New Year, New Kitchen Kitchen Remodeling Trends for 2020

2020 is a year of reawakening in new spaces. A year to finally finish those projects you’ve been holding off. And what better place to start than with your kitchen? Here are some new remodeling trends to guide you through your next home project!

Matte to Flat 

Last year, kitchens were full of matte finishes. This year we’re going from matte to flat…stovetops! Flat stovetops provide a sleek and organized look to any style remodeling. Flat tops offer a convenient and quick clean up so you can get back to spending time with family and friends! Shop our line of flat stovetops here

Shine Light on the New Year 

The new decade is all about shedding light on new ideas and on your kitchen islands. Brighten up your kitchen in style with dewdrop style lights or steel lantern lamps. Either way, your guests will be in awe at the creative design that decorative lamps provide your kitchen. 

Building in a New You 

Give yourself the gift of having your workspace back. Free yourself of countertop appliances starting with your microwave. A built-in microwave instantly makes a kitchen look more organized and provides a modern style to any home. Plus, you’ll have more counter space for a sangria station or snack set up at your next party. You can shop our line of built-in appliances here

Splash of Color 

Ring in the New Year with a new color palette. Colored cabinets are a growing trend with kitchen remodeling. No matter your vision, colored cabinets add a pop of flavor to any style. Cabinets aren’t the only makeover trend, you can also opt-in for colored appliances! Like this apple red double oven

Unique Seating 

You can host cozy small gatherings or huge parties with these built-in island seats! These wrap-around seats provide an ultimate dining experience by bringing family and friends together better than ever before. This style is also perfect for smaller kitchens as it offers a 2 in 1 island and table set up. Bonus, it’s also perfect for extra storage!  

Sweep the Chimney 

No, we’re not talking about the one above your fireplace! Upgrade any kitchen with a chimney stove hood. These are ideal for any family that cooks often as they absorb smoke, heat, grease and more. These kitchen ventilation systems provide a cooking experience without worrying about fumes and grease build-up. Placing a chimney above your stove fits for most kitchen styles including modern and farmhouse! Shop our line of stove hoods here. 

No matter your style, ring in the new year with these 2020 kitchen remodeling trends! If you used one of our appliances, we would love to see your remodeling photos. 

Product Review: Dacor Modernist 36” Pro Gas Range

The new Dacor Modernist 36” Gas Pro Range combines power with contemporary design. With features like 116K total BTU cooktop, 18K BTU dual infrared broilers, Wi-Fi capabilities, and a dual 3-Part convection system, this is the range you’ll want to invest in during 2020.

The Modernist Pro Gas Range is fully digitally controlled. The intuitive, innovative, and WiFi-enabled 7-inch LCD smooth glass panel provides a full-touch culinary command center that can regulate all of the oven functions. You can adjust the temperature in 5ºF increments, opt to use the pre-programmed setting, and even access step-by-step recipes. Bluetooth ConnectOn technology provides automatic ventilation operations. The IQ Connect system ensures the SmartThings platform app-enabled features are working seamlessly. The SmartThings platform provides an exceptional foundation for an ever-growing ecosystem of smart connectivity. Preheat, check the oven temperature, cooking status and the remaining time, all from the comfort of your smartphone. 

The Dacor range features dual-valve precision, a high-resolution precise burner control that’s achieved through brass duel-valving. Reduce your cooking time by distributing heat evenly across the entire oven with its superior consistency dual three-part pure convection. A combination of seamlessly integrated LED and halogen lights fill the oven with rich illumination. SoftShut hinges prevent slamming by delicately closing doors. A smooth-gliding ball bearing system moves heavier dishes in and out of the oven easily and comes equipped with a convenient handle in front for a secure grasp. Additionally, the range has SelfClean – a faster, safer, better way to clean. It sanitizes with the versatile power of built-in steam capabilities, rather than extreme heat or harsh chemicals. 

The range also has a powerful double ceramic infrared broiler, as well as SimmerSear burners that quickly boil water with 22K BTU or gently simmer at 750 BTU due to the all brass, Dual Valve, Dual Ring Burner. Perma-flame automatically reignites burners if they are accidentally extinguished and allows you to easily slide around pots and pans across the cooking surface with continuous grates.

Customize the look of your Modernist Pro Gas Range with black or brass burner caps, and exclusive graphite and silver stainless steel finishes that bring beauty and style to match any kitchen design or concept. Warm, sophisticated and welcoming, the Illumina knobs entice participation, inspire the imagination and accentuated the beauty of the product. Dacor only uses authentic materials to ensure increased durability, strength, and corrosion resistance, which resists warping at high temperatures and expands the product lifespan. Each component is handled part by part, ensuring true craftsmanship and artisan detail.

Product Review: SubZero PRO 48 Glass Door Refrigerator – Legacy Model

Think of the Sub-Zero PRO 48 Glass Door Refrigerator as an 800-pound monument to food preservation – equal parts sculpted metal design statement and culinary secret weapon. Freezer on the left; refrigerator on the right. High performance through and through, we genuinely believe this product is one of the best on the market. Also, it’s no surprise that the PRO 48 has become a hallmark of the iconic American kitchen

With over 30 cubic feet of storage, the PRO 48 holds a breathtaking assortment of food and keeps it all as fresh as the day it was picked or caught. Technology pioneered by Sub-Zero features two separate cooling systems so fresh food stays fresher longer in the cool, moist air of the refrigerator. Frigid, dry air prevents frost and freezer burn in the freezer – optimum preservation conditions for each type of food. The microprocessor controls the interior temperature to within one degree of its setpoint. An advanced magnetic air seal around all four sides of the door prevents leaks while conserving energy.  

Full-size units like the PRO 48 include side-by-side, over-and-under, all-refrigerator, all-freezer, and French door styles. Install this refrigerator directly within surrounding cabinetry for built-in, add accessory panels for freestanding, or keep it iconic stainless steel. You can control the brightness inside with soft-on LED lighting. Your food will be protected from spoilage with the triple-pane, UV-resistant glass door. The automatic ice maker has an advanced water filtration system that guarantees cleanliness with each sip.

Built with premium-grade materials, Sub-Zero products are designed to last a minimum of 20 years. Major components are subjected to extreme stress tests prior to going into the final design, and every major function is tested before shipping. 

The PRO 48 is the biggest, boldest, freshest Sub-Zero of all. Shop all Sub-Zero, Wolf and Cove appliances at H&H Appliance Center.

Holiday Baking Ideas Your Kids Will Absolutely Love

Ring in the holidays with these family fun holiday baking recipes. Whether you’re fit for the holiday bake-off or trying to make a Pinterest perfect product, these recipes are kid-friendly and fit for all. 

REINDEER BROWNIES 
(Easy)

You Will Need 
– 1 Box of brownies 
– 1 Bag of Holiday M&M’s
– 1 Bag of Candy Eyes 
– 1 Bag of Small Pretzels

This holiday favorite is perfect for making treats in the nick of time. Bake a batch of brownies following the directions on the box. Let the brownies cool before using pretzels, M&Ms, and candy eyes to decorate your reindeer!  

RICE KRISPIE TREE
(Easy)

You Will Need: 
– 1 Batch Rice Krispie Treats 
– 1 Tree Cookie Cutter 
– 1 Cup Marshmallow Fluff
– 1 Bag M&M minis 
– 1 Bag Sour Punch Twists 
– 1 Cup Sprinkles 
– Other decoration candy optional

SNOWMAN OREOS
(Moderate)

You Will Need: 
– 48 Mini Oreos
– 36 Regular sized Oreos 
– 1-8oz pack of Cream Cheese 
– 1 pack Vanilla Candy Coating 
– Icing for decoration

To make your snowmen’s spirits bright, mix the crushed Oreos with cream cheese until there are no lumps left. Roll the dough into round balls, these will act as the snowman’s head. Dip the ball into the melted candy coating and place your mini oreo hat on top. Place your snowman in one of our adjustable storage refrigerators and let them cool before using icing to draw your snowman’s face.   

GRINCH COOKIES 
(Advanced)

You Will Need:
– 1 Box Cake Mix 
– 2 Eggs 
– ¼ Cup Oil 
– Green Food Coloring 
– 1 Cup Powdered Sugar 
– 1 Bag of Heart Sprinkles

These cookies are sure to warm up a heart no matter the size. To begin this tasty treat, mix the cake batter with 2 eggs and vegetable oil. The batter is expected to be thicker than the regular cake mix. Add a few drops of green food coloring to make the perfect grinchy green. Scoop the batter into small balls and dip into the powdered sugar. Rest the cookie dough on parchment paper and press one heart candy in the center of the dough. Bake for 8-10 minutes then let cool. 

These treats are sure to bring good tidings to any holiday party and are fun to make! While most of the recipes are easy to make, some may bring a mess. For added pleasure, check out our huge selection of dishwashers, including the new Cove Dishwasher, to get your kitchen shiny again. 


Product Review: Bosch 800 Series, 30” Double Wall Oven

With the holidays quickly approaching, the Bosch 800 Series, 30” Double Wall Oven is ideal for every gathering. Bosch makes it easy to be a host. Bake a full-size turkey or roast in the bottom oven, while the top oven bakes the perfect creme brulee; you get to enjoy the company. Cooking for a crowd with the Bosch 800 Series Double Oven means enjoying every holiday gathering and no more pacing in the kitchen waiting to prepare the next dish. The temperature accuracy of these ovens also means that each dish will come out perfectly and ready to serve; all you have to do is slide out the full-extension telescopic rack and call everyone to the table.

Touch Controls allow settings to be easily adjusted to any of the twelve specialized codes in the upper oven and thermal cooking modes in the lower oven. Each oven quickly preheats to suit the recipe requirements and a meat probe removes any doneness second-guessing. Two oven lights and an extra-large window allow you to easily monitor the progress of your culinary creations. And when all of your cooking is done, the ovens are easy to clean. They possess an energy-efficient two-hour self-clean cycle. Bosch’s 800 Series Double Wall Oven is fully equipped with the technology, soft close hinges, and design to make it a feature piece in your kitchen.

Bosch designed the 800 Series Double Wall Oven to help everyone become a gourmet. The cooking and baking features allow you to flawlessly execute every recipe you undertake. Heating quality is equal in the top and bottom cavities whether they are being used together or separately. Enjoy spending time in the kitchen and watching each recipe come to fruition with the Bosch 800 Series Double Oven.

Hot Chocolate Recipes the Entire Family Will Love

Battling the cold is best done from the inside, and hot chocolate is the perfect drink to help knock off a chill. We have gathered a list of our favorite hot chocolate recipes that are perfect for a family afternoon or an adult night in.

Classic Hot Chocolate

A recipe for the classic chilly day drink. It’s smooth, creamy, and can be made grown up with a splash of coffee liqueur. 

Ingredients

  • 2 cups milk (your choice)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ½ tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • Pinch (about an ⅛ tsp) nutmeg
  • Mini marshmallows, salted caramel, and chocolate syrup for garnish.
  • Optional: 1 ounce Kahlúa Coffee Liqueur, just in case you want to add an adult twist.

Instructions

  1. In a medium saucepan, combine milk, sugar, cocoa powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg over medium heat until heated through, about 2-3 minutes. If you plan on adding Kahlúa, remove the hot chocolate from your burner then stir it in. 
  2. Pile on the marshmallows, generously sprinkle the salted caramel, douse it all in chocolate sauce, and serve.

Mexican Hot Chocolate

Here is a hot chocolate recipe for the adventurous. The added heat will certainly help you warm up in a hurry. 

Ingredients

  • ½  ounce semisweet chocolate
  • ¾  cup whole milk
  • ¼ cup of water
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • ¼ vanilla
  • ¼ cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt
  • Pinch of Cayenne
  • Optional: For any adults looking to indulge, add 2 tablespoons of your tequila of choice. 

Instructions

  1. Melt the chocolate in a saucepan over low heat. After it’s melted, add in the remaining ingredients and whisk until it is smooth on medium heat for about three minutes or when it starts to bubble. 
  2. Remove the hot chocolate from the burner. If you’re planning on adding to tequila, do it now and whisk it for a minute. Pour into your mug and enjoy!

Tropical Hot Chocolate

Perhaps the ideal hot chocolate, this recipe will transport you to a warm climate making it easy to forget all about that chill in the air. 

Ingredients

  • ½ ounce semisweet chocolate
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla
  • Pinch of salt
  • Toasted Coconut
  • Optional: 1-ounce coconut rum and 1-ounce peach schnapps

Instructions

  1. On low heat, melt the chocolate in a saucepan. Add in the remaining ingredients and stir over medium heat until it bubbles. 
  2. To really add the tropical flavors, pour in the coconut rum and peach schnapps while stirring. Serve in a mug with toasted coconut flakes on top.

Red Wine Spiked Hot Chocolate 

This twist on hot chocolate from Kitchn.com is sure to help you warm up and unwind.

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces dark chocolate, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • ¼  teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1-quart whole milk
  • Pinch of salt
  • Optional:1 ½ cups fruity red wine, such as Merlot, Shiraz, or Zinfandel
  • Cinnamon sticks and additional cocoa powder, for serving. (optional)

Instructions

  1. Whisk the chocolate, cocoa powder, sugar, and cinnamon together in a large saucepan. Add in your milk and bring to a simmer over medium heat, whisking occasionally, until hot and smooth, about 5 minutes. Stir in the salt.
  2. Remove from the heat and add the wine, if you plan on enjoying a boozy mug of hot cocoa. Divide among 8 small glasses or mugs, top with cinnamon sticks and cocoa powder before serving. 

Fun, Easy & Inexpensive Ways to Decorate Your Kitchen for Fall

The fall season is upon us! Outside the air is getting crisper, the leaves are beginning to don their autumnal wardrobe, and the sun has started retiring just a little bit earlier. Are there any signs of fall inside your home? A few changes in the kitchen can go a long way in bringing all the best aspects of the season into your home.

Fruit Bowls

Fruit bowls may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of fall decor, but they are a great place to start. Fall fruit is an inexpensive buy and will be a great way to implement the season’s colors inside your home. Apples, gourds, pumpkins, and pears can be arranged to your liking, and, if you’re feeling extra festive, you could even add a few decorative leaves into the mix. 

Wine Glasses

A few old wine glasses can be turned into a pretty autumnal display with just a little bit of paint. Choose either your color palette or the image you would like to create on your wine glasses and allow your creativity to take over. Remember to keep in mind you will have the stems facing up. Pumpkins, leaves, or spooky ghosts are all potential ideas for your new candlesticks. And if you’re not feeling particularly apt to create an image, you can choose a few fall paint hues, drop them into the bottom of the glass, and gently swirl paint. This will generate a whimsical fall toned pattern. Let the glasses dry and display them stems up with tea lights on top.

Mason Jars

While you’ve got your paint out, use it to decorate mason jars to use as vases. Paint the insides of the jars white, orange, yellow, brown, or whatever color you like best for autumn. Each jar can also be used as a letter to spell out a seasonal word like fall, autumn, or harvest. Once dried you can use these jars as vases to display autumn flowers or small stalk and leave arrangements. 

Florals

Paint is not necessary for easy fall decor. You can utilize nature itself to transform the aforementioned wine glasses and mason jars. Find flowers or leaves, natural or artificial, and decoupage them on the glasses. The natural adornments will look beautiful in the kitchen and is, quite literally, a great way to bring the fall season into your home. 

Vibrant fall colors do not need to be reserved for being seen through windows. Bringing them inside is an easy and fun project that will make any kitchen festive and ready for the cozy fall months. Whether it be bringing in a few seasonal fruits or repurposing an old glass, allow the transition to the fall season pervade into your kitchen. 

Product Review: Wolf 48” Dual Fuel Range

Friends gathered around a table and family recipes lovingly shared. Life is often centered around food and with the Wolf 48” Dual Fuel Range you’ll be equipped with the confidence to create the meals that the most delicious memories are made of. 

This range is dual-stacked which means it can cook at higher highs and lower lows. These burners can reach up to 20,000 Btu and go down as low as 300 Btu. In between the burners, there are two 7,500 Btu infrared double griddles. Don’t worry about under or overcooking either. Within the range, there is a temperature probe that alerts you when the desired temperature has been reached. Additionally, the Wolf Dual Fuel Range is well-lit which makes it easy to see through the large double-panel glass door windows. You even get a choice of iconic red, black, or brushed stainless control knobs!

The Wolf Dual Fuel Range assures predictably delicious results with a variety of modes including Convection Roast, Proof, and Dehydrate. You can control the heat and airflow expertly as dual convection creates just the right cooking environment for everything. Slide pots and pans on a French top that allows for true cooking finesse or move them around easily with continuous cast-iron grates. The range re-ignites the flame automatically with the spark ignition system for improved temperature control and added safety. It also operates easily with a control panel that rotates out of sight when not in use. 

The least fun part about cooking is the cleanup, but the Wolf Dual Fuel Range makes it simple. Cleanup splashes and spills easily with the seamless, sealed, black porcelain-coated burner pans. The range also includes options such as self-clean, delayed start, timed cook, Sabbath mode, and more.

Stop by H&H Appliance Center in East Windsor to make all of your kitchen appliance dreams come true or browse available appliances on our website: hhappliance.com

10 Simple Kitchen Cleaning Tips & Trick

Kitchens are often the heart of the home and the place where everyone congregates. However, the kitchen can house some big messes. Crumbs, spills, grease, and various smells all accumulate in the kitchen. You do not have to accept these messes as a permanent presence because the following tricks are easy ways to keep your kitchen sparkling. The best part? You only need two ingredients, baking soda and lemons. 

1. Stainless Steel Sink

Sprinkle baking soda on the bottom of the sink and around the drain or garbage disposal. Let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. With warm water, use a scrubbie or old toothbrush to scrub in circular motions. Rinse and reveal your brand new sink.

2. Garbage Disposal Disasters 

Cut a lemon in half and coat both sides with baking soda. Put the lemon halves down the garbage disposal one at a time and follow each one with a cup of vinegar. Turn on the garbage disposal until the first lemon half is disintegrated and follow with the second. This combination will help eradicate many unwelcome smells lingering in the drain. For an extra deep clean, you can follow up the draining of the lemons and vinegar with putting some ice cubes sprinkled with sea salt down the drain.

3. Microwave Messes 

Boom! Pop! Fizz! The food you put in the microwave is now attacking the walls of the appliance. However, this mess is easily matched with water and lemons. Combine half of a lemon with two cups of water in a microwaveable bowl. Microwave the concoction until it begins to boil. This typically takes about 2 to 3 minutes. The steam from the boiling bowl will do most of the heavy cleaning, just leaving you with the task of simply wiping away of debris.

4. Cooked Cooking Pot 

If the bottom of your pot has turned black with food and burns, mix together a cup of warm water, a cup of vinegar, and three tablespoons of baking soda. After letting the mixture soak, a minimal amount of scrubbing will be enough to reveal a clean pot.

5. Crude Cutting Board 

Wooden cutting boards look great in a kitchen. However, these porous surfaces can absorb and grow bacteria. In order to make sure your cutting board is safe and ready to use, sprinkle half a lemon with coarse sea salt. Use the salt coated lemon half to scrub and disinfect the cutting board. This gentle method will get rid of any debris hiding beneath the surface without damaging the wooden board.

6. Overcooked Oven

Cleaning the inside of your oven may seem like an impossible task. By using a simple paste made from baking soda, water, and dish soap, the impossible task can be done in under thirty minutes. To prepare, pour one cup of baking soda and one tablespoon of dish soap into a bowl. Stir the two ingredients together and then slowly add water until it makes a paste. Coat the inside of the oven with your paste, letting it sit for fifteen minutes. After the time is up, use a wet scrub or scour pad (depending on the condition of your appliance) in circular motions to start cleaning the oven. Once finished, wet a rag to remove the paste and dry the oven with a cloth rag. The oven should now look clean, and you shouldn’t be too tired.

7. Cloudy Coffee Pots

Perhaps your ever essential coffee pot is looking a little worse for the wear. To get rid of the unavoidable brown tint, fill the carafe two-thirds full with ice cubes. Cut a lemon into quarters squeezing and dropping the lemon slices into the carafe with the ice. Add a dash of salt on top. Swirl the mixture around for a few minutes, dump it out, and rinse with warm water to reveal a clear pot. 

8. Contaminated Cabinets

Cabinets have a tendency to get a little tacky after being opened with sticky fingers and in an environment filled with fumes. In order to clean your cabinets without damage, mix together two parts lemon and one part vegetable oil. This homemade paste can be worked into cabinets with your hands to minimize abrasiveness. The paste can also be used in conjunction with a scrub or toothbrush for extra dirty spots. Wipe away the paste with a damp rag for clean, shiny cabinets.

9. Foul Fruit Flies

A swarm of fruit flies is always a disheartening sight, but it is not an unfixable problem. Cut a lemon in half and put it in your oven for ten to twelve hours, usually overnight. In the morning, broil the lemon halves for five minutes. This will leave you with a fresh smelling kitchen that is free of fruit flies.

10. Rancid Refrigerator 

A stale smell pervading the inside of your refrigerator can be quickly prevented by putting a box of baking soda on a shelf. You can use a box of baking soda that is past its expiration or fill a cup halfway with fresh baking soda. Both methods will be effective and keep the fridge odor-free.

So for the next time everyone begins to congregate in the kitchen, you can relax and revel in, both, the company and the sparkling cabinets. And while it’s not guaranteed your kitchen will always stay clean, we can help you rest easy knowing it will just take a box of baking soda and a bag of lemons to restore it. 

Product Review: Cove 24” Dishwasher with Water Softener – Panel Ready

Are your dishes starting to stack up? The cleanup doesn’t have to be hard when you have the Cove 24” Dishwasher with Water Softener. Built with premium-grade materials, the Cove dishwasher is designed to last a minimum of 20 years. This high performance dishwasher is perfect for cleaning up even the biggest messes and operates in near silence that never interrupts what you’re doing.

(Photo Credit: Subzero, Wolf & Cove)

The Cove Dishwasher is perfect for any home because it adapts easily to differently shaped dishes and glasses with its height-adjustable middle rack and fold-down tines, so you don’t ever have to worry about not being able to fit certain items. It adjusts the amount of salt used per wash according to the hardness level of your water for the most accurate wash. The Cove removes food and grease with three powerful spray arms and has custom wash and dry options for different soil levels. It filters food efficiently through fine mesh for cleaner water throughout every cycle, so you’re dishes will always emerge spotlessly clean.

Hate drying your dishes before putting them away? With the Cove, every type of dish, utensil and pan will be thoroughly dried with a hot rinse and fan assist feature. You can monitor the cycle process and even start a new cycle remotely. You’ll also receive alerts when the rinse aid is low and needs to be refilled.

(Photo Credit: Subzero, Wolf & Cove)

This dishwasher is easily adaptable and designed to blend into the existing look of your kitchen, or it can be customized as needed so it can stylistically integrate into any kitchen design–even interior configurations can be altered. Opting for a stainless steel exterior gives you durability, as well as a timeless, sophisticated look. It maintains clean lines with a sleek control panel and a floor status light. The interior is also made of stainless steel that will provide you with decades of use and has LED lights that provides great visibility. 

Stop by H&H Appliance Center in East Windsor to make all of your kitchen appliance dreams come true or browse available appliances on our website: hhappliance.com