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Archive for January, 2015

Game Day Gadgets

Thursday, 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


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

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Super Grilled Cheese – Recipes For the Big Game

Monday, 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.

grilled cheese




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




  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.




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Parmesan Rosemary Popcorn – Recipes For The Big Game

Monday, 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.



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



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.


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Chunky Guacamole – Recipes For The Big Game

Monday, 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!


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Slow Cooker BBQ Pulled Pork – Recipes For The Big Game

Monday, 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.
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Asian Buffalo Sauce – Recipes For The Big Game

Monday, 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.
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Buffalo Chicken Cheese Balls – Recipes For The Big Game

Friday, 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.
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TV Picks For The Big Game

Friday, 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. (more…)

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Get Ready for The Big Game!

Wednesday, 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.

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Fairwell, Elaine!

Friday, 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.

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