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

13 Jun

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:

  • Pro-style ranges, custom crafted to your tastes and needs
  • Three models, seven colors and two metal trim options
  • Wall ovens. 5.0 cubic foot self-cleaning convection oven
  • 2.2 cubic foot 1200 Watt microwave
  • Dishwasher panels. Designed to fit fully-integrated panel ready dishwashers with compatible dimensions.

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:

  • Standard self-cleaning ovens
  • 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/.

 

About Elmira Stove Works

Founded in 1975, Elmira Stove Works is a privately-owned company based in Elmira, Ontario, Canada, offering full lines of “circa-1850” and retro 1950s inspired appliances — including ranges, refrigerators, microwaves, wall ovens, range hoods, and wood-burning cookstoves. Find out more about Elmira Stove Works at http://www.elmirastoveworks.com/.

Decorating for the Holidays

1 Dec

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

3 Nov

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…

1 Oct

… 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!

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

It’s 5 o’clock… Somewhere…

28 May

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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.

Check out this product and what else is new from Elmira Stove Works!

Ideas for Spring Remodeling Projects

17 Apr

Spring in the air! It’s that time of year again: the warm weather is giving consumers the urge to do more around their homes and neighborhoods. If you’ve got the urge to make changes to your house, consider some of these spring remodeling projects that can bring added comfort and enjoyment to you and your family:

1. Improve Your Entryway and Windows – Adding a new door and windows can improve a tired facade (and entice future buyers if you’re selling your home). By installing ENERY STAR rated windows, you can gain as much as a 30 percent reduction in energy use and boost curb appeal at the same time.

2. Add Insulation – Spring and summer can heat up your home in a hurry, especially in southern regions. Better insulation keeps the air inside cool and, once the winter cold returns, more heat will stay inside too.

3. Fix Your Floors – Over time, floors can take a beating from human and pet traffic. Consider new flooring for one room or several, which can add a whole new look and feel to your spaces.

4. Show Your Kitchen Some Love – There are many reasons why everyone congregates in the kitchen – it’s the home of two life sources (food and water) and it’s just fun to be there. If your kitchen isn’t looking or feeling its best, consider a partial or complete “refresh”. Even something as simple and economical as updating your cabinet pulls and knobs can make a big difference. Or maybe add a showcase appliance!

5. Give Your Bathroom a Makeover – Tired of the tile and other outdated features in the bathroom? There are a variety of ways – from fixture replacements to more extensive remodeling – to improve this all-important place in your home.

6. Don’t Forget the Exterior of Your Home – Winter weather can be hard on the outside of your home. Make sure the exterior is in good condition, not just for the aesthetic benefits, but also to maintain structural integrity.

For more information on Elmira Stove Works and our antique and retro appliances, please visit us online at www.elmirastoveworks.com.