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Winning Recipes For the Big Game

Tuesday, January 17th, 2017

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We’re still a few weeks away from the biggest event in football, but we all know throwing a party is a must. Sunday’s game will be filled with non-stop football action, your friends and family, and of course, food. Because there isn’t a party without the food! To help keep you from missing any of the day’s festivities, we came up with some easy recipes so you can spend less time cooking and more time enjoying the game!

Big Game Pan Nachos

These Nachos are a combination of crunchy and soft, and sure to be a gametime favorite!

INGREDIENTS

  • large baking pan (we used 18 x 13)
  • Parchment paper
  • 1 lb ground beef (can substitute chicken ground turkey or pork)
  • 1 package of taco seasoning
  • 1 bag of tortilla rounds 13 oz
  • 1 can of refried beans 16 oz
  • 12 oz shredded Mexican blend cheese
  • 1 head of lettuce chopped ( can also buy a bag of shreds lettuce)
  • Jalapeño peppers (hot or mild)
  • 4 medium sized plum tomatoes chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped cilantro
  • ½ cup white onion chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Dash of cumin
  • 1/2 of lime for juice
  • 2 Avocados cubed
  • 1 to 1 ½ cups sour cream

To make the Pico de Gallo

Mix chopped tomatoes, white onion, and cilantro together in a bowl. Add salt, pepper, cumin and lime to taste. Set aside

Directions

Brown ground beef in a 10-inch or larger skillet over medium heat, drain, add package of taco seasoning and water (follow directions of taco seasoning package to complete this step)

Line the baking pan with parchment paper and spread tortilla rounds across the pan, spread the refried beans onto the tortilla chips (you don’t have to cover all the chips or use all the beans) some chips should be left uncovered for crunch.

Top chips and beans with all the ground beef then completely cover with cheese.

Preheat oven to 350° F and place the meat and chip mixture into the oven for 5 minutes or until cheese is melted. Remove from oven (you only have to heat the nachos in the oven to melt the cheese so keep an eye on it!)

Remove from oven and place on a heat safe surface (Be careful the pan will be hot!)

Spread a layer of sour cream over the melted cheese, then cover the nachos with chopped lettuce, and add a layer of Pico de Gallo, Avocado and jalapeno peppers.  Enjoy!

Pregame Bites

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Don’t let your guests wait for the game on an empty stomach. Prepare these pregame snacks to keep them happy! This recipe is super easy to make with the simplest ingredients, and there’s no doubt that your guest will enjoy these bites!

INGREDIENTS

  • A football cookie cutter
  • Colby jack cheese slices
  • Sliced pepperoni
  • 8 oz box cream Cheese, softened at room temp.
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 3 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons basil, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
  • Chive stems for garnish

Directions

Garlic & Herb Spread

In a large mixing bowl, add in the softened cream cheese, minced garlic, parsley, basil, chives, and milk. With an electric hand-mixer, mix ingredients on MEDIUM. Mix until everything is combined and smooth. Let the spread chill in the fridge for an hour or until you serve.

While the spread is chilling the in fridge, you can cut out your cheese slices into  football shapes with a football cookie cutter or use a knife to cut out a football-like shape.

Building your pregame bites

Take a cracker, spread the garlic and herb mixture onto cracker. Top with a pepperoni slice then a football cheese slice. Omit pepperoni slices for a meatless option. Top the crackers with chive stems to make laces on football.

Game Winning Smokies

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These little smokies are packed with a sweet and spicy flavor, and are incredibly easy to make. Just throw everything in a slow cooker before your guests arrive. This recipe will sure be a winner at your football party!

INGREDIENTS

  • ¼ brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha hot sauce
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 28 oz little smokies

Directions

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce, sriracha, and garlic and mix together.

Place little smokies in a slow cooker and pour the sauce over the sausages.

Stir so every sausage is evenly coated. Cook on HIGH for 2-3 hours or on LOW for 4, stirring occasionally.

Football Brownies

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Enjoy these football shaped treats during the game. These fudgy brownies will keep your guests wanting more!

INGREDIENTS

  • 9” X 13” baking pan
  • Football shaped cookie cutter
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup cocoa powder
  • 2 cups sugar
  • ½ tsp salt
  • t/4 tsp baking powder
  • 3 large eggs
  • ½ cup melted unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • Milk chocolate icing
  • Small tube of white gel icing

Directions

First, preheat your oven to 375° F. Lightly grease your baking pan and then set aside. In a large mixing bowl, add in the ingredients in the following order- flour, cocoa powder, sugar, salt, baking powder, eggs, butter, vegetable oil, and vanilla extract.

Once you’ve combined the ingredients, use an electric hand mixer to beat the mixture until it’s smooth. Then once the mixture is smooth, pour the batter into baking pan.

Bake the brownies for about 25-30 minutes. Poke the brownies with a toothpick, if the toothpick comes out clean then the brownies are ready.

Take out the brownies when they are done, then let them cool down before you start cutting. After the brownies have cooled down, start making cutting your brownies into football shapes using a football shaped cookie cutter.

Then, take each football and spread chocolate fudge frosting on top and use vanilla icing as the lacing on the football.

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Enjoy!

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CES 2017: Sony Xperia Tablet Projector

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

Imagine controlling the lights in your home by tapping directly on your tabletop.  Sounds too good to be true right? Well the experts at Sony made it all possible by creating a prototype, the Xperia Tablet Projector. We had the chance to see the tablet projector at CES 2017 and it is awesome! This prototype isn’t like your ordinary projector, in fact it has many capabilities of a tablet built into it. You can control the lights, surf the web, or Skype your friends by touching the flat surface. It can project up to 23″ on a flat surface and up to 80″ on a wall surface. The Xperia tablet projector is an Android based device so many apps are built into it and connectivity isn’t difficult at all. All you need is the power cable and you’re all set!

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CES 2017: Asus Zenfone 3 Zoom

Thursday, January 5th, 2017

ASUS is one of the leading manufacturers in the consumer electronics industry today. They have one of the world’s top research and development teams that provide innovative and high quality electronics for their consumers. Our team was lucky enough to take a look at their brand new phone, the Zenfone 3 Zoom at CES 2017. The Zenfone 3 Zoom was made for photography while still having the capabilities of the Zenfone 3.

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CES 2017: Lenovo VR Headset

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Virtual Reality (VR) has made its way in the tech world, and especially in the gaming world. Virtual reality is fully immersive, giving you an extraordinary 3D experience. Top manufacturers like Lenovo are stepping up their game by providing more content and a better experience. The Abt team was able to get a sneak peek at Lenovo’s new VR headset at CES 2017. Just recently, Microsoft released Microsoft Holographic, a platform for VR experience that Lenovo  plans for their headsets to run on. Microsoft Holographic offers new and diverse content, providing thousands of apps available to view on VR. This means, not only will the new Lenovo Virtual Reality Headset serve for gaming purposes, but also for communication and productivity.

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CES 2017: iPowerUp Solar Charging Phone Case

Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Whether you are texting your pals or watching the next big thing on YouTube, every now and then your phone needs to charge. But sometimes, depending on the time and place, you might not have access to a phone charger. Thanks to iPowerUp, our team was able to discover their newest product that can solve our charging issues, a solar charging phone case!

During the CES 2017 Unveiled event, iPowerUp showed off their next generation solar charging phone case. The phone case is an AC/DC USB charging case that can charge your phone without a cable. It’s convenient and gets you through the day without plugging it in! The solar charging device contains a digital meter, so it can tell you how much charge your phone is getting. The device averages about 450-500 milliamps per hour, meaning with an hour’s worth of solar charge, you can take 3 hr phone call or surf the web for an hour and a half. By the end of the day, you can plug in it in and it will charge both the phone case and your phone’s battery. For now, iPowerUp has these solar charging cases for Apple iPhones 6, 6s, and 7; but their next release will be for Samsung.

 

 

For more information check out http://ipowerup.com/

Can’t wait until it hits the shelves? Take a look at our charging phone cases and other cell phone accessories by clicking here!

 

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Even Cooking with Panasonic’s Inverter Technology

Tuesday, August 16th, 2016

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Microwaves are convenient to have in your home, offering a quicker and easier way of preparing your food without taking up a lot of space or hurting your wallet. They make it easier to defrost frozen foods, reheat last night’s left overs, and even cook an entire meal. As the technology of microwaves continues to evolve, innovators are finding ways to ensure more consistent results and solve uneven cooking. The experts at Panasonic have come up with the intuitive design of Inverter Technology, which should eliminate the struggles of uneven cooking. Unlike most microwaves that depend on “pulse on, pulse off” cooking at low temperatures, the patented Inverter Technology creates a constant flow of power at all temperature settings, ensuring evenly cooked food at all times.

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Get Your Grill On: What You Need to Know About Grills

Friday, August 5th, 2016

Here at Abt, we have a large selection of grills that you can choose from; but sometimes deciding which grill to get can be challenging.  As the technology of grills continue to evolve, the decision making process ultimately turns into a timely search. Some features may be a factor in your decision like, side burners, BTUs, rotisseries, and other features you never heard of. With the help from our grill experts at Abt, we were able to break down the different types of grills out there. Take a look and see which one is best for your home!

Decided on which grill to get? Click here to shop now!

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Cruisin’ For Awareness Charity Car Show

Wednesday, July 27th, 2016

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Have a love for classic cars or remote control car racing? Join us on Sunday, August 21st for the Cruisin’ for Awareness charity car event! From 12 PM-6 PM, enjoy luxurious cars during the newly added judge car show, exciting R/C racing, raffles, food, music, prizes and more! Racing will take place all day, and drivers of all skill levels are welcome to enter. Entry fees and proceeds will be donated to the For Autistic Kids Foundation.

Entry Fees:

Car Show Entrees: $20 Per Entry

For R/C Racer Entry Fees:

1st Class– $20

2nd Class– $15

3rd Class– $10

4th Class – $5

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Abt Volunteers at Northern Illinois Food Bank’s Mobile Pantry

Friday, July 22nd, 2016

Last weekend, we had the pleasure of volunteering at the Northern Illinois Food Bank mobile pantry. Employees from Abt and their family members headed out to the Highwood Recreation Center to help set up a food pantry. Our volunteers helped unload the mobile pantry filled with donated meat, produce, canned goods, and other food products to display. With these different food options available, members within the community were welcome to shop the pantry at no cost.

The Northern Illinois Food Bank’s mission is to provide nutritious food for families that don’t have much access to food. Luckily, the Northern Illinois Food Bank provides mobile pantries so they can directly provide food to those most in need. All donated food is carefully inspected and then distributed to  800 community food pantries and feeding programs. Food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters are some of the feeding programs the organization provides for. With all of the efforts from the volunteers and the feeding programs, more than 71,000 individuals are able to have food each week. Many of the volunteers can agree on giving back to the community is a rewarding feeling.

For more information on how you can help visit http://solvehungertoday.org/

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Squad Up with Samsung Galaxy Tablets

Friday, July 15th, 2016

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In less than a month, the action-packed summer blockbuster Suicide Squad, is coming to theaters. Starting today, Samsung is giving you two tickets to see Suicide Squad in theaters when you purchase a qualifying tablet*!

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Just in time for back-to-school shopping, Samsung tablets are perfect for the classroom or for your own entertainment. Light-weight, sleek, and compact, Samsung tablets great for whenever you are on the go to your next class or the coffee shop. To redeem your tickets, you must purchase a Galaxy Tab A (10.1 version only), Galaxy Tab S2, Galaxy View, or Galaxy Tab ProS. As an added bonus, when you purchase a qualifying tablet, you’ll also receive a digital download of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice*.

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