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

Ingredients

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

Directions

  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)


Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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

Directions

  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

Directions

  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

Directions

  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

Ingredients

  • 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

Directions

  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!

 

Presenting Our New Stainless Steel Retro Refrigerator and “Painless” Quicksilver Finish

2 Apr

Stainless steel has been an everlasting trend for kitchens for decades. Homeowners enjoy the clean, modern look of stainless steel, along with its design flexibility. Well, we have put a slight twist on this traditional trend – introducing the Model 1950FTSS refrigerator!

The Model 1950FTSS features top-of-the-line 304 stainless steel on all exterior surfaces, includingElmira_Northstar_Fridge1950FTSS the doors, sides and top, while maintaining the Northstar collection’s signature retro curves and striking chrome accents. The sleek yet vintage exterior presents the best of both worlds in kitchen appliance design, allowing it to fit into various interior styles seamlessly. The stainless steel finish also allows the refrigerator to be paired with other brands’ stainless steel appliances for a consistent aesthetic look.

“Stainless steel shows no signs of going out of style, while neutral and gray color palettes in kitchens are similar, strong styling options. Elmira has brought these two concepts together into one with the Model 1950FTSS refrigerator,” says Tony Dowling, vice president of sales and marketing at Elmira Stove Works.

Elmira_Northstar_Fridge1950_QuicksilverOne of the complaints about stainless steel in general is how it easily displays fingerprints and streaks. This is where our Quicksilver metallic finish saves the day! Quicksilver has a lower luster than Northstar’s traditional high-gloss finish, allowing for an appearance very similar to stainless steel. But, unlike traditional stainless steel linear polishing, Quicksilver is extremely resistant to visible markings.

“You could call it ‘stain-least’ instead of ‘stainless’,” says Dowling, “For busy people who want a stainless steel look in retro-inspired appliances, but want to spend their time in the kitchen preparing and enjoying food rather than wiping down appliances, Quicksilver is a great alternative.” The Quicksilver finish is available through the complete line of Northstar appliances.

For more information on the Model 1950FTSS refrigerators, Quicksilver finish, and the full Elmira Stove Works’ product line, visit www.elmirastoveworks.com or call 800.295.8498.

Pantone & Elmira Merge: Spring Forward in Style with these Colorful Appliances!

9 Mar

Every year, spring ushers in a fresh season of renewal. Flowers bloom, trees bud with new leaves and fashion reveals new trends. Every spring and fall, the international color authority Pantone® releases a seasonal color report that ultimately shapes the top trends throughout fashion and home decor. This year’s report highlights a few colors that are strikingly similar to color options of our own Northstar collection and we couldn’t be happier to see how “on trend” our retro kitchen appliances have continued to be! We have to stop and think: given how long our Northstar “retro” colors have been popular… are they trendy or timeless??? We’d like to think the latter, or perhaps both!

photo 1 - greenWhen spring approaches, one of the first colors to come to mind is green. Lucite Green is “fresh and clarifying” with a “minty glow.” Our Northstar appliances in Mint Green bring spring’s soothing sentiment into your kitchen.

 

 

photo 2 - yellowNot too long after thoughts of spring’s green come to mind, the yellow warmth of the sun and spring flowers follows. Infuse your home with perpetual joy and cheer with our Buttercup Yellow Northstar appliances. Alongside sweet, comforting kitchen accessories in Pantone’s Custard hue, your kitchen will instinctually put a smile on your family and guests’ faces.

photo 3 - pinkJust like the many pink flowers blossoming this season, Strawberry Ice is a “subtle and charming” nod to the song “Think Pink” from the 1957 classic Paris springtime movie starring Audrey Hepburn, “Funny Face.” Channel Audrey and “think Flamingo Pink” this spring with our 1950s Northstar appliances!

photo 4 - blueSpring’s beautiful, blue skies have a tough time competing with Scuba Blue’s vibrant ode to your favorite tropical beach! You can create your kitchen oasis with our Robin’s Egg Blue Northstar appliances, similar to this family’s beach home.

 

photo 5 - grayFor a more masculine, spring option, Glacier Gray is an ideal neutral foundation that allows any (or all!) of the above colors to pop and shine in your spring kitchen. Our Quicksilver Northstar appliances are “stain-least” due to their ability to resist streaking, marking and fingerprints. Say hello to easier spring cleaning here!

These are just a few of the options available for our Northstar appliances, but we are more than capable of creating custom colors that will perfectly suit your kitchen design dreams!

40 Years of Cooking Up Vintage Kitchen Appliances!

17 Feb

It’s our 40th anniversary, and we couldn’t be more excited to celebrate! As Canada’s only remaining kitchen appliance manufacturer, we have no plans to disappear or slow down.

When asked about our 40-year anniversary, founder and CEO Tom Hendrick said, “It’s been quite a run. There have been some bumps in the road but, by looking ahead and continually adapting, we’ve been able to not only survive, but thrive.” This is based on our focus on product quality, innovation, maintaining a steadfast loyalty to our dealer network, and sticking to what we do best.

Picture1Elmira is looking ahead, not back. We have some exciting new products in the works, and we’re continually working on new programs and promotions to assist our dealers in keeping our products front-of-mind with their staff and the consumer.

To celebrate 40 years of success, we will be holding a sweepstakes in the United States and Canada! The “Northstar Fab Forty Fridge” sweepstakes presents the opportunity for one person in each country to win a Northstar Model 1949 11-cubic foot
retro refrigerator
. Perfect for basements or the home hangout, the Model 1949 refrigerator features adjustable glass shelving and space for tall bottle storage. Contestants can enter by mailing in ballots, or online through the Elmira Stove Works website, running March 15 through September 30th.

Elmira Stove Works got its start with local Mennonites coming into Tom Hendrick’s hardware store looking for parts for their wood-burning stoves. Recognizing a niche market, in 1975 Hendrick decided to begin making stoves himself. He made 25 stoves in the first year, then 200 the following year. The popularity of the stoves grew, and consumers soon began to ask for similar styling in gas and electric models. Fireplace shops, appliance stores and emporiums across the continent were an enthusiastic dealer network for our growing merchandise collection. Forty years later, we offer a full spectrum of kitchen appliances in various colors between our 1850s Antique and 1950s Northstar collections.

1949_Red_Open_FoodIt may seem like an unusual business plan – recreate from the past, with an eye to the future – but it’s a plan that has kept us cooking for four decades! At Elmira Stove Works, we are constantly upgrading the styling and performance of our products, while remaining committed to maintaining the authenticity and craftsmanship that sets them apart.

Mark your calendars for March 15 when the “Northstar Fab Forty Fridge” sweepstakes begins…you won’t want to miss out! For more information about Elmira Stove Works, visit http://www.elmirastoveworks.com.

Retrofit Your Kitchen!

7 Jan

Our world is full of more ambition and determination than ever before, especially as the up-and-coming millennial generation moves into the “power player” seats of the workforce. With that kind of drive comes great dreams of “a better life,” and what is one of the most major milestones in life? Owning your dream home, of course! When you are finall
y at the place to have your dream home, your dream kitchen will almost surely be a part of the vision.

abLet Elmira help you! We have created a program that will help you turn your dream kitchen into a reality, at least digitally. By using our “Let’s Create Your Dream Kitchen” feature, you can customize your choice of Elmira Stove Works appliances in a virtual kitchen. You can even assimilate the aesthetic look of your own kitchen by alternating the cabinet colors within the program.

Once the program is launched, you will be prompted to select an appliance to customize to get started. If you are designing with our Antique collection, then your options are a refrigerator, range, wall oven, microwave oven, and dishwasher panel. If using the Northstar version, your options include a refrigerator, range, microwave, hood and splashback, and dishwasher panels.

cd2You may start with the appliance of your choice, but for now, let’s go with the Antique range. This is where you get to play around with color, style and accessory combinations. Listed with each option, there is also a price for the selection or upgrade. Once you have your ideal appliance fully customized to your liking, click the “Save First” button, then “View Your Dream Kitchen.” Or you can scroll to the bottom of the screen to select and build and save the next appliance before viewing. This will save your selected product details to the price quote, which appears below the window where you now will see your custom appliances added to the kitchen. From the quote, you can edit each product’s design and, after completed, the quote can be saved as a printable PDF document.

We love this dream kitchen program! All the possible combinations can create kitchens for any desired design style. See below for a few of our favorite kitchen design concoctions!

Photo 1The Antique collection is versatile due to the variety of colors, trims and options available. This dream kitchen sample features the Antique collection in Liberty Blue with antique brass trim and frames, creating a bold yet not overpowering look.

Photo 2Northstar is adored for its ‘50s retro vibe and “not-so-standard” color options – Candy Red, White, Mint Green (pictured), Bisque, Robin’s Egg Blue, Textured Black, Quicksilver, and Buttercup Yellow.

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For a more “retro sleek” look, Northstar appliances in the traditional colors of black, quicksilver, white, or bisque showcase the adaptability of this collection.

 

CPhoto 5lassic sophistication, antique luxury and new age functionality combine in this display featuring the Antique collection in Bisque with brass trim and handles.

 

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