Thursday, February 25, 2016

Cooking with Steam Ovens

Dare to Cook Differently

If you are one who loves to cook and focus on coooking healthy, the steam oven is the go to oven.

 Steam ovens combine steam and covection in order to cook quicker and healthier. They can be used to bake, roast, steam, heat and so much more.  Basically operating as both an oven and a microwave  combined into one appliance. 

As my friend Jan at our Subzero-Wolf showroom likes to say "A steam oven can do everything a microwave can except pop popcorn."
They are wonderful addition to a regular oven and perfectly suitable if you are planning a kitchen remodel or  thinking of downsizing.

Below I've included three of my favorite steam ovens and a few of the features they offer.

 30” M Series Convection Steam Oven:

-        Healthier way to cook: steam vegetables and retain up to 22% more vitamins
-        Cooking mode combines steam and convection
-        Senses size and amount of what your cooking for using digital technology
-        Large enough to roast a 15 lb turkey
-        Not plumbed. Has a tank for up to 90 mins of steam, can be refilled without interrupting
-       10 cooking modes. From chicken to brownies to asparagus
-       Delayed programmable start mode
-       Great for reheating leftovers without drying

The Thermador steam oven is available both as a steam oven and convection oven and as part of the 48 inch Professional series dual fuel steam range.

 Professional Series Steam and Convection Oven

-        Frameless Professional Design: restaurant style stainless steel knobs and handle
-        Stainless steel with powerful halogen lighting
          Large 1.4 cubic foot capacity
-        Cook control temperature probe
-        40 Easy Cook food programs. Pre programmed modes automatically set te oven temperature and humidity for perfect
      9 advanced cooking modes
-        Steam Clean assist keeps the oven spotless
-   1.4 qt water tank used for entire cooking cycle

 ContourLine Combi-Steam Oven DGC 6500 XL:

-         Probe is perfect for roasting
-         Convection, Steam and Combi
-         MasterChef Menu: offers over 150 food types to cook
-         24” Stainless steel cavity
-         Door handle moves with motion of your wrist for an ergonomic feel when operating
-         Date, Temperature and multilingual display
-         Blanch, can, reheat, bake, keep warm and many more!

      Do your research and find out which one is right for you. Let me know If you should need any help


Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Adding a touch of zizzle to Unfussy beige

I know I just posted last week on how our color trends are going in the direction of Bright,BOLD and lots of stripes and florals and now I am talking about beige. So what is up with that? 
Unfussy beige is the perfect backdrop for those wonderful POPs of color. 

I am seeing hints of red in the undertones of Unfussy beige and can see it paired with warm reds and corals.  Sometimes that is as bright as people who really like earth tones can get.  If you love your earth tones and are looking for a neutral to complement them try Unfussy Beige

Via Brunschwig and Fils, Sherwin Williams

Wishing you  a colorful day


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Think Bright,BOLD and lots of stripes and florals

My favorite!

From fashion to home interiors, I've just created a pinterest board that is sure to make you smile. It was so much fun looking at all the beautiful florals and stripes that are boldly being used to create beautiful interiors.
Here is a sneak peek at some of the items I pinned.  

Beautiful fabric from one of my favorites Highland Court

Via Highland Court
Another one of my favorites is Thibaut. I love love their wallpapers and their fabrics.

Via Thibaut
I was certainly delighted when I saw Duralee combine these beautiful lilac florals with a bold fuchsia sofa.  Just perfect!

To look at my entire board of over 30 pins go to my Pinterest board titled Bright, Bold stripes and florals. I hope you enjoy.

How do you feel about using  Bright,BOLD, stripes and florals? It makes me feel happy and confident.

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Trend Alert 2016

 It's crazy to think that we are already in the month of February and it seems like time is just flying by.  Before it does, I'd like to share the trends I am seeing for 2016.  I know that some of you aren't crazy about trends but they are important because they dictate the industry. The more we know the better informed we are in what's available. So with that being said, I'd like to share what I am seeing as the top 5 trends for 2016.

YES, my favorite. COLOR  is everywhere from painted rooms, to fabrics to accessories.  If you love using color here is your chance to enjoy it.

Think Bright,BOLD and lots of stripes and florals

Via Brunschwig and Fils

2. Dare to Cook Differently - Steam Oven

The steam oven is not really new to the industry but it is certainly picking up steam. Several companies have introduced them into their lines and I absolutely love how they cook. Having tasted a delicious beef tenderloin cooked at the Subzero-Wolf showroom here in Charlotte, I am sold on the efficiency of this appliance. If your thinking of doing a kitchen remodel, this is an appliance to consider. It is also available through Miele and Thermador as well.

Via Sub-Zero

I've been told the only thing a steam oven can NOT do that a microwave can is 

3. Metal Mania
From appliances to plumbing fixtures to hardware and even wallpaper, the metallic influence is everywhere. Whether combined with other finishes, or used as a statement piece, Metals are a hit for 2016.

I love the way different metal finishes were combined in this powder room. By using brass light fixtures with a gold lined mirror and chrome fixtures and accessories there is a balance within the space.

Via A Well Dressed Home

I love this mirror made of brass combined with a black exterior finish


4. Romantic Movement
How appropriate for the month of Love and thanks to Pantone'ss selection of blush and serenity, we are seeing these colors used in many different combinations. 

 Andrea Brooks photo shows Blush on the walls and infused with pops of colors

Via Andrea Brooks

While Style me Pretty uses a combination of grays, white and blush to achieve a beautiful and serene look.

Via Style me Pretty

Whether natural or man made stone is everywhere, from Marble to Dekton. I will be sharing qualities and uses in upcoming Blogs

A contemporary style using Dekton (Manufactured by Silestone) as the base and countertop

Via Dekton

Marble tiles for floors, backsplashes and countertops.

Via My Parradissi