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Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gifts

Friday, May 12th, 2017

If you’re one of the nearly 20% of shoppers who wait until the final 48 hours before Mother’s Day to find the perfect gift for Mom, you might be panicking right now. And if you don’t even have any ideas for a Mother’s Day gift, you might be in real trouble. The good news is that we’ve got you covered on both counts. Here are a few ideas of our favorite last-minute Mother’s Day gifts. They’re all products you can run into Abt to grab quickly, and Mom is guaranteed to love them.

It seems the summer—or at least the sun—has finally arrived to the Chicagoland area, so what better gift to get Mom than a pair of new sunglasses? Some quality shades won’t just make your mom look extra cool, they’ll also protect her eyes and the skin around them from the sun’s harmful UV rays. Pictured here are a pair of Ray-Ban Orange Mirror Aviator sunglasses, but you can also shop our selection of various brands, including Prada, Versace, and Burberry sunglasses. Also pictured below is the Tumi Larkin Erin Brief, a beautiful bag that can pull double-duty in the office and out for the weekend. You’ll find it, along with various other bags and clutches, in the Abt Tumi Boutique.


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10,000 Cupcakes & One Great Cause

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016


KitchenAid’s Cook for the Cure® program is back and we hope you can join us again this year to help make a difference. It’s a fun, simple way to participate in Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the overall fight against breast cancer. So get ready to Bake, Snap, Share & Support!

All you have to do is bake some cupcakes, snap a photo and share it to Twitter or Instagram with the tags #donate and #10000cupcakes (we also invite you to share who or what inspired you to participate). For every cupcake photo tagged through October 18th, KitchenAid will donate $1 to Susan G. Komen. Take the chance to share your passion for baking and contribute to a good cause at the same time. Also, if you’re looking for a little inspiration, check out our favorite cupcake recipe called “Cherry Pink Cupcakes” – which can be found inside the KitchenAid “Cook for the Cure” cookbook. (Keep reading to find out how you can snag a copy of the cookbook for yourself!)

Cook for the Cure Cupcake Recipe

Click the cupcakes to view the recipe in full size, or scroll down to the bottom of this post.


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Abt Holiday Gift Guide 2012

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

Abt is here to help you with your last-minute holiday gift choices.  We’ve taken the liberty to select a few of our more popular items  sure to be a hit with you and your loved ones.

Panasonic VIERA 32-inch LCD HDTV: This is the perfect TV choice for a student or for your office.  This 32-inch Panasonic offer an HD display at an incredible price.  With an HDMI input you can even connect your computer and use the Panasonic 32-inch VIERA as a monitor for immersive game play.

iPod Nano: Apple, the leader in portable music devices, has revamped their entire line of iPod Nano’s offering a new sleek design and a wealth of features.  With a variety of colors to choose from, the new iPod Nano has a larger screen, coming in at 2.5 inches, plays music, FM radio, and has Bluetooth technology for enhanced listening pleasure.

KitchenAid Stand Mixer: Still one of the most popular stand mixers on the market, the KitchenAid stand mixer is a choice among professional cooks and culinary enthusiasts.  Choose from a variety of colors as well as additional pieces, like a meat grinder or ravioli press, to make your favorite treats.

Citizen Eco-Drive Stainless Steel Nighthawk Watch:  The Citizen Nighthawk’s classic styling and Eco-Drive recharging function make it the perfect gift for the man who appreciates both form and function. At 42mm wide, the case is stylishly large but not overly so, while the black and grey color scheme will fit in at the club or the boardroom. A 1/5 second chronograph and 12/24 hour clock offer a variety of time keeping functions.

Bose Bluetooth Headset Series 2: Get world-class sound quality in a convenient hands-free headset with the Bose Bluetooth Series 2 Headset. Offered in both left and right-ear models, the Series 2 is engineered with the quality you’d come to expect from Bose. The StayHear tip provides in-ear comfort and stability while the noise-filtering microphone cancels out ambient noises so those on the other end of the call can hear you better.  The Series 2 Headset is a great gift for the road warrior in your life.

 Logitech Harmony Touch Remote Control: As the average home theater set up grows in complexity, unfortunately so does the selection of remote controls. With the advanced functions of the Harmony Touch, you can stow all those remotes in a drawer and enjoy the ability to control up to 10 components with one simple device. A vibrant 2.4-inch touch screen allows you to customize channel presets and swipe through entertainment options with the same familiar gestures used on a smart phone.


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Win a FREE KitchenAid Stand Mixer from Abt!

Monday, November 19th, 2012

Our KitchenAid contest is still going strong!  From now until November 30th, enter to win a free KitchenAid Stand Mixer.  The KitchenAid contest requires you to fill out your information and no purchase is necessary.  This particular mixer is one of the best on the market and the recipe options are seemingly endless.  Check out the KitchenAid Stand Mixer page for more information and fill out the sweepstakes entry form for a chance to win.

Good Luck!

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer Recipes

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

Yesterday we blogged about the great deal on the KitchenAid stand mixer.  Not sure if it’s right for you? Well, below we’ve compiled a list of some amazing recipes you can make with your KitchenAid mixer.  If these mouth watering goodies don’t convince you that you need this mixer, nothing will!  Some recipes will require additional pieces for your KitchenAid mixer, but those are worth the additional investment.

Italian Sausage


  • 3 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 1-inch cubes*
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 1 tablespoon shortening
  • Natural or synthetic casings, prepared for use per instructions


*You may make sausage with fresh ground pork from your butcher or supermarket. Toss with spices as instructed below, and then skip to step 4 below, stirring wine into ground pork and continue as directed.

1. Place pork on a metal baking sheet and freeze 20 minutes.

2. Combine salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, garlic, onion powder, paprika, marjoram, rosemary and thyme in small bowl. Sprinkle mixture over pork and toss to coat evenly.

3. Process one third of pork at a time in food processor (return remaining pork to freezer) until coarsely ground, or run pork through the KitchenAid Food Grinder attachment fitted with coarse grinding plate. Transfer ground pork to large bowl and place in freezer; repeat with remaining pork.

4. Remove ground pork from freezer. Pour wine over ground pork. Stir vigorously with wooden spoon until well combined.

5. Assemble and prep KitchenAid Sausage Stuffer attachment, greasing nozzle with shortening. Slide prepared casings onto nozzle tightly. Tie off end of casing with butcher’s twine. Follow manufacturer’s directions for stuffing sausage into casings. Twist sausage into smaller links as desired and refrigerate or freeze until ready to use.

Sugar Cookies


  • 1 cup margarine or butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Sugar


1. Place margarine and vanilla in KitchenAid Stand Mixer bowl. Attach bowl and flat beater to the KitchenAid Stand Mixer. Turn to Speed 6 and beat about 2 minutes, or until mixture is smooth.

2. Gradually add 3⁄4 cup sugar and beat about 11⁄2 minutes longer. Add eggs and beat about 30 seconds. Stop and scrape bowl.

3. Turn to STIR Speed. Gradually add cream of tartar, baking soda, nutmeg, salt and flour to sugar mixture. Mix until well blended, about 1 minute.

4. Drop by rounded teaspoonfuls onto greased baking sheets, about 3 inches apart. Bake at 400°F for 6 to 8 minutes. Sprinkle with remaining sugar while still hot. Remove from baking sheets immediately and cool on wire racks.

Ricotta Ravioli


  • 2 3/4 cups all purpose flour
  • 3 eggs
  • pinch salt
  • Filling:
  • 2 1/2 cups ricotta
  • 1/2 cup Parmigiano Reggiano – grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 orange – zested
  • salt/pepper


  1. Place flour into the bowl of your stand mixer. Create a well. Add eggs, salt. Using paddle attachment, mix together until a ball forms. Scrape sides as necessary.
  2. Switch to dough hook and knead dough for approximately 5-6 minutes. Cover mixing bowl with kitchen towel and allow dough to rest for at least 30 minutes.
  3. WHILE dough is resting: Into a medium bowl add: ricotta, Parmigiano, egg, orange zest. Season with salt and pepper. Mix together until well combined.
  4. Attach KitchenAid pasta roller attachment to mixer. Cut dough ball into 4 equal portions. Take 1 portion and flatten it with your hand. Run through roller attachment until it reaches a level 4 thinness.
  5. Attach ravioli attachment to mixer. Drape dough over attachment. Place filling into attachment. Slowly turn attachment handle to form ravioli.
  6. Continue same process with 3 remaining dough portions.
  7. Cut ravioli perforations using a pastry wheel.

Got any recipes of your own you love?

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KitchenAid Stand Mixer Rebate

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Right now, when you purchase select KitchenAid stand mixers, you can get up to $40 off by  mail-in-rebate as well as a 1-year subscription to Food & Wine OR Travel & Leisure.  These KitchenAid stand mixers are rated at the top in their category and can help you make anything from basic cookie recipes to more complex pasta recipes.  Check out our full line of KitchenAid mixers and get started.

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Abt Electronics’ 2011 Holiday Buying Guide

Wednesday, November 16th, 2011

Holidays are fast approaching and that means holiday shopping.  Get a head start with these great gift ideas from Abt Electronics sure to put a smile on all your friends’ and families’ faces.

It may be cold outside, but there’s never a bad time for ice cream.  With the Cuisinart Ice Cream maker you can have your cold, tasty treats in your own home, without having to go out in the snow.

If you plan on doing a lot of baking, (who isn’t?) this KitchenAid stand mixer is sure to make all your cookies, pastries and more, come out as delicious and easy-to-make as ever.

Listen to all your favorite holiday songs whenever and wherever you go with the Bose Wireless speaker or the Yamaha low-profile soundbar.

A great gift for the bookworm in your family is the Sony 6’’ e-Reader with Wi-fi capabilities.  You can read books or download new ones on the go.  Never be without your favorite authors.

Keep all those holiday memories preserved with Panasonic’s Lumix 12 megapixel camera.  This camera is easy-to-use and small enough to take anywhere you go.  Be ready for that perfect shot!

If you have a super techie family member, you can never go wrong with the ever popular Apple iPad 2.  Play games, watch movies, check stocks, weather and so much more on this great tablet from Apple.

When holidays are through, nothing cleans up the mess quite like a Dyson vacuum.  The Dyson canister vacuum DC23ANIMAL is the perfect size for working around tables and couches on your carpet or hardwood floors.

Santa keeps up with new technology, just like we do, so e-mail him a wish list of your gifts on this new Asus Zenbook.  Incredibly thin, light and designed with an ultra-slick look, you will want to take this laptop wherever you go.

Stay in touch with friends and family who can’t make it to the holiday party with a phone call or a “face chat” with an iPhone 4s.  the newest generation of Apple iPhones to hit the market, you are certain to be pleased with this updated version that has incredible speed and an incredible camera for images and HD video.

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Abt Builder’s Gala

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

This past Wednesday Abt held an in-store Builder’s Gala which brought in over 175 builders, architects, designers, and landscapers to see Abt and get information from all the vendors on what we have to offer. Vendors from each vignette were there, as well as other vendors from our store.

All builders got a one page questionnaire, along with a goodie bag.  By filling out the questionnaire and asking these questions to the vendors, they were awarded raffle tickets for a ton of great things at Abt, including a KitchenAid stand mixer, Scotsman icemaker, pots and pans sets by Dacor and Bluestar, wine coolers by GE and Electrolux, a Viking gas range, Miele vacuum, baking stone, hand mixer, 2 GE microwaves, lunch/ cooking event for Miele and SubZero/Wolf, faucets, Bosch and Jenn-Air dishwashers, and a Thermador steam oven.

To top off this fantastic event, drinks and hors d’oeuvres were provided by Jolane’s.

Thank to everyone that participated!

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Valentine's Day Promotion

Wednesday, February 9th, 2011

Enter our Valentine’s Day Sweepstakes to try and win a KitchenAid stand mixer.  Valued at $299 this is the king of counter top mixers.  Visit Abt Electronics Facebook page for full details.  Good luck!!

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KitchenAid Sweepstakes

Thursday, November 18th, 2010

From now until December 15th, you can enter to win a free KitchenAid Stand Mixer.  The KitchenAid contest requires you to fill out your information and no purchase is necessary.  This particuar mixer is one of the best on the market and the recipe options are seemingly endless.  Check out the KitchenAid Stand Mixer page for more information and fill out the sweepstakes entry form for a chance to win.

Good Luck!

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