The Perfect Pairing – Wine & Chocolate

Valentine’s Day is the perfect opportunity for all the chocolate and wine lovers out there to enjoy their favorite things! Both cocoa beans and wine are fermented with the very same type of yeast, making two already amazing things even better when they’re paired in the right way.

Many wine and chocolate pairings compete for the same taste buds and they both leave long-lasting aftertastes. This can be overwhelming and leave a bad taste in your mouth. However, when you combine them right, your taste buds will thank you! Here are a few guidelines to help make sure your pairing is a match made in heaven:

Stick with Sweet

While it might sound counterintuitive, a “sweeter” wine works quite well with chocolate. Ensuring that the wine is at least slightly sweeter than the chocolate is the simplest way to combine two of life’s greatest pleasures. A sweet wine provides a nice balance to the bitter flavors of cocoa. Try a super mellow creamy chocolate like ganache with a ruby port or pair a salted chocolate caramel with an Italian Vin Santo passito wine.

Match Similar Intensities

If you’re not really into sweet wines, try pairing chocolates and wines that have a similar style and weight. Less intensely-flavored chocolates go well with lighter-bodied wines, while chocolates with more intense flavors can stand up to fuller-bodied wines. If you’re serving milk chocolate or a chocolate truffle with a ganache center, try a light-bodied pinot noir or a fruit-forward merlot. Pair a dark, bittersweet chocolate with a jammy Syrah or intense zinfandel.

Try a Silky, Velvety, and Soft Wine

Both wine and chocolate can have intense, dry flavors, so when you put together a dark, bittersweet chocolate with a powerful red wine, the combination can be overpowering. It’s best to choose wines that are a bit softer and juicier than the chocolate you’re pairing it with.

Consider Other Ingredients

If your chocolate contains other ingredients such as nuts, fruit, or caramel, consider how these flavors will play with the wine. In some cases, what grows together, goes together. For example, chocolate studded with dried cranberries might pair well with a fruit-forward red with berry undertones.

Here are some basic recommendations for pairing wines with different chocolates:

  • White chocolate: Ice wines, late-harvest rieslings, Moscato, cream sherry, sweeter rosè
  • Milk chocolate: Pinot noir, merlot, port, Madeira, Gewurztraminer
  • Dark chocolate: Zinfandel, syrah/shiraz, port, sherry, merlot, cabernet sauvignon

The main thing to remember when pairing wine and chocolate is to make sure there is a nice balance. With this guide, you’re sure to find the perfect pairing this Valentine’s Day. Don’t forget to make sure you have somewhere to store your wine and chocolates. Check out our selection of wine storage, including the Subzero 30” Designer Wine Storage with Refrigerator and Freezer Drawers, to take care of your valuable wine.

30" Designer Wine Storage with Refrigerator/Freezer Drawers – Panel Ready

Can you imagine a tastier combination? A nutty gruyere with pinot noir, or perhaps a full-bodied Burgundy with creamy epoisses cheese. Consider the Subzero 30” Designer Wine Storage with Refrigerator and Freezer Drawers a celebration of all such delicious pairings. It can preserve and protect up to 86 bottles of wine, with room to store down below. In the refrigerator and freezer drawers, there is ample room for cheeses, garnishes, beer, and an assortment of frozen desserts, snacks, and ice to complete the perfect duo.  

Of course, the main purpose of this wine storage beverage center is to take exceptional care of your valuable wine. It has two individually controlled wine storage zones, so you can separate and store both reds and whites at the proper temperature. Racks glide smoothly in and out, providing access without agitating the wine. Due to its UV-resistant and bronze-tinted glass, this beverage center prevents light exposure and ultimately shields your wine from aging. And dual evaporators maintain constant, moderate humidity, and the magnetic door seals lock in cold air to ensure freshness. 

This Subzero 30” designer wine storage center can fully integrate into any kitchen style. It accepts custom panels to match your current cabinetry or you can go with stainless-steel accessory panels and handles to match the other Subzero, Wolf and Cove appliances. Additionally, you can organize your wine collection with Subzero’s inventory tile system and even connect the unit to your home security system.  

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

So raise a glass to better wine preservation – and don’t forget the brie. If you’re interested in shopping for more wine storage beverage centers or other kitchen appliances, browse our website or stop by H&H Appliance Center in East Windsor, NJ.

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.

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. It’s no surprise that the PRO 48 has become a hallmark of the iconic American kitchen

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