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A Look Inside the Abt Service Departments

February 4th, 2014

As part of our upcoming Customer Appreciation Sale, we decided to take an inside look at two of the most essential parts of our business, areas which often don’t get the thanks they deserve: The Abt Service Departments. Abt’s commitment to our customers goes beyond just the in-store or online purchase process. We’re here with you for the long haul, providing service and support well after you receive your new TV or kitchen appliances. One of the things that sets Abt apart from other retailers is the fact that we are an authorized service center for every brand we sell. If it breaks, we can fix it. In fact, our service departments are one of the main reasons a certain leading consumer info magazine has voted us a top appliance retailer in the country four years in a row.

The Abt service departments are split into two sections: Electronics and Appliances. Each department has its own team of in-store technicians with a dedicated workshop area in our Glenview, IL store, as well as road-going technicians and phone service reps. Altogether, the service departments contain hundreds of employees, tens of thousands of spare parts and countless years of collective repair know-how.

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Gavril, an Abt Electronics Tech, works on a home theater receiver.

 

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Show Us Your Big Game Setup!

January 28th, 2014

For many football fans, getting prepped for the Big Game takes up more time than the actual gameplay.  It’s the all-day nature of the event that adds to the excitement, with the football action often playing second fiddle to the food, friends and fun. We can appreciate the time that goes into an epic party plan, and we love seeing customer set ups, so show us yours!

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Looks like a nice spread of hearty and healthy. Photo by Triple Tri      Creative Commons

 

Whether your specialty is an unbeatable spread of delicious finger foods or a multiple-TV setup that ensures a view of the game from anywhere in the house, snap a pic and let us see! If you’ve got pics from years past, send ‘em on over too. Email pics to marketing@abt.com, or tag @AbtElectronics on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook. We’ll collect all the photos and share them on the Abt Facebook page.

 

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Um, yes please.Photo by kaythaney      Creative Commons

 

 

Expert TV Tips For the Big Game!

January 27th, 2014

Enhance your big game experience with TV tips from the experts at Abt.

No other day puts more focus on watching TV than Super Sunday, so before the big game airs, it’s a good idea to make sure your television is operating to its full potential.

 

  • First things first. Let’s make sure you’re getting the best picture possible. The first step is to verify that you’re actually receiving HD service. HDTV picture quality is dramatically better than Standard Definition, and with more than double the resolution it will give a more lifelike game experience. However, just having an HDTV doesn’t guarantee you’re getting an HD signal. You’ll need to make sure you’re receiving an HD signal and have and HD capable receiver from your cable or satellite provider. Some cable/satellite boxes will say “HD” or “High Defnition” somewhere on the front. If there’s no designation, one surefire way to tell if  your box is HD-capable is the presence of an HDMI port.
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An HDMI port signifies an HD-capable TV and cable box.

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Championship Chocolate Chip Turtle Bars

January 27th, 2014

Score an extra point with these tasty treats!

Since no feast is complete without a delicious dessert, we’ll wrap up our collection of football foods with this simple recipe for some delightful Chocolate Chip Turtle Bars.

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Chocolate chip cookie dough, caramel and pecans…what’s not to love?

 

Chocolate Chip Turtle Bars

Prep Time:  15  Minutes

Cook Time:  30

Cooling Time: 1-2 hours

 

Ingredients:

 

Cookie Base

1 container of refrigerated chocolate chip cookie dough

¾ cup chopped pecans

 

Filling

30 caramels, unwrapped

¼ cup whipping cream

 

Topping

1 ½ cups semisweet chocolate chips

¼ cup whipping cream

¼ chopped pecans

 

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350. Press cookie dough into 9” greased square pan.

Sprinkle with ¾ cup pecans, and press pecans into dough. Bake 15 minutes and then cool for 30 minutes.

 

In medium microwaveable bowl, microwave caramels and ¼ whipping cream on high 2-3 minutes stirring until smooth.

Spread over cookie crust. Refrigerate for 20 minutes

 

In another medium microwaveable bowl, microwave chocolate chips and whipping cream on high 1-2 minutes, stirring every 30 seconds until smooth.

Pour over filling. Sprinkle with pecans and refrigerate 1-2 hours. Cut into bars. Enjoy!

 

 

 

Perfect Pass Pulled Pork

January 27th, 2014

Take the tailgate indoors with this perfect pulled pork recipe.

This recipe takes a little more work than the previous ones, but the reward of perfect pulled pork sandwiches is definitely worth it. And since it also utilizes a slow cooker, once you get the ingredients cooking you can head back to the pregame festivites. It comes from Emily, our Media Coordinator.

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Perfect Pass Pulled Pork Sandwiches

Prep Time:  30 Minutes

Cook Time:  6-8 hours

 

Ingredients:

2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced

1 boneless pork shoulder (3 to 4 lbs) with excess fat trimmed

1 cup chicken stock or  chicken broth

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1/2  tablespoon chili powder

1/2 tablespoon paprika

1 tablespoon kosher salt

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

2 cups of your favorite barbecue sauce

Potato buns, Hawaiian Bread or your favorite rolls

 

 

Directions:

Layer bottom of slow cooker with sliced onions, cover with broth.

Mix sugar and all spices, rub into pork.

Place pork into slow cooker, cover and cook until tender enough to fork shred.

Remove pork, place on cutting board and shred into uniform pieces.

Remove onion/juice mixture from slow-cooker. Strain juice from onions and return them to slow cooker. Save liquid (optional).

Place shredded pork back into slow-cooker and add barbecue sauce

 

Tips:

If you prefer pulled pork with less of a BBQ sauce taste, simply re-add some broth after shredding the pork. This will keep the pork moist.

Give guests a choice of BBQ sauces or the original cooking broth.

Offer a choice of rolls. We love Hawaiian bread.

Serve with coleslaw or potato salad.

Touchdown Taco Dip

January 27th, 2014

Spicy meets cool in this dependable dip.

No football party is complete without some version of the perennial favorite, the Taco Dip. Here’s a recipe from Nancy, our Drop-Shipping Coordinator (that department really likes to cook). Following the trend of the previous recipes, this dish is easy to prepare but results in big flavor that will have your guests continually reaching for chips. The cool cream cheese and sour cream base provide a great contrast to some of the spicier foods you’ll probably be serving.

Touchdown Taco Dip: Easy to make, always a fan favorite.

 

 

Nancy’s Taco Dip

Prep Time:  20  Minutes

Cook Time:  0

Ingredients:

1 Pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1 cup Sour Cream

1/2 package mild taco seasoning

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

1/2 cup diced tomato

1/2 cup diced green pepper

1/4 cup chopped chives

 

Directions:

Combine : Cream cheese, sour cream, and taco seasoning, mixing well together.

Place mixture in a shallow bowl, pie dish or glass baking pan

Cover mixture with cheese, tomatoes, green peppers, & chives.

Serve cold with crackers, vegetables, or nacho chips.
Tips:

The sky’s the limit when it comes to additional toppings. Diced olives add an extra flavor, while jalapeno peppers pack in some extra punch.

Goal Line Grape Chili Meatballs

January 27th, 2014

Go for the goal with these scrumptious, yet easy-to-make meatballs.

The Goal Line Grape Chili Meatballs come from Jordan, our drop-shipping manager. Another new father, Jordan’s recipe is an exercise in easy preparation. You’ll need a slow-cooker and just three ingredients. Since it uses a slow-cooker and you’ll only need to occasionally check on it,  this is a great recipe to start before all other gameday preparations.

Goal Line Grape Chili Meatballs are sweet and savory and served on a stick.

 

Jordan’s Grape Chili Meatballs:

Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes

Cook Time: 3-4 Hours

 

Ingredients:

1 3-5LB bag of frozen meatballs

2 12oz jars of Chili Sauce

1 32oz jar grape jelly

 

Directions: 

Pour everything into slow cooker on low, stirring occasionally.

Cook for 3-4 hours until meatballs are hot.

Serve with toothpicks

 

 

Time Out Cheesy Bacon Tatertots

January 27th, 2014

Take a time out from the game to enjoy these bite-sized treats.

This recipe comes from Bob, our Online Marketing Manager. He’s recently become a new dad, so his time is at a premium. Luckily, his Cheesy Bacon Tater Tots require a minimum amount of ingredients and prep work.

 

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Cheesy Bacon Tots: Minimal prep, maximum yum! Photo courtesy of Bruce Gibson http://www.flickr.com/photos/gibsongunleather/ Creative Commons License
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Bob’s Cheesy Bacon Tater-Tots

Prep Time: 10-15  Minutes

Cook Time: 30-45 Minutes

 

Ingredients:

12 slices of American cheese

1 – 32oz Bag of Tater-tots

2 Lbs of Bacon cut in half

Toothpicks

 

Directions: 

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees

Bake tater-tots for 10 minutes so they are not frozen but not completely cooked. Allow to cool.

Cook bacon slices in skillet till cooked but still flexible. Drain on paper towels.

Cut each slice of cheese into 8 pieces.

Place cheese on each tater-tot and wrap tater-tot with bacon secure with a toothpick. Place on baking sheet and broil  for 5 more minutes in oven at 350 degrees.

 

Tips:

Change up the cheese to suit your taste.

For some extra spice, tuck a jalapeno slice between the bacon and cheese!

Red Zone Buffalo Chicken Dip

January 27th, 2014

This cheesy, spicy dip is a surefire score.

Let’s be honest. For many people, the actual football action of a championship game often comes second to the fun of the viewing party, especially if your team’s not in the game. In truth, the best parts of the Big Game are being able to hang out with friends and family and eat tons of great food. So, we thought we’d survey the Abt Electronics family and collect some of our favorite football recipes. They’re all pretty easy to prepare, require minimal cleanup and are designed to be eaten with your hands or heaped onto tortilla chips or whatever you prefer dipping.

Our first entry comes from Lauren, one of our drop-shipping gurus. If you live out of state and have ever ordered an appliance from us, there’s a chance she’s dealt with your order. Today, she serves up an easy recipe for some spicy Buffalo Chicken Dip!

 

Red Zone Buffalo Chicken Dip. Photo courtesy of Alana at http://sunshineandbones.blogspot.com/

 

Lauren’s Buffalo Chicken Dip

Prep Time: 5-10 Minutes

Cook Time: 20-30 Minutes

Ingredients:

1 Pkg. (8 oz.) cream cheese, softened

1/2 cup ranch dressing

1/2 cup buffalo wing sauce

2 cups shredded cooked chicken

1/2 cup crumbles blue cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

 

Directions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees

Combine all ingredients in a 1-quart baking dish, mixing well

Bake 20-30 minutes, until mixture is heated through; stir.

Serve with crackers, vegetables, or nacho chips.

Enjoy!

 

Tips:

For easiest prep, use canned chicken. However for some extra flavor—without much extra work—simply fork-shred a grocery store rotisserie chicken.

Feel free to substitute your favorite cheese. Cheddar will give your dip a bit more punch.

Experiment with wing sauce flavors and temperatures. Only you know how hot you’ll like it!

 

Countdown to the Big Game!

January 23rd, 2014
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Chips and salsa? That’s bush league.

 

If there are two things Abt loves helping our customers do, they’re cooking and entertaining. After all, probably 90% of the products we carry are used for one of those two activities. And no other single day combines these two joys more than that special Sunday when the two best teams in the NFL square off in the biggest football game of the year. Take a group of family and friends and place them in front of a big screen TV and a bigger spread of hearty, spicy, cheesy treats and you’re guaranteed to have a good time. If your team happens to be competing, all the better.

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This is more like it. Should’t have posted this on an empty stomach…

 

While we won’t have a Bear in the fight (so to speak), we’ll still be partying it up next Sunday. And in anticipation of the Big Game, early next week we’ll be featuring tips on the Abt Blog that will help you have the best Super Sunday ever, from recipes for easy-to-prepare finger foods to expert tips on how to make sure your TV is best setup for an action-packed football game. We’ll even be accepting photo submissions for our Best Big Game Party. So stay tuned for all kinds of fun with football and food!