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Chunky Guacamole – Recipes For The Big Game

January 26th, 2015

Tired of being told the Guac costs extra? Make your own with this simple recipe that comes to us from the culinary experts at Cuisinart. It’s quick to prepare and uses fresh ingredients, making it a great alternative to less-healthy dips from off the store shelf.

Some tips: For the best taste, make sure your avocados are ripe. A ripe avocado will be very dark green (almost black) in color and will be just slightly soft—enough to yield under firm pressure. If you’ll be doing your shopping a few days ahead of your party, pick out avocados that are firm to the touch and let them ripen in your kitchen.

guacamole dip



1 garlic clove, peeled

1/2 jalapeno, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces

1/2 small onion, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces

1 tablespoon fresh cilantro,stems discarded

3 ripe avocados,halved, pits removed

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt



  1. Outfit your food processor with the chopping blade and turn the machine on. With the food processor running, add the garlic and jalapeno pepper until finely chopped.
  2. Add onion and cilantro and pulse 5 times to chop. Scrape everything back down the sides of the bowl.
  3. With food processor off, scoop out insides of avocados in pieces directly into the bowl.
  4. Add lime juice and salt. Pulse food processor until the guacamole is at your desired consistency, which should be about 10 to 15 pulses.
  5. Serve with tortilla chips and enjoy!


Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork – Recipes For The Big Game

January 26th, 2015

Looking to make a meal full of flavor, but simply don’t have the time? Our slow cooked BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich is the perfect treat for The Big Game. Simply toss the ingredients into the slow cooker, set the timer and let the All-Clad Slow Cooker do the cooking for you.



2 medium yellow onions, thinly sliced

4 medium garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1 cup chicken stock or low-sodium chicken broth

1 tablespoon packed dark brown sugar

1 tablespoon chili powder

1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more as needed

1/2 teaspoon ground cumin

1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 (4-1/2- to 5-pound) boneless pork shoulder (also known as pork butt), twine or netting removed

2 cups barbecue sauce (optional)



  1. Place the onions and garlic evenly in the slow cooker and pour in stock or broth.
  2. In a small bowl, mix the sugar, chili powder, cumin, cinnamon and measured salt together.
  3. Rub the spice onto the pork and place on top of the onions and garlic.
  4. Cover and cook until tender: 6-8 hours on low high and 8-10 hours on low.
  5. Remove pork to a cutting board.
  6. Strain onion and garlic mix, set aside liquid and return onion and garlic mix into slow cooker.
  7. Use a fork to shred the pork into small piece and discard large pieces of fat.
  8. Place shredded meat back into slow cooker
    1. Add and mix barbecue (optional).
    2. Or add ¼ cup of strained liquid onto shredded pork until moistened.

Asian Buffalo Sauce – Recipes For The Big Game

January 26th, 2015

Perfect for your hot wings or added to these Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls, this buffalo sauce will add an extra kick to your kickoff appetizers. The no-cook recipe takes less than ten minutes from start to finish, thanks to the speed and power of a Vitamix Blender.



1/4 cup  soy sauce

1 teaspoon sesame oil

1 teaspoon hot sauce

2 Tablespoons  honey or agave nectar

1 orange, peeled, halved

1 1/2 x 1 1/2 inch cube fresh ginger root

1 garlic clove, peeled

2 inch strip of orange peel



  1. Add all ingredients to your Vitamix blender. Liquids first, then the orange, ginger and garlic.
  2. Set your Vitamix to Variable 1.
  3. Turn the blender on, slowly increasing speed to Variable 10 and then to the High setting.
  4. Blend for about 45 seconds until contents are smooth.

Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls – Recipes For The Big Game

January 23rd, 2015

“Keep your eye on the ball” with these Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls. The bite-sized chicken cheese balls are loaded with flavor, and they’re easy to eat. With a cook-time of two minutes per batch, thanks to the large, efficient DeLonghi Deep Fryer, these chicken cheese balls are a must have on your list of appetizers.


1 store-bought rotisserie chicken
1/4 cup hot sauce (Try this Asian Buffalo Sauce)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 3/4 cups sharp Cheddar
1/4 cup freshly sliced scallions
1 cups all-purpose flour
3 eggs, lightly beaten
2 cups panko bread crumbs
Vegetable oil, for frying


  1. Set deep fryer to 350 degrees F.
  2. Pick meat from chicken, while removing skin.
  3. In a large bowl containing pepper, hot sauce, scallions and cheese, place and toss chicken to combine.
  4. When seasoned, roll chicken into about 2 oz balls (similar to the size of a golf ball).
  5. Roll balls into a bowl of  flour, then a bowl of eggs and then a bowl of bread crumbs (in that order).
  6. Simply place a batch of chicken balls into your deep fryer for two minutes, then remove onto a paper towel.

TV Picks For The Big Game

January 23rd, 2015

There’s probably no annual event more focused on the TV than the game that decides the champion of the NFL. We can’t use its name, but you know the game we’re talking about. New England and Seattle will be battling it out next Sunday and it’s going to be…Super.

If your TV’s not up to snuff, there’s no better time to buy one than right now. Whether you’re springing for a big screen for your den or a secondary TV for the kitchen or bathroom, we’ve got what you need. In this list of TV suggestions, we’ve highlighted models from a variety of brands, at all price points, with every feature you can imagine. With one of the largest TV inventories anywhere, all of the TVs listed below are in stock and ready to be taken home. Order by January 23rd and receive free nationwide shipping in time for the Big Game.


The Second String- Samsung 24″ Black 720P LED Smart HDTV 

This guy is a perfect secondary TV, so folks grabbing a bite to eat or heading to the bathroom won’t miss out on any of the action. It’s small enough to fit on a shelf but large enough to get a decent view of the game. And built-in Smart functions mean it can access the web, so you can get updated game stats, replay the best commercials or talk trash to your buddies on Facebook.

The Affordable 40- Toshiba 40″ Black 1080p LED HDTV

If you ask us, 40″ is the absolute minimum size for a den where more than a couple people will be watching. Years ago, even a 40-incher was costly. Today, you can pick up this 40″ Full HD LED TV from Toshiba for just under $300. Perfect TV for that first apartment or basement rec room. Read the rest of this entry »

Get Ready for The Big Game!

January 21st, 2015

football party

Next weekend, the biggest sporting event in the country takes place, and the next-best thing to actually being there is throwing an epic football viewing party at home. But a party’s not championship-caliber without a giant TV and a spread of delicious finger foods that would make the nearest buffet hang their heads in shame.  Abt has everything you’ll need to throw the ultimate party. Over the next few days, we’ll be taking a look at some of the must-have items for the Big Game, from a variety of HDTVs to small appliances like deep fryers and slow cookers. We’ll also offer tips on getting the most out of your  TV setup, and you might even see some of our favorite recipes. So whether you’re rooting for East Coast or West Coast, we’ll help make sure you throw a party that pleases even the most die-hard football fans.

Fairwell, Elaine!

January 16th, 2015

There are a lot of mixed emotions today at Abt. Our colleague, Elaine Guberman is retiring, and it’s with a heavy heart that we say goodbye. Almost 30 years ago, Elaine’s husband Earl Guberman started working at Abt as a Sales Associate. In 1997, after 10 years of being with us, Earl unfortunately passed away and we lost a beloved Sales Associate and friend. Shortly after, we were lucky enough to have his wife Elaine come in and start working with us. Now, after 17 years with us, we have the privilege to wish her the best with her retirement.



When Elaine started at Abt in ’97, she worked with Judy O’neil in the Electronic Service Department. She remembers how nice everyone was, especially for how hard a time it was for her. She would like to thank Judy “for not only being a good friend, but for having the patience to explain everything to me.” Elaine would also like to thank the Abt’s for always being so “thoughtful and wonderful.” Elaine is sad to retire, but thinks “it’s the right time to leave.” Elaine doesn’t have any definitive plans for her retirement, though she is interested in following and volunteering for the upcoming political campaigns. She is looking forward to spending more time with her family and grandchildren.


Though Elaine is excited to be retiring, we at Abt are sad to see her go. We wish you the best, Elaine! We hope that retirement is a wonderful adventure. Congratulations, and know that you will always have a family here at Abt.

Doing Amazing Things With Drones

January 13th, 2015

We can’t stop watching this aerial video of winter in Chicago, shot by Soaring Badger Productions. The film was created with a GoPro Hero 4 Black, a DJI Phantom 2 quadcopter, and a large helping of some mad flying and vidoegraphy skills. It looks great on the small screen, but I’m most interested in seeing it on one of the 4K TVs in the showroom. The embedded Youtube clip has 4K resolution enabled, so if you’ve got an UHDTV or monitor at your disposal, it’s probably worth giving that version a viewing. And be sure to click through to the Soaring Badger Youtube page for even more incredible aerial videos.

Interested in more drone action? Check out this choreographed drone display we saw at CES, with a whole squadron of quadcopters flying in synchronized formation.

CES 2015: Kenwood’s Connected Car Audio Components

January 9th, 2015

While many of the new products shown at CES are items you’d use in your home or carry in your pocket, the annual show is also a chance for brands in the automotive electronics industry to show off their hot new wares. We caught up with the folks at Kenwood to get the rundown on some of their new car audio components. With a lineup that includes new amps, CD head units and in-dash infotainment centers, one of the features uniting all of these products was a focus on connectivity. By connecting your smartphone to your car audio system and connecting that system to the web, drivers have access to more entertainment and information than ever before. Have a look at the videos below to see what Kenwood has in store for your vehicle in 2015.


In addition to a pair of traditional audio amps, Kenwood showed us the  KAC-M1824BT, an amp with built-in Bluetooth. With this amp, users can completely eliminate the head unit and instead wirelessly connect a smartphone or other Bluetooth device right to the amp. This opens up some interesting installation possibilities:  Owners of classic cars can get modern sound without altering their vintage interiors; motorcycles and ATVs can be wired for sound without the addition of a head unit; and users looking to add Bluetooth connectivity to car audio systems they’re otherwise happy with now have an easy, high-quality option.

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CES 2015: Sony Smart B-Trainer

January 9th, 2015

The hardest part of your daily run is actually getting in the mood for it. Wish you could have a personal trainer with you? Someone constantly in your ear telling you to keep going? Well, although Sony can’t provide you with a personal trainer, they can provide you with what we believe to be the next best thing. Sony is working on a prototype that we’re sure runners and fitness enthusiasts alike would love. Sony introduced the Smart B-Trainer - the “B” stands for beat, as in musical beat and heart beat.

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As we can see, the Sony Smart B-Trainer is a pair of Bluetooth headphones, but what Sony has packed into this wearable technology is outstanding. The Bluetooth headphones allow you to listen to your music wirelessly, but they also have the capability to store your music. With this option, you can leave everything behind and focus solely on your run and your music.

Now, here’s where things get interesting. The Smart B-Trainer has a built-in heart monitor in the ear bud portion of the headphones. With a heart rate monitor, you can track your intensity levels throughout your run, but that’s not all. Remember that little voice we wanted to help push us? Well, the Smart B-Trainer has the ability to understand the fitness goals you have set through the app and provides you with live feedback. Let’s say you want to lose 20 pounds, the Smart B-Trainer will measure your heartbeat during your run and tell you when to pick up the pace, and when you can relax. Upon doing so, the Smart B-Trainer chooses the best fit song from your collection of music to help you manage that pace. If you need to pick up the pace, the B-Trainer will pick an uplifting song; it will also choose a more mellow one if you are pushing yourself too hard to prevent you from burning yourself out before your run comes to an end. With that said, this is one product we hope to see sometime in the near future!