Dita Von Teese’s AGA Kitchen

Excerpt from: Dita Von Teese Loves Hosting Fondue Parties by Sierra Tishgart
Published by The Grub Street, September 30, 2016
Reposted: A Day in Dita Von Teese’s AGA Kitchen by Leah Kalemba
Republished by AGA, October 12, 2016

dita-von-teese_portrait-by-ali-mahdavi1-620x934Glamorous Dita Von Teese is timeless in her craft, from her signature red lips to her Golden-era Hollywood style. With a steadfast artistic vision and an eye for showmanship, it seems only natural the starlet was attracted to the vintage good looks of an AGA cast iron range, the new focal point of her kitchen.

In the following interview by Grub Street, she chronicles her experiences with food and drink – and how home-cooked AGA meals have changed her life.

“I love cooking and recently redid my kitchen in a Snow White fairy tale–Art Deco–meets–Tudor style, and it might just be the most glamorous room in the house, so I like to spend a lot of time in there. When I remodeled my kitchen, I bought a British-racing-green cast-iron Aga stove, with copper accents. It’s a real showpiece when people walk into my kitchen. I’d been fantasizing about it for a long time — it’s what Julia Child used.

dita-von-teese-quoteI read my manual a lot, and it includes a recipe for the famous slow-cooked porridge, which has been life-changing. I mixed the steel-cut oats with water and salt in my heart-shaped cast-iron pan, and popped that in the low-temperature oven to cook overnight. Even my boyfriend, who doesn’t like oatmeal, is completely astonished that it doesn’t have butter and cream in it.

I come home and take the porridge out of the oven and make my favorite extra-smoky Mariages Frères Lapsang Souchong tea. I’ve got so many friends addicted to this that now I have to leave space in my luggage for it when I go to Paris. The porridge is divine as usual, like a creamy soufflé with chewy baked browned edges. I pour some maple syrup on it and again marvel at how this can come out so deliciously with just water, oatmeal, and salt! I really need more witnesses to how amazing this porridge is.

I love hosting themed potluck dinners at my house. I decided to make a cheese fondue served with vegetables and bread to dip, and Champagne. It was a huge hit. I read that the first person to drop something into the fondue has to host the next fondue party. I’ve long wanted to host a “Fundue Fondue” party, with fondues of all different kinds, and everyone wearing amazing wigs — like how Ellen von Unwerth used to host wig parties in Paris. Perhaps next time. But potlucks are great, because people love thinking of a dish to bring and bragging about it. And also, you don’t have to do much work, except for the cleanup.

I’ve always loved cooking and entertaining. I like making things that are beautiful — things that people go “Ooh and ahh” over. It’s one of the reasons I chose the fondue. I said to my boyfriend, “What am I going to make? Everyone expects me to make something exciting!” I like the wow factor, but I don’t like to make complicated meals. Simple things that are impressive. One of the reasons is that I travel so much for work, and I eat out a lot, and I always miss making my own, simple, unfussy food at home. I find it to be very therapeutic.”

To read the full article, click here.

For the AGA Oatmeal/Porridge recipe, click here.

For more information on AGA products, click here.

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AGA MARVEL
 is a North American subsidiary of AGA Rangemaster, a premier international consumer brands group that manufactures and distributes some of the best known and loved kitchen appliances and interiors furnishings in the world, including prominent cooking and refrigeration brands, each with its own unique history.

For more information visit www.agamarvel.com or www.facebook.com/agaranges

5 Buying Tips From Marvel

Blog Post: Buying Guide: Undercounter Refrigerator Appliances by Leah Kalemba
Published by Marvel, September 13, 2016

marvel-tips-0Undercounter refrigeration is not merely a box to keep things cold nor is it a commodity item decided on a simple matter of price. Today’s options provide varying degrees of cooling performance, storage configurations, styles and finishes. And, undercounter options have expanded to beverage centers, wine cellars, freezers, ice machines and beer dispensers to offer even more diverse preservation capabilities for your home. Below are 5 tips to consider before purchasing.

  1. TEMPERATURE STABILITY
    BUYER TIP: Choose an undercounter refrigerator with forced air circulation, like Dynamic Cooling Technology from Marvel.

marvel-tips-1We all know the measure of a good refrigerator is how well it cools, but are you aware that several undercounter brands’ cabinet temperature can fluctuate by as much as 10 to 15 degrees?

There is a distinct difference in cooling technologies across the industry.  Low-grade static cold plate cooling creates disparities in air distribution, creating an uneven temperature stratification effect.  In other words, the top compartment might be 15 degrees warmer than the bottom and other areas might cause items to frost.  Dynamic forced air actively recirculates cold air throughout the cabinet from top to bottom and is an upgrade worth investing in, especially if you plan to store wine and delicate foods.


  1. COOLDOWN TIME
    BUYER TIP: Select a model with a proven cooldown rate.  For example, Marvel’s rapid cooldown is tested to be up to three times faster than other models

marvel-tips2Surprisingly, few homeowners consider this aspect when shopping for an undercounter refrigerator and it’s an attribute that can impact your lifestyle the most. Rapid cooldown is a necessary convenience for today’s fast-paced lifestyles, and particularly important when stocking your undercounter refrigerator full of room-temperature cases of beverages for a party later than night. Nothing takes the refreshing zest out of a carbonated beverage like serving it lukewarm.


  1. ENERGY-SAVING FEATURES, EFFICIENCY AND OPERATING COSTS
    BUYER TIP: Be sure to read the product’s Energy Guide for projected annual energy costs, and look for the ENERGY STAR® mark.

marvel-tips-3In 2014, The Department of Energy enforced more stringent energy regulations on the appliance industry. Michigan-based manufacturer AGA Marvel welcomed the changing regulations as an opportunity to retool its entire undercounter line, and now offers the largest collection of ENERGY STAR® rated undercounter appliances.  In fact, many of its models exceed the EPA ENERGY STAR® requirements – in some cases by 30%!

Look for additional energy-saving options, such as integrated controls with Eco mode, Vacation mode and Delay Start. And, there are features that prevent energy loss, too, like Close Door Assist to automatically bring the door to a gentle close and alarms to alert you of energy-compromising issues.

Another measure of thermal efficiency is the model’s cabinet and door insulation, as it’s the most effective protection from external heat transfer and cold air loss and affects overall efficiency.


  1. CAPACITY AND STORAGE FLEXIBILITY

    BUYER TIP: Insist on versatile storage solutions like cantilevered shelving and convertible shelving that can adapt to fit your lifestyle as it changes.

marvel-tips4Review storage options and interior capacity of models at the footprint size you need.  Ask yourself, will this model suit my storage needs now and in the future? Can it fit extra-large platters and pizza boxes? Can it accommodate tall items? Does it offer optional wine storage?  Is there a clear rollout bin to store loose items or produce? Pick a model able to store the items you use most often.


  1. FIT AND FINISH
    BUYER TIP: Explore finish options with timeless appeal, and consider the fully integrated look of overlay panels.

marvel-tips5Manufacturers offer undercounter models in a variety of aesthetics, including solid and glass-framed doors in stainless steel, black, custom panel-ready and other finishes. If you prefer a truly built-in look, you’ll want a panel-ready model with a soft-close integrated hinge to seamlessly blend with your cabinetry.

To read the full article, click here.

For more information on Marvel products, click here.

AGA MARVEL is a North American subsidiary of AGA Rangemaster, a premier international consumer brands group that manufactures and distributes some of the best known and loved kitchen appliances and interiors furnishings in the world, including prominent cooking and refrigeration brands, each with its own unique history.

For more information visit www.agamarvel.com or www.facebook.com/marvelamericas/

ILVE Featured in Design*Sponge’s 2016 Fall Color Report

Excerpt From: Fall Color Report by Caitlin Kelch
Published by Design*Sponge, August 18, 2016

ilve-design-sponge-fall-color-report-2Leatrice Eiseman, Executive Director of the Pantone Color Institute™, explains “the desire for tranquility, strength, and optimism have inspired a Fall 2016 color palette that is led by the Blue family. Along with anchoring earth tones, exuberant pops of vibrant colors also appear throughout the collections. Transcending gender, these unexpectedly vivacious colors in our Fall 2016 palette act as playful but structured departures from your more typical fall shades.”

Pantone 17-4028, also known as Riverside. The heavy presence of blues in fall’s color story lends a sense of consistency during this voltile and turbulent time in our country. Think of the blue sky that is constantly above us, calming us, inspiring us.

To read the full article, click here.

For more details on ILVE products, click here.

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EuroChef USA is the exclusive importer of ILVE and Verona brand cooking appliances in the United States. Since 2001, the EuroChef USA brands offer innovative Italian ranges, ovens, cooktops and ventilation systems that are internationally recognized and exquisitely designed to complement any kitchen. The EuroChef mission is to offer a unique collection of European professional appliances that are affordable, distinctive and of the highest quality. EuroChef USA prides itself on product excellence and the highest quality of customer service for customers around the country.

For more information visit www.eurochefusa.com or www.facebook.com/EuroChefUSA

An Evening With Marvel, Networking, and Wine

Event review: NARI Silicon Valley Networking Social hosted by Picchetti Winery
Event Date: September 21, 2016
Event Sponsors: Mode Distributing and Marvel

nari-event2In September, Mode Distributing was proud to be a sponsor of the NARI Silicon Valley Networking Social. The event featured award winning wines and hearty Italian food at the historic Picchetti Winery in Cupertino California.

The Picchetti Winery’s approach to winemaking honors over 100 years of family tradition and viticulture history. The finest French, Hungarian and American oak barrels quietly nurture and coax subtle nuances for each wine – all of which are bottled carefully by hand.

nari-event1Mode Distributing’s Territory Manager, Erick Scofield was on hand to showcase a 24” Marvel Professional High-Efficiency Single Zone Wine Cellar and a 24” Marvel Beverage Center with a 60/40 split convertible shelf. Both units feature Dynamic Cooling Technology™ that delivers the industry’s best temperature stability and rapid cool down technology that is tested and proven to cool nearly 2x faster than competitors.

For more information on Marvel products, click here.

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Mode Distributing is the premier home appliance distributor in the western United States. With factory trained territory managers, elegant showrooms for hands-on instruction, and an outstanding sales support team, Mode Distributing provides the highest level of service for your building, remodeling or replacement projects. With showrooms located in Southern California, Northern California, and Colorado, Mode Distributing continues to expand its superior service across the country and provide world-class service that matches the level of its luxury products.

For more information visit www.modedistributing.com
or www.facebook.com/modedistributing

Delicious Pumpkin Pie Muffins

Recipe from: Caliber Culinary Corner: Pumpkin Pie Muffins
Published by Caliber Appliances, October 13, 2016

30620_Pumpkin_MuffinsWith the holiday season now upon us, it’s time to bake some tasty treats. The Caliber Indoor Professional Range exclusive gas convection oven provides the ease and beauty that all kitchens deserve. From mouth watering pies to delicious light and fluffy cakes, there’s nothing this appliance can’t handle.

Try this delectable Pumpkin Pie Muffin recipe from your friends at Caliber Appliances.

caliberrange-large2PUMPKIN PIE MUFFINS
Beat 2 sticks softened butter and 1 1/2 cups of sugar with a mixer until fluffy. Next, beat in 4 eggs, a 15 ounce can of pumpkin, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. In a separate bowl, mix 2 cups of sifted our, 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice, 1 teaspoon each of baking powder and baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of salt. Stir the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture. Bake in 18-20 lined muffin cups for 25 minutes on 350 degrees F.

Once muffins are cool, add cream cheese frosting.

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING
Beat 8 ounces of cream cheese, 1/2 stick of butter, 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, and 1 teaspoon of vanilla. Enjoy this great fall recipe!

INGREDIENTS FOR 18-20 PUMPKIN PIE MUFFINS:
2 sticks softened butter (1 cup) 1 1/2 cups sugar
4 eggs
15 ounce can of pumpkin

1 teaspoon vanilla
2 cups sifted our
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking powder and baking soda 1/2 teaspoon salt

To download the recipe, click here.

For more information on Caliber products, click here.

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Caliber Appliances
 was born out of a creative passion for culinary design and engineering. Elegant in form and functional prowess, every product is designed with a simple goal of exceeding the expectation of the most seasoned cooking aficionado. Every line, every feature, every detail down to the tooling on the burners is built with an intense devotion to providing the customer amazing results.

For more information visit www.caliberappliances.com or www.facebook.com/CaliberRangeCorporation

Vent-A-Hood® Launches New Website

Press Release: Vent-A-Hood® Launches Refreshed Website
Published by Vent-A-Hood, September 16, 2016

ventahood-new-website-2016Vent-A-Hood®, the company that created the modern residential range hood, has re-launched its website with a fresh design, new layout and several back-end functionality improvements.

“We are continually looking at ways to improve and enhance the customer experience, and the website is at the top of our list,” said Miles Woodall III, CEO of Vent-A-Hood®. “We want to ensure that our products and capabilities are communicated clearly on our website with beautiful photography, detailed information and in a format that is easy to navigate.”

One of the newest features of the website is the recently upgraded Build-A-Hood program, which is now an interactive online 3D hood design experience. The only 3D range hood program of its kind allows customers, kitchen designers and the public at-large to get a better and more comprehensive online design experience that will help ensure they get the exact Vent-A-Hood® range hood of their dreams.

For customers on the go, the Vent-A-Hood® website is now mobile friendly too.

To visit the new Vent-A-Hood website, click here.

For more details on Vent-A-Hood® products, click here.

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Vent-A-Hood®
 was founded in 1933 in Richardson, Texas, and is the oldest manufacturer of residential range hoods in the USA. Each product manufactured by Vent-A-Hood® is individually engineered for performance in addition to style. Vent-A-Hood® products are sold in all 50 states as well as Canada.

For more information visit www.ventahood.com or www.facebook.com/VentAHood