Colorful Retro Kitchens

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Photo Credit: Retro Rennovations at retrorennovations.com

Just when we thought the fun had died down, we were excited to see a recent article by Retro Renovation, about colorful retro kitchens, showcasing our AGA colorful ranges at KBIS!  Kate and Pam did a fun job tying our booth suites into fun retro-styled highlights which exemplify how well our products work no matter the look you are trying to achieve.

Whether you are going for retro or modern, country or eclectic, the AGA cast iron range works in each!  With over 15 colors available, those of your looking to create colorful retro kitchens are in luck!

Here is a snippet of what was said about our colorful retro kitchens:

So when we spotted the colorful AGA stoves booth, it was a breath of fresh air with big smiling lollipop sprinkles on top. Color, color and more color — plus, they even had a retro inspired kitchen setup. Oh happy day!

Read more: AGA colorful ranges and a retro kitchen at KBIS – Retro Renovation

 

 

5 Spring Kitchen Trends Inspired by New York Fashion Week

Often our homes are a curation of what we adore about fashion, and thanks to the immediacy and instant dialogue of social sharing, the worlds of fashion and home decor can now harmonize. This week, our eyes are on New York as big names in fashion swath models in luxurious fabrics, tailored just so, and their artfully designed pieces hit the runway in a myriad of colors, patterns and textures. That’s right, it’s New York Fashion Week… seven spectacular days of creative minds showing us their vision for Spring 2016.

Immerse yourself in these 5 Spring Kitchen Trends, where kitchen decor meets haute couture, and discover how iconic AGA kitchen collections are pace for pace with emerging fashion trends.

Spring Kitchen Trend #1: Lace Ladies and Vintage Style AGA Legacy Ranges

Lace is timeless, whether in shades of ivory, white or black, and AGA Legacy Dual Fuel Ranges emulate this finely tuned vintage look that seems to transcend eras.  It’s what we call our AGA Designer Ranges, available in 36″ and 44″ options and five porcelain enamel colors.lace-ladies

Spring Kitchen Trend #2: California Dreaming in Rose, Aqua and Pistachio

Breezy pastels remind us of seaside retreats, warm weather and casual Cali chic. Take a cue from the West Coast with AGA Cast Iron Ranges in rose, aqua and pistachio. Pictured here: AGA City24 Cast Iron Range with gas and electric cooktop options.

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Spring Kitchen Trend #3: Shine On with Sleek AGA Professional Ranges

Silvery and sequined, these models are dressed to impress, reminiscent of the sleek, sophisticated and NEW AGA Professional Ranges in 30″, 36″ and 48″ sizes.

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Spring Kitchen Trend #4: Shoulder Off & AGA Induction Tops

The catwalk saw clean lines paired with classic colors like black and white, a close cousin in appearance to our AGA Hotcupboard with its minimalist induction top.

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Spring Kitchen Trend #5: Citrus City with AGA City24 in Lemon

Nothing says spring like bright citrusy yellows, daffodils and tulips, a color that rejuvenates the spirit and is refreshing and happy to the eye. Like a burst of sunshine, the AGA City24 Dual Fuel Module in lemon can take a kitchen from dreary to cheery.

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The enduring gift of AGA cooking

Nimco Shares Her AGA Story: “I fell in love with AGA in Egypt.”

It all started with an email.  A fellow AGA owner shared this photo of her beautiful cream AGA resting proudly against a brick backsplash in juxtaposition with brightly colored cookware, and I simply had to meet her.   nimco-aga

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Nimco with her son, Adan, who shares his mother’s love of cooking.

While I’ve had the pleasure of chatting with many fascinating people in my lifetime, Nimco ranks as one of the more memorable.  A native of Somalia, she was adopted by German parents, later moving to Egypt at age 12 and then on to England, where she would later meet her British-born husband.  The couple finally settled in the All-American city of Somerville, Massachusetts, to raise a family.

Nimco dreamt of owning an AGA since her first encounter with the iconic cast iron beauty at the young age of 14 in Egypt.

“I think it’s beautiful in its own right,” she reflects during our conversation over the phone. “It’s the place where everyone gathers.”

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Nimco’s extensive cookware collection

And as good fortune would have it, Nimco’s mother-in-law bought her one—a gift that continues to offer daily rewards.

“It’s absolutely wonderful to cook on,” Nimco gushed over the phone with her marvelous European accent. “I literally cook every single day. Cooking is so much more fun and easy.”

Nimco reveals she’d rather spend most her time cooking. “If I could have it my way, I’d have a couple of rooms and the rest of my house would be a kitchen.”

She owns thousands of cookbooks (her preferred reading material before retiring to bed at night) and has acquired an impressive collection of enamel cast iron cookware over the years.

“Oh, it makes such a difference. It cooks beautifully. Some women buy shoes and makeup—I buy cookware!”

Word of her talent is spreading. This weekend, she will be catering for 40 people, the entire spread to be capably handled by her and her AGA alone.  She also teaches private cooking classes in her home, usually in groups of six at a time.

“All of them now want an AGA someday. When I make something, people think I performed a miracle!”

And the passion is contagious among her family.  Her 8-year-old son, Adan, also loves to cook, and his particular specialty is banana bread.  “He’s quite proud to make it all on his own, and then I place it in the oven.”

nimco4Nimco recalls a story that best describes the refined palates of her family. “The teacher once asked my son what his favorite food was. You’d think it would be macaroni and cheese, but he told her steak and oysters.”

While it’s clear from her experiences she’s no novice to the kitchen, Nimco really hands it to her AGA. “You take chicken breast, and it comes out moist. It makes food taste good.”

In addition to teaching, Nimco also writes recipes and is currently working on a Somali cookbook, developing her favorite meals with cross-cultural appeal.  She once told the Boston Globe in an interview: “’My comfort food is always, always Somali food.’ This includes stews with chicken or fish, cumin, coriander, garlic and rice and potatoes, a variety of pancakes, and lots of clear soups. She also likes Thai and Ethiopian food.”

She was happy to share a home-inspired recipe with us fellow AGA fanatics today, a personal favorite of hers.  I hope you enjoy this as much as I did my chat with Nimco.

Paiche Fish

Ingredients

  • 3 T extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 large yellow onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1 T unsalted butter
  • 6 Roma tomatoes
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pinch saffron
  • 1 T fennel seeds, ground with mortar and pestle or spice grinder
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 3 lbs of Paiche fillet, cut into six or eight equal parts
  • 1 tsp mixed peppercorns (black, green and pink)
  • 2 T of fennel fronds, chopped
  • 2 T freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 tsp of cane sugar
  • 4 servings of prepared rice

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil in a large, heavy-bottomed skillet on the boiling plate.
  2. Add onion and cook until lightly browned, about 6 minutes.
  3. Add butter. Quarter tomatoes and add to browned onions.
  4. Stir, cover and transfer to the simmering plate. Simmer for 10 to 12 minutes.
  5. Allow to cool slightly before pureeing in a food processor or blender. (Nimco uses a handheld blender stick).
  6. Add garlic, saffron and fennel seed to sauce, then sugar and salt. Cook for additional 5 minutes.
  7. Pour half of the tomato sauce in a baking dish and place the fillets on top, leaving 1/2 inch between each fillet.
  8. Pour remaining sauce over all and sprinkle with peppercorns and chopped fennel fronds.
  9. Place in the baking oven (uncovered) for 20 minutes.
  10. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and continue to bake for 5 more minutes.
  11. Remove from oven and serve over rice.
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At the end of our call, she references a favorite quote, “It’s true for me: Cooking is the most fun you can have with your clothes on.”

And we here at AGA agree wholeheartedly, even though we may be blushing a bit.

AGA Legacy Kitchen Design on HGTV’s “Property Brothers”

Our AGA Legacy kitchen appliances provide quite the surprise for the Property Brothers in the Season 5 premier episode on HGTV.

Property Brothers Jonathan and Drew help hockey pro Greg and his wife Megan renovate a promising fixer-upper into the perfect dream home. As the deadline quickly approaches, the renovation schedule takes an unexpected turn when Megan and Greg unveil an unexpected housewarming gift from their parents: a full suite of ivory AGA Legacy kitchen appliances with striking retro looks and modern functionality.

Without missing a beat, the Property Brothers quickly work on modifying the design plan to best complement the character and function of the new AGA Legacy kitchen appliances, and the results are phenomenal.

Products Featured on the Episode:

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The Property Brothers place the cast iron grates as the last of the finishing touches on Megan and Greg’s new ivory 36″ AGA Legacy Range.


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The team installs the ivory AGA Legacy French Door Refrigerator.


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The AGA Legacy Dishwasher is a perfect design complement to the cohesive kitchen suite of beautiful vintage style appliances.

 

When Megan and Greg walk into their new home for the final reveal, their reactions are everything Jonathan and Drew had hoped for:

“I’m speechless.”

“The appliances are pretty awesome.”

“They look amazing!”

“That’s a heck of a gift you got right there.”

“It feels to me like we’re in a high-end restaurant.”

“Combining the modern and the rustic elements give the whole space a cohesive look.”

Click here to watch the full episode.

AGA Fast Food for Busy Lifestyles

Learn these time-saving tips from a fellow AGA owner.  Get quick,
easy techniques to create AGA fast food for busy lifestyles.Leah Kalemba, nay Clark, shares tips from her family AGA lifestyle
including time-saving recipes!  She shares how to make healthy
‘fast food’ on the cast iron AGA range!  In her family, she tries to
limit fast food, unless it’s the kind that whips up quick on the AGA.
And if you don’t dirty a pan in the process—even better.
 Breakfast on the AGA with Avrey
Pancakes

Just whisk up a batch, oil the simmering plate and drop batter by the spoonful
directly on the hotplate!  (This classic AGA trick will usually blow my guests’
minds: “Wait–what are you doing? Whoa, you can do that?!”)

We also soften butter and warm a bottle of syrup on the back of the cooktop
while the batter bubbles and cooks. Five minutes later, we’re cleaving our
forks through hot-off-the-griddle pancakes as butter slides across the steaming
surface and warm maple syrup rolls off the stack.

 Pancakes on the AGA Simmering Plate
Toast

This one is probably the easiest. Place the bread on the simmering plate,
close the hob, wait a few minutes, flip, and then toast the other side.  Spread
with butter, jam, Nutella or peanut butter and sliced bananas for a hearty
and filling snack.

Extra Tip: Try this with cinnamon bread in the morning, and you’ll be
sure to stir anyone from their slumber. I love when the children follow their
noses from bed, shuffling out with sleepy eyes, wild bedheads and
sudden hunger.

 Toast on the cast iron AGA
Eggs

Simply lay a sheet of Bake-O-Glide atop the simmering plate,
crack an egg and close the hob for oil-free eggs just the way you like it.

Extra Tip: If you like your eggs scrambled, oil the plate, pour a small
batch of beaten eggs on its hot surface, and fluff up with a spatula.

 AGA Food
Classic Grilled Cheese

Butter sliced bread and place on the simmering plate with whatever
you’re in the mood for…like tomatoes, avocado, cooked bacon, spinach,
leftover turkey or chicken, or simply cheese.  We mix it up depending
on what we need to use up in the refrigerator.  Toast, flip, toast—and
before you even have time to think about how hungry you are, there’s a
savory toasted sandwich with your name on it.

Extra Tip: Boost the flavor by using an herb butter spread.

 Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich on AGA hotplate
Popcorn

When looking for a salty snack, we simply drop popcorn kernels on
the simmering plate, close the hob and wait for the pop-pop-pop to slow.
Once we open the hob, fluffy puffs are ready to nibble. Remove with a
large spatula, season and enjoy!

Extra Tip: Sprinkle a pinch of sea salt or your favorite seasoning before serving.

Quesadillas

Lay a tortilla on the simmering plate, spread on your favorite ingredients,
place another tortilla on top, and close the hob. Give it a few minutes to
toast, then flip, and toast the other side. Just cut and serve.

Extra Tip: Use Bake-O-Glide on the surface to make clean-up even easier.

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Parm Crisps

I learned this trick from an AGA pro. When I’m craving a cheesy, crunchy
bite, I just sprinkle shredded Parmesan cheese onto the hotplate, wait
until it crisps up and then pop it in my mouth.

Extra Tip: Use Bake-O-Glide if you want to cook with no fat or oil.

There are many advantages to cooking on a cast iron AGA – especially
for fellow working mom’s who have limited time in their day to
create meals or healthy snacks.  The best part…no pots and pans required!

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