Pastels…for Easter Eggs and the Fridge You Keep Them In! DIY Pastel Eggs

1 Apr

With Spring in full bloom, pastels are everywhere you look! From Easter eggs to fresh-budding flora, we’re reminded that the cold and dreary winter is past. There’s nothing like a little color to brighten your mood, and your home! Bring a little of that Spring cheer into the kitchen with one of our vintage-inspired pastel Northstar appliances-in pastel colors. Check out our fun DIY for pastel egg coloring, and tasty deviled eggs!

 

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Here’s a fun DIY project that will get you in the mood for spring; Pastel Eggs.  First, you can get creative and dye eggs in some fun colors, then turn them into edible snacks for your family and friends. Use the traditional method of dying eggs, but save your colors, because not only can you dye the shell of the eggs, you can dye the hardboiled egg whites, whip up the yolks with some mayo, and you’ve got fun colored deviled eggs! 

Here’s how:

  • Hard boil eggs for 10 minutes using your Elmira stove!
  • Use mugs, small bowls or cups as the “dye bath” for the eggs
  • Add a few drops of food coloring to water and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar in each dye bath
  • Using a spoon, gently dunk the eggs into the dye baths, mixing colors as you wish
  • Let the dyed eggs dry and store in your Elmira refrigerator 

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Follow the directions on our April Retro Recipe to make delicious pastel deviled eggs by re-using the dye bath from your colored eggs!

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You can find this Retro Recipe and others on our Facebook and more DIY tips posted daily on our Twitter !

To purchase our fun and hip pastel Northstar line of appliances, check out our website !

Celebrate this St. Patrick’s Day with Elmira and…Lucky Charms!

3 Mar

As always, Chicago will be going all out for St. Patrick’s Day this month. The river will once again be dyed green, the three-hour parade will prance through Grant Park, there will be bagpipes and river dancers – it promises to be a feast for the Irish, and the Irish at heart.Elmira Northstar Range in Mint Green

This year holds a little something extra, however. This year spectators and guests will also enjoy celebrating the 50th birthday of family-favorite brand Lucky Charms! Lucky Charms was first introduced into stores in 1964, making it a true vintage delight.

You know what else is a true vintage delight? Elmira Northstar Fridge in Mint GreenElmira, of course! And we’d like to help you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with one of our green Northstar appliances. We offer our traditional Mint Green color, but don’t forget – we also create custom colors.

So this St. Patrick’s Day, fill your kitchen with green Northstar appliances and pour a bowl of Lucky Charms. You’ll feel about as festive and vintage as a mid-century Leprechaun!

Check out our full line of Northstar appliances (in all colors) here.

Luck o’ the Irish to you, from Elmira!

Elmira’s Northstar Beer Fridge. Made for Canadians, by Canadians.

5 Feb

1949_Leaf_Ver1There’s been a lot of talk about patriotic red fridges and Canadian beer lately. And you know what? We’re totally on board. In fact, that’s exactly why we created our Candy Red Northstar Keg Fridge so many years ago.  It comes with a factory-installed 1951-BREW BrewMaster system to optimize your beer-drinking experience.

We believe you should be able to have the retro Elmira Northstar fridge look you love with the added convenience of a keg tap dispenser right on the front.

It’s perfect for hockey game days, boys’ night, or even just a post-work pint to finish off a long day.

And with the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics right around the corner, this fridge is the perfect way to bring a little Team Canada spirit into your home.

That’s the best part about this fridge – it’s 100% Canadian. In fact, Elmira has been designing and manufacturing appliances in Elmira, Ontario since 1975.1952_Tap_Reda Talk about true Canadian craftsmanship!

So while you’re cheering on Team Canada in Sochi, make sure your fridge is full, your keg is cold, and your tap is ready.  Remember, true Canadian beer belongs in a Canadian Elmira Northstar Keg Fridge.

Make Your Own Mid-Century Modern Neighborhood …Decorative Home Figurines for the Holiday Season

25 Nov

Its no doubt that the home is the focal point for the holiday season. Many families gather around rooms like the kitchen, or the living room to spend time celebrating the season. From our woodburning cookstoves to the mid-century modern retro refrigerator, both appliances represent a centralized gathering space in the home, and are sure to bring everyone together for the holidays.

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Do you or your family remember the figurine houses that are often displayed as part of holiday decoration? Now you can make your own neighborhood decoration for the holidays that melds with the vintage-lover in you! Here is a unique retro-inspired holiday decoration that you can make from your home this season:

http://retrorenovation.com/2012/12/07/vintage-style-putz-house-holiday-crafting-diy-kates-third-design/

We think these adorable houses would go great with our Northstar line of retro-modern appliances, and would compliment any mid-century modern designed home. Our tip: have a holiday figurine making craft party, invite some friends, sip on an atomic cocktail, and craft away! Sleek lines, fun colors, the company of friends and family, lots of sparkle and decorations makes for a retro-fun holiday season don’t you think?!

Cheers!

 

Preserve Wine…and the Past!

30 Oct

So you’re a wine enthusiast AND a retro appliance lover. You want to preserve the past while preserving your favorite pinot grigio.  Consider it done with the new Wine Cellar Panel from yours truly.  

The Model 1946 Wine Cellar Panel is designed to fit Jenn-Air™ Model JUW24FRACX wine cellar. It comes with serval essential functions that are key in preserving wine like: 

  • Dual-Temperature Zones
  • Built-In Design, Flush Alignment
  • UV-Resistant Thermal Glass Door
  • 6 Pull-Out Wine Racks with Beechwood Tines, LED Display Lighting 

And of course– our wine cellar panel is available in nine “standard” colors and can be custom-colored by request!

Of course if you’re a wine connoisseur, you’ve got your handle on fine wines. But if you’re not, and just becoming ‘in-grained’  in wine culture, here is a graphic that might help you figure out the lovely world of wine. Image

Whether its an earthy chianti, or a fruity moscato that you’ll be sipping- preserve it in our wine chiller. Ideal for your kitchen space, entertainment room, or mini-bar – its sure to preserve your wine while preserving your love for the past too.

Sip in style.

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

3 Sep

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

New Elmira Website!

3 Jul

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Elmira Stove Works has exciting news to share; we are launching a new website TODAY! If you have enjoyed Elmira products in your own home or have enjoyed reading our blogs here then you will surely be excited to learn more about our new website.

New features on the website such as the new “Create Your Dream Kitchen” application will allow one to customize their own kitchen. Choosing from three colors of kitchen cabinets, the user can build their kitchen by selecting from a full catalog of Elmira products. This new kitchen design tool comes complete with the ability to add or remove appliance options such as color, trim, or accessories. The Design Center will install virtual appliances in the cabinets of choice, and also price them out for the user. Additionally, visitors can also share their Dream Kitchen via email, Facebook and other social media platforms. The site is designed to offer customers a more engaging and user-friendly experience choosing which Elmira products are a fit for them. The site was built with responsive design properties, so regardless of the operating system or platform, customers will have a great experience designing their virtual kitchen, and using the rest of the site.

This website also features galleries of photos of Elmira products. The image gallery allows for customers to not only utilize the “Create Your Dream Kitchen” application, but potential customers can also see how other Elmira customers have incorporated appliances into their own kitchens. Additional website features include Google Translate, offering the text content of the site in over 70 languages, as well as a comprehensive social media dashboard, providing quick access to Elmira’s Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest and Houzz accounts as well as a link to this blog.

Through this new website, Elmira hopes to better serve the needs and expectations of its customers. Check out www.elmirastoveworks.com to see the new and improved website, and to try the new design center application.

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