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The official blog of Abt Electronics & Appliances

Merry Christmas, From Everyone at Abt

December 24th, 2015

Working at an electronics and appliances retailer means beginning preparations for Christmas some time back in August or September. And yet, every year, the holiday still seems to sneak up on us! It’s hard to believe that 2015 is nearly over and that Christmas is already here. We wanted to take a moment to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and  send a big “thank you” to all who chose Abt for their holiday shopping needs. We’ll be closed for Christmas Day, but will be open at our normal time (9 a.m.) on Saturday morning.

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Give a Gift Card From Abt!

December 24th, 2015

It’s not too late to give your loved ones a gift card! Sneak in one of our Abt gift cards in their stocking this holiday season. Abt gift cards can be redeemable for anything in the store. TVs, appliances, laptops, and even sunglasses! Our gift cards are perfect for anyone on your list, they can come into our store and use the gift card or shop on Abt.com and purchase anything they’d like. You can send out a gift card through mail or email your loved one an E-gift card. Click on the banner below to send your love out today!

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Simply Delicious Holiday Appetizers

December 23rd, 2015

The holidays are just around the corner and we know the best part about the holidays is the food! Cooking a fabulous dinner can be stressful, and it’s definitely time consuming. The biggest worry about the dinner is the guest arriving while you’re still cooking!  As long as there’s appetizers, it’s alright, no need to rush. Your guests could munch on these delicious appetizers while they wait. We want your holiday dinner to be a success, so not only do we have a huge selection of gourmet cooking essentials to help you out, but we’ll also gave you some delicious recipes to try!

 

Prosciutto Wrapped Asparagus

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The combination of two simple ingredients makes this appetizer so delicious, prosciutto and asparagus! This app may look fancy but it is definitely easy to make!

  • You will need 6 slices of prosciutto, 12 asparagus spears, and butter or nonstick spray.

When you are prepping your asparagus, wash the spears and slice off about ½ in. on the bottom of each asparagus. Then, take your slices of prosciutto, and cut each of them in halves-lengthwise, resulting with 12 strips in total.On a cutting board, place each asparagus spear on top of the meat. The tip of the spear should be lined with the bottom part of the meat. Take the bottom end of the meat and wrap over the spear and start rolling up. Since the asparagus is on a angle, most of the asparagus should be covered by the meat.
After each spear is wrapped, heat up a frying pan with butter or nonstick spray. Fry each spear for 1-2 on each side or until the prosciutto is browned and crispy. You can also do this in batches if your pan in large enough.

 

Caprese Bites

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A twist to a caprese salad in bite size form! This appetizer is easy to make and it cuts down on your dishwashing load. It’s a flavorful and healthy, all in one bite!

  • You will need little skewers, fresh mozzarella cheese, cherry or grape tomatoes, fresh basil leave, olive oil and balsamic vinegar.

Make sure to rinse all of your fresh produce, the grape tomatoes and basil leaves. Cut the mozzarella cheese into small squares or cut them in half if they are cheese balls. Then take a little skewer and begin to build your caprese bite. Start with the tomato, basil leaf and then the mozzarella.  Repeat for each skewer. Take a serving platter, and drizzle balsamic vinegar over the platter. After, place each skewer on top of the drizzle.

 

Salmon Carpaccio

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Carpaccio is a dish known for thinly sliced fish or meat for presentation. Salmon carpaccio is thinly sliced and served raw. This recipe is light, refreshing, and healthy, making it a perfect appetizer for your guest. The preparation for this dish is short and there is no baking or cooking required!

  • You will need ½ lb fresh salmon filet, with the bones taken out, extra virgin olive oil, lemon juice, capers (drained), sea salt, and pepper.

First, take your salmon filet and wrap it with plastic wrap and place in the freezer for about 15 minutes. Putting the filet in the freezer will make it easier to slice the salmon into thinner slices. In the meantime, you can prepare the dressing while you wait. In a mixing bowl, combine 2 tablespoons lemon juice, ¼ cup extra virgin olive oil, and capers.
After 15 minutes has passed, remove the salmon from the freezer and thinly slice the salmon filet. The best knife to use for slicing fish is a boning knife. Boning knives last long and they ensure precise cuts while cutting through meat, poultry and fish. Once the filet has been sliced, place all slices in a single layer on top of a serving platter. Then, drizzle the dressing on top of the salmon slices, and then finish off the app with sprinkles of sea salt and pepper.

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Picture Perfect Gifts from Abt

December 21st, 2015

Even though Christmas is just 4 days away, there’s still time to get great gifts for your loved ones. Here at Abt, we have tons of products that would be perfect for anyone on your list. Make someone happy this year and stuff their stocking with a GoPro Hero HD Camera. The GoPro Hero HD Camera would be a great gift, it takes amazing videos with 1080p30 and 720p60 video and Auto Low Light.  Also its compact so you can pack it, take it on the go or even wear it on your head. Capture every breath taking moment with the GoPro Hero HD Camera. You can also keep it simple and give them the Canon PowerShot SX610 digital camera. Not only does the Canon PowerShot SX610 take incredible pictures with its 18x Optical Zoom but it also has awesome features like built in Wi-Fi, and multiple modes to capture the perfect picture.

Click the banner below for a selection of great products to give this holiday season!

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Win a Wine Tool Set by Picnic Time!

December 17th, 2015

In our ever-expanding quest to add new products that our customers will love, Abt recently started carrying an assortment of kitchen tools by Picnic Time. Last week, we opened this wine tool set to take some photos and videos, so now we have a product that’s not really used but not technically brand new. We can’t sell it, so we thought “Let’s give it away to a lucky customer!” This wine tool set, which retails for $55.95, includes everything you need to open, serve and preserve your favorite bottle of vino: A foil cutter, a very nifty lever-style cork puller, a drip ring, a pourer, a pair of stoppers, and a wine thermometer; it all fits into a sleek black storage box.

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To enter, all you’ll need to do is head to the Abt Facebook Page and answer a trio of wine-related trivia questions. All winning entries will be put into a pool and the winner of the wine set will be picked at random. That’s all there is to it! Good luck and if you’re having trouble with the answers, just remember: in vino veritas!

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One Week Left in the WGN Holiday Toy Drive!

December 14th, 2015

One of our favorite things about this time of year is the opportunity to team up with WGN Morning News on their annual Holiday Toy Drive. It’s a chance to bring some joy to those less fortunate, and every year hundreds of customers bring in toys that will end up in the hands of children across the Chicagoland area. This morning, WGN’s Ana Belaval stopped by to film a quick segment reminding viewers about the Toy Drive, and while she was here we showed off a few fun stocking stuffer ideas.



If you’d like to donate, simply bring a new, unwrapped toy to Abt anytime this week. We will be accepting donations until Sunday, December 20th, and everyone who donates will get a $20 Abt Gift Card in return. Can’t make it out to Glenview to donate? Click the link for WGN’s other drop-off locations.

Here are a few photos from last year’s Toy Drive:

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Specialty Gourmet Gadgets and More From Abt!

December 9th, 2015

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The best part about stocking stuffers is how you can customize each gift. Each person on your list have a unique personality of their own, so why not let that shine with their stocking stuffer. The ideas for customizing stocking stuffers are endless, you can mix up the little gifts in different colors, shapes and sizes. Everyone will love their stocking stuffers, because its represents them. Make someone smile and check out our Holiday Gift Guide and our Stuff Your Stockings page!

 

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These stocking stuffers would be great for anyone in the family! You can give it to the gourmet cook in your family, the mixologist, or your Mom and Dad! These gifts are the best because you can use them everyday and you can simply store them away. The Tovolo Sphere Ice Mold are perfect for keeping your cocktail or any other beverage cold. These ice molds last much longer than regular ice cubes. Also, it comes with 2 molds!  The Picnic Time Chablis Wine Tool Set is also great a great gift for their next dinner party, you can use it to pop that bottle of wine open. This wine tool set includes a bottle stopper, a drip ring and a pourer. Don’t worry about the wrapping because it comes in a beautiful leather box. Test out the gourmet cook’s culinary skills with the Wusthof 3-Piece Pairing Knife Set. This pairing knife set is great for precise peeling, dicing,  and mincing. These are great stocking stuffers for everyone. Careful, you might get yourself a gift too!

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Apple Products and More From Abt!

December 7th, 2015

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The holidays can be pretty hectic as they get closer. Many of us tend to get overwhelmed with all of the planning; finding the perfect gifts, figuring out what to cook, and entertaining the guests.  There’s a solution to ease the stress especially for gift shopping,  its stocking stuffers! Fill up their stockings with awesome little gifts that they will definitely love.  We did our research and picked out the best selling and trending products that would be great for stocking stuffers. Check out our “Stuff Your Stockings” page to see what you can give your loved ones this year.

 

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Thankfully, Apple came out with small, compact items that are perfect for stocking stuffers. We all have that one techie in the family that will fall in love with these products. The iPad mini is compact, you can take it on the go with all of your important needs on the device. You can do so much with the iPad mini, you can Facetime, watch movies, reply to emails, and so much more! The Apple watch is fairly similar, just in a super smaller version. You have the convenience of wearing it on your wrist everywhere you go. We also included Moshi touchscreen gloves, great for using your touchscreen devices while keeping your hands warm during this cold winter season. Stay tuned for more stocking stuffers ideas or check out our Stuff Your Stockings page on our site!

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12 Days of Savings at Abt!

December 7th, 2015

The holidays are just around the corner and it seems like there’s a lot to do. Everyone is out and about planning for the holidays, finding the right decorations, and most importantly finishing up their holiday shopping list. We know it’s important to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list at the right price. Since it’s the season of giving, we’re going to give you awesome deals for 12 days during our 12 Days of Savings! Starting today, we are going to reveal a product with a special price each day for 12 days. Check out our 12 Days of Savings page on Abt.com everyday to see what new deal is revealed. Celebrate the holidays with a big win this year. Shop now! Click on the banner below for more information.

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Stuck on what to give out this year? Check out our Holiday Gift Ideas page and find the right gift!

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Electronic Gift Ideas with WCIU’s You & Me

December 4th, 2015

The Holiday gift-giving season is well underway, and many of us are on the hunt for fun gifts that won’t break the bank. Abt’s Josh Davis stopped by WCIU’s You & Me morning show to take a look at some gift ideas that are not just affordable, but bound to be big hits with the tech-savvy people on your list. Check out the video to learn more, or take a look at our collection of Stocking Stuffers.

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