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Archive for January, 2012

Get You Big Screen In Time for the Big Game

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

If you live in the Chicagoland are and purchase a new TV from Abt Electronics, we will have it delivered to your home in time for the Superbowl, guaranteed.  Right now, shop our line of flat-screen TVs and get great deals to furnish your party right!  Make your order by Friday 5pm CST on February 3rd and be sure to catch the big game on your big screen!

“Know Your Neighbors” and Win Prizes from Abt Electronics

Monday, January 30th, 2012

Join the week-long contest sponsored by Windy City Live and Abt Electronics and win great prizes!  To enter, fill out the necessary Windy City LIVE “Know Your Neighbors” entry form.  Each day a Metro Chicago neighborhood/city/suburb/town will be randomly selected to be Windy City LIVE’s NEIGHBOR FOR THE DAY. Once the NEIGHBOR OF THE DAY is selected, we’ll ask viewers to share facts about it. We’ll reveal some of those facts on the air during the show and the next day ask one lucky viewer, chosen at random, will be telephoned on the show and asked to recall any one of the facts to win a great prize. It’s that simple!

Jon Abt was at this morning’s taping and explained to the audience the great prizes you can win from Abt by joining!

On the last day, a special fan on the Windy City LIVE Facebook page will win an iPad2!  Good luck!

Sony Enhances Online Applications

Saturday, January 28th, 2012

If you are one of the many who currently own a Sony BRAVIA TV, you now have access to a plethora of new online features.  They recently launched AOLHD which offers you mail, news videos and more from AOL and all their affiliates.  NewsLook was also added which gives viewers an enhances view of both domestic and world news.

Abt Electronics On YouTube

Friday, January 27th, 2012

Want to stay current with new technology?  Need to find out what is the best computer or appliance for you and your family?  Those answers and more can be answered by visiting our YouTube Channel: AbtElectronics.  We have videos to inform you of what to think of before buying a product from Abt, as well as product reviews.  If you are looking for a video we don’t have, or if you need some “how-to” advice, let us know!

Josh Davis Explains Some Great TV Enhancements Chicago’s WCIU

Thursday, January 26th, 2012

The Superbowl is just around the corner and you are going to want to have the ultimate experience. Our sales rep Josh Davis stopped by Chicago’s WCIU’s “You & Me This Morning” and explained some great TV enhancements to amplify your football party fun!

All the products showcased by Josh Davis can be found in our audio/speaker section on

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Recipes

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Yesterday we blogged about the great deal on the KitchenAid stand mixer.  Not sure if it’s right for you? Well, below we’ve compiled a list of some amazing recipes you can make with your KitchenAid mixer.  If these mouth watering goodies don’t convince you that you need this mixer, nothing will!  Some recipes will require additional pieces for your KitchenAid mixer, but those are worth the additional investment.

Italian Sausage


  • 3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes*
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • Natural or synthetic casings, prepared for use per instructions


*You may make sausage with fresh ground pork from your butcher or supermarket. Toss with spices as instructed below, and then skip to step 4 below, stirring wine into ground pork and continue as directed.

1. Place pork on a metal baking sheet and freeze 20 minutes.

2. Combine salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, onion powder, paprika, marjoram, rosemary and thyme in small bowl. Sprinkle mixture over pork and toss to coat evenly.

3. Process one third of pork at a time in food processor (return remaining pork to freezer) until coarsely ground, or run pork through the KitchenAid Food Grinder attachment fitted with coarse grinding plate. Transfer ground pork to large bowl and place in freezer; repeat with remaining pork.

4. Remove ground pork from freezer. Pour wine over ground pork. Stir vigorously with wooden spoon until well combined.

5. Assemble and prep KitchenAid Sausage Stuffer attachment, greasing nozzle with shortening. Slide prepared casings onto nozzle tightly. Tie off end of casing with butcher’s twine. Follow manufacturer’s directions for stuffing sausage into casings. Twist sausage into smaller links as desired and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

Sugar Cookies


  • 1 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Sugar


1. Place margarine and vanilla in KitchenAid Stand Mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater to the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Turn to Speed 6 and beat about 2 minutes, or until mixture is smooth.

2. Gradually add 3⁄4 cup sugar and beat about 11⁄2 minutes longer. Add eggs and beat about 30 seconds. Stop and scrape bowl.

3. Turn to STIR Speed. Gradually add cream of tartar, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and flour to sugar mixture. Mix until well blended, about 1 minute.

4. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake at 400°F for 6 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining sugar while still hot. Remove from baking sheets immediately and cool on wire racks.

Ricotta Ravioli


  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • pinch salt
  • Filling:
  • 2 1/2 cups ricotta
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano – grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 orange – zested
  • salt/pepper


  1. Place flour into the bowl of your stand mixer. Create a well. Add eggs, salt. Using paddle attachment, mix together until a ball forms. Scrape sides as necessary.
  2. Switch to dough hook and knead dough for approximately 5-6 minutes. Cover mixing bowl with kitchen towel and allow dough to rest for at least 30 minutes.
  3. WHILE dough is resting: Into a medium bowl add: ricotta, Parmigiano, egg, orange zest. Season with salt and pepper. Mix together until well combined.
  4. Attach KitchenAid pasta roller attachment to mixer. Cut dough ball into 4 equal portions. Take 1 portion and flatten it with your hand. Run through roller attachment until it reaches a level 4 thinness.
  5. Attach ravioli attachment to mixer. Drape dough over attachment. Place filling into attachment. Slowly turn attachment handle to form ravioli.
  6. Continue same process with 3 remaining dough portions.
  7. Cut ravioli perforations using a pastry wheel.
Got any recipes of your own you love?

KitchenAid Stand Mixer Rebate

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Right now, when you purchase select KitchenAid stand mixers, you can get up to $40 off by  mail-in-rebate as well as a 1-year subscription to Food & Wine OR Travel & Leisure.  These KitchenAid stand mixers are rated at the top in their category and can help you make anything from basic cookie recipes to more complex pasta recipes.  Check out our full line of KitchenAid mixers and get started.

Rise of the Planet of the Tablets

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

The Pew Research Center released information about last year’s tablet sales.  According to the latest survey, 19 percent of all adult Americans now own some form of tablet, which is double the figures from a poll conducted in mid-December. E-reader ownership, meanwhile, increased by exactly the same margin over this period, jumping from 10 percent to 19 percent.

Tablets are certainly on the rise and they are slowly becoming replacements for laptop computers.  Do you have a tablet?  What do you think is easier?

Get Ready for the Big Game at Abt!

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

The NFL Playoffs are in full swing and that means the Superbowl is just around the corner.  February 5th, 2012 is the big day and a big TV is just to solution.  At browse our flat-screen TV section and choose the best size to watch all the Big Sunday Action!

Apple Plans to Make School Textbooks Available on iPad

Friday, January 20th, 2012

Apple is looking to make school a bit easier for students by providing iPad users with accessibility to school/university textbooks.  Apple has been working with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Pearson PLC and McGraw-Hill – publishers responsible for 90 percent of U.S. textbooks – to develop digital textbooks that can be offered on the iPad, Reuters reports. The digital textbook market is estimated at $8 billion, and Amazon and others are already tapping into it.