Miele Night!

Hey Appliance Fans,

Today’s blog post is brought to you by the word, `snazzy’.

It’s no secret that I love Miele Appliances (rhymes with tequila – I love using tequila as an example instead of Sheila).  Not only do they feature snazzy styling, each of their appliances overflow with tons of useful technology; their ranges are just one example.

I’m super excited to share with you two very special, and snazzy, Miele events:

Miele Night At Kieffer’s Appliances

We’re really proud of our Miele display.  It’s filled with ovens, ranges, dishwashers, hoods, cooktops, steam ovens, and a live coffee system (ask us for a cup the next time you’re in; we’ll bill ya later).

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Check out this sweet panoramic shot I took with my snazzy iPhone.

If you’re thinking about purchasing a Miele product, and have lots of questions, you must attend Miele night in our showroom on Wednesday May 27th from 6-8pm.  Our Super-snazzy Miele Rep, Howie, will be on hand to answer any questions that I can’t answer for you plus one lucky attendee will be entered to win a snazzy Miele Vacuum cleaner, model C 3 Kona.

C3 Kona Image

I want one!

Probably the best part about attending Miele Night, besides your chance to win a vacuum, is you get to meet a beardless Kieffer’s Guy.  Hurry though because I’m growing it back ASAP.

Riedel Veritas Wine Glass Tasting

Did you know that Miele’s North American Headquarters is in Princeton, NJ?.  It’s true, and they are always hosting some type of event.  Their next event is scheduled for Monday June 15th from 6-8pm.  And it will change your wine life forever:

Discover how the shape of the glass affects your enjoyment of the wine. Join us for an educational and entertaining wine glass tasting as a Riedel ambassador demonstrates the relationship between the shape of the glass and our perception and enjoyment of wines. Reception starts at 6:00 PM with comparative tasting beginning at 6:30 PM.

You have two ways to register:

Call 1-800-843-7231 ext 1002 or via email, princetoncenter@mieleusa.com.  Tell `em the Kieffer’s Guy sent you!

Bonus: Miele’s “No Better Complement” Promotion

I thought it would never happen!Miele has started a promotion that allows you to receive up to $,1000 towards your appliances. Keep in mind that this rebate is only running from May 1st to July 31st, so hurry in! Like any other promotion, some conditions apply and there are some rules to follow, but we can explain them all and walk you through it. Just give one of our salespeople a call.

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Get It While It’s Hot!

 

That’s all for now, until next time, America!

 

 

Customer Kitchens: Part II

Hey Appliance Fans,

The Kieffer’s Guy is off today, and after much begging and brown-nosing, he let me have the honor of writing a blog post! So today’s post is brought to you by the Kieffer’s Intern! Please hold your applause until the end, and contain yourselves.

A couple of months ago  we asked our clients to send us pictures of their finished kitchens and you guys did not disappoint. As always, we will keep you anonymous while we showcase your before/after shots. Today’s kitchen re-model comes from Flourtown, Pennsylvania, and features some beautiful appliances. Let’s take a look.

Before Pictures:

 

Picture of old stainless steel double-oven in wooden cabinet

Historical records indicate that Abe Lincoln made hot pockets using this double-oven.

Past-model gas cooktop with under cabinet ventilation above

We received a call from the 70’s, asking us to return their funky-fresh tile work.

Older model stainless steel refrigerator sitting proud of the cabinets surrounding.

In the design world, there’s a concept called “Integration”. This is not it.

 

Now I know what you’re thinking, be nice. From what I understand, this was a very old house.  For the new kitchen, our client used a variety of brands such as Liebherr, Wolf, GE Monogram, Electrolux, Bosch, and Ventahood.  The transformation is nothing short of spectacular.

After Pictures:

Image of a GE Advantium Oven model ZSC2201NSS

Check out this Advantium Speed Oven, Model: ZSC2201NSS

 

GE Monogram is a wonderful brand and our client put it to good use. What you see here is GE Monogram’s built-in oven that features their famous Advantium Speedcook technology. This appliance can cook crescent rolls in less than 10 minutes!

An image of a GE Monogram Oven Model ZET1SMSS

Here’s a 30-inch convection wall oven from GE Monogram, Model: ZET1SMSS

 

In this picture, you see the 30” built-in wall oven from GE Monogram. The way it sits flush under that counter gives it a smooth, integrated look. Love it! Let’s talk about that fridge because it’s a beautiful example of integration.  What you see (barely) to the left of the oven is Liebherr’s 36-inch refrigerator with bottom freezer, model HC2061. Among a great number of features, this unit includes Liebherr’s patented BioFresh system, which calibrates the temperature of the refrigerator in one of its drawers to just above freezing which adds to the life of meats, fish, and other items.

 

Image of a Bosch dishwasher model SHX7PT55UC

Look at that sexy Bosch dishwasher, model SHX7PT55UC

You can’t just say “We have the quietest dishwasher in the country” and not have the data to back it up. This Bosch dishwasher clocks in at 42 dBA, making it about as loud as a whisper. Expandable wings on its flexible 3rd rack, also known as a cutlery tray, provides extra height to fit measuring cups and extra-large utensils.

Image of Wolf's 30 inch cooktop model CT30GS and a Ventahood, model SLH9130SS

Wolf’s 30-inch gas cooktop, model CT30GS with Ventahood’s 30-inch undercabinet hood, model SLH9130SS)

When it came to the cooktop and hood, our customer chose to keep the design the same, but she upgraded the hardware. This 30-inch cooktop from Wolf is fantastic. It has a dual stacked burner design that reaches upwards of 15,000 BTU’s, delivering tons of heat. You can also turn down for a simmer with no boiling or scorching.

Everybody knows the Kieffer’s Guy loves Ventahood, and for good reason. This unit, from their Emerald series, features Ventahood’s patented Magic Lung technology. Magic Lung technology allows Ventahood to have the quietest blower around. In stainless steel, it matches the cooktop perfectly, making for a beautiful cooking setup that is both functional and efficient. Great picks on the cooking and ventilation appliances!

Image of Electrolux washer EIFLS60LT and gas dryer EIMGD60LT

Titanium washer from Electrolux, model EIFLS60LT and matching gas dryer, model EIMGD60LT

Although not a part of the kitchen, the laundry appliances are very important. Here, our customer chose to go with an Electrolux pair.  These models feature Electrolux’s IQ-Touch Controls which lets you see all of your washing/drying options at all times.  The dryer boasts steam technology and the washer features a quick wash cycle that’s just 15 minutes long!

Well, that’s it for today, appliance fans! If you have any questions about any of the appliances in either one of the kitchens, give us a call at 215-699-3522.

Until next time, America!

-The Kieffer’s Intern

Celebrity Kitchens: TLC Edition

Hey Appliance Fans,

Remember when TLC stood for “The Learning Channel” and they actually had programming related to making you smarter? I do.  By the late 90’s, they veered away from educational programming and aired such thought-provoking series like Toddlers & Tiaras and My Big Fat American Gypsy Wedding; cutting-edge stuff, indeed.  It’s been some time since my last installment of Celebrity Kitchens (check out part 1, part 2, and part 3) so I thought doing a TLC edition would be fitting because unlike TLC shows, you will learn something in this post.  Without further ado, let’s get snarky!

The Duggar Kitchen from 19 Kids and Counting

Picture of the main cast of TLC's "19 Kids and Counting"

And that’s not even all of them!

These people weird me out.  There, I said it.  On the bright side, they seem extremely friendly, warm, and an overall lovely family.  They still weird me out.  Anyway, let’s do a little math about matriarch Michelle Duggar:

Assuming each of her pregnancies took nine months, we can multiple that by the number of children (19) and get a total time of being pregnant (TTBP) of 171 months.  Divide that by the number twelve and that gives us the TTBP in years of 14.25.  WOW.

Here’s a fun fact about patriarch James Robert Duggar:  people call him “Jim Bob” and he actually likes that.  Yikes.

Let’s take a look at their kitchen:

Wide angle picture of the kitchen in TLC's 19 kids and counting

Seeing double? They have two of everything!

When you’re cooking for 19 people, you need appliances.  A lot of appliances.  The Duggars chose Frigidaire for their kitchen.  The picture below shows two 30-inch gas cooktops installed side by side.  They have a 60-inch wide hood insert above the cooktop to provide ventilation, but I can’t tell what company made it.  Below the cooktops are two 30-inch wall ovens from Frigidaire.   The kitchen also features two dishwashers, two microwaves, and two warming drawers.

Picture of Michelle Duggar using one of her cooktops to make sandwhiches.

Look at those beautiful Frigidaire appliances!

What you very often don’t see is they have a full commercial kitchen off of their main kitchen which really provides the bulk of the cooking.   You can get a glimpse of the hidden kitchen in this video below when they make pie for Thanksgiving:

Kate Gosselin from Kate Plus Eight

Title picture of the TLC's Kate Plus Eight

I’ll admit it, she looks fantastic for having eight kids.

Our showroom is located in Pennsylvania and Kate’s kitchen is located in Pennsylvania so that basically makes us long-lost friends.  When she’s not annoying me, she’s annoying me.  And when she’s not annoying me, she’s cooking in her Dacor kitchen.  Check out Kate standing next to her 48-inch Dacor Dual-fuel range.  I love this range because it has six burners instead of eight burners like many other 48-inch ranges.  A six burner design instead of eight gives more working room on the cooktop.  This Dacor range still has two ovens just like other models, one main oven and one companion oven.  Behind her in the cabinet is a Dacor wall oven and microwave above it.

Image of Kate from TLC's Kate Plus Eight baking cookies

She must have replaced Jon with a Dacor wall oven and microwave.

Normally, I can’t tell what type of hood insert is used in celebrity kitchens because it’s hidden behind the cabinetry.  The shot below allows me to see up and into the hood and that hood insert is made by the one and only Ventahood.  They manufacture some of the best range hoods on the planet.  Be sure to read all about my trip to Ventahood’s headquarters.

Image of Kate from TLC's Kate Plus Eight cooking

Look at that gorgeous Ventahood doing hard work!

 

The Little Couple

Picture of TLC's Little Couple in their kitchen

Little People. Impeccable taste.

I can’t really say anything snarky about Bill Klein and Jennifer Arnold, also known as The Little Couple.  Any jokes would just make me look like a bully.  Jennifer is a successful doctor and a cancer survivor and Bill…  Well, I don’t know too much about Bill because I’m a guy and I don’t watch crappy shows like this.  I watch quality programming like In Search of Bigfoot and Ancient Aliens.  Anyway, to design a kitchen for the Little Couple, a lot of planning needed to be done like lowering countertops while still being able to fit appliances.  I simply LOVE their appliance choice: BlueStar.

TLC's Jennifer Arnold from Little Couple with her BlueStar Cooktop

Love the back-splash and the color-coordination.

That’s a 30-inch wide French door gas wall oven by BlueStar in the background.  Don’t ask me the specific color because BlueStar offers 190 different colors and my eye isn’t that good.  On the countertop to their left rests a 36-inch wide BlueStar cooktop.  This cooktop puts out some serious heat and is perfect for searing steaks and boiling big pots of pasta.  To their right, they have a Kitchenaid dishwasher installed in the island.

Image of TLC's Little Couple kitchen

That’s the tallest hood duct I’ve ever seen!

The most interesting aspect of their kitchen, in my opinion, is the hood.  Though it’s too hard to decipher the exact brand, we see that they opted for a chimney style hood.  Normally, chimney style hoods come with a flue that can adjust for ceiling heights up to eight feet high.  For ceiling heights taller than eight feet, manufacturers offer longer accessory flues for nine or ten foot ceilings.  In the case of the Little Couple’s kitchen, they needed a much longer flue because of their lowered countertops.  They more than likely contracted a sheet metal fabricator to create a custom flue to reach the ceiling because I don’t know of a brand that sells chimneys like that.

Incidentally, we’ll be having another BlueStar day in our showroom on Wednesday, August 6th from 6-8:00pm.  Order any BlueStar range and receive a free color upgrade or purchase a BlueStar rangetop or cooktop and receive a free knob color upgrade!

Mamma June’s Kitchen from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo

Image of TLC's Honey Boo Boo

Isn’t she just precious? Don’t ask me.

I really wish Here Comes Honey Boo Boo was called There Goes Honey Boo Boo, because this family’s 15 minutes of fame should be up by now.  In the hierarchy of dumbing down America, I can’t think of another show that sits above this one.  I won’t go into too much detail about their kitchen other than to say they mimic the Duggars with some Frigidaire products, but you can check out this video to get a tour of their house.  A quick tip if you ever visit them: Don’t, I repeat DON’T sit on their couch.

As a side note, we carry every brand mentioned in this post.  Until next time, America!

Time To Judge! (Celebrity Kitchens Part 1)

Hey Appliance Fans,

You can’t make this stuff up….I mean, you can.

Today’s post allows me to showcase just how cool my job is: we’re going to look at pictures of celebrity kitchens and comment on them.  What fun, right?!?  I mean, celebrities are constantly being judged in the tabloids and since this blog has the journalistic integrity of The Weekly World News, I figure I have the right to judge these kitchens.  Nothing captures the holiday season more than bitterly judging famous people.  And without further ado….

Iron Chef Michael Symon

Am I more iron? Or more chef?

Why WOULDN’T we want to see what these celebrity chefs have in their kitchen?  We all know Michael Symon from Food Network’s Iron Chef.  He’s the guy that brought back Cleveland’s restaurant scene (have you ever been to Cleveland?  I didn’t know it had a restaurant scene to lose).  He has described his cooking as “meat-centric”.  You had me at “meat-centric”.

Michael is CLEARLY all about Viking.  He’s got the double wall ovens, what looks like a 48” range top, and of course the built-in refrigerator on the right side of the picture.  Note the toaster oven on the counter top and the counter top coffee maker.  How much you wanna bet he uses that toaster oven more than his wall ovens?  I’m thinking this is the classic case of “the shoe maker’s children have no shoes”.  I bet he makes peanut butter and jelly more times than he makes rack of lamb in this kitchen.   Obviously this has an ULTRA modern look, which isn’t my cup of tea, but a lot of people seem to like this look.

Justin Timberlake

I found a picture that makes Justin look uglier than I am!!

Let’s put some things into perspective here:  Justin is a 31 year old mega –singer and sex symbol.  Oh yeah, he’s now starting to make more and more movies.  So how much time do you think he spends cooking?   The bigger question is: how much time does the Kieffer Guy spend wishing he was Justin Timberlake?  I will not answer that.  Anyway, let’s pop the hood and see what he’s got in his I’m-cooler-than-you’ll-ever-be kitchen:

The dude LOVES Sub-Zero and Wolf.  He’s got the `L` series double ovens, what looks like a 36” rangetop with black knobs, and a built-in microwave.  Not sure what the wine unit is, but he clearly has the Sub-Zero Pro 48 without the glass door as his refrigerator.  I don’t want to speculate on what his ventilation is, but I’d imagine it’s Wolf considering the other cooking appliances are Wolf.

Tracy Morgan

Maybe you know who he is, maybe you don’t.  And that pretty much sums up his career: sometimes he’s funny, most of the time he isn’t.  You may have seen him on Saturday Night Live (see any of his skits when he plays Star Jones from “The View”) and he currently stars on the NBC show 30 Rock.

Clearly this guy likes stainless steel and Viking (and the color red).  So far, this is my favorite kitchen.  Check out the 48” range and matching hood.   I can’t really tell if all of his under counter cabinetry is actual cabinetry or if there are some refrigeration units in there.  It looks as if his dishwasher is on the right side of the picture, and it’s too hard to tell what brand he has washing his dishes.  The wine unit he has LOOKS like a Sub-Zero, but I can’t say for certain.

Angelina Jolie

Do I even need to explain who she is?  Tomb Raider, Girl Interrupted, and Mr. & Mrs. Smith are just some of her movies, but she’s most famous for marrying Billy Bob Thorton; carrying a vial of his blood around her neck; and generally being a crazy whackadoo.  Oh yeah, she’s also a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations.

Not much to go off of in this picture.  The refrigerator looks like a Thermador, but the handles are different from what I’m used to from Thermador.  The dishwasher is just too difficult to identify – it could be a Miele.

Lindsay Lohan

Her complexion lends itself to “Prison Orange”

She used to be famous for doing movies, now she’s famous for doing drugs and being an overall mess.  I like to think of her as the female Charlie Sheen.  We’re all waiting for her to go down in flames, but in the meantime, let’s look at her kitchen:

I can’t see a darn appliance in this whole picture, which is REALLY strange, right?  I mean who doesn’t put any appliances in their kitchen?  And then it hit me: you don’t need to cook alcohol and cocaine.  Yes, I went there.

Lance Armstrong

Seven consecutive Tour de France winner (a record), cancer survivor, and overall winner.  His greatest achievement?  Dating Sheryl Crow.

Update Post Oprah Interview:  Probably not as much of a winner as we originally thought…

This is my FAVORITE kitchen so far.  Just look how warm and inviting it is.  Once again Viking is a winner here.  From this angle it looks like a 48” or a 60” range with a griddle.  There looks like some kind of awesome coffee system on the right, but I can’t tell what brand.  Below the coffee system is some more stainless steel goodness, but I can’t tell what it is (maybe a microwave?) or who makes it.

Will Smith

Being located in the Philly area, I HAD to find a Philadelphia celebrity to feature.  Enter, Will Smith.  In West Philadelphia, born and raised, on a playground is where he spent most of his days.  Now…….not so much.   Instead, he’s chilling in his ULTRA ULTRA ULTRA modern kitchen:

One word describes this kitchen: MIELE.  Miele cooktop, ventilation, wine, in wall coffee system, double ovens, and either a speed or steam oven (next to the coffee system).   The only thing I don’t know anything about is the refrigerator.  Look closely at the handles.  There is no vertical handle to open the refrigerator portion of the unit.  It looks like there are two horizontal handles.  One for the freezer and one for the refrigerator.  My best guess is that someone made a custom door front to a Miele refrigerator (when you have Will Smith money you can do stuff like that).  I don’t know for sure if it’s Miele refrigeration, but it’s a good guess considering everything else in the kitchen is.

Jennifer Aniston

How could I mention Brad Pitt’s current main squeeze and NOT mention his former main squeeze?   She doesn’t know it yet, but we’ll be together someday.  And when that day comes, I will serve her the best Ramen Noodles she’s ever had using her Viking 36” range with six burners.

Lady Gaga

The hat keeps the government’s brain scans away.

Born on the planet Zantar, Ms. Gaga decided to leave that boring world and crash land in America – where she can be accepted for her dresses made of meat and whatever else she finds in a dumpster behind her local Arby’s.   You’d think that a person dressed like this would have a kitchen that looks like this:

The word of the day is “Gaga”

Turns out as crazy as she seems, she’s got a normal kitchen.  Too hard to decipher what she is cooking on, but I had to share this anyway:

Shameless Plug:

Kieffer’s Appliances sells ALL of the products shown in the pictures.

A  Personal Shameless Plug:

Ms. Aniston, I cook and clean and I’m super funny.  Look me up!

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

Turkey Done Right

Hey Appliance Fans,

Really Mr. Rockwell? Grandmom can bend over holding a 25 lbs bird? Can she dead lift 300 lbs too?

In case you didn’t realize, Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  This means two things: either you’re going to make a dry turkey or a juicy bird.  Most people aim for the latter, but end up serving something that tastes like drywall.  Use all the gravy you want, but there’s no hiding it.  In other words, you can put a dress on a pig, but it’s still a pig.

Meleagris Gallopavo

Much to your dismay, Meleagris Gallapavo (let’s call him Mel for short) is not a member of the Russian ice hockey team.  Rather, that’s the scientific name we give to the North American Turkey.  Our love affair with turkey stretches all the way back to Benjamin Franklin who wanted Mel to be our National bird, not the Bald Eagle:

“I am on this account not displeased that the figure is not known as a Eagle, but looks more like a Turkey. For the truth the Turkey is in comparison a much more respectable bird, and withal a true original native of America . . . He is besides, though a little vain & silly, a bird of courage, and would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British Guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on.”   -Benjamin Franklin

They sure don’t write like that anymore do they?  But I digress, let’s find out how to cook `em!

First and Ten with Mel Starting at His Own 25 Yard Line

“I need to go on the Atkins Diet. These carbs are going right to my thighs.”

Thanksgiving, Turkey, and Football go hand in hand and there are many ways to make Mel delicious, but I’m going to cover just a few ways: Convection Roasting, Traditional Roasting, and Deep Frying.

Convection Roasting:

This is the second fastest way to cook a turkey (deep frying would be number 1) and, in my opinion, produces the best results.  The meat comes out nice and juicy and the cooking time can be 10%-30% less than traditional roasting.  Always remember that using convection technology eliminates transfer of flavors from one dish to another so feel free to bake a pie at the same time to cut your cooking time even more.  I’ll talk about brining Mel in a second, but you don’t have to brine him if you plan to use convection.   Find out more about convection roasting a turkey.

Traditional Roasting:

Ahhhhh, the time honored tradition of  drying out poor Mel, however, there are things we can do to moisten him up.  Try brining your turkey first.  The hardest part about this process is finding a bucket or pot big enough to hold everything.  I once saw Alton Brown use a 5 gallon water cooler to hold the turkey.  The only issue with this is making sure that Mel stays cool enough during the brining process.  Click here for Alton’s technique.

Sorry Mel, no can do.

If brining isn’t your thing, try buttering up Mel.  Of course I don’t mean flatter him with compliments.  I mean fatten him with compliments.  Take a pound of butter and soften it by leaving it out on your counter.  Take your favorite herbs and spices (maybe some poultry seasoning, etc.) and mix it into the butter.  Next, place your butter mixture into some wax paper and put it in your refrigerator to cool.  After it hardens enough to mold it, roll the butter into a tubular shape.   Then put the newly shaped butter into the freezer so it can harden even more.  Once the tube of butter is firm, cut it into medallions and place these medallions under the skin of the turkey (sans wax paper of course) and throw Mel into the oven to roast.  Butter, like bacon, makes everything taste better so how could this possibly be bad!?!?  You could also use this technique when convection roasting.

Deep Frying:

Use it for Thanksgiving, but hang on to this for a clam bake in the summer!

Probably the coolest and the fastest (in some cases less than an hour) way to cook Mel is to deep fry him.  It requires some special equipment.  DON’T I repeat DON’T fry a turkey anywhere inside or near your house, deck, shed, etc.  I’ve found that the best oil to use is peanut oil.  It has a much higher smoke point than olive or vegetable oil.  Trust me, there is no better smell in the world than the smell of a turkey being cooked in peanut oil.  You don’t need to season Mel when you throw him the fryer, but they do make flavor injectors you can experiment with.  Perhaps a Cajun seasoning?  Yum.

With a little time and love, you can change your family’s perception of the Thanksgiving turkey from a boring, Sahara-like meal into a lush, flavorful, culinary masterpiece.  From everyone here at Kieffer’s Appliances, have a safe, happy, and joyous Thanksgiving!  Sorry Mel, your time is up…

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

-The Kieffer’s Guy



Outdoor Kitchens, Part II

Hey Appliance Fans,

So we’re a little over a week into the baseball season, and my Phillies are kicking butt.  For most of my life, the Phils have been the bottom feeders of baseball, so it’s VERY nice to see them dominating the competition.  In my last post, I discussed the basics of an outdoor kitchen (grill, refrigeration, and storage).  This week, I want to dive into some of the super cool accessories that you can add to an outdoor kitchen to take it to the next level.  By no means am I going to be able to cover them all (that’s why we have sales people in the store to help you), but I will highlight some of the coolest options out there.

Probably the most depressing aspect of having an outdoor kitchen is when the summer season comes to an end and temperatures start to drop.  That’s why getting one (or two or three) of these outdoor heaters will extend the amount time you can enjoy your new outdoor masterpiece.  I’m sure you’ve seen these at restaurants before.  Why not get one for your house?  DO IT.

Probably not the best idea to invite him to your party.

Grilling and adult beverages go hand in hand and who the heck wants to have to walk back into the house to grab a beer?  Although there might be a refrigerator in your outdoor kitchen, why waste that space with bottles of beer when a whole keg will do!?!?  I’m not trying to get sexist here, but in my opinion this is clearly a boy’s toy.  Go ahead, show this to your husband or boyfriend and watch his eyes light up.  It works every time.

Ok, so maybe the last statement about the beverage dispenser was a bit sexist, so let me equal the playing field.  I’ve seen a couple episodes of “Sex and the City” and I know that all of the women on the show LOVE their Cosmopolitans (click the link for a recipe).  So if the men can have their beer, then the woman can have their cosmos with a built-in cocktail station or a free-standing cart model.

Cosmos, Rum & Coke, Mojitos, and more!

One of our salesmen, Ryan,  just moved into a new home (actually he calls it a farm).  I haven’t been there yet, but apparently his neighbor has horses so that makes his home more of a farm than my apartment.  Anyway, last weekend he made some smoked brisket and he hit a HOME RUN with it.  It was absolutely off-the-charts.  Aside from the beer dispenser, the next coolest accessory has got to be the built-in smoker by Viking.  I really can’t think of anything that doesn’t taste good smoked (can you?).  Not only can you smoke meats in this unit, it also has a setting for “cold smoking” which is perfect for smoking cheeses.  Smoked gouda anyone?  YUM.

This still isn’t enough accessories for you?  How about an ice maker, wall ovens, warming drawers, trash receptacles, wok burners, or some regular gas burners?  I’m sure you can already see how many options one has besides just a grill.  So before you go out and get some dinky grill, think about how your backyard can become a backyard oasis by building an outdoor kitchen.

As mentioned in my last post about outdoor kitchens, here are some companies to consider (and yes, we carry all of them):

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

-The Kieffer’s Guy
kieffersguy@kieffers.com

“Taste Drive” Sub-Zero and Wolf Products

Hey Appliance Fans,

The Fretz Showroom has all of the Sub-Zero and Wolf Products on display in real kitchen vingettes.

Are you serious about turning your kitchen into a “Dream Kitchen”?  Thinking about putting Sub-Zero and Wolf products in your Dream Kitchen?  Want to know how delicious food can be when cooked with Wolf Products?  Can I write this entire blog using only questions?  Will you keep reading if I do?  Are my questions getting old?  No?  Yes?  Do you want me to stop?  You do?

Ok.  I’ll stop.

So this week, I want to talk about a fantastic service that The Fretz Corporation (our distributor of Sub-Zero and Wolf ) extends to our customers: “Product Demonstration Night”.  Now I know the name doesn’t roll off the tongue, but I’ve been to one and let me tell you, it’s AWESOME.

“Demo Night” is held at The Fretz Corporation’s (also our distributor for Asko, Scotsman, Best by Broan, and Franke) Philadelphia headquarters.  It’s a wonderful opportunity to see a variety of Sub-Zero and Wolf products while enjoying some wine and hors d’oeuvres (kieffersguy note: I can never remember how to spell hors d`oeuvres and have to google it every time).  THEN you head upstairs to their kitchen studio.

A close up of the kitchen. There are tons of tables/chairs behind me.

To be honest, it’s not really a studio, but a theater.  It’s a huge kitchen with seating all around.  There are TV screens and cameras to get better views of the products and the chefs preparing the meal.  Of course the best part is that they cook the meal during the demonstration and serve it to you.

Check out this menu:

  • Crab and corn chowder soup (Fall and Winter months only)
  • Shrimp and scallop scampi
  • Filet tips with garlic parmesan cream sauce accompanied with portobello mushroom napoleon and asparagus
  • Lemon blueberry cookie sorbet
  • Roasted turkey, Chilean Sea Bass and string beans
  • Chocolate chip cookies with coffee and tea downstairs on showroom post demonstration

I’m going to go on record and let you know that the turkey they cooked was the best turkey that I ever had.  The second best, of course, was the one that I cooked this past Thanksgiving.  For more info on my triumph, check out my previous post about cooking Thanksgiving dinner.

The evening wraps up with a Q & A session featuring coffee and cookies.  The people at Fretz are extremely knowledgeable, friendly, and ready to answer any questions you might have about Sub-Zero and Wolf.  Demo nights are held once a month from 6pm – 9pm.  Here’s the schedule:

  • February 17th
  • March 24th
  • April 28th
  • May 26th
  • June 23rd
  • July 28th
  • August 25th

The Catch

There’s no catch except that someone from Kieffer’s has to schedule your reservation.  Typically I don’t throw my colleagues under the bus, but since they don’t write the blog, I’m going to.  If you’re interested in attending the demo night, stop into our Lansdale Showroom and ask for the Kieffer’s guy so I can go with you.  Don’t worry, I’m great company and we’re sure to have a fun time!  I’ll bring my bag of jokes with me.  🙂

Sub-Zero and Wolf Rebate Extended!

And don’t forget that Sub-Zero and Wolf have extended their rebate program until March 31, 2011.  For more details, click our “Rebate Page” on the menu above.

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

-The Kieffer’s Guy
kieffersguy@kieffers.com

Shamless Plug: Booth #601

Hey Appliance Fans,

Come visit us at booth #610

If you haven’t guessed, I’m going to shamelessly plug our involvement in the 2011 Philadelphia Home Show (January 15-23).  If you’ve never been to the home show, you’re in for a real treat.  It’s enormous– with hundreds of vendors offering tips from insulation to interior design, and everything between!  But that’s not all.  Celebrities from the HGTV network will be in attendance and there are tons of other offers, contests, and events.

How Kieffer’s Appliances Is Involved:

We are  a major sponsor of the Home Show’s “Cooking Stage”.  You’ll be able to see live demonstrations by some of the Philadelphia area’s top chefs and get to taste some of their creations.

Planning Your Dream Kitchen:

Our fearless leader, John Kieffer, will be hosting two seminars at the home show about appliance selection.  “Designing Your Dream Kitchen: Appliance Selection” is sure to help you navigate the seemingly countless brands and options one has when designing a kitchen.  Join us on the main stage for this informative session!

Our booth filled with Appliance Fans. Viva La Revolucion!

Session 1: January 16th from 2-3pm
Session 2: January 22nd from 3-4pm

Win a Viking Designer Kitchen!

That’s right appliance fans, we’re giving away a FREE Viking Designer Kitchen (a $10,000 value) to one lucky winner.  The package includes a range, refrigerator, dishwasher, and over-the-range microwave.  We’re really excited about this contest and you should be too!  What a great way to get some incredible appliances in your kitchen for free!  Click here to enter.That’s all for now.  I know, a short blog this week, but it’s all about the home show, baby!

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

-The Kieffer’s Guy
kieffersguy@kieffers.com

2011? Sign Me Up!

Hey Appliance Fans,

Welcome to 2011 everyone!  I hope your New Year’s celebration was safe and that your morning after headache didn’t last too long.  While everyone is busy creating their resolutions, I have created one of my own:  I will no longer make New Year’s resolutions.  This resolution has worked for me in the past so I’m going to keep going with it.  Ironically, it’s probably the only resolution that I’ve adhered to.

I’ve decided that this week’s blog is going to be similar to sprinting– short bursts of power packed with a punch.  So here goes:

The 40 Yard Dash (no sweat, I can do 40 yards):

With the new year usually comes price increases from manufacturers.  I say usually because that’s what they do.  It seems that manufacturers have realized that we’re in a not-so-good economy and maybe a price increase isn’t such a good idea.  That being said, however, you might notice slight price increases (maybe 1-3 percent) on some units, but overall there’s nothing major so your wallet is safe….for now.

The 100 Yard Sprint (kinda sweating here, but I can still do it):

Rather than price increases, manufacturers have decided to create or extend rebate programs.  Good news, right?  Right!  Viking has extended their rebate program until April 30th and Thermador lengthened their program until December 31.  Sub-Zero and Wolf already extended their rebate program until March 31.  Will they extend it even more?  I have no idea, but it wouldn’t surprise me if they did.  Stay tuned folks, because I’ll be all over it if they do.  For more details about Thermador, Viking, and Sub-Zeros’ rebates, click here. Or you can click the rebate link on the menu bar above.

It’s not just Therm, Sub, and Viking.  GE, Whirlpool, and Kitchenaid are all getting in on the rebates too.  Stop in and speak with one of our sales people for more details and information on qualifying units.

The 200 Yard Dash (I can do it, but it’s not really a “dash” it’s more of a quick lope):

"If I have one more stinking pancake, I'm going to stomp all over your griddle."

Now’s the time where I take off the gloves and I get to complain about you, the customer.  I know what you’re thinking, “Holy Moly Kieffer’s Guy, you’re not going to go there are you!?”  Yes, I’m going to go there and I’m going to complain about you.  And what’s my complaint?  Every time a customer walks into the showroom and sees a griddle built into a range or rangetop they exclaim, “I don’t cook enough pancakes to warrant a griddle”.

My complaint is that YOU the customer aren’t thinking creatively.  Sure griddles will make great pancakes, but how about fajitas, cheese steaks, multiple grill cheese sandwiches, fish, burgers, home fries, sauteed veggies, bacon, sausage, eggs, etc.  My point is griddles are extremely versatile.  In fact, what’s wrong with putting a pot or pan directly on the griddle and having it act as an additional burner?  There’s nothing wrong with it and I encourage you to try it.

If you’re shopping for a range or range top any time soon, please please please consider adding a griddle to your burner configuration.  The culinary possibilities are limitless plus they’re uber cool.  Yes, I said “uber”.

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

-The Kieffer’s Guy

It’s Getting Steamy In Here

Hey Appliance Fans,

As we wrap up the holiday season, I secretly wished that all of the appliances in your kitchen would break so you’d have to come visit me at our Lansdale Showroom.   Just kidding.  In all sincerity, on behalf of everyone here at Kieffer’s Appliances, we hope that you had a wonderfully awesome, superior Christmas and we hope that you have a happy and healthy new year.  If you have any questions or comments, shoot me an email at kieffersguy@kieffers.com.

Yup, It’s Getting Steamy In Here.

George for the ladies, Catherine for the guys.

Because I’m all about customer service, I painstakingly sifted through hundreds of pictures of Catherine Zeta-Jones to find the right one.  I know I know, it was a selfless act.  But I want you to know, the Kieffer’s Guy is here for you.  Special thanks to our saleswoman Agata for helping me to choose the right Clooney picture.  I know that all of the ladies love Mr. Clooney, but as a dude, finding the right shot was a bit difficult.

Obviously, looking at those two pictures can make things a little steamy, but I’m not talking about that kind of steam.  I’m talking about steam (the vapor form of water) and to be more specific, steam ovens.

Steam ovens cook exactly how they sound and most people think that only vegetables can be used, but pretty much anything can go into a steam oven like meats, pies, pasta, rice, etc.  You can even use a steam oven to sanitize baby bottles or jars for canning.  Re-heating food is a dream in a steam oven.  You know that pork fried rice that never quite bounces back in the microwave?  Pop that in a steam oven and it’ll taste like it just came out of the wok.  I’m not here to tell you that a steam oven will replace your current oven, but steam ovens can absolutely complement your current kitchen.

There’s A Message in the Moisture

A happy owner of steam oven, and their reaction to baking a chicken in 20 minutes.

And that message is FASTER cooking times.  Let’s say you baked a chicken in a traditional oven.  That could take anywhere from one and a half to two hours.  Put the same chicken in a steam oven set at 212 degrees and you’re looking at a cook time of about 20 minutes.  That’s crazier than a drunken rant by Mel Gibson.

Cooking with steam is healthier too because the steam helps to retain the nutritional value of the food.  And because the steam is keeping things moist (duh!), there’s no need to use extra oils or fats to keep food from sticking to the roasting pan.  Not having to use extra oils means not adding extra calories to your food which means not adding inches to your waist.  And considering how we all stuffed our faces this holiday season, I’m thinking that’s a good thing.

A Miele Steam Oven. Don't let the size fool you, that's an ENTIRE meal in one oven.

Probably the number one thing that a customer says to me when looking at a steam oven is that the oven cavity is too small.  I won’t lie.  The cavity IS small, but don’t let that fool you.  Trays can be stacked on top of each other to greatly expand the amount of food that can be cooked.  You can easily cook a meal for four (at the same time) in one oven.  Of course, the trays can be removed to easily fit larger items like roasts and cakes.

Probably the biggest drawback to a steam oven is that they don’t brown foods.  Baked goods and meats will appear pale in color.  Typically this can be remedied by putting your baked goods into a traditional oven to brown up and meats should be browned prior to cooking in the steam oven.  Keep in mind that this is purely for visual effect.  Baked goods and meats will cook thoroughly in a steam oven, but if you want that browned look, you will need to make some adjustments.

Steam Oven Manufacturers To Consider

That’s all I have for this week.  Next blog post will be in 2011.  See you next year!

As always, don’t forget to visit the Kieffer’s website for all of your appliance needs in Eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Maryland, Delaware, and Washington DC!

-The Kieffer’s Guy