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

Product Review: Weber Spirit II E-310 Gas Grill

Step up your grilling game with the Weber Spirit II E-310 gas grill! From family cookouts to summer holiday parties, you’ll want this grill in your backyard!

This spacious grill has three stainless steel burners and a total of 529 square inches of cooking area. Additionally, it has convenient side tables for placing trays and spices and six tool hooks for hanging your tongs and spatula. 

The Spirit II features a stainless steel work surface and porcelain-enameled cooking grates, Flavorizer bars, grease tray with catch pan, and lid with a center-mounted thermometer and painted aluminum end caps. The Electronic Crossover ignition system is ensured to ignite every time so you can be confident it will light the first time, every time. From the first light out of the box to the 1,000th, the igniter won’t let you down!

This grill is also compatible with Weber’s iGrill, an intuitive app that was designed by grillers, for grillers. The app’s features include preset or customizable food doneness settings, temperature monitoring, and wireless alerts so all that’s left for you to do is sit back and relax. With a powerful GS4 and iGrill capability, you’re set up for BBQ success every time.

The Weber Spirit II E-310 is the perfect size to grill up a couple of burgers for everyone in the family, or switch it up with chicken and steak. This grill adds convenience and simplicity to everyday life, and nobody is left hungry. Visit H&H Appliance Center or browse our website for more information.

Favorite Cocktails for Poolside Entertaining

Looking for the perfect summer cocktail? Keep it cool with these delicious, refreshing, and easy to make cocktails that are perfect for any party, BBQ, or casual poolside hangout! Our amazing variety of beverage centers promise to keep the drinks cold and the good times going!

Southern Bourbon Peach Tea 

The Southern Bourbon Peach Tea is perfect for anyone who loves dark liquors! With just four simple ingredients, it’s the perfect DIY cocktail. All it takes is iced tea, peach Schnapps, and your favorite bourbon. Don’t forget to garnish it with fresh peach slices after pouring it over ice. Whether you’re enjoying a glass with a loved one or whipping up a large pitcher for your next party, this peach tea will be your new favorite drink!

Limoncello Colada

Feel cool in no time with this Limoncello Colada recipe! A twist on the classic favorite piña colada, this drink sweetens things up with Crema di Limoncello, lime juice, and fresh pineapple. Simply combine all of the ingredients into a blender with lots of ice to make the perfect cocktail for any frozen backyard fiesta. Our huge selection of ice makers are guaranteed to keep the party going! Don’t forget to add a lime slice and pineapple wedge as garnish to impress all of your guests!

Sangria Season 

Summer and sangria go hand in hand. The freshness of summer berries make for a perfect drink, which is why the Rosé Berry Summer Sangria is one of our must-haves! Sangria is traditionally made with red, pink, or white wine, fresh fruit, juice, and either rum or brandy. One of the best things about sangria is that you can make it the day before so it’s ready to go the next day!

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Cucumber Vodka Gimlet 

Thinking about trying something a little different? Then the Cucumber Vodka Gimlet is for you! A gimlet is a cocktail traditionally made with lime juice and gin, but you can also use vodka to switch it up. This recipe calls for a combination of fresh cucumbers, lime juice, and cucumber vodka. Pro Tip: We also like to add a splash of soda to make it slightly fizzy. It’s refreshing, clean and slightly sweet taste will keep you coming back for more!

Summer Heat

Imagine the joy of fresh, sweet pineapple paired with spicy jalapeno! The Pineapple Jalapeno Smash is basically like pineapple salsa in cocktail form and everything you need to cool off on a hot summer night! This vodka-based beverage calls for pineapple, lime, and jalapeno. You can even turn it into a margarita by adding your favorite tequila!

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No matter what your palate prefers, these cocktails are guaranteed to keep you cool and refreshed all summer long! Be sure to check out all of our refrigeration appliances in-store or browse our website: hhappliance.com. Happy sipping!

Product Review: MHP WNK 4 Grill

Nothing says summer like a sizzling barbecue! From burgers and hot dogs to grilled corn on the cob and pizza, make sure you’re prepared this summer with one of this season’s favorite grills: the Modern Home Products’ (MHP) WNK 4. This high performance grill is perfect for hosting outdoor parties for your family and friends.

MHP’s most popular grill has 642 square inches of total cooking area and a stainless steel swing-away warming rack, so even the most advanced cook will have plenty of space for creating delicious eats. Heavy weight 5/16-inch, two-piece stainless steel rod cooking grids are extremely durable and easy to clean (premium grids are also available as an upgrade). Additionally, the high profile lid can handle all rotisserie functions, including accommodating large cuts of meat and big Tom turkeys.

For an easy cleanup, the WNK 4 grill has self-cleaning FlavorMaster long lasting porcelain briquettes that provide food with a cleaner, fresher, and better barbecue flavor. Unlike metal flavor plates or bars, the FlavorMaster briquettes will not rust. An exclusive “H” type stainless steel burner guarantees a longer life. The Sta-Kool stainless steel handle, built-in heat indicator, and electronic ignition are just a few more features that come standard.

Swing by H&H Appliance Center inEast Windsor to make all of your outdoor and indoor appliance dreams come true, or browse available appliances on our website: hhappliance.com

5 Easy & Affordable Ways to Make Your Backyard an Outdoor Oasis

Are you in need of a backyard makeover this summer? There are a number of easy and inexpensive things you can do to create a backyard your neighbors will be in awe of!

1. Build an Outdoor Kitchen with the Perfect Grill

Entertain family and guests alike with an outdoor kitchen! There are plenty of ways to build an outdoor kitchen that will fit within your budget. If you’re looking to go big you can install a kitchen unit on your patio or under a pergola. Include a grill, island, refrigerator, and plenty of storage space in the kitchen. If you’re looking for something less expensive, try adding a charcoal grill on your deck or patio. For a simple look, you can also add a rustic outdoor table and a patterned outdoor rug. Whether you go big or small with your budget and grill, H&H Appliance is here for you.

2. Cozy Outdoor Lighting

No matter the size of your backyard, it doesn’t take much to make it feel magical. To help achieve your fairytale backyard dream, consider investing in great outdoor lighting. Draping string lights can give your yard or small patio a romantic, starry night feel. Another fun idea is to line the yard, patio, or garden path with tiki torches and lanterns to give your outdoor space some cozy and playful soft lighting.

3. Grow a Garden

Incorporating flowers and plants can really transform your outdoor space. Gardens are easily customizable and can fit any design style. Whether you’re looking to expand your garden, or trying to  liven up your yard with a burst of color, gardens are the way to go. Opting for fruit and vegetable plants is also a fantastic way to add personality and creativity to your space all while still staying on budget. 

4. Make or Buy a Fire Pit

Who doesn’t love a backyard with a fire pit? Fire pits are adaptable to any size space and add a cozy element to your outdoor space. For a smaller patio, consider a table-top fire pit that’s sure to fit and add some flare. No matter the space, you can always how off your DIY skills by building your own, or buying one that is budget-friendly. 

5. Backyard Theater

Have a drive-in movie experience in your own backyard! It’s actually much easier than you may think – all you need is a projector, screen, and speakers. Add some blankets, pillows, and popcorn and it’s lights, camera, action! For the ultimate backyard viewing party try this affordable and simple DIY screen