiteroles. Easily baked and filled with ice cream in advance, the profiteroles can be kept on a sheet pan in the freezer until you are ready to serve.

Profiteroles from Zoe Francois
Prep time: 1 hour
Baking time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

Pate a Choux Dough:

  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature

Ice Cream of your choice

Ganache:

  • 8 ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 8 ounces bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons corn syrup

Directions:

To make the cream puff dough:

  1. Piping dough with All-Star Baker Zoe FrancoisPreheat oven to 375° F
  2. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper or silpat
  3. Bring the milk, water, butter, sugar and salt to a rapid simmer.  Dump the flour in all at once.  Stir with wooden spoon over low heat.  The dough will come together as a smooth ball and the bottom will have a skim of dough stuck to it.
  4. Remove the dough from the pot and place in a bowl of stand mixer, fitted with paddle attachment.  I love these beater blade paddles with the rubber sides, so you don’t have to scrape down the bowl.  If you don’t have one, then scrape down the bowl after each egg.  Add the eggs one at a time, mixing well after each, until it comes together in a smooth paste.
  5. Profiteroles from All-Star Baker Zoe FrancoisIt will be thick enough to hold its shape, but thin enough to pipe easily.
  6. Fit a pastry bag with a large round tip and pipe the dough into quarter sized balls.  If there are points stickup up on the ends just wet your finger and smooth them out.  Place the sheets into the oven and bake for about 10 minutes, until they are puffy, but have a little color.  Quickly rotate the trays from top to bottom and back to front.  They may deflate a touch, but don’t worry, they will puff again as they continue to bake.  Bake for an additional 7 to 10 minutes or just until they start to turn golden.
  7. Profiteroles from All-Star Baker Zoe FrancoisProp the oven door open with a wooden spoon and continue to bake for about 5 more minutes.  Remove from oven and allow to cool completely before filling.  They can be made ahead and frozen for up to a couple of weeks.
  8. Once you are ready to assemble the profiteroles cut the pastry open along the sides with a sharp knife.  Scoop ice cream into the pastry shells.  Freeze until ready to serve.

To make the ganache:

  1. Heat the cream to a simmer.  Add the chocolate, swirl the pan to cover the chocolate with the cream and allow to sit for 2 minutes.  Gently stir the cream and chocolate together.  You don’t want to whip too much air into it or it won’t be smooth and shiny.
  2. Drizzle over the profiteroles to serve.

Profiteroles from All-Star Baker Zoe Francois