Winter is such a magical time of year, from the snowfall, the glorious smell of holiday baking to snuggling up in front of a warm fire. When winter comes to mind, I think of the warmth, comfort and the gatherings the season brings. This soup perfectly delivers that comforting ,warm, and homey feeling, which is the exact reason why I only make this soup in the winter. This recipe is hearty, rich and perfect for the holidays – you’ll definitely feel the love from it. From our family here at Abt to yours, Happy holidays – stay warm!
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There are now just four business days until Christmas Day, and this weekend is bound to be one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year. If you can’t make it out to the store (or just want to avoid the crazy crowds), all hope is not lost. From now until December 23rd, save 50% on all expedited shipping options with your Abt.com order! Check out the previous post on Holiday Shipping Deadlines for shipping cut-off dates and times to ensure your gifts get there in time.
If you’ve still got some gift-shopping to complete, be sure to check out the UPS Holiday Shipping deadlines below! West-coasters, you’ll need to place your order at Abt.com by tomorrow (Wed, Dec 17) at noon CST in order to receive it for Christmas via UPS Ground. Those who live closer to our Chicagoland shipping location have a little more time. And true procrastinators can use expedited shipping options to order as late as December 23rd and still get their gifts by Christmas Eve.
Local customers can buy online for same-day in-store pickup until 4 P.M. December 24th, with our store doors closing at 6 P.M.
Important note: Between December 11-24, UPS states that its Next Day Air, 2 Day, 3 Day and GroundTrack services may be delayed by 1 or 2 days. In other words, even if you meet these deadlines, there is always the slim possibility that it will not be delivered before Christmas. So be sure to get your orders in ASAP!
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but tends to be forgotten. You know how mornings can get, the snooze button gets pressed once too many times, the kids are off to a slow start or time’s just simply not on your side. Seize the day with this recipe; its super easy, quick and kid-approved. They’ll love eating them and so will you! You can freeze these cups as well during the week, so you can make them ahead of time and just pop them in the microwave to heat up during hectic mornings.
We’re now nearly halfway into December, which means it’s getting very close to gift-shopping crunchtime. With Hanukkah starting in just a few days and Christmas under two weeks away, the gift-buying deadlines are rapidly approaching. If you missed out on our great Black Friday deals, we’ve got some good news for you. Every day for the next 12 days, we’ll be revealing a specially-priced product as part of our 12 Days of Savings. Each of the products was picked because it makes a perfect gift, and they’re all priced to save you money!
Being a full-time student, and working at the same time can be a little hectic. There will be days where I will just carry-out, but sometimes I just want that comfort you get from home cooked meals. This recipe is great for busy bodies that need to whip up a meal in a snap. The sauce comes out to be creamy, flavorful and beautiful in color. By the time you start cooking up the sauce, the aromas of the roasted bell peppers, basil and bacon will make you glad you decided to cook this dish.
- 1 box of fettuccine pasta
- 2 jars of roasted bell peppers roughly chopped
- 1/3 cup of heavy whipping cream
- 1/2 cup of chicken stock
- 1/4 cup of cream cheese
- 1 tablespoon of butter
- 1-1/2 tablespoon of olive oil
- 2 garlic cloves finely chopped
- 3 large basil leaves rough chopped
- 1/2 cup of chopped onions
- 3 strips of cooked bacon chopped
- salt and pepper to taste
- Bring pot of well salted water to a boil for pasta to cook in. Cook until “al dente”, be careful not to overcook the pasta because it will cook a little more once we make our sauce and put it over the pasta. Once pasta is cooked, strain, toss it with some olive oil and set aside.
- In a large saute pan, over medium heat melt butter with the olive oil. Begin to saute the garlic for a minute, then throw in the chopped onions until soft and translucent. Once onions are cooked, throw in the roasted bell peppers, basil, and bacon. And cook for about 3 minutes so we can get all those flavors together.
- In a blender, throw in the peppers, garlic, onions, basil and bacon you cooked. And blend until smooth. Once all blended, put into saute pan over medium heat. Stir in the chicken stock and stir for a minute or 2. Then go ahead and mix in the heavy cream and cream cheese. Add salt and pepper to taste. Continue to stir slowly until sauce thickens and cream cheese is all melted. Once sauce thickens, turn down to low heat and add in the pasta.
- Toss Pasta to make sure its coated with the sauce. let the pasta sit for 5 minutes covered and toss again. Plate pasta, garnish with some chopped basil or some cooked bacon chopped.
Even though we stayed closed on Thanksgiving and didn’t open super early on Black Friday, the past shopping weekend was one of the best Abt has ever had. We’d like to send out a huge thanks to everyone who chose to shop Abt on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, and who continues to do so this Holiday Season and beyond. See the press release below—which was picked up by outlets like Yahoo! Finance and The Boston Globe—for details on what made this Black Friday a success.
WEARABLE TECH, TVS, AND TABLETS TOP CONSUMERS’ HOLIDAY SHOPPING LIST, ABT ELECTRONICS FINDS
Cyber Monday and Black Friday deals lead to spending growth over last year
GLENVIEW (December 2, 2014) – Holiday shopping for the consumer electronics industry officially kicked off on Black Friday, followed by online deals on Cyber Monday, thanks to must-have items with unbeatable price tags. With affordable high-end HDTVs, tablets replacing traditional laptops, wireless speakers for connected homes, and wearable tech for healthy lifestyles, the consumer electronics industry is off to a strong start this season, according to Abt Electronics and Appliances, the nation’s largest independent electronics and appliance retailer.
Abt experienced an increased amount of traffic both in store and online at Abt.com during Black Friday with consumers looking for the latest tablets, HDTVs and wearable tech. Abt gained a 54 percent increase in the retailer’s e-commerce sales on Black Friday and a 25 percent increase in in-store sales, when compared to previous year’s sales. This had a positive effect on website traffic as well, which was up seven percent from last year.
Nationwide, holiday weekend sales were down 11 percent this year, but bucking the trend, Abt saw an upswing, especially online where customers started shopping on Thanksgiving Day. “With lifestyle trends pointing towards even more connected individuals and homes, it’s not surprising to see consumers are spending more on the latest technology, such as wearable tech and tablets.” said Abt’s co-president Jon Abt.
In online sales, Abt reported a 62 percent increase on Thanksgiving Day, which was followed by the significant 54 percent increase on Black Friday, 42 percent on Saturday and 40 percent increase on Sunday compared to 2013 sales. The spike in online sales prior to Cyber Monday showed that consumers did not wait until the biggest online shopping day of the year to start their holiday shopping. While TVs and tablets were among the best-selling online items, in-store shoppers preferred 4K TVs and larger appliances. In line with the increase in in-store and online sales on Black Friday, Abt also experienced a 55 percent increase in sales on Cyber Monday.
Recognized for their unmatched customer service and named one of Chicago area’s Top Workplaces for 2014 by Chicago Tribune for the fifth consecutive year, Abt also saw 25 percent increase in the volume of online live-chats with trained sales and customer service associates from 2013.
According to the Abt experts, an increase in sales of HDTVs and 4K TVs, tablets, and home automation systems, such as Nest Thermostats, are expected to continue through the holiday shopping season, making for a tech filled holiday gift-giving season.
Abt Electronics and Appliances
Founded in 1936, Abt is the largest independent, single-store retailer of electronics and appliances in the country. This third-generation family-run business provides unparalleled customer service with its team of 1,200 expert staff members at its Glenview, Illinois-based store which boasts a 107,000 square-foot showroom on 37 acres. The company has been recognized by Chicago Tribune as one of the Top Workplaces in Chicago for five consecutive years, taking the #1 position in 2012 and 2011. Abt services customers nationwide through its website, where customers can receive advice and customer support through the site’s live chat feature, email and toll-free phone number. Abt has its own 12,000 square-foot recycling center and features an atrium where customers gain access to its boutique stores-within-a-store such as The Apple Boutique. For more information, visit www.Abt.com.
Great news! Since our Holiday Favorites Blog entry was a huge success, recipes are here to stay! My name is Leah, part of Abt’s Internet team, and every week I will be sharing some Abt-solutely delicious recipes that you will have a great time making and eating! If I’m not at work, you’ll definitely find me at home in the kitchen. Whipping up new recipes is such a fun thing for me and I hope it is just as fun for you ! Feel free to share these recipes, comment on how your dish turned out or even your take on it! Until next time, I hope you all enjoy this recipe and the rest of your week
Not one for crowded stores or limited quantities? Then start your Black Friday shopping early. If there’s something on your shopping list but you haven’t seen it on our Black Friday Sale Flyer, now’s your chance to pick it up. Starting right now, take an extra 5 % off of the already-low prices on thousands of items throughout our site. This promo does not apply to any Black Friday specific sale prices, and some regular brand exclusions apply. Click the banner below for more info and to begin your holiday shopping.
The most infamous shopping day of the year is now just a week away. To get the ball rolling on our Black Friday sale, Josh stopped by You & Me This Morning at the WCIU Studios this morning to highlight a few of the products that will be Black Friday specials at Abt.
Of course, there will be plenty more good stuff on discount for Black Friday. In fact, just below you’ll find the official reveal of the Abt Black Friday ad! (more…)