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Storing Wine and the Importance of a Wine Refrigerator

Thursday, May 25th, 2017

Wine Refrigerators at Abt

A Wine Refrigerator is a must for the serious wine enthusiast. Not only can fine wine be a significant investment, it requires care and attention to some basic details: the three most important factors to consider in wine storage are temperature, light, and humidity. So celebrate #NationalWineDay with us and learn some useful facts while you’re at it. Alright, let’s get started!

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Abt-solutely Delicious: St. Paddy’s Day Edition

Friday, March 10th, 2017

Festive Guinness Recipes

There’s a little bit of Irish in everybody on St. Patrick’s day. For some it’s a time to don your green clothes, grab a pint, and hit the parade. For others, it’s a chance to host a party with friends and family. We’ve assembled three delicious dishes that highlight the almighty Guinness draught beer that are perfect for your St. Paddy’s day festivities. Not just a favorite drink on the holiday, the malty flavor imported from Ireland is also versatile ingredient when used for cooking. Abt-solutely Delicious Stamp - Guinness Recipe Edition

While most will be drinking the delicious pint of the gods, you can curb their munchies with some Guinness-inspired snacks. We start with a robust barbecue sauce whose tantalizing flavors will pair with the meat of your choice. Then for the main course, a heavenly cheesy Guinness Mac n’ Cheese, followed up by a malty Guinness float for dessert. These snacks won’t leave you like a blind cobbler’s thumb, and it has been shown that Guinness is good for you, in moderation. We hope you enjoy these dishes and please have a responsible St. Patrick Day.

 

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Treadmill Specs to Consider

Tuesday, February 21st, 2017

Treadmills are popular because they’re easy to use and give you the ability to burn a significant number of calories, all from the comfort of your own home! You’re able to enjoy working out while watching television, listening to music, or even reading a book (for those that prefer walking at slower speeds). Before purchasing a piece of exercise equipment the size and cost of a treadmill, we recommend researching and becoming familiar with relative terms such as “best treadmill”. While many will advertise their product as the “best”, you must consider what the “best treadmill” is for you personally.

There are many factors to consider when looking at treadmills, but the most important are:

Most Important Treadmill Specs To Consider - Cost, Size & Features

What does it cost?

Where will I put it?

Will this help meet my particular fitness and/or health goals? (more…)

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Abt-solutely Delicious: Valentine’s Day Edition

Friday, February 10th, 2017

Valentine’s Day is just a few days away, and if you’re looking for a gift that’s a little more thoughtful (and budget-friendly) than more jewelry or another tie, might we suggest some delicious homemade breakfast? This recipe combines two favorites: the crispy Belgian waffle and fluffy red velvet cake. They’re made with just a handful of ingredients that you probably already have in the kitchen, with one surprise addition—greek yogurt—that adds an extra level of moisture and healthiness to the recipe. The only specialized appliance you’ll need is, you guessed it, a waffle maker. (more…)

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Abt-solutely Delicious: Healthy Start Edition

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

Healthy Start Post-Workout Green Smoothie

A healthy start is usually easier said than done, especially if your New Year’s resolution includes exercising more and eating better. For many of us, a new year means it’s time for a fresh start and a new workout regimen. It may seem hard at first but that’s okay – it’s all about baby steps and we have just the right thing to help ease you into your new year’s transition. Our healthy post-workout smoothie is a great, refreshing way to end your day of exercise. This smoothie is packed with protein, it’s easy to make, and happens to be quite delicious. So let’s get take a look at what you’ll need to begin your healthy start now and continue to stay on track!

Top off your healthy start green smoothie with some chia seeds and a slice of pineapple!

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CES 2017: Fossil Group’s Hybrid Smartwatches

Friday, January 6th, 2017

Technology has rattled many industries in recent years, even the fashion world. So as anyone could imagine combining the two is not a simple feat. However, when it comes to a name brand company such as Fossil Group, merging the two has proved to be only successful. Fossil Group’s focus and fashion design expertise has successfully launched over 40 new smartwatch hybrids across a few of their accessory brands including Fossil, Skagan, MisFit, Kate Spade and much more. The cool thing about these hybrid models is that they look and feel like traditional analog watches, because they don’t have typical smartwatch displays. Yet they count your steps, monitor your sleep and send notifications to your wrist. Just download the associated app with each different brand and see your activity data. Our CES 2017 crew stopped by Fossil Group to learn more about their new fashion forward smartwatches.

So each brand’s app and functionality is different. For example, Fossil’s collection of hybrid smartwatches not only count your steps and alert you with notifications through the Fossil Q App, but with new Q Link technology you can also choose between ringing your phone, controlling music or taking a photo. In addition, if you’re someone who wants a smartwatch but dislikes the idea of having to charge yet another smart device, then the hybrid watch is exactly what you need. These watches’s battery lasts up to six months, give or a take a few!

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It’s Time To Start Cooking With Frigidaire’s Induction Technology

Monday, December 26th, 2016

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Induction cooking is the safest and most efficient way to cook your favorite meals. Induction cooktops use electricity and electromagnetic technology to heat only the pan, which leaves the burner plate much cooler than a standard electric radiant burner. Basically, the pan becomes the burner, which eliminates heat transfer through the glass cooktop surface. In order for this to occur, induction cooking requires magnetic cookware. So if a magnet can stick to your pan you can use it with a Frigidaire induction cooktop! People everywhere are switching over to Frigidaire’s induction technology. Check out the video below to find out why, and read on to learn more about all of the amazing benefits!

Benefits To Switching Over

Cook Meals Faster

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Simple & Easy Clean-Up

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Enjoy reduction in clean up time because induction technology heats up the pan, not the cooktop so food spills can’t burn on. You can even cook bacon with a piece of newspaper between the pan and the cooktop, to catch any splatters!

Reduce Your Energy Bill

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Save money on your energy bill – induction cooking is 70% more energy efficient than gas and 20% more efficient than electric!

Easily Go From Simmer To Boil

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Easily bring water to a boil in less than 2 minutes with Frigidaire elements featuring induction technology!

Cooking Versatility 

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Gentle enough to melt chocolate…

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and butter.

Controlled Cooking

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Adjust your cooking settings from a rapid boil to a gentle simmer instantly. Great for sauces and soups!

Cookware Compatibility

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Test your cookware with a magnet! Induction cooktops and ranges use the power of magnetic energy. Use this tip to test the compatibility of your cookware with a magnet. If it sticks, it’s induction-friendly.

Consistent Results

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Evenly distributed heat ensures consistent results for creating delicious, evenly cooked meals like steaks and omelets.

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LG Channel Plus Is Finally Bringing Your Favorite Live TV & Streaming Content Together!

Monday, December 19th, 2016

There has never been a better time to look at an LG TV than now, because once again LG has set the benchmark with a new feature called Channel Plus, which gives you an all new way to access content through your TV. Channel Plus takes all of the confusion out of watching content from multiple sources by combining all of them into a single system for a seamless viewing experience. LG has partnered with Xumo to provide more than fifty channels of digital content for their users, featuring content from network stations and streaming channels, and combined this with over-the-air broadcasts. The result is a stress-free interface that makes it easy to watch content from across all sources. Perhaps the best aspect of the new Channel Plus feature is that all this new content is completely free of charge. Thats right, 50+ channels of original programming that won’t cost you a penny in monthly subscription fees.

What will you be watching on these free channels? Well, quite a lot actually, from live sports to news, television programs to movies, and much more, giving you nearly endless content to choose from. Channel Plus was created to make viewing easy for users, so it includes a universal search lets to seek out and watch content across all sources from one screen. Whether you watch from a streaming service or a program tuned in on a set-top antenna, you won’t need to switch to another input to find it.  Channel Plus displays all of the available content in your on-screen cable guide. It’s all available in the same location and there will always be new to choose from. Right now there are about 60 channels to watch, but more will be added every month, so the content keeps growing and growing.

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A variety of publications are creating content to further reach their audiences, so rest assured there will be something for everyone. Well-known publications like Time, Bloomberg, and PBS will all be sharing content to educate and inform to make us better people. While other publications like the Onion, Cracked, and Funny or Die will be sharing content that will  keep us entertained and make us laugh hysterically. This unique content, supplied by Xumo, is in addition to the programs you can watch from local stations like ABC, CBS, and NBC.

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Because the digital content is being streamed, you’ll also have DVR control over them. You can pause, rewind, and skip through videos at your command. Watching the FOX Sports channel and you want to re-watch that walk-off home run over and over again? The rewind function will become your new best friend. Not into sports? That’s okay! Let’s say you found a channel that you absolutely adore. Now you can scroll through the library of on-demand content to easily binge watch every video they offer.

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Once you start using Channel Plus you won’t want to think about what life was like before you had it. One of the biggest obstacles to cord-cutting is learning how to juggle multiple content sources, having to switch inputs to move from your streaming channels to your OTA broadcasts, or needing separate menus to search through a different library for every source. If you’d like an easier way to navigate your content, upgrading to an LG TV with WebOS 3.0 and Channel Plus might be just the ticket. We here at Abt want to say thank you to the folks at LG who continually create new and exciting features that keep pushing the envelope of what was once thought impossible from a standard television.

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Abt-solutely Delicious: Holiday Cookie Edition

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

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One of the best things during holiday season is the sweet aroma of baked goods, especially cookies! That’s why we decided to make this week’s Holiday Edition of Abt-solutely Delicious all about cookies. You can bring these soft and chewy ginger molasses cookies to your annual cookie exchange with friends or to holiday dinner with family, they’re perfect for any occasion. (more…)

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Abt-solutely Delicious: Thanksgiving Side Dish Recipes

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016

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It’s already Tuesday, so Thanksgiving is right around the corner and we’re sure a lot of you folks have already begun preparing for Thursday’s festivities! If so, we’ve got a few traditional side dishes for you to check out and serve your family and friends this Thanksgiving. We’ll start off with a deliciously sweet cranberry based stuffing, followed by some creamy whipped mashed potatoes (insert mouthwatering emojii here). Moving right along into a savory Parmesan & Balsamic-flavored dish of Brussels sprouts, only to end with an Abt-made video of a mini sweet potato casserole recipe, which is super easy to make and a fun way to incorporate cooking with your kids this Thanksgiving! (more…)

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