The Best Oven to Bake a Soufflé

Alex HallmarkCooking Comments

Is there really a “best” oven to bake a soufflé? Is one oven better than another for cooking recipes to appease hungry appetites? Because of the sensitive nature of a soufflé, we do not recommend a convection oven under any circumstances. The main reason is the fan that a convection oven uses to evenly distribute heat through the oven cavity could also blow your soufflé down. If your oven comes with a convection setting be sure not to use it when cooking a soufflé. Use the conventional setting instead.

The choice for this chef is a Frigidaire Wall Oven. A wall oven provides easier access to supervise cooking progress. A wall oven reduces chances of someone stomping into the kitchen causing vibrations to ripple through the floorboards causing a rising soufflé to become a sinking ship.

Why Frigidaire? Because it’s a fairly common, reliable, and trustworthy brand. It has an easy to use control panel, an attractive smudge-free stainless steel exterior, and a quick and easy cleaning function.

The Mystery of the Cheese Soufflé

Supporting Cast

  • 2 tablespoons plain dried bread crumbs or substitute 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  •  ¼ cup all-purpose King Arthur flour
  • 1 ½ cups milk, warmed
  • 8 ounces sharp Hooks Cheddar cheese, grated (2 cups)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 5 large eggs, separated
  • 1 large egg white

Prologue

Preheat your Frigidaire wall oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Grease (If you think olive oil, think again. Olive oil will dominate the flavor of a cheese soufflé; try using canola or vegetable oil) a 2-quart soufflé dish and sprinkle evenly with the bread crumbs (or sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese – which would be our choice!)

Act 1 – The Cheese Sauce

Now we’re going to make a delicious cheese sauce. Begin by melting the butter in a 2-quart saucepan over very low heat. Using your favorite whip, stir in the flour and cook until a nice thick paste begins to dance in the pan. Slowly banish the warm milk to the butter-flour mixture (which is known as a roux) and stir until the paste has transformed into a nice creamy sauce.

Now crank up the heat a bit, like to medium, and use a wooden spoon to stir the sauce until it thickens and has just come to a boil. Reduce the flame to low and stir frequently for an hour or so. Just kidding…stir for about 3 minutes or until the boil has diminished. Back up the truck and dump in a couple cups of Cheddar, salt, and the ground cayenne pepper. Maintain a steady stirring motion until the cheese has just melted and the sauce is smooth.

Hot Tip: The above cheese sauce you’ve just made can be used for many other recipes as well as act as a great topping to any type of food you can think of. Potatoes, chili, mac and cheese, chocolate. Well, cheese sauce might be pretty disgusting with chocolate. Save the chocolate for the next soufflé you make.

Act 2 – The Egg Yolks

Grab your favorite whip once again and lightly whip those egg yolks until they are a screaming rich blend of yellow. Gradually add ½ cup of the cheese sauce you created in Act 1. Now you’re going to add this mixture to the 2-quart saucepan where the remainder of the cheese sauce is patiently waiting. Stir rapidly! That’s not quite fast enough; stir faster, like someone with supernatural powers would stir it. Once it appears that it’s not going to curdle, because it sure could, remove the pan from the stove. Pour the cheese mixture into the soufflé dish and get ready for act 3.

Act 3 – The Egg Whites 

The following act could be performed with your favorite whip. But the preferable method, is a household mixer, such as the KitchenAid Professional. In a large bowl, beat 6 egg whites until stiff mountain-like peaks form when you pull the beaters out. The pointy slopes should remind you of Mt. Everest.

As we approach the finish of The Cheese Soufflé, we sense a culinary wonder about to take place with the blending together of plot and story, of cheese sauce and egg whites, of soufflé and appetite. Anticipation sings an anthem of patience.

Grab your favorite rubber spatula and gently, and we do mean gently, fold 1/3 of the beaten egg whites into the cheese mixture. Gently fold in the remaining egg whites until just blended.

Act 4 – The Soufflé

At last!  Slowly pour the soufflé mixture into the prepared dish. With the back of a wooden spoon, gently create a moat around the outer edges of the soufflé. This will enable the soufflé to rise slightly above the height of the dish and create a top-hat effect. Bake until golden brown, about 60 minutes.

Remember: Don’t allow anyone to come stomping around in the kitchen while your soufflé is baking. The soufflé could flatten out before its even had a chance to rise!

Finale’ – The Dinner

Serve the soufflé while it’s still hot! Now, why would you need to read that? Of course, you’re going to serve it hot! This masterpiece will proudly serve a party of six. Take a bow and enjoy!

Home Appliances Myths: Microwave Radiation Safe?

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We have all heard something that we believed was true, only to find out later in life that it was false. Fortunately, many people know how to spot a myth when it is being told. Usually, people know how to spot the myth because it will usually sound very silly. What do you actually do when the myth sounds silly and possibly true at the same time?

With all the myths floating around in the atmosphere, it is not surprising that there are myths about appliances that we use on a daily basis. We want to help you learn as much as you can about appliance myths so you can be prepared for what may be ahead.

Microwave Radiation Can Hurt Me

This is probably one of those myths that you have heard since you were a little kid. Someone may have told you that if you stand too close to the microwave that the microwave radiation could make you sick.

Yes, microwaves do need radiation in order to cook your food, but you can only be harmed by the ionizing radiation produced by something like x-rays.  Microwaves produce non-ionizing radiation and you will start to cook before you get radiation poisoning.

Since you will never get into your microwave, you do not have to be afraid of the microwave and what it could do to you.  If you think you may have a problem with your microwave’s door, you should have it inspected and repaired if possible.

When your appliances are not operating properly or if you are not sure how to maintain your appliances, it can be a good idea to seek the services of an appliance repair technician in Cleveland. You want your appliances to be around for a long time and you want them to work properly, especially when you need them the most.

Contact us today if you are in need of an appliance repair.

Have Your Appliances Repaired For Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

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If you had to pick your favorite room in your house, what room would you pick? If you asked a group of people this question, many of them would probably say the kitchen. The kitchen is the room that will allow you to cook a delicious meal and invite the entire family over to enjoy the meal you cooked.

Unfortunately, many people do not like their kitchen because it is no longer in the shape it used to be. When your kitchen is not one of your favorite rooms, it is most likely because it needs a remodel and some serious repairing.

Do You Need To Upgrade Your Kitchen?

Take a long look at your kitchen. When was the last time your kitchen was remodeled? If you cannot remember or if the last time it was remodeled was decades ago, you should seriously think about making some changes. There are new styles waiting for you to choose them.

When you do remodel your kitchen, you should focus on usability and functionality. Your refrigerator, oven, dishwasher may all need an update so they will work efficiently.

New Appliances Or Repair The Old Appliances?

If your appliances are still within their lifespan and you think they may more years left to give you, you should definitely consider looking for an appliance repair company near you. It may be better for you to have those appliances repaired instead of replacing them with new ones, especially if you are getting ready for a kitchen remodel.

More Spacious

Many people will spend a significant amount of time in their kitchen, even if they are not cooking a meal. Your kitchen should be appealing, there should be enough space to roam around, and your appliances should be in working order.

Are there things you want to add to your kitchen? You should make your kitchen a room that everyone will love to be in, and not just when it is time to make dinner or a snack.

A Valuable Kitchen

If you ever consider selling your home, can you imagine how much the potential buyers will love your remodeled kitchen. It will not be a waste of time or money to remodel your kitchen with a fresh look and freshly repaired appliances.

When it is time to sell the house a few years from now, having an outstanding kitchen will be one of the things those buyers will see. You will have an opportunity to sell your home for an amazing price, and your home will simply be more attractive and appealing. If you need to sell your home fast, you will definitely appreciate the remodeled kitchen because it will be one of the features of your home that will make someone want to purchase it.

If you cannot remember the last time you purchased your home or if your teenage children were babies the last time it was remodeled, 2017 may be the year to remodel your home. Would you agree that you are long overdue for a kitchen remodel.

A great thing about a kitchen remodel when you have young appliances is that you would only need to have them serviced, maintained, and repaired if needed. You will not have to go to your nearest appliance store and purchase a new refrigerator, microwave, oven, dishwasher, etc.

Instead of going to your nearest appliance store, you can call your nearest appliance repair technician and have him or her inspect your appliances and repair them if necessary.

If you want to learn more about appliance repair or if you would like to schedule an appointment, do not hesitate to contact us today.

Delicious Greek Yogurt Soup Recipes to Get You through the Long Winter

Alex HallmarkCooking Comments

During the winter you want hearty dishes—meals that will keep you toasty. Nothing will keep you warmer on a snowy, frigid day than a bowl of soup. But when you’re making soup, you don’t have to just use the standard broth—you can give it a little flavor with some Greek yogurt.

Plus, making soup gives you a chance to use your new Electrolux Induction range. You just can’t wait to take advantage of some of its great features such as energy efficiency, it can boil water in 90 seconds and even senses the exact size of your cookware and turns on the induction field!

Here are three cooking recipes you’re sure to enjoy.

Creamy Tomato Orzo Soup (Serves 6)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. of olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 3 15 oz. cans of diced tomatoes
  • 1 tsp. of brown sugar
  • 1 dash of crushed red pepper flakes
  • ½ c. of low-fat Greek yogurt, plain
  • ½ c. of onion, chopped
  • 2 bay leaves, whole
  • 1 15 oz. can of vegetable broth
  • ¼ c. of fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 c. of orzo pasta, cooked and drained
  • Salt and pepper to season

Directions:

Warm the olive oil over medium heat in a large Dutch oven. Add in the garlic and onion; cook about 5 minutes or until the onion is tender and translucent.

Then put in the tomatoes, brown sugar, red pepper flakes, bay leaves, basil, broth and salt and pepper; mix together well. Let the soup simmer on low heat for 15 minutes and stir periodically.

Discard the bay leaves and use your immersion blender to mix the soup gently to a consistency you want. Scoop in the Greek yogurt and blend thoroughly; if desired, add in more brown sugar, salt or pepper.

Using a spoon, mix in the pasta and serve the tomato soup hot topped with fresh basil.

Hearty Pumpkin-White Bean Soup (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 1 tbsp. of fresh ginger, grated
  • 1 tbsp. of vegetable oil
  • 1 15.5 oz. can of white kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¼ tsp. of salt
  • Pumpkin seeds (pepitas), toasted
  • ½ tsp. of ground cumin
  • 3 c. of chicken/veggie stock or broth
  • 1 15 oz. can of pumpkin
  • 1 5.3 oz. of honey non-fat Greek yogurt

Directions:

Preheat your oven to 350˚ F to toast the pumpkin seeds. Spread the pumpkin seeds on a shallow, non-stick baking sheet. Bake in your oven for 5-10 minutes. Be sure to shake the sheet once or twice during toasting.

In a medium sauce pan, warm vegetable oil over medium heat until hot; add cumin and ginger and cook until aromatic, about 1-2 minutes.

Pour in the beans, salt, broth (or stock) and pumpkin; heat the soup thoroughly, stirring to prevent sticking. When the soup is completely heated, remove the pan from the burner. Using an immersion blender puree until the soup is smooth.

Put aside ¼ cup of the Greek yogurt for a topping. Then whisk the rest of the yogurt into the soup.

Ladle the soup into soup bowls, spoon 1 tbsp. of the saved yogurt on each soup and swirl with a knife. Scatter a small handful of toasted pumpkin seeds on top.

Creamy Broccoli Soup (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • 2 tbsp. of salted butter, divided
  • 2 heaping c. of broccoli stems and florets
  • 2 c. of vegetable broth
  • ¼ c. of Greek yogurt, plain
  • ½ c. of cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely diced
  • ¼ tsp. of salt
  • 1 tbsp. of flour
  • ¼ c. of water, warm

Directions:

Using a medium sauce pan melt 1 tbsp. of butter over medium heat. Add in the garlic cloves and cook them until there’s a fragrance—about 1-2 minutes.

Mix the broccoli in until it’s all covered in the butter; toss in the salt and stir. Turn the heat to low, cover the pot and steam for 5-7 minutes or until the broccoli is a bright green. Pour in the vegetable broth and cover again.

In the meantime, melt 1 tbsp. of butter in a non-stick, small sauté pan. Use a whisk to blend in the flour and sauté for several minutes until the flour is gold color. The Greek yogurt should be whisked in next, then the warm water. Keep whisking until you get a non-clumpy, thick sauce. Toss in the cheddar cheese and continue to whisk until all the cheese is melted. Switch off the burner.

Using an immersion blender, mix the broccoli soup until it’s almost smooth being sure to leave some broccoli pieces and stems intact.

Whisk the cheese sauce into the soup and season with salt and pepper if desired. If needed, warm the soup through and enjoy while it’s hot.

These delicious winter soups can be expanded to serve for a party. You’ll love the “Keep Warm Setting” on the cooktop and the range also has a warming drawer which will be handy for holidays. Whenever you decide to eat these soups, you can always count on your Electrolux Induction range to heat them up just right.

Please contact us if your range is in need of any maintenance or repair.