It still feels like summer outside, but fall is imminent, which means a reprieve from the heat, the start of a new school year, and before you know it, the holiday season. Lazy summer afternoons by the pool are in short supply now as we head into the new season, and we’ll trade those lazy afternoons for more hectic schedules filled with commitments to our colleagues, families, and school and neighborhood committees.
Are you passionate about food and cooking? What is it that keeps your love of cooking fresh? Are you inspired by quality ingredients, original recipes from your favorite celebrity chef, or perhaps your kitchen?
If your kitchen isn’t helping ignite your passion for cooking, perhaps it’s time for a kitchen upgrade. You may not even need a full kitchen remodel, simply a new platform from which your culinary creations can take form. Continue reading →
Some of us live our lives in pursuit of beauty. We’re admirers of nature, art and design. It goes without saying that we’re particularly picky about our living environment. For us, our homes are as much of a self-portrait as they are a place to eat and sleep.
Shopping for kitchen appliances can be daunting and even a bit boring. While some are impressed by technical specifications, new technologies and the latest gadgetry, we crave something with an artistic flair, a little pizzazz.
For many years, stainless steel and commercial style dominated the luxury appliance market. It seemed the only way to get professional quality home appliances was to do so with the straight lines, smooth surfaces and large control knobs of commercial kitchens; and while this may appeal to some, it might not be everyone’s cup of tea.
Today options abound for the enthusiastic home chef who wants his or her home kitchen to look like the heart of the home rather than a sterile commercial environment. A few luxury manufacturers in particular have embraced the marriage of advanced technology and stylish vintage aesthetic; and consumers have responded in kind with growing demand, proving retro is the new “new.” Continue reading →
Most major holidays have a specific menu associated with them. For Thanksgiving, it’s turkey with stuffing and a plethora of casseroles. For Easter, it’s the ham, deviled eggs, and seasonal sides. For the Fourth of July, it’s all about grilling. It’s the perfect cooking technique for this laid-back, low-stress holiday that often contrasts with the formal and sometimes hectic winter holiday season. Whether it’s hamburgers, chicken or steaks; there’s just no substitute for those freshly-grilled meats cooked in the open air amid laughter and conversation among friends and family. The sizzling food on the open flame on the warm summer evening set the tone for this fun, relaxing holiday. Continue reading →
When we think of refrigerators, often what first comes to mind is that tall appliance in our kitchen where we retrieve everything from cold drinks and snacks to vegetables for dinner. However, a few appliance-makers are allowing us to think outside that large, cold box.
Viking, U-Line and Liebherr all offer specialty refrigerators in various sizes and with various functionalities to accommodate less traditional refrigeration options.
An outdoor kitchen can be an ideal place to entertain guests or simply relax with family on a warm summer evening. Whether enjoying a perfectly grilled steak or a wood-fired pizza, indulging outdoors with a gentle breeze and the setting sun adds a little magic to the moment. Before enjoying that steak or pizza though, decisions abound in the creation of ideal outdoor kitchen designs. While our specialists at Elite Appliance can guide you through the appliance selection, here are a few other factors to consider as you plan and design your outdoor kitchen:
At Elite Appliance we pride ourselves in having a wide selection of beautiful, luxury appliances to meet your indoor and outdoor cooking needs. Join us throughout the year as we highlight some of our favorites. We’re kicking off this new series with our Summer Showcase featuring a selection of some of our natural gas grills and outdoor kitchen appliances.
The first product in our showcase, a Coyote S-Series CS36NG Built-In Natural Gas Grill is not only the upper echelon of Coyote outdoor cooking, but a serious contender within the pantheon of the best gas grills around. The CS36 natural gas grill combines all the power and functions of an ultra-premium grill with the design and durability that Coyote is known for.
Take a closer look at the Coyote CS36NG, we’re sure you’ll love it.
It’s that time of year again when the sun is shining, the flowers are blooming, and we’re dying to be outside. While many diehard Big Green Egg users don’t let winter interrupt their Egg use, most will agree this is the ideal time of year for outdoor cooking.
Even a simple grilled chicken is tasty when cooked in the Big Green Egg, but if you’re an experienced Egg-user or you’re looking to branch out a bit, here are a few recipes perfect for the season:
As we continue to peruse options for a spring kitchen remodel – with our last post spotlighting cooking ranges – today we explore an alternate kitchen configuration.
While the cooking range was the standard in residential kitchens for years, the range has been deconstructed over time so that many modern kitchens today feature separate cooktops or rangetops and wall ovens. This configuration keeps home chefs from having to bend down to access their ovens and is especially helpful when baking large, heavy dishes.
Cooktops come in a variety of sizes and offer a wide variety of features, which homeowners can select depending on their personal style and cooking habits. Cooktops range in widths from 30” to 48” with the 36” cooktop as a popular size. Smaller cooktops feature four burners, while larger cooktops feature anywhere from four to eight burners. Many larger cooktops also include grills or griddle plates. For example, 36” Viking cooktops come with either six burners, four burners and a grill, or four burners and a griddle/simmer plate. Similarly-sized Bertazzoni cooktops come with three to six regular burners and possibly a griddle. KitchenAid cooktops offer five burners in 36”, including one high-power, dual-tier burner that offers power up to 18,000 BTUs or 20,000 BTUs, depending on the model. Verona cooktops come in an entirely different format in 12”, 24” or 30” widths and up to five burners. Continue reading →