Pick Your Color! Custom Colored Retro Northstar Appliances

5 Nov

Our faithful Elmira Stove Works fans are quite familiar with our Northstar collection’s main eight color options, but did you know about our custom color options? That’s right! There are over 200 custom color options available for the Northstar line through RAL color technology! Whether you desire a solid hue for your kitchen’s range or a two-toned kegerator with your favorite sports team’s color for the basement, the possibilities are virtually endless.

Check out the RAL color chart below and let us know which colors or combinations you see in your dream Northstar kitchen! Don’t see exactly what you want in the RAL color chart? Elmira can color-match your appliances to any color you wish!

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The Model 1955 range in Red Violet (RAL 4002) is a great representation of the international color authority Pantone’s 2014 Color of the Year, “Marsala.”





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The currently undefeated New England Patriots fans will rejoice over this particular kegerator in Signal Blue (RAL 5005) and Traffic Red (RAL 3020), but your favorite teams’ colors are certainly possible, too!






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If you are drawn to the bold, daring colors, we can cater to your design needs as well. This Model 1958/1959 refrigerator in Yellow Orange (RAL 2000) would certainly be energizing in the morning!






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If you prefer a more neutral kitchen with an accent color, the Model 1953 Northstar microwave may be the perfect dose of personality for your space. Here, the microwave is shown in Telemagenta (RAL 4010) may be just your type.

Elmira Stove Works Goes Gray During National Kitchen & Bath Month

13 Oct

Design history has shown gray to be synonymous with cold, sterile, boring environments. Within recent years, the color gray’s reputation has made a complete turnaround in the realm of home design. Neutral gray can be seen in every room of the home, indoors and out, having been transformed from blasé to stunning and versatile, when accessorized appropriately. In the spirit of October being National Kitchen & Bath month, Elmira Stove Works has on-trend gray products available for upcoming remodel and new construction projects.

Whether gray is the primary color or secondary accent, it can make a major impact. Our Northstar collection has various kitchen appliances available in nine standard colors, including the “stain-least” Quicksilver finish, as well as over 200 distinctive custom colors that can serve as complementary shades to a gray space. No matter the product, Elmira delivers on style, function and trend.

For more information about our kitchen appliances, visit www.elmirastoveworks.com.

Quicksilver and white

The “stain-least” Quicksilver finish pays the role of a subtle neutral in this airy kitchen.

pink and slate

The Northstar collection in Flamingo Pink provides a great accent color to the slate gray cabinetry. 

Colorful Cabinetry to Complement Elmira Kitchen Appliances

1 Sep

You can probably tell that we are fully supportive of color in the kitchen. Our Northstar appliances come in nine standard colors in addition to more than 220 custom colors available through RAL color technology. With this in mind, we simply cannot be shy when it comes to designing fun, functional spaces with personality. Below, we have gathered a few of the countless cool, vibrant kitchens we admire. In the comments below, let us know which are your favorites and, if you were remodeling your kitchen, what colors you would include!

Royal Blue with a View

Photo by House Beautiful

No need to be shy with your primary palette color! Designers Beth Martell and Enda Donagher modeled this upstate New York kitchen after the homeowner’s blue and white China collection. The large windows overlooking the forest trees allow for green to be a secondary color for this room’s palette; perhaps a Mint Green Northstar appliance could make a positive design impact.


Feminine Chic


Photo by Apartment Therapy

White cabinets are a common kitchen trend; however, when paired with subtle hues such as these soft pink walls and black herringbone floor tiles, it is anything but traditional! A Flamingo Pink Northstar refrigerator would be perfectly fitting, while Buttercup Yellow would be a pleasant surprise!


Two-tone? Too Cool!


Photo by Home Designing

This super sleek, contemporary kitchen features turquoise blue lacquered overhead cabinetry with soft textured wood grain lower cabinets. Not only is it visually appealing, but the turquoise is the ideal unexpected accent element, while not being too overwhelming. A Robin’s Egg Blue Northstar microwave or dishwasher panel could be another small scale accessory to the cabinets. A Northstar refrigerator in Quicksilver would also blend seamlessly.


It’s Always Sunny


Photo by HGTV

This Mexico-inspired kitchen in Texas by Leedy Interiors is a ray of sunshine with its matching yellow cabinet and wall color. The blue patterned Mexican Talavera tiles provide a bright, tropic-like design accent to complete this vivid space. Any Northstar appliance in Buttercup Yellow, Robin’s Egg Blue or Candy Red would be a festive fit!


Bold in the Country


Photo by This Old House

This warm country kitchen is begging for one of our Cayenne Red Antique refrigerators! The red cabinets are a brave complement to the olive green walls and the green and white checkerboard-painted wood flooring.

Which kitchen is your favorite? How would you design your colorful kitchen? Let us know in the comments section!


Retro Kitchen Staples Making a 21st Century Comeback!

7 Aug

Retro kitchens and home décor trends are resurfacing in modern home design! [Although we know that they never really left]. Here are a few classic “comeback kids” of decades past. Which would you consider for your home?

Wood Paneling and Wallpaper

Wood paneling has been the nightmare of many homeowners and homebuyers. However, modern wood paneling has put an entirely new, contemporary spin on the trend. The simple switch from vertical to horizontal installation has made all the difference!

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Rotary Phones

Remember your grandmother’s house phone with the seemingly endless, coiledphone cord? For that old sense of nostalgia, opt for a touch-tone, rotary-style phone for the kitchen. Not interested in the cord? There are cordless options as well as more contemporary styled models.

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Wicker and Rattan Furniture

Outdoor living styles tend to spur from interior trends, but in the case of wicker and rattan furniture, they crept their way inside from the back patio door! Chair designs are limitless with these classic pieces, and are available in more modern styles as well.



What used to be a kitchen eyesore is now being used for kitchen glamour! Whether you prefer the subtle antiqued look or high-shine luxury, brass has made a resounding comeback in kitchen hardware.brass-accents

Non-stainless Steel Appliances

For some reason, this trend resonates with us the most! For true retro authenticity, invest in vintage-style appliances with modern components. Our Northstar collection features kitchen appliances with 1950s curves and chrome accents in nine standard colors with custom colors upon request.elmira white range

Customize Your Kitchen this Independence Day with Elmira Stove Works!

1 Jul

How could we not celebrate the Fourth of July with our friends in the U.S.?! In the spirit of American independence, we have assembled a few red, white and blue kitchens using our “Let’s Design Your Own Dream Kitchen” program! From our Antique collections’ “Liberty Blue” to Northstar’s “Candy Red,” we have July 4th colors covered. If you want something a bit more custom, our Northstar collection is available in over 200 color options through RAL color technology!

Tell us your favorite color/trim combos below or on our Facebook and Twitter pages! Happy Independence Day, friends!

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Welcome Summer with Food Celebrated in June!

8 Jun

Every month is declared an “awareness month” by various causes and special interest groups. Some are widely popular and accepted like October for Breast Cancer Awareness, while others are more obscure or specific in their audience appeal, such as April being “Amateur Radio Month.” In keeping with the awareness month theme, June features quite a few food-based awareness declarations! Below, we have compiled a recipe for each food theme to celebrate. Enjoy!

Candy Month:  White Chocolate Mint Truffles candy month


  • 1 lb. white chocolate, chopped
  • 1⁄2 cup heavy cream
  • 1⁄8 tsp. peppermint oil
  • 3 tbsp. confectioners’ sugar
  • 3 tbsp. vanilla sugar


  1. Put white chocolate into a medium bowl; set aside. Heat cream and peppermint oil in a 1-qt. saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until cream just begins to simmer, then remove from heat and pour over white chocolate; let sit for 1 minute. Using a rubber spatula, slowly stir mixture until smooth and shiny. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerate until well chilled, at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Combine confectioners’ sugar and vanilla sugar in a small bowl; set aside. Remove chocolate from refrigerator and, using a teaspoon-size measuring spoon, divide chocolate into 60 portions. Using your hands, roll portions into balls. Roll each ball in sugar mixture and place on a baking sheet. Return balls to refrigerator and keep chilled until ready to serve. Serve chilled.


Caribbean-American Heritage Month:  Ackee & Saltfish (Jamaica’s National Dish)


  • 1 Can of ackee, drained
  • 1/2 lb boneless salt cod
  • 3 tablespoons oil
  • 2 onions, sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 scotch bonnet pepper skin finely chopped up
  • 1 small tomato, chopped
  • 3/4 teaspoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 sweet pepper chopped
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Soak the salt cod in a pot of water overnight to remove most of the salt. If the cod is still very salty, boil in water for 20 minutes. Drain cod and cut or break into small pieces.
  1. Heat oil in a frying pan. Add the onions, thyme and scotch bonnet pepper, tomato, tomato paste and green peppers. Stir for a few minutes. Add the cod. Stir. Simmer for 5 minutes, then add the can of drained ackee. Do not stir because this will cause the ackees to break up. Cook for a few more minutes then sprinkle with black pepper.
  1. Best served with bammy, roast breadfruit, fried or cooked dumplings, or fried or cooked plantains, cooked yams and Jamaican sweet potatoes.

Fresh Fruit & Vegetables Month: Chickpea and Mango Salad


  • 50 c. plain fat-free yogurt
  • 50 c. fresh cilantro leaves
  • 2 tbsp. mango chutney
  • 1 tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 50 tsp. ground coriander
  • 50 tsp. salt
  • 25 tsp. Pepper
  • 2 can no-salt-added garbanzo beans (chickpeas)
  • 1 large ripe mango
  • 1 package baby spinach
  • 50 c. sliced almonds
  • Naan (Indian-style flatbread) or pita bread


  1. In food processor, purée yogurt, cilantro, chutney, oil, lime juice, coriander, salt, and pepper until smooth. Transfer to large bowl.
  2. To same bowl, add beans and mango. Toss until well-coated. Chickpea mixture can be made ahead and refrigerated in airtight container up to overnight. To serve, add spinach and almonds; toss to combine. Serve with naan.

Papaya Month:  Seared Scallops with Spicy Papaya Sauce

Ingredientspapaya month

  • 1 small papaya – peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red onion, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon minced jalapeno peppers
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound sea scallops


  1. In a medium bowl, combine papaya, red pepper, jalapeno onion, lime juice, cilantro, and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Set aside.
  2. In a large sealable bag, combine flour, black pepper, and remaining 3/4 teaspoon salt. Add scallops, and shake to coat.
  3. In a large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add scallops; cook and stir until golden. Serve scallops over papaya sauce.

Seafood Month:  Mussels, Clams and Shrimp in Spicy Broth

Ingredientsseafood month

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 teaspoon dried crushed red pepper
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 (28-ounce) can diced tomatoes
  • 24 small Littleneck clams (about 2 1/2 pounds total), scrubbed
  • 24 mussels (about 1 1/2 pounds total), debearded
  • 20 large shrimp (about 1 pound), peeled, deveined, butterflied
  • 1/2 cup torn fresh basil leaves
  • Warm crusty bread
  • White rice, cooked


  1. Heat the oil in a heavy large pot over medium heat. Add the garlic, bay leaf, and crushed red pepper. Saute until the garlic is tender, about 1 minute. Add the wine and bring to a boil. Add the tomatoes. Bring to a simmer. Simmer until the tomatoes begin to break down and the flavors blend, about 5 minutes. Stir in the clams. Cover and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the mussels. Cover and cook until the clams and mussels open, about 5 minutes longer.
  1. Using a tongs, transfer the opened shellfish to serving bowls (discard any shellfish that do not open). Add the shrimp and basil to the simmering tomato broth. Simmer until the shrimp are just cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes. Divide the shrimp and tomato broth among the bowls. Serve with the warm bread and/or over cooked white rice.

Soul Food Month:  New Orleans-style Crawfish Étouffée

Ingredientssoul food month

  • 1 stick (1/4 pound) butter
  • 2 cups chopped onions
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • ½ cup chopped bell peppers
  • 1 pound peeled crawfish tails
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  • 3 tablespoons chopped green onions


  1. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions, celery, and bell peppers and sauté until soft and golden, 10 to 12 minutes. Add the crawfish and bay leaves. Reduce the heat to medium. Stirring occasionally, cook until the crawfish begin throwing off a little liquid, 10 to 12 minutes.
  1. Dissolve the flour in the water. Add to the crawfish mixture and season with salt and cayenne. Stir until the mixture thickens, about 4 minutes. Add the parsley and green onions and cook for about 2 minutes.
  1. Remove the bay leaves and serve.

Steakhouse Month: Steak with Red Wine-Shallot SauceSteak month


  • 1 1 -pound New York strip steak (about 1-inch thick)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 large shallot, minced
  • 3/4 cup boxed red wine
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons cold unsalted butter, cubed


  1. Remove the steak from the refrigerator 30 minutes before cooking. Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Pat the steak dry and season generously with salt and pepper on all sides. Place the steak, standing up on the strip of fat, in the pan and hold it with tongs until the fat renders and the pan is slick, about 2 minutes.
  1. Place the steak flat in the pan and sear until deep brown on one side, 4 to 5 minutes. Turn and cook on the other side until a thermometer inserted sideways into the thickest part registers 120 degrees for medium-rare, 3 to 4 more minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and let rest 10 minutes. Reserve the drippings in the skillet.
  1. Add the shallot to the drippings and cook over medium heat until golden, about 2 minutes. Add the wine and scrape up any browned bits with a wooden spoon. Bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half and slightly syrupy, about 7 minutes; remove from the heat. Whisk in the butter, one piece at a time, to make a glossy sauce. Add 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper or season to taste. Slice the steak against the grain and serve with the sauce.

#ElmiraTBT: Kitchens of the Future…in the 1950s

1 May

From “The Jetsons” cartoon and “Star Trek” movies to “The Twilight Zone” TV show and the book “1984,” each of these works display mankind’s fascination with the future. We love the hope and optimism placed in the thought of the future with flying cars, teleportation, automatic everything (which we seem to be steadily approaching), among many other innovations.

Realtor.com recently shared a lost treasure in the form of a 1950s commercial that shows exactly how people thought kitchens of the future would be designed and equipped. Some of the features are closely related to the kitchen technology of today, while others may be a bit surprising. Do you wish your kitchen had any of these capabilities? Which trait was most surprising to you? Let us know!



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