Contés Pizzeria

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On Witherspoon Street in Princeton, New Jersey there is a pizzeria that has been around for many years. Nicole and myself had the pleasure of going to lunch. The owner, Ciro Baldino, gave us nothing but the best service. Make sure the next time you visit to order the Ciro pizza, which had pepperoni, sausage, mushrooms and much more! I can’t tell you everything that was in it, you have to go and try for yourself. It made me feel as if I was in Italy all over again.

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Next month we are going to try to recreate a Ciro pizza by using a grill! The trick he told us is to use pizza stones, so the dough does not fall through and burn. This way the pizza cooks all at the same time. This is going to be our next project. We do sell these pizza stones from companies such as Napoleon,Weber, and Big Green Egg. http://www.biggreenegg.com/eggcessories/plate-setters-baking-stones/baking-stone-medium/

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During our visit we had a great opportunity to have a sit down conversation with Mr. Baldino. We found out that he uses a General Electric refrigerator, just a commercial version. It was interesting to see that even restaurants use the same type of appliances we use everyday in our homes.

Email or post on our facebook about your favorite experience at Contés Pizzeria. If anyone has other suggestions to where we should head to next, do not hesitate! nikita@hhappliance.com

Banana Boat Desserts in 10 minutes

Author: Nikita, Nikita@hhappliance.com

If you ask any of my friends, I have the biggest sweet tooth. I always need to have some type of sweets lying around the house. If you are like myself, I like to try new recipes. Since it is still summer I thought it would be a good idea to try to make a sweet savory snack using our grill! This is also a low-cost dessert option for any outside BBQ. It cost us less than $10 for about 10 people.

S’mores is a summer must, no matter what age you are. One of my favorite recipes is a Banana Boat, a version of s’mores.

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First you take a banana and slice down the middle. Some recipes say to take the peel off. We experimented with both and our conclusion was to keep the peel on. This creates a nice mold and stand allowing you to stuff as much in there as possible!

Next, stuff to the max with marshmallows and chocolate chips. I try to stay a bit healthy and use dark chocolates chips. But choose the kind you enjoy, you are the one eating it after all. We also experimented with milk chocolate, and decided semi-sweet chocolate chips are the best way to go with this recipe. 

Wrap the banana in foil and throw it on the grill for 10 minutes for the goodies to melt. TIP: Make sure to cover the whole banana. If the whole banana is not covered it will burn, making the dessert less enjoyable and aesthetically pleasing to your guests. Other recipes add a handful of crushed Cinnamon Toasted Crunch cereal to the top, but we thought the banana was just a good as it was. Then ENJOY!!!!

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If you do not have a grill, don’t fret! You can still try this Banana Boat using just your oven. Just throw the banana wrapped in foil in the oven for 10 minutes at a temperature at 400 degrees. If you have a convection setting, adjust the temperature to 375 and only keep it for 7 minutes.

If you find a great addition to this recipe please contact us and let us know. We are always up for some new ways to spice up recipes. – Nikita@hhappliance.com

Faster Snacks Made Faster: Kale Chips in 15 minutes or less

Kale has been regarded as a “superfood” for some time and is readily available at most supermarkets. It is relatively easy and inexpensive to get a big ole’ bag of kale at your local grocer, but many stay away from the vegetable because they do not know the best way to cook with it. kale can be eaten raw, boiled, steamed, sauteed, but today we would like to introduce you to baked kale, more commonly referred to as “kale chips”.

Before you get excited, please note that kale chips do not taste like actual chips, but for someone on a diet looking to improve eating habits, they are a healthy and hearty snack. We believe they are definitely worth a try! Although some do claim it’s a chip replacement, we at H&H voted in the majority that these are different type of snack.

Now let’s get back to the origin of this post – faster snacks made faster. How can we make kale chips faster? Easy. Cook them using a convection feature. When we cooked our kale chips in our live Miele oven, they were finished in less than 10 minutes! If you do not have a convection feature in your oven you may have the feature in your microwave. Make sure to check the user manual or call your local appliance store (H&H Appliance Center) to ask about your product.

Here’s our recipe for an easy kale chip batch. Total time: 10 minutes or less

1 bag Kale

2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1 1/2 – 2 teaspoons sea salt (by preference)

1 teaspoon black pepper

Place the kale in a baking pan (we used a Pyrex glass pan) as evenly as possible. Drizzle olive oil, salt and pepper over all of the kale, and place the pan in the oven for 10 minutes. Enjoy!

 

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Propane Safety Tips

Summer brings warm weather. Warm weather brings Grilling. Grilling for many brings propane refilling, usage and care.

We at H&H want to make sure you are using your propane tank safely this and every summer. That’s why we put together a basic guide to using your tank this summer.

Guideline #1: NEVER, ever, store tanks indoors.
Propane tanks are meant to be stored outdoors in a contained area, such as under your grill in a cabinet specified for such. Keeping a propane tank indoors poses a major safety hazard. Any leakage is more likely to cause a fire indoors as opposed to outdoors. This is because there are more materials inside your house that could catch fire from propane versus outside. When we sell tanks to customers, this is the first point of information we advise. The photo below shows a safe place to store a propane tank.
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Guideline #2: Propane tanks should be stored securely and upright. 
Securely - Storing securely means that the tank should not be rolling around the trunk of your car while you are driving. If outside, tanks should be near a grill on a patio or ideally in a place designed for grills, like under the grill.
Upright – Upright is the only direction tank should sit. Sitting a tank on its side can cause leakage and propane vapor release which causes a potential explosion.

Guideline #3: Keep the valve tightly closed when not in use.
This may seem self-evident but needs to be said. If the valve is not tightly close leaks can occur. When opening the tank, open the valve very slowly. 

Guideline #4: In New Jersey (and Pennsylvania) replace your tank every 12 years at minimum. 
We do not fill a tank that is older than 12 years old by New Jersey state law. The tank’s ability to contain LP can deteriorate, the tank can rust and thus cause a potential leak problem.

Guideline #5: If you a buying a new tank, it needs to have an OPD (Overfill Protection Device). 
The overfill protection device prevents the tank from being overfilled. When a tank is filled and used, the LP expands within the tank. There must be at least 20% empty space within the tank for expansion. Without this, the tank could potentially explode during LP expansion. OPD’s prevent tanks from becoming overfilled at your local propane station.

Guideline #6: If you a buying a new tank, it may have plastic wrap on it. This needs to be removed before use,
H&H’s tanks do not have this plastic covering. However, if you buy a tank from somewhere else, it may have a plastic covering on it when your purchase. Take this covering off before using. Condensation will build up between the tank and the plastic, rusting the tank and causing the need for a new tank.

Guideline #7: Any additional tanks should be stored away from one another.
Do not store tanks near each other. If there is any type of leak or explosion, it will catch on and multiple to the second tank.

Have any additional LP questions? Fill out our contact form below. We would love to hear from you.

 

Product Review: Weber Genesis E-310

Grilling season is upon us and that means many are in the market for a new grill. Whether you have had a grill for over 40 years like this guy, or just had a replacement part that outweighed the cost of buying a new grill, we want to make sure you know the options. 

Why are we reviewing the Genesis E-310? 

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The Weber Genesis E-310 is the most popular grill that we sell. Why? It’s a nice mix between luxury and budgeting. This grill is under $1,000 and has ample cooking space along with features that make it a worthwhile purchase. While being affordable, the features of this grill speak for themselves.

Features

Below are the features of the product with some of our commentary. 

  • Three stainless steel burners – easy to clean, durable
  • Primary cooking area = 507 square inches – big enough for a family BBQ but not too big cooking an entire meal for 2
  • Warming rack area = 130 square inches – a nice addition for the price range – the warming rack is wonderful for heating up foods that do not take too much time to cook (hot dogs, sweet potatoes) while the bottom rack is cooking foods that take a long time to complete (large chicken breasts, for example). 
  • Total cooking area = 637 square inches – more than enough for most consumers
  • Porcelain-enameled cast-iron cooking grates – means they are durable and are not going to break anytime soon
  • Porcelain-enameled Flavorizer® bars – protects the burners from drippings for safety and longevity
  • 38,000 BTU-per-hour input main burners – woohoo! that’s hot!
  • Individual electronic ignition system – Safe and very easy to use even for the novice gas griller (Note: This grill does come in Natural Gas)
  • Porcelain-enameled shroud with a center-mounted thermometer and accent-colored painted cast-aluminum end caps
  • Two stainless steel work surfaces – one of our favorite features about this grill
  • Front-mount control panel
  • Enclosed cart with corresponding painted steel doors, stainless steel handles, and accent-colored painted side and rear panels – This cart is great for storing grill brushes, for prepping for the meal, and much more! 
  • Enclosed tank storage area and precision fuel gauge (LP models only)

Product Rating:

Durability: A – Stainless is more durable than colors, but not much

Longevity: A – We have had customers come in with older models of this grill lasting over 15 years.

Functionality: A

Ease of Use: B+ –  Novice grillers may need to read the product manual a few times to absorb the awesome features. We don’t want the features to lack use!

Look: B+. For other grills in this category it gets an A, but there still are more expensive and better looking products out there

Value for Price: A

Have any questions about this product? Please leave them in the comments or tweet us @hhappliances!

5 Unconventional Foods You Can Grill This Season

Grilling season is upon us, after an arduous and snowy winter. Now that the weather is finally warming up, we want to make sure that you get great use out of your grill. That’s why we are giving you 5 unconventional ways to use your grill for cooking. Happy grilling! We would love to hear your favorite grilling wonders.

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1. Use it to make breakfast. This Stuffed Brioche French Toast Recipe is just what we needed after the cold weather broke. It is easy, and who would’ve though breakfast could taste so good?

2. Drinks? Why not. Grilled lemonade is an excellent recipe to get some solid use out of your grill while giving a traditional drink a summery twist.

3. Grill your side dishes or burger sides, like lettuce, tomatoes, and pickles. Everyone knows that toasting the hamburger bun on the grill is a sure way to keep your guests coming back for more burgers. Have you tried grilling the things that go on the burger? This grilled pickle recipe is a great place to start.

4. Salsa, with grilled tomatoes and avocados. This grilled avocado recipe offers a bit of a taste into the awesomeness that comes from grilling salsa components.

5. Desserts. Grilling fruits has become very popular over the past few years and this has sparked an interested for grilled desserts. Buzzfeed even put together this list of 17 desserts you can make on the grill. The possibilities are endless. Weber has an entire page dedicated to grilled dessert recipes, while Napoleon BBQ has over 65 dessert recipes listed on their site.

 

Grill Season is here!

It’s finally getting warmer and summer is just around the corner. We can almost taste it, we can feel it, and we are ready for it! This time of year is also a great time to buy a grill. Many people need to get that grill before Memorial Day but if you can wait, we will be having a Weber Grilling Demonstration on May 31st between 12-3:30 pm. We’ve love to see you, hope to see you there! In the meantime stay in touch with us on Facebook. Here’s a cute idea for a BBQ fruit boat for any BBQ event.

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Miele’s Creme Brulee: An Es”steamed” Dessert


Cremebrulee1I know what you are thinking. And the answer is yes – we can steam a dessert, and yes, we did steam a dessert and it came out great. But before we get into all of that, let’s quickly talk about cooking with steam.

What is it?
Using a steam oven, we cooked a creme brulee custard. Electrical-appliances.eu gives a great definition of how steam ovens work – “Steam ovens boil water from an inbuilt reservoir to create a cloud of steam within the oven chamber. This moist heating method is the reason why steam cooking offers significant benefits.” The steam in the oven gets very hot and cooks the food within the cavity.

Benefits of Steam
There are many widely known benefits of steam, the majority being related to health. Steaming your food maintains the food’s shape, color, and natural juices. Vitamins and minerals are also retained during steam cooking – moreso than boiling or other types of cooking. Remember boiling broccoli and pouring out the green water when it’s finished cooking? This water contains many essential nutrients that you are missing out on. Also, you do not need oil or any additional ingredient to facilitate steam, only water, which makes the overall process a healthier one.

Why Steam Dessert?
Steaming also preserves the flavor and consistency of food that other cooking methods fall short on. This is why we steamed the custard in our creme brulee.

The Process
Below is Miele’s recipe for the creme brulee in their steam oven. You can also use a traditional oven, or even convection with this recipe – you only need to increase the cooking time in order to effectively adjust the recipe. This recipe can also be found directly from Miele, here.

Cooking Time:            20 Minutes
Preparation Time:     10 Minutes
Food Type: Custard; Gluten-Free Foods
Makes about 12 servings
Miele Products: Ovens, Novotronic & MasterChef ; Steam Oven

Ingredients
1 quart heavy cream
6 large egg yolks
1 large egg
¾ cup granulated sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
Turbinado or raw sugar for topping each custard

Directions
1. In a heavy saucepan, scald the heavy cream until bubbles begin to form around the edge of the pan. Remove from heat.
2. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the egg yolks, whole egg, and sugar until well blended. Continue whisking while pouring the hot cream into the mixture.
3. Pour mixture through a fine-mesh sieve into a large liquid measuring cup to remove any lumps or over-cooked eggs. Stir in vanilla.
4. Divide custard equally among 3- to 4-ounce custard cups or small ramekins. Place in steam trays or on steam oven rack. Carefully slide trays or rack into steam oven. 5. Select CUSTOM or COOK at 212°F. Steam for 25 minutes or until almost set in the center when gently shaken.
6. Refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to 2 days.
7. To serve, sprinkle a small amount of raw sugar on top of each custard and gently turn cups until sugar is dispersed evenly. Broil the custards about 2 inches from the convection oven’s heating element until most of the sugar melts and browns. Watch carefully to avoid burning. Alternatively, working with one custard at a time, hold a small blowtorch so that flame is 2 inches above surface. Direct flame so that sugar melts and browns.

So there it is. A few notes about making creme brulee for the first time -
1. You absolutely need to cool the custard for long enough. Do not try to put it in the freezer to expedite the process, it will not set correctly. The best method for this is to make the custard a day in advance.
2. It is quite difficult to broil the top of the dessert. Some recipes call for small kitchen torch, much like this one. If you are not comfortable with a torch and are broiling, make sure to put the ramekins very close to the broiler. Otherwise you will broil the whole dessert and it will effect the consistency of the custard.
3. This is simple, but time consuming. Breaking it into two days make it much easier!
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Maytag’s brilliant new ad campaign: Maytag Man gets a “MAY”jor “MAY”-ke-over

You may have seen him sitting in the cavity where the dishwasher goes in the latest TV commercials for Maytag; he’s the Maytag Man, and he’s back! Maytag’s old advertising campaign with their Maytag repairman is back and it is in full force this March. In fact, you’ve probably seen him around this month and giggled or took a double-take at the commercials. The Maytag Man is everywhere, gearing up just in time for the famous “May is Maytag Month” sale that Maytag promotes each year during May. 

So who is the Maytag Man? The new Maytag Man is actor Colin Ferguson, seen in TV series like Capers (2014), Haven, Happily Divorced, and Eureka. He is a bit different than the traditional Maytag man, who was a little less of a stud, and fulfilled the traditional stereotype of the repairman.

Maytag promotes this campaign as an abstract yet relatable concept – that your appliances have the “man”power to get the job done right. By giving the appliances human-like descriptions and qualities (also known as anthropomorphism) Maytag is showing the consumer that their products have what it takes to give you the best quality that is American-made (or so they claim – but we sell them and do stand behind their products). 

What do you think of the Maytag Man? If you’d like, you can also follow him on Twitter @TheMaytagMan. And as always, you can follow us @hhappliances.

 

The beginning of the Maytag Man campaign years ago: