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The Gorgeous LG 34UC97-S: A 34″ Ultrawide, Curved IPS Monitor

February 13th, 2015

If you’re a graphics professional, serious gamer, or just someone who loves having lots of screen real estate, the new LG 34UC97-S 34″ Ultrawide Curved IPS Monitor is a display you should take a look at. This monitor ticks every box on a list of features you’d want in an ideal monitor. The better-than-WQHD resolution of the 3440×1440 pixels gives plenty of room for intensive visual work or play. Easily tile two or even three full-size windows next to each other while you’re writing or coding, pull your graphics palettes to the side while working on a full-height image in PhotoShop, or game in glorious 21:9 wrap-around vision. The curved screen of the 34UC97-S envelops your field of view and combined with the IPS panel, you’ll get vibrant, accurate colors even at extreme angles. Extensive inputs—including DisplayPort, and a pair each of Thunderbolt and HDMI ports—ensure this widescreen monitor easily integrates into whatever system you’re currently running.

Check out our unboxing video here, or jump to the bottom to see our quick overview of features.

Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

February 9th, 2015

Valentine’s Day is just a few short days away, and if you still haven’t found the perfect something for that special someone in your life, Abt can come to your rescue with a variety of beautiful gifts. While Abt is best known as a place to buy home appliances and electronics, we’ve also got plenty of products that make perfect Valentine’s Day gifts for your sweetie.

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Abt Customer Appreciation Sale Is Going on Now!

February 3rd, 2015

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2015 marks the 79th year in business for Abt Electronics. We’re still family-owned and operated, and still always looking for ways to give our customers the best shopping experience possible, both in-store and online. The Abt Customer Appreciation Sale is just one way we can give back to the loyal customers who have helped us get this far. During the sale, you’ll find discounts on thousands of products throughout the store. Stop by our Glenview location or shop online. Either way, you’ll get access to great savings, an unmatched product selection, and the award-winning customer service that has helped Abt make its mark over the last eight decades. But you’ll have to hurry! The sale ends Feburary 8th!

Click here to access the sale: http://www.abt.com/promo/customer_sale

Game Day Gadgets

January 29th, 2015

Josh The Technologist stopped by the WCIU TV Studios today to talk Game Day gadgets with the ladies from You & Me This Morning. Hit play to hear about our must-haves for Sunday’s big match-up or any of your favorite sporting events.

Here are the items shown in the video:

Waring Pro Classic Popcorn Maker

DeLonghi Rotofry Deep Fryer

All-Clad Electric Slow Cooker

Polk Audio Surround Bar

SONOS Playbar Sound Bar

Sharp AQUOS 70″ LED HDTV

There’s still time to stop by and grab a game day gadget in time for kickoff!

Super Grilled Cheese – Recipes For the Big Game

January 26th, 2015

One of the ultimate winter comfort foods gets revamped in this Super Grilled Cheese recipe.  With multiple melty cheeses and crusty bread toasted to perfection in your panini maker, these creamy, crispy sandwiches will be a big hit at your party.

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Ingredients

3/4 cup mayonnaise

1 (3-ounce) package cream cheese, softened

1 cup shredded Cheddar cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

10 slices sourdough bread

4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) butter, softened

 

 

Directions

  1. Combine mayo and cream cheese in a medium bowl and beat with an electric mixer until fluffy.
  2. Add the garlic powder and cheddar and mozzarella cheeses, continue mixing.
  3. Evenly spread cheese mixture onto five slices of bread. Top with the remaining bread and spread butter on both sides of each sandwich.
  4. Cook in panini press until cheese is melted and the bread is golden brown.

 

 

 

Parmesan Rosemary Popcorn – Recipes For The Big Game

January 26th, 2015

Pregame snacking doesn’t get any easier than this tasty Parmesan Rosemary Popcorn. Just a few ingredients take your plain popcorn from simple to savory. The only thing about this Italian-inspired snack that should give you concern: your guests might eat so much of it they’ll ruin their appetites.

 

Ingredients

1/2 cup popping corn kernels

1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese

3 tablespoons olive oil

1 tablespoon finely chopped fresh rosemary

2 teaspoons kosher salt

 

Directions

Pop corn kernels in your popcorn maker. 1/2 cup of kernels should yield about 4 quarts of popcorn

While warm, toss popcorn with cheese, olive oil and rosemary. Salt to taste, or leave unsalted and allow guests to do so.

Enjoy!

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.

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Ingredients

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

 

Directions

  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.

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Ingredients

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)

 

Directions

  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.

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Ingredients

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

 

Directions

  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.

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Ingredients
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

Directions:

  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.