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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
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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!

A Slow Cooker Helps You Cook Your Favorite Food, While You Work

January 22nd, 2014

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Whether you have a busy schedule at home, your are next to cook for an impending holiday dinner, or just want to have some delicious treats for the big game, a slow cooker gives you a wealth of options, with little work on your part.  Abt Electronics has a variety of excellent slow cookers that offer you an exceptional cooking experience, no matter what is on the menu.  The best part of the slow cooker is just throw in the food, have it cook slowly and evenly while you are at work, or running errands.  When it’s time to eat, just open it up and serve.  No mess, no fuss, no adjusting temperatures making sure it’s cooked evenly.

Visit Abt’s Gourmet Shop for our full selection of slow cookers to help you make great meals without lifting a finger.  If you are looking for more tools for your kitchen, our gourmet Shop is home to hundreds of other great items that help you make all your culinary creations.

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Abt Learning Center Points You in the Right Direction

January 21st, 2014

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Ever wonder what the difference between 720p vs 1080p is?  Or how about the importance of using high efficiency laundry detergent on a front loading washer?  Abt Electronics & Appliance has a Learning Center that provides you with buying guides to help you through your purchase, answering all of your questions.  If you are in the market for a new HDTV, or refrigerator, or if you are remodeling your entire kitchen, our Learning Center will go over what you need to know when making your purchase.

Power Plate Gets You the Burn You Love for Your Workouts

January 15th, 2014

Working out is a great way to improve strength and your overall health.   Whether it is simply going out of your way to walk more, incorporating weight training, or changing your diet, even the slightest changes can alter the way you feel.  At Abt Electronics, we have a variety of excellent fitness equipment that  would fit perfectly in your home gym, or added to your workout routine. One such piece of equipment will help you get fit that easy, safe and effective; the Power Plate.

When you first look at the Power Plate it may resemble something from a Sci-Fi movie with it’s simple, yet sleek design.  Step on the Power Plate and turn the machine on.  A platform will generate vibration which is then transferred to your body and the muscles, causing them to contract in a reflex. This also helps stimulate circulation. In doing so, your body goes through a whole lot more than just vibrations!  Tendons are stretched, and even deep-lying muscles such as the pelvic floor muscles, the muscles around the spinal column and in the face are reinforced by this reflex activation. Without using additional weights, and without having to put any additional strain on the body, the team of Power-Plate experts have developed several training schedules enabling everyone to improve their looks, health and general well-being.  It may seem like an odd way to workout, but after the first few times you use this, you will certainly feel the results.

One of the best parts of a Power Plate is that anyone can use it.  Whether it is a top-athlete, an untrained person, the elderly or the overweight who are looking to get back into shape, they will all make great use of the machine.  You can find Power Plate and more fitness related equipment, right here at Abt Electronics & Appliances.

Illinois Joins List of States Banning Cell Phone Use While Driving

January 14th, 2014
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It’s now illegal to use a cellphone while driving in Illinois.

As of January 1st, our home state of Illinois joined the growing list of states that have banned holding a cell phone while driving. Various cities in the Chicagoland area, including Chicago itself, have for years had cell phone bans in place, but the  new ordinance is effective across the state. Of course, drivers can still make and take calls via a hands-free device like a Bluetooth headset or integrated hands-free car kit. But no more holding a cell phone while driving. Read the rest of this entry »