Mid-Century Modern – Back to the Present

Style trends come full circle, and mid-century modern design is currently doing exactly that. The use of sleek lines, interesting colors and a mix of both traditional and non-traditional materials is the essence of mid-century modern style that harkens back to the mid-1930’s to mid-1960’s. So, what has sparked the current resurgence of this design trend?

Shows such as Mad Men have no doubt helped this style gain new popularity. In addition, today’s homeowners – busier than ever – appreciate the timeless look and minimal effort required to maintain mid-century modern style. And, then there is the added bonus of infusing our dwellings with a little nostalgia from a bygone era.

Breath of Fresh Air

Mid-century modern style is understated and uncluttered – providing a sense of stability in a chaotic world. This versatile aesthetic blends clean lines and gentle, organic curves with geometric forms and fun shapes to provide a minimalist look that’s both functional and stylish. There’s no unnecessary ornamentation collecting dust and dirt here. A simple wipe down will keep things looking crisp and new.

Bridging the Generation Gap

Millennials are the largest demographic purchasing new items for the home, and many are opting to furnish their homes with mid-century inspired items, including kitchen appliances. Mid-century modern is fresh to them and a welcome departure from the dusty pastels and beige overstuffed sofas that they likely grew up with.

Their parents, Gen Xer’s and retiring Baby Boomers – a growing number of whom are looking to downsize – are embracing mid-century modern as well. They too are looking for the perfect mix of “stylish, easy to clean (a.k.a. time-saving) and doesn’t take up too much space.”

But, there’s more to it than that. Age tends to make us more reflective, and memories are powerful. We all long for tangible bits of our past, and movies, music, and even furniture – in this case, brass tipped feet on an end table, an Eames-esque chair, or a barrel lampshade – can (re)connect us with the magic of another time.

Get the Look

So, how can you incorporate a touch of the mid-century modern design trend into your home?

Start by finding pieces that reflect the distinguishing features of the style. If there is a specific era you’d like to emulate, you can buy vintage furniture or an iconic piece that has been made new to suit your needs and budget. Try visiting antique markets or an online site that sells vintage and refurbished furniture.

Another way to get the look without breaking the bank is to build around current pieces. Just make sure to avoid using too many patterns, and stay within a designated color range.

Whichever direction you choose, don’t feel overwhelmed – the goal is to have fun and incorporate small elements that ultimately tie the look together and give the perfect mid-century vibes!

Bring On the Drama – 4 All-Star Kitchens in Film

The biggest night in film is always full of fun and fanfare! The 2018 Oscar nominees and winners featured a diverse selection of movies. In honor of the occasion, we thought we’d take a look back at previous nominees to count down a few of the best kitchens in film. From period dramas to adaptations of literary classics, here are some kitchen designs worthy of any home.

Ratatouille (2007)

There’s nothing like fine dining in France. Ratatouille follows young rat Remy, who has a gifted sense of taste and smell, on the pursuit of his lifelong dream – becoming a chef in Paris. Through a series of events, Remy ends up in the kitchen of Gusteau’s restaurant. A lot of work and detail went into bringing this restaurant kitchen to life for the big screen. The use of black with brass accents, tiled floor and copper pots created the perfect French kitchen, making it easy to see why this Pixar standout went on to win Best Animated Feature.

Julie & Julia (2009)

From a fictional chef to a real-life professional chef: in the film Julie & Julia, Julie Powell (Amy Adams) decides to add some joy to her life by cooking over the course of one year every recipe in Mastering the Art of French Cooking (1961) by Julia Child (Meryl Streep). The film is interwoven with flashbacks to Julia Child’s time in Paris in the 1950s, and the set was meticulously recreated based on pictures of her original kitchen. Meryl Streep garnered a Best Actress nod that year, but was edged out by Sandra Bullock for her performance as Leigh Anne Tuohy in The Blind Side.

The Help (2011)

Based on the best-selling book of the same name, The Help takes moviegoers on a journey through Mississippi in the 1960s. The retro style and pale hues of Skeeter Phelan’s (Emma Stone) childhood home would be perfectly complemented by mint green Northstar appliances. All of the elements – from the checkered vinyl floor to the Formica-and-chrome table complete with cherry red seating – provide the quintessential mid-century southern style needed to make this film pop. The critically-acclaimed movie was nominated for Best Picture, but lost out to The Artist.

The Great Gatsby (2013)

This film adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary classic gave us a taste of the glitz and glam of the 1920s. The film, directed by Baz Luhrmann, included all of the elements of the roaring 20s yet still felt very modern. The movie used 42 individual sets, created both on location and on soundstages. It took the production team 14 weeks just to build, paint and decorate Gatsby’s mansion, which called for a grand ballroom, library, master bedroom, entrance hall, and terrace, as well as a garden. The meticulous attention to detail paid off, as the film earned an Oscar for Best Production Design.

Did your Oscar picks win this year? What was your favorite film from this list, or is there another film that you think had a great kitchen set?

Five Easy and Inexpensive Kitchen Hacks

With the holidays out of the way and – in much of the country – cold weather still hanging on, late February and early March can be the ideal time to get organized. Why not devote a weekend afternoon to getting your kitchen in order and ready for spring. Here are some quick and budget-friendly kitchen hacks to make your task easier!

Store baking necessities in glass jars

If you like to bake, get rid of unsightly bags and boxes, and pour your baking accoutrements into farmhouse-chic, airtight glass storage jars. They’ll keep flour, sugar and other baking ingredients fresh, and the wide mouth container will make it easy to scoop out what you need without making a mess. For a bit of extra flair, label jars with vintage style stickers, available at most craft stores.

Get a message board

Too many reminders and notes can make any kitchen look less than chic. Instead, tack up an old-fashioned cork bulletin board or chalkboard on a free wall to eliminate clutter. If you’re feeling adventurous, purchase a piece of foam insulation board from your local building supply store, cover with fabric of your choice and, voilà, you’re all set.

Organize plastic bags creatively

While it’s great to reuse plastic bags, don’t let them take up valuable space in your cabinets and drawers. For a fun, colorful way to store and dispense your bags, stuff them in an empty tissue box and use command strips to attach the box to  the inside of your pantry or a cabinet door. You’ll be able to easily pull out bag s one at a time. Choose a patterned box for a little extra flair.

 Show off cooking utensils

Have your own, personal arsenal of specialized kitchen utensils? Instead of hiding them away, take a cue from celebrity chefs and proudly display your tools. Try hanging them above your stove using stylish coat hooks, or install a curtain rod and hang them on shower curtain hooks. For a more utilitarian look, store utensils on a peg board.

Optimize under-sink storage

Install a tension rod underneath your sink and hang frequently used cleaning supplies on the rod. Store paper towels, soaps, sponges and other go-to items on a small lazy Suzan so you can easily access them as needed. For even more utility, install trash bags on an under sink wall hanger (similar to how you’d mount a paper towel roll).

Elmira Stove Works offers a complete line of 1950s-inspired kitchen appliances to give your space a trend forward, mid-century modern feel. Plus, our appliances are equipped with the very latest in cooking technology – which means you’ll never sacrifice the performance you demand for the aesthetics you prefer.

Sizzling Hot. Spooky Cool.

Tis the season for porches filled with spider webs, skeleton-lined driveways and jack-o-lanterns on the steps. As a child trick-or-treating on Halloween, nothing is more exciting than venturing up to an extravagantly decorated house. Well… maybe one thing: visiting a home featuring a spooky walk-through complete with “pop up” ghosts, goblins and ghouls.

Americans rank Halloween as their third favorite holiday, just behind Christmas and Thanksgiving. In 2016, Halloween retail spending hit a record high of $8.4 billion. Consumers spent money on costumes for all members of the family – kids, parents (and even pets) – along with candy and, of course, decorations.

As an adult, Halloween provides the perfect excuse to let loose and express ourselves differently than we do every other day of the year. There’s just something about dressing up and decorating the house, however crazily, spookily or just plain old differently, that provides an intriguing release from reality… seemingly what makes the holiday a favorite among Americans both young and old.

For those seeking to elevate their Halloween decor to the next level, the Northstar line from Elmira Stove Works offers a full range of customizable vintage refrigerators. Just in time for Halloween, the vintage-inspired Skulls and Flames design features an orange, airbrushed skull on a sleek black fridge that is sure to give anyone “the chills.”

Popular among motorcycle owners and vintage car aficionados alike, this visually striking fridge can even be tailored to be a draft beer dispenser, making it the ultimate man cave masterpiece.

Skulls not your thing? Fear not! Northstar fridges come in a variety of colors and can be airbrushed with a design of your choosing. These functional pieces of art are ideal for adding a pop of color to the kitchen or evoking masculine charm in a garage or man cave. If you happen to prefer the look of a solid color fridge, Elmira offers orange and black versions of its Northstar appliances – perfect for Halloween, and all year round.

Retro, colored appliances are not frequently found in kitchens nowadays, making these pieces all the more extravagant and gushworthy. With Elmira Stove Works, it’s easy to get the desired retro or antique look, without sacrificing the convenience of modern, high-tech appliances.

So, whether you’re seeking to up your Halloween decor and host a top-notch haunted house, or add a flare of self-expression to an otherwise generic kitchen or man cave, Elmira Stove Works has got you covered.

The (Welcome) Revenge of Vintage: Transforming Your Home & Kitchen Spaces with Antique Appliances

There’s just something about vintage styling that makes folks feel at home. Especially in the kitchen, smart-looking antique appliances are dazzling additions to virtually any decorating theme. If you’d like to embrace your own vintage obsession, this primer on available styles, colors, and options will help get you started. Because vintage will have its revenge.

In a tech-driven world that values the ‘latest and greatest’, it’s comforting to know that antique home decor holds timeless appeal. There’s something in us that yearns to be reminded of our past — of the home we grew up, or perhaps a visit to our grandparents’ home, in when times were simpler. One way to satisfy that innate need is to transform your kitchen space with nostalgic styling using antique appliances.

Antique appliance options that form the base of your new kitchen style

The first question you’re perhaps asking yourself is: ‘What are the possibilities?’ You’ll be surprised at the choices you have when equipping your kitchen with these pieces. Also, vintage appliances will form the basis for the rest of your design, which makes them that much more important.

Antique appliances that feature vintage designs include:

  • Self-cleaning ovens
  • Convection ovens for faster, even, precise baking and broiling
  • Programmable ovens for baking and self-clean
  • Warmer drawers
  • Frost-free fridges
  • Ice makers
  • Large functional freezers
  • Filtered cold water dispensers

ELMIRA TOP TIP:  Whether you’re simply accenting an existing style — or you’re building a fresh look from the flooring up — each appliance category offers a variety of options that fit your lifestyle. Elmira appliance experts can help you to determine your specific needs and then select appliances that meet those requirements.

Vintage color options to add flair to your appliance selections

Perhaps the most inviting element of these antique appliance options is the palette of colors that bring back the rich tones of simpler times. Your kitchen will become a welcomed break from the ‘more-is better’ neon assault on the eyes. Instead, your home space will be filled with soothing shades that invite long, luxurious dinners and lingering conversation.

Elmira offers the following colors to choose from as you assemble your dream vintage kitchen space:

Antique (1850’s):

  • Textured black
  • Cayenne pepper red
  • Liberty blue
  • White
  • Bisque
  • Black/White
  • Black/ Bisque

ELMIRA TOP TIP: Your Elmira appliance expert is trained to help you select the set of colors that will complete your new design theme. If you’d like some help, just give us a call or send us an email and we’ll be happy to offer suggestions. Or, you can check out color options on our website.

Elmira Antique appliances offer yesterday’s designs with tomorrow’s technology

When we say vintage appliances, we’re not talking about ‘old’. We mean the latest cooling and cooking technologies housed inside a smart-looking, nod-to-the-1890’s-or-1950’s styled appliance. All the look and feel of ‘the good old days’ — but with the performance and durability of today’s technology.

Here are just a few of the technologies you can expect from your vintage appliances:

  • Programmable delayed bake
  • High-performance gas burners
  • High-speed radiant elements
  • True convection ovens
  • Two-cubic-foot warmers
  • 10 power levels (microwaves)
  • Turbo-defrost (microwaves)
  • Five-stage programmable cooking (microwaves)
  • Energy Star efficiency (fridges)
  • Auto-defrost (fridges)

Whether you’re cooking for four of forty — your Elmira vintage appliances offer the durability and performance you’d expect in a state-of-the-art appliance.

ELMIRA TOP TIP: The Elmira website has all of the information and specifications you need to help design your new kitchen space — including downloadable, printable model-specific user’s manuals with complete listings of features and functions.

Elmira Stove Works is your headquarters for antique-style appliances. We fuse technology and style into a robust collection of quality, durable refrigeration and cooking appliances. To recreate these looks for your own kitchen, to check pricing, or to learn more, visit to http://www.elmirastoveworks.com/visualizer/antique/.

Decorating for the Holidays

1949_RedYour kitchen is the most-used room in the house during the holiday season; it’s a gathering space for friends and family while preparing delectable dishes. With this in mind, you should seriously consider decorating your kitchen with fun holiday décor for everyone to enjoy. To help you plan in advance, we have come up with a few ideas on how you can decorate your kitchen without it getting in the way.

  1. Strategically hang garland on the tops of your kitchen cabinetry. Try a tight scalloped design and accent with bows. For a more traditional style, use red bows. However, if you are feeling creative this year, consider draping your cabinetry tops with bold, colorful tinsel. From shiny blues to vibrant pinks, you can find a hue that complements your kitchen’s design scheme.

    A Little DIY
    Photo Credit: A Little DIY
  2. To accent your garland displays, place holiday-themed figurines on the tops of your kitchen cabinets for extra pizazz.
  3. You can ask your family members or guests to draw pictures to hang as décor as well. This is a fun idea that will not only bring everyone together, but adds a touch of personality.
  4. Give your windows some extra twinkle this year by framing them in holiday lights. Whether you prefer classic white or colorful ones, lights can add extra charm to your kitchen. Just be sure to keep the plugs away from sinks to ensure safety.
  5. Place candles with small, stylish wreaths on your kitchen counter tops and dining tables. Try a spruce-scented candle, or vanilla fragrance, to create a scintillating effect. The combination of freshly baked goods and aromatic candles will have your guests waiting in anticipation.
  6. Hang mistletoes from your kitchen entryways. This small decorative accent will help spread affection between loved ones during the holiday season. We get so busy entertaining guests and preparing meals that we oftentimes forget to express our gratitude and appreciation to our partners.
  7. If you’re going with a vintage / retro theme, how about pulling out some old Christmas records or CD’s, or downloading classic tunes to create ambience?” Some of the old greats can be found at these two links: http://bit.ly/1ew6CQR and http://bit.ly/1rMsmir.

    Photo Credit: Sugar Dot Cookies
    Photo Credit: Sugar Dot Cookies
  8. Poinsettias make wonderful decorative accents in kitchen spaces. Just be sure you place them in areas with lots of sunlight, but don’t let the leaves touch cold windows or window panes. This will damage them, shortening the length of enjoyment time.
  9. If you really want to get into the holiday season, and are in the market for new kitchen appliances, consider putting a gift card towards some Northstar appliances under the tree. When the holidays are over, you can transform your kitchen into an entirely new space!
  10. Lastly, don’t forget to display some holiday treats on ornamental platters to tie your decorations together. Fresh brownies or peppermint bark are great options, but if you enjoy baking, an assortment of delicious cookies will do the trick.

From the Elmira Stove Works family to yours, we wish all our friends and fans a very happy holiday season. We are looking forward to 2015 and some exciting new happenings!

Give Thanks for Cooking with Pleasure

In Canada, we celebrated Thanksgiving the second Monday of October, a tradition that began in 1957. For those of you living in the United States, Thanksgiving is still to come. And, what better way to enjoy Turkey Day than to bake your bird in one of our Antique Cook’s Delight ranges.

Loaded with state-of-the-art features to make your culinary experience more enjoyable, the Antique range includes a full-size, self-cleaning oven andControlPanOpen a choice of cooktops. 45” models also come with a “stay hot” food warmer, to keep your side dishes hot while you’re finishing off the rest of your meal.

Preparing a turkey for the first time can be a daunting task. You definitely don’t want your turkey to take on an unwelcoming “blackened” taste. To make the job easier, cook your turkey to perfection with the Cook’s Delight range’s “Feather Touch” electric control panel. Conveniently located at eye-level in the upper cabinet, the touch screen allows temperatures to be easily controlled. The indicator lights on the panel and cooking surface let you know which function is being used. The cooktop lights and exhaust fan are also controlled from this location.

Unless you are an expert chef like Rachel Ray, stick to the basics when it comes to cooking your turkey. The cook time depends on the how big your bird is. The rule of thumb for poultry is 20 minutes per pound at 350 degrees, plus an addition 10-20 minutes of roasting time. Be sure to let your turkey rest for 10-15 minutes before carving, this will help keep the meat moist, and scrumptious. It’s also suggested to stuff your turkey with stuffing prior to baking for extra flavor.1855STBlkBisNickel

When it comes to your side dishes, the traditional Thanksgiving dinner typically includes green bean casserole accented with crispy onions; sweet potatoes topped with marshmallows; mashed potatoes and gravy; and fresh cranberry sauce. With this many dishes, you will need to plan accordingly.

Luckily, Elmira Stove Works’ Antique ranges come with a 30-inch or 45-inch cooktop. The 30-inch cooktop comprises four burners; the 45-inch cooktop houses six burners. This gives you plenty of room to prepare your side dishes all at the same time. Sealed gas burners, “Ultra Temp” cast elements or smooth-top electric burners, and even combinations are available, giving you plenty of options to choose from.

Our Antique ranges are accessible in a multitude of colors to complement your kitchen’s design scheme: Black, White, Bisque, Cayenne Pepper Red, Liberty Blue, Jewel Green, Black / White combination, or Black / Bisque combination. Additionally, other decorative metal trim accents are available; including a Victorian trivet, decorative shelf, door frames, leg and front skirt trim – all in Nickel, Antique Copper or Antique Brass.

With all the available options offered with our Antique ranges, preparing your Thanksgiving meal won’t cause stress or headaches; instead it has the potential to renew your passion for cooking.

“Talking Turkey: Non-Traditional Ideas for Your Traditional Range”

Rather than go with the traditional cooking directions for turkey, consider these ideas from a post on amazingribs.com:

  1. DON’T set your bird down inside the roasting pan, which results in the top of the bird being overcooked by the time the bottom is cooked. Instead, set a rack across the top of the pan and set the bird on the rack. This will create even degree heat all around the bird. Put a cup of water into the bottom of the pan to keep the bird even moister.
  2. DON’T cook your bird to 180 degrees. Instead, remove the bird at 160 degrees – it will rise to 165 degrees while you’re carving it. (The USDA changed their guidelines for turkey from 180 degrees to 165 degrees back in 2006. Most recipes are out of date.) At 165 degrees, you’ll have a safe bird that is much moister.AntWarmerOpen
  3. DON’T stuff the turkey. By the time the stuffing is safely heated to 165 degrees, the white meat will be overcooked. Instead, leave the cavity empty, allowing the bird to roast evenly from the inside and out. Bake your stuffing in muffin pans for a tasty, crispy treat. Rub the cavity with the same seasoning you’re using on the outside, and place a cheesecloth packet loaded with aromatics (parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme – sing along if you wish!) in the cavity.
  4. DON’T set the oven at 350 degrees. Instead, go with 325 degrees. This will allow for much more even heating and, with the cavity empty, your bird will cook quite quickly, so you’ll actually be reducing your overall cooking time.
  5. DON’T rely on the clock. Instead, rely on a good thermometer. Yes, we know you want to know roughly how long it will take – for an unstuffed bird, allow about 2 to 2-1/2 hours for a 12-14 pound bird. Add a half hour for every additional four pounds.
  6. DON’T tent your turkey with foil or let it stand. Doing so allows the skin to soften and lose that wonderful crispness you worked so hard to get. Instead, carve the bird as soon as you take it out of the oven.
  7. DON’T carve the breasts while they’re on the bird. Instead, use your knife to scoop the breasts off of the bird. Then carve them across the grain so that everyone gets a piece of breast meat with a nice crispy bit of skin attached to it.

To learn more about Elmira Stove Works’ collection of Antique ranges, visit our website at www.elmirastoveworks.com.

Where There’s Smoke, There’s…

… really yummy smoked food, coming out of an Elmira Fireview wood-burning cookstove! Who’d have ever thought you could lightly smoke meats, fish, vegetables and desserts indoors in a wood-burning cooker??? Well you can indeed, and you won’t even smoke up the kitchen while doing so.

The same technology that creates air circulation and even temperatures in the Fireview’s oven also draws the smoke out of the stove and up the chimney. A gap in the gasket on the oven door allows room air to be drawn into the oven, creating air flow and mild turbulence that helps eliminate hot and cool spots. That air is then drawn out of the oven and up the flue through three small holes in the back of the oven.

“Smoking and southern barbecue have become extremely popular over the past few years,” says Brian Hendrick, Elmira Stove Works’ Vice-President of Marketing. “For those who are interested in cooking on a woodburning cookstove, or supplementing their traditional range with a wood cooker, this is a real bonus.”

The smoking process in the Fireview is fairly simple. Elmira will soon provide a smoker kit with each Fireview cookstove it sells. The kit contains a broiling pan, cover, roasting rack, tongs, thermometer, smoke puck or “bisquette” samples, a puck pan and instructions. Once the oven is at the desired temperature, you simply set the food to be smoked on the rack in the pan, fully ignite a smoke bisquette in the stove’s firebox, blow it out, set it in the puck pan, and close the oven door. The oven will fill with smoke, and the smoke flavour will slowly permeate the food.

Each bisquette lasts about ten to fifteen minutes. For a hint of smoke, you’ll want to use four or five bisquettes. For a heavier smoke, double up on the bisquettes in the pan, smoke for longer, use a heavier wood smoke such as hickory or mesquite, close off one or two holes in the back of the oven to hold in more smoke, or a combination of these techniques: the more smoke, the more flavor. With practice and experimentation, you can get some great results.

“You might not get a really heavy smoke flavor,” says Hendrick. “If you want heavy smoke through an eight-pound pork butt, you’ll probably need to go back to your outdoor smoker, but the Fireview can definitely achieve a nice light smoky ‘bark’ on smaller cuts of meat.”

So not only will the Fireview heat your home or cabin, cook your food, provide a pleasant fire to watch, and provide hot water for your home; it will also let you enjoy the tasty pleasures of smoking meats and other foods… indoors!

Some suggested recipes* to search online and try in your Fireview: smoked chicken, pork ribs, pulled pork, mahi-mahi, or beef brisket; smoked corn on the cob, smoke-roasted asparagus, baked beans, smoked apple pie, apple-smoked peaches with ice cream. Hungry yet?

* recipes may require adaptation for use in your cookstove – experiment and have fun!

 

Back to School: Lunch Ideas that are Sure To Please!

It’s that time of year again; time to stock up on supplies and get the backs packed for the first day of school. In addition to the kick-off of another new school year, we have put together a wide variety of lunch options to last the whole year.

Whether you’re looking to send the kids to school with a lunch that is healthy, creative, inexpensive, or all three, we gathered a variety of ideas that will make you and your kids want to brown bag it every day. Also, these can be great for the whole family too!

Pasta Salad with Salami and Mozzarella

Ingredients

  • 2  cups  gemelli (or other short pasta)
  • 2  cups  chopped spinach
  • 1  cup  grape tomatoes (halved)
  • 4  ounces  fresh mozzarella, cut into pieces
  • 2  ounces  salami, cut into pieces
  • 3  tablespoons  olive oil
  • 1  tablespoon  white wine vinegar
  • kosher salt and black pepper

Directions

1. Cook pasta according to the package directions; drain and rinse under cold water. Toss in a large bowl with the spinach, grape tomatoes, mozzarella, and salami.

2. Whisk together the olive oil, white wine vinegar, ½ teaspoon kosher salt, and ¼ teaspoon black pepper. Transport the pasta mixture and vinaigrette separately; drizzle the salad with the vinaigrette before serving.

Original recipe from: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/pasta-salad-with-salami-and-mozzarella-recipe-00000000023393/index.html

Classic Chicken Soup

Ingredients

  • 1  3 1/2- to 4-pound chicken
  • 6  carrots, peeled
  • 4  celery stalks
  • 1  large yellow onion, quartered
  • 2 1/2  teaspoons  kosher salt
  • 1  teaspoon  whole black peppercorns

Directions

1. Place the chicken in a large pot. Cut 3 of the carrots and 2 of the celery stalks into 1-inch pieces. Quarter the onion. Add the cut vegetables to the pot with the salt, peppercorns, and enough cold water to cover (about 8 cups). Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, skimming any foam that rises to the top, until the chicken is cooked through, about 30 minutes.

2. Transfer the chicken to a bowl and let cool. Strain the broth, discarding the vegetables. Return the broth to the pot. Thinly slice the remaining carrots and celery. Add them to the broth and simmer until tender, about 10 minutes. When the chicken is cool enough to handle, shred the meat and add it to the soup. Ladle into individual bowls.

Original recipe from: http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/classic-chicken-soup-10000001226560/print-index.html

Peanut Butter Berry-Wich (*this recipe contains peanuts)

Ingredients

  • 2 slices whole-wheat bread or Banana Bread
  • 1 tablespoon natural peanut butter
  • 1 tablespoon softened Neufchâtel (reduced-fat) cream cheese
  • 2 medium strawberries, hulled and sliced
  • 1 teaspoon honey

Preparation

Lay the bread slices on a work surface. Spread the peanut butter on one slice and the cream cheese on the other.

Arrange strawberry slices in an even single layer on top of the peanut butter. Drizzle the honey on the berries and then place the other slice of bread with the cream cheese on top. Cut into halves or quarters.

Original Recipe From: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/printerfriendly/Peanut-Butter-Berry-Wich-243125#ixzz2c9UndNCA

Turkey Pinwheels 

Ingredients

  • 1 large whole-wheat wrap (11 to 12 inches), or 2 smaller wraps (8 inches), or a 12-by 9-inch rectangular lavosh
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 lightly packed handful rinsed baby spinach leaves
  • 1 tablespoon dried cranberries
  • 2 medium carrots, ends cut off, peeled and coarsely shredded
  • 2 slices Swiss cheese, such as Jarlsburg (2 ounces)
  • 2 thin slices store-bought roasted turkey breast (2 ounces)

Preparation

If necessary, warm the wrap in a 350°F oven for 2 minutes to soften before filling.

Lay the wrap on a work surface and spread the mayonnaise all over. Sprinkle the spinach leaves, cranberries, and carrots evenly on top. Arrange the Swiss cheese and turkey in even layers over the vegetable layer. Fold in the side edges and then roll up snugly from the bottom.

Cut crosswise into 4 even pieces and wrap tightly in plastic.

Original Recipe From: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/printerfriendly/Turkey-Pinwheels-243128#ixzz2c9VC2enx

It’s 5 o’clock… Somewhere…

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The newest addition to Elmira’s Northstar Collection may be the most fun yet. Making a great addition to any home or recreational space, the Northstar 1945 Beverage Refrigerator comes in nine unique retro colors and can even be custom-colored by request.

The beverage refrigerator comes equipped with variable temperature control, interior lighting, four adjustable wire shelves, a retro porthole window and the optional script of “It’s 5 o’clock… Somewhere…”. The porthole window will let you know when you need to refill, but that won’t be too often given the amazing 120 can capacity. It’s also great for chilling wine, beer or other bottled beverages, and for keeping your cold snacks nearby. The refrigerator maintains the 50’s era look with modern features and convenience. This eye-catching statement piece is sure to impress and integrate seamlessly into your home design ideas. With 3.3 cubic feet of capacity, the 1945 fridge measures 34” high x 18” wide x 20” deep.

Here are eight great places to locate your Northstar Beverage Refrigerator:

  1. Untitled1By the pool. This design fits right in with an outdoor (weatherproof*) poolbar. It has the perfect personality for those lazy laid-back summer days enjoyed by the pool.
  2. In the kitchen. Why use up fridge space with cans and bottles? Store your cold beverages separately and nearby.
  3. At the cottage or beach house. Make that warm weather getaway even more of a special escape with Northstar’s fun retro styling.
  4. At the ski chalet or hunting camp. After a day of fresh air and exercise, bring the gang back inside to a relaxing beverage, served cold and cool!
  5. In the garage workshop / car shop. Do the “guys” get together to work on projects? A retro fridge filled with cold beverages would surely add to the fun.
  6. In the ‘Man Cave’. Every man needs his space. Now the boys can “throw back” a cold one with the “throwback” styling of a retro fridge.
  7. In the basement bar. If your kitchen is more formal, why not create a relaxed and funky retro atmosphere in your recreation space?
  8. Anywhere else! Would a retro beverage add a special touch to your company’s boardroom or hospitality area? If you run a clubhouse, B&B or lodge, how might a spectacular Northstar fridge add to your “brand experience”?

*In any outdoor applications be sure to provide adequate shelter against weathering.

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