Hands on Italian Cooking using Miele Appliances

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Miele Gallery Caplan’s recently celebrated it’s 5th Anniversary, and we invited all our loyal customers to a hands on class with Chefs Deborah Verginella & Brenda Kwong Hing.

Guests learned how to make Potato Gnocchi, Bolognese Meat Sauce and Chicken Bocconcini in Parmigiano Nests using Miele Steam Oven, Combi Oven and Induction Cooktops.

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Review of Top KitchenAid® Architect® Series II Dishwashers

KitchenAid®, the crown jewel of the well-known Whirlpool family of appliance brands, is known for its deep product selection in each category. KitchenAid® appliances like their refrigerators and ranges are built to last, and for that reason regarded as an industry gold standard, and their dishwashers are no exception. Here are some of the things we love about the KitchenAid® Architect® Series II Dishwashers.

KitchenAid® 24” 6-Cycle/7-Option Dishwasher, Architect® Series II (KDTE704DSS)


This KitchenAid® model is great because it has a third rack for your hard to place extra serving utensils or cutlery saving you space in the wash for the rest of your dishes. The controls are on the top of the door out of sight but still features a small display screen on the front so you can follow the status of the wash cycle. The bottom rack is on glides like the top rack so you never have to worry about the rack “running” off the door. The glide still allows full extension of both baskets. The dishwasher is rated at 39 decibels making it the quietest of the series, so no need to wait till bed or while you’re away at work to start the wash. We also love that it offers one of the best drying systems, a recessed heating element and fan.

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Layered Couscous & Roasted Vegetable Salad Recipe

Serves 6

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2 cups couscous
2 ½ cups chicken or vegetable stock
1 fennel, ½ diced
2 zucchini, diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 red onion, diced
1 sweet potato, peeled and diced
olive oil, salt and pepper
1 log goat cheese, crumbled
3 cups baby greens
balsamic dressing

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Expert Ramsin Khachi on Kitchen Design Trends for 2014

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Ramsin Khachi, Principal at Khachi Design Group - a full range luxury design firm for residential, commercial, hospitality and retail clients. You may recognize him from the Marilyn Denis Show on CTV as their in house design and construction expert. He is known for his vivacious personality and distinctive style; educating the viewers on design trends, innovative products & the latest in techie gadgets.

We had the privilege of catching up with Ramsin to talk about kitchen design trends.

Let’s look at the big picture in kitchen design and where it’s headed for 2014. How do you get started on designing a new kitchen for your clients?

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A Review of the Top Condo-Sized Appliances

As little as 5 years ago, there were but a handful of mainly European manufacturers catering to 24” wide or “condo sized” refrigerators. These days, every major appliance manufacturer has a 24-inch series of appliances in their offerings. Which is great news for Toronto’s booming condo market.

Let’s have a look at what I believe to be the best three choices in freestanding 24” refrigerators.

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White Chocolate Raspberry Cheesecake Bars Recipe

Makes about 24 bars.

Ingredients:raspberry cheesecake

1 ½ c. chocolate cookie crumbs
3 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
8 oz. white chocolate, chopped
1 lb. cream cheese, room temperature
¾ c. sugar
1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
2 eggs
¾ c. seedless raspberry jam
½ c. chopped bittersweet chocolate


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly coat a 9” X 9” baking pan with cooking spray.
Combine the chocolate cookie crumbs and the melted butter; mix well. Pat the crumb mixture evenly into the prepared pan. Set aside.

Melt the white chocolate in a bowl set over a pot of barely simmering water. Stir until smooth; remove from the heat.

Using an electric mixer, beat the cream cheese until really smooth. Add the sugar and vanilla; beat until well combined and smooth.

Add the eggs, beating well after each addition.

Beat in the melted white chocolate; mix until batter is smooth.

Pour the batter over the crust. Bake until set, about 20 minutes. Cool for 15 minutes.

Place the jam in a bowl over barely simmering water. Heat until the jam is just melted.

Spoon the jam over the warm cheesecake bars. Spread evenly. Chill for at least 5 hours.

Melt the bittersweet chocolate in a bowl set over barley simmering water. Drizzle it over the bars in a zigzag pattern. It is not meant to cover the jam completely.

Chill the bars until the chocolate sets—at least 30 minutes.

Use a damp knife to cut into bars—make them small—this is a rich dessert.
Serve at room temperature.

Fully Integrated & Built-In Jenn-Air Appliances

Fully integrated or built-in? That is the question.

The difference between the two is that fully integrated appliances are completely concealed (no toes, grill, trim or vents visible) behind cabinetry and made to look like they are not there. Built-in appliances are built within the cabinetry and are visible. Certain built-in appliances allow for panelling, but there would be a stainless border around the appliance that is visible, thus making it not fully integrated.

Jenn-Air® offers a wide range of both fully integrated and built in appliances that are perfect for any kitchen design requirements.

The new luxury Jenn-Air Built-In Coffee System (JBC7624BS) is perfect for any household. Easy to use and clean, full touch screen and a large variety of coffee options. You’ll become a seasoned barista instantly. Not to mention, the sleek design can be built into almost any kitchen design.

This Jenn-Air Built-In French Door Refrigerator (JF42SSFXDA) offers a sleekly seamless look, along with wide interior space, an easy-to-install design and an optimal environment for keeping food exquisitely fresh. Jenn-Air built-in refrigerators are also available in various widths (36” to 48”), as a single door with bottom freezer, with or without water dispenser or as side-by-side doors.


This Jenn-Air Built-In Microwave Oven with Speed-Cook (JMC2430WS) features the comprehensive Speed-Cook system, which combines the speed of microwave cooking with the exceptional heat of convection cooking and broiling. Its stylish 4.3-inch full-color LCD display guides you through the different modes and functions

Jenn-Air Microwave Oven with Speed Cook

This Jenn-Air Combination Oven with V2 Vertical Dual-Fan Convection (JMW3430WS) all oven combines a microwave and oven for exceptional versatility and power. The oven features superbly consistent V2 Vertical Dual-Fan convection heat from multiple sources within the oven, which ensures beautifully even results. It also features a full-color menu-driven LCD display.

Jenn-Air Combination Oven with V2 Vertical Dual-Fan Convection

Designed to install flush with 25-inch cabinets, the Jenn-Air Fully Integrated Built-In French Door Refrigerator with Panel Kit (JPK42FNXWSS) achieves a truly seamless appearance with concealed hinges and trim pieces to blend with existing cabinetry. The Jenn-Air fully integrated refrigerators are also available in various widths (36” to 48”), as a single door with bottom freezer, with or without water dispenser or as side-by-side doors.


This distinctive integrated Jenn-Air Under Counter Wine Cellar (JUW24FRACX), ready for your custom panel, safeguards your favorite vintages and keeps them stylishly close at hand. It features dual temperature zones for red and white wines, and six pull-out, beechwood racks that store up to 46 bottles.

Jenn-Air Wine

Some of these appliances are available in different sizes and with varying features. Jenn-Air is known for their sophisticated design, innovative technology and exceptional. Visit us at 1111 Weston Rd. to see any of these appliances or any of the other outstanding appliances Jenn-Air has to offer.

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The New Line-Up of 24-inch Appliances by Jenn-Air

If you are looking to design an new kitchen where space is scarce, consider the newest line up of 24” appliances by Jenn-Air. 24” appliances are gaining popularity, as they are ideal for lofts, condominiums, apartments or even yachts, especially in large metropolitan areas like Toronto. Most appliances range from 30” to 40” which cuts into valuable storage space, counter space or general space in the kitchen. Jenn-Air offers a wide range of 24” appliances for these smaller residences to maximize space without sacrificing performance.

The Jenn-Air 24-inch Steam and Convection Wall Oven (JBS7524BS) is perfect for compact living space. This oven offers glass-touch controls with an LCD screen, nine cooking modes that combine convection baking and steam, complete with a stainless steel interior and exterior. Its sleek design is not outmatched by its power.

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Thai Style Chicken & Coconut Soup Recipe

Adapted from Chef David Hawksworth. I put my own spin on this delicious soup from the Vancouver chef. Preparing the broth the day before is ideal so that the flavours can really develop.

Ingredients:Thai Chicken

2 tbsp. vegetable oil
1 ½ cups sliced button mushrooms
1 yellow onion, thinly sliced
4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
1 thumb size piece of ginger, peeled and thinly sliced
3 stalks lemongrass, thinly sliced
6 cups chicken stock
4 cups light coconut milk
2 jalapeno peppers, sliced in thin rounds, seeds include
peel of 2 limes
3 tbsp. brown sugar
½ bunch cilantro, with roots, cleaned well

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Jenn-Air 36” Accolade™ Downdraft Ventilation System (JXD7836BS)

Jenn-Air is known for their sophisticated design, innovative technology and exceptional performance. Jenn-Air’s innovativeness is derived from their roots, from creating the first downdraft cooktop in 1961 to today where they have created the first self-ventilated downdraft range, the Jenn-Air Accolade™ Downdraft Ventilation System.


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