Mushroom Risotto with Honey Glazed Butternut Squash

Mushroom Risotto with Honey Glazed Butternut Squash made on the AGA cast iron range

Make this amazingly rich and creamy mushroom risotto using white wine and honey glazed butternut squash in the AGA Total Control cast iron range.  It has often been said among chefs the Slow Cook oven of the AGA cast iron range makes the best risotto.  This recipe is an excellent first course to any meal or it may be served as a main dish for an informal get together.  Serves 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 large butternut squash, peeled, seeds removed and diced into cubes
  • 3 Tbsp Honey
  • Course sea salt and black pepper
  • 2 Tbsp Butter
  • 2 cups shiitake or oyster mushrooms, cleaned, trimmed and cut into half inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • 5-6 cups chicken stock
  • 1/3 cup shallots or white onion, finely chopped
  • 1 ¾ cups Arborio rice (or other risotto rice)
  • 2-3 sprigs of leafy, fresh parsley

Instructions

Rinse the fresh parsley sprigs in the sink and pat dry with a paper towel.  Place the sprigs on the black vitreous enamel cooktop behind the Boiling Plate.  Be sure not to place the sprigs on the Boiling Plate as they will char and smolder greatly!  The black vitreous enameled cooktop will dehydrate the parsley while preparing the risotto.

Spread the diced butternut squash out across an AGA baking tray.  Lightly sprinkle the sea salt and pepper across the squash.  Place in the center rack of the Roasting oven and set the timer for 10 minutes.

On the Boiling Plate, bring the chicken stock to boil using a medium-size stainless steel pot.  Once boiling, shift to the Simmering Plate or onto your Hotcupboard Warming Plate to maintain heat as set aside.

Using a large, thick-bottomed, deep stainless steel pot with a tight fitting lid and begin melting the butter on the Boiling Plate beside the stock.  Add shallots and mushrooms and begin sauteing.  After 1 minute, shift to the Simmering Plate.  Continue to saute for 5 minutes.  Add the rice and stir to combine well.

Once coated with butter and warmed throughout, add the white wine to the rice and mushroom mixture then shift to the Boiling Plate.  Bring rice mixture to boil.  Add chicken stock a ½ cup at a time stirring enough to keep the rice from sticking to the pan.  As the stock is absorbed, add an additional ½ cup.  Continue to add until the rice becomes a touch creamy.

Remove the butternut squash from the Roasting oven.  Using a metal spatula, flip and stir the squash to mix and coat each side then add to the rice and mix well.  Cover the rice with a tight-fitting lid and place in the Slow Cook oven for 20 minutes.

Remove your Mushroom Risotto with Honey Glazed Butternut Squash from the Slow Cook Oven.  Give the risotto a quick but efficient stir.  Take the parsley sprigs from the cooktop and crumble atop the risotto before serving.  Serve immediately.

 

Homemade Hamburgers and Chunky Wedges

burger and potato wedges on the aga cast iron range

Ordinary into Extraordinary!

No one will be asking for fast food again once you’ve spoiled them with this dish.  A simple meal no more – the AGA Cast Iron Range turns ordinary into extraordinary, even a simple, family-favorite like homemade hamburgers and chunky wedges.  There’s nothing quite like a homemade hamburger, succulent and full of flavor, plus you know what’s in them and can control their size depending on the audience.  Finish off this delicious meal with perfectly browned potato wedges.  Serve your burger in a traditional burger or pretzel bun and give them a dash (or two) of Tabasco sauce.  Serves 4

Hamburger Ingredients

1 lb. ground beef

Salt and black pepper

1 small red onion, minced or very finely chopped

2 cloves of garlic, minced

1 tsp ground cumin

1 tsp ground coriander

1 tsp chili powder

1 egg

Oil

Potato Wedges Ingredients

8 potatoes, scrubbed with skins on

Oil

Coarse salt and black pepper

Parmesan cheese – optional

Instructions

Place the ground beef into a bowl.  Add the minced red onion, garlic, cumin, coriander and chili powder.  Mix well.  Add the egg and mix well.   I find this easiest to do with your hands, use disposable gloves if you’re a bit squeamish.  Shape into 4 burger patties.

Cut the potatoes into wedges.  Line an AGA baking tray with Bake-O-Glide placing the wedges evenly across.  Drizzle wedges with oil and sprinkle with salt, pepper and Parmesan cheese. Place the baking tray on the floor of the roasting oven and cook for 15 minutes then turn the wedges over and continue to cook for a further 10-15 minutes until tender.

While the potato wedges are cooking, lightly oil the grill rack of the large AGA roasting tin, turn it to its highest side and place the burgers on top. Put the grill rack in the roasting tin and slide onto the second set of runners down in the Roasting oven. Grill for 10 minutes then turn over and grill the other side for another 10 minutes, until cooked through.

Serve your homemade burger in a Pretzel Bun and spread with mustard, ketchup and mayo and adorn with all the fixings like sliced tomato, lettuce and a dash or two of Tabasco sauce.  Serve with delicious potato wedges.

 

Pursuitist Named AGA Cast Iron Range Best Kitchen Appliance 2016

Pursuitist recently published an article highlighting luxury brand appliances they deem the best for your kitchen this year.  Pursuitist named AGA Cast Iron Ranges Best Kitchen Appliance for 2016 being sure to point out our Marvel Premium Undercounter Refrigeration which blends beautifully with our AGA ranges completing your kitchen design. The AGA Cast Iron Range was recognized for its unique cooking experience using cast iron, its vitreous enamel exterior available in 15 colors and the AGA cast iron range being tremendously flexible. Roger Scoble said it best,

“AGA. Aga has nearly a century of experience of enriching kitchens around the world. The Classic Aga Range employs cast iron construction and energy efficient heating, which combine to offer a truly unique cooking experience. Available in a variety of enameled colors; Aga ranges offer tremendous design flexibility. Now enhanced with complementary undercounter refrigeration Aga continues to redefine upscale kitchen design coupled with professional cooking prowess.”

AGA Marvel unveiled its latest product launches earlier this year paying focus to the newest AGA a la carte features, Customize Your AGA. Now with three integrated solutions you may add induction, gas top burners or a warming plate hotcupboard to any 3-oven AGA cast iron range. The 3-oven Total Control and Dual Control are the building block for such endless configurations.

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Click here to learn more about the Best Kitchen Appliances for 2016.

Pursuitist is an online publisher of luxury industry news and high-end reviews. Forbes has named Pursuitist the “best luxury blog”. Notable journalist and contributors include writers and luxury brands. For more reviews go to www.Pursuitist.com today.

Translate UK Measurements

Those of us in North America, who take pride creating various English recipes on their AGA cast iron range, realize we need to translate UK measurements or run the risk of ruining our culinary creation.  This is especially true when it comes to baking in your AGA cast iron range!  British cookbook mavens Mary Berry and Amy Wilcock have filled AGA cookbooks with some of the best recipes you will find anywhere – from the simple and basic to the elaborate and festive. Some of their English terms can be a bit of a mystery…

Here is a quick guide to translate UK cooking measurements into North American terms when using any AGA cookbook.

Translate UK Measurements:

In Britain, one pint holds 20 ounces. Here, a pint holds 16 ounces.  So for any liquid amount referred to in pints, either measure the milliliter amount in parentheses in the recipe, or use this simple conversion chart:

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Other Measurements:

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As mentioned above, some of the English terms used in AGA cookbooks can be a bit of a mystery.  To help you understand terms such as “rasher”, “mutton” and “sultanas”, we have created a list of British terminology often used to help make cooking on your AGA cast iron range with one of our beloved AGA cookbooks more enjoyable!  With this guide, we will help you blend culinary cultures and get you well on your way to wowing your friends and family the AGA-way!

Meats, Fish and Poultry

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Fruits and Vegetables

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Dairy

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Sugars and Sweeteners

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Flours and Baking

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Miscellaneous Ingredients

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Odds and Ends

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For more questions regarding recipes, cookware or how each cast iron AGA oven functions, feel free to contact AGA Kitchen Concierge at 800-525-5601.

Will an AGA Cast Iron Range work in a Kitchen Island?

Lifestyle & Design – An AGA Range in a Kitchen Island

Many of you are hard at working designing your dream kitchen with our beloved AGA cast iron range as the perfect cooking solution for your home.  After spending countless hours determining the fit and function of your kitchen design, those of you interested in having a kitchen island are now wondering, will an AGA cast iron range work in a kitchen island design?

Traditional AGA in an island

Photo Credit: Bart Edson SFGate.com

Thankfully, whether you have a traditional AGA cooker or you are purchasing from one of the new generation of AGA cast iron ranges, the AGA works splendidly in an island setting.   As you can see here, this refined rustic estate home showcases a traditional AGA cooker in Claret within its kitchen island design.

The island is structured around the AGA allowing it to be slightly pronounced representing the main focal point of the large, open space.  While the traditional AGA cooker required ceiling ventilation, the new generation of AGA cast iron ranges, such as the AGA Total Control and the AGA Dual Control electric model, only require in-room venting.  Meaning a rangehood is not required making this a perfect solution for any kitchen island setting.

There are many resources out there to assist you in designing and planning your dream kitchen.  Magazine and online articles give insightful tips, such as HGTV.   One of the many resources AGA provides designers and architects are 2D and 3D drawings of our ranges to assist designers.  Our drawings give an accurate layout and representation of our ranges.  Click here for the full list of drawings for all AGA cast iron ranges.

To see more photos of this Refined Rustic Estate Home for sale in Wine Country, click here to visit their site.

Why An AGA is Right for You

The Worlds Best Cooking ExperienceThere are many reasons why people decided a while ago an AGA was not right for them. Whether it be their home, their cooking style or the fact they did not want their stove on all the time, many made up their mind and chose another appliance.  Some of the following customer constraints prevented them from purchasing an AGA:

  • It’s on all the time
  • Too hot in the kitchen
  • Too big for my kitchen
  • Too expensive to run
  • Too much heat for my well-insulated home
  • I do not cook during the week
  • We only cook quick meals
  • Cannot have a flue in the kitchen

Thankfully, AGA listened to those who felt this way and created an entirely new generation of AGA cast iron ranges which addresses each of the above constraints exemplifying why an AGA is right for you – why an AGA is right for any home!

A variety of AGA cast iron ranges are available giving customers a choice of models to suit their individual needs.  Thankfully the market for the AGA cast iron range has broadened as many constraints against owning an AGA have been overcome.  For instance, the AGA Total Control and AGA City24 give you the flexibility to operate each oven and hotplate separate and independent from each other.  The ovens on the AGA Dual Control models operate simultaneously while the electric hotplates operate separate from the ovens and independent of each other.  Dual Control ovens can be turned on, off or turned down to save energy.  Regardless of which cast iron model you choose, each AGA range comes fully assembled and do not require a flue.

For more information, please visit www.aga-ranges.com.

 

AGA Making Waves at the Coastal Virginia Home & Garden Show

Chef’s from all over coastal Virginia gathered around the AGA Total Control wowing the crowds with their culinary creations

Joyce Crowder was elated to share the news that her kitchen would be the main showcase kitchen at the 2016 Coastal Virginia Home & Garden Show.  This year the Coastal Virginia Magazine sponsored the Culinary Corner where Crowder Custom Cabinets provided the kitchen showcasing the 3-oven AGA Total Control in the latest color, Aqua.

This years emcee was Chef Patrick Evans, the Food Editor of Coastal Virginia Magazine.  Well known chef’s from various restaurants along the coastal region of Virginia enjoyed cooking up their favorite culinary creations using the AGA Total Control.

Hover over the images below for fun snippets highlighting each Chef and the delicious foods created on the AGA Total Control.

AGA making waves at the Coastal Virginia Home & Garden Show gives a HIGH-5 to all the culinary talent who cooked their dishes on the AGA Total Control 3-oven cast iron range such as,

Chef Andrea DiCarlo with La Bella Italia, Ghent

Chef Caruso with La Bella Italia, Redmill

Chef Josh Stivers with Point at Phoebus

Chef Mike Farrell with Still Worldly Eclectic Tapas

Chef Troy Camacho with Casual Gourmet Victoria

Chef Chad Martin with Circa 1918

Chef Edward Storey with Supper Southern Morsels

Chef Scott Home with Granny’s Kitchen

Emcee Chef Patrick Evans-Hylton the Food Editor with Coastal Virginia Magazine

Lemon Chicken Stir Fry

Easy Stir Fry Dishes made on the AGA Cast Iron RangeLemon Chicken Stir Fry AGA cast iron range

The many benefits of cooking with cast iron include its ability to achieve and maintain very high temperatures, which is perfect for stir fry.  Whether you have an AGA Total Control, AGA Dual Control or an AGA City24, using the Boiling Plate will give you perfect results every time!  This zesty Lemon Chicken Stir Fry is sure to please.  Serves 2.

Prep time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour marinating time
Cooking time: 8-11 minutes

Ingredients

Finely grated zest and 2 oz. juice

1 tbsp chopped fresh coriander

2 small cloves garlic, minced

Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

8-10 oz. skinless, boneless chicken breasts, cut into strips

1 tbsp sesame seeds

2 tsp sesame oil

½ inch piece fresh root ginger, peeled and finely chopped

3 ½ oz. dried medium egg noodles

1 large carrot, cut into matchsticks

1 small leek, washed and thinly sliced

4 oz. pea pods or snap peas

2oz. bean sprouts

4 tbsp chicken or vegetable stock

1 tbsp dry sherry or unsweetened apple juice

3 tsp reduced-sodium soy sauce, or to taste

Instructions

To create Lemon Chicken Stir Fry on the AGA Cast Iron Range be sure to set aside 1 hour to properly marinate your chicken.

In a non-metallic dish, combine lemon zest and juice, coriander, half the garlic and the black pepper. Add chicken; turn to coat.  Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

Place non-stick wok on the Simmering plate and allow to warm.  Once wok is ready, dry-fry the sesame seeds until toasted.  Careful not to burn.  Set toasted seeds aside.

Add oil to wok and place wok on Boiling Plate.  Stir fry the fresh ginger and remaining garlic for 30 seconds.  Add chicken and marinade; stir-fry for 3-4 minutes. Meanwhile, cook noodles according to packet instructions; drain well and keep hot.

Add carrots and leeks to wok; stir fry for 1-2 minutes. Add remaining vegetables; stir fry for 2-3 minutes or until chicken is cooked.

Add chicken stock, sherry and soy sauce; stir fry for 1 minute. Add hot noodles and sesame seeds; toss to mix well. Serve immediately alongside a bed of rice.

For more Stir Fry Recipes on your AGA cast iron range, click HERE.

Colorful Retro Kitchens

colorful aga cast iron range in retro rennovations

Photo Credit: Retro Rennovations at retrorennovations.com

Just when we thought the fun had died down, we were excited to see a recent article by Retro Renovation, about colorful retro kitchens, showcasing our AGA colorful ranges at KBIS!  Kate and Pam did a fun job tying our booth suites into fun retro-styled highlights which exemplify how well our products work no matter the look you are trying to achieve.

Whether you are going for retro or modern, country or eclectic, the AGA cast iron range works in each!  With over 15 colors available, those of your looking to create colorful retro kitchens are in luck!

Here is a snippet of what was said about our colorful retro kitchens:

So when we spotted the colorful AGA stoves booth, it was a breath of fresh air with big smiling lollipop sprinkles on top. Color, color and more color — plus, they even had a retro inspired kitchen setup. Oh happy day!

Read more: AGA colorful ranges and a retro kitchen at KBIS – Retro Renovation

 

 

5 Spring Kitchen Trends Inspired by New York Fashion Week

Often our homes are a curation of what we adore about fashion, and thanks to the immediacy and instant dialogue of social sharing, the worlds of fashion and home decor can now harmonize. This week, our eyes are on New York as big names in fashion swath models in luxurious fabrics, tailored just so, and their artfully designed pieces hit the runway in a myriad of colors, patterns and textures. That’s right, it’s New York Fashion Week… seven spectacular days of creative minds showing us their vision for Spring 2016.

Immerse yourself in these 5 Spring Kitchen Trends, where kitchen decor meets haute couture, and discover how iconic AGA kitchen collections are pace for pace with emerging fashion trends.

Spring Kitchen Trend #1: Lace Ladies and Vintage Style AGA Legacy Ranges

Lace is timeless, whether in shades of ivory, white or black, and AGA Legacy Dual Fuel Ranges emulate this finely tuned vintage look that seems to transcend eras.  It’s what we call our AGA Designer Ranges, available in 36″ and 44″ options and five porcelain enamel colors.lace-ladies

Spring Kitchen Trend #2: California Dreaming in Rose, Aqua and Pistachio

Breezy pastels remind us of seaside retreats, warm weather and casual Cali chic. Take a cue from the West Coast with AGA Cast Iron Ranges in rose, aqua and pistachio. Pictured here: AGA City24 Cast Iron Range with gas and electric cooktop options.

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Spring Kitchen Trend #3: Shine On with Sleek AGA Professional Ranges

Silvery and sequined, these models are dressed to impress, reminiscent of the sleek, sophisticated and NEW AGA Professional Ranges in 30″, 36″ and 48″ sizes.

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Spring Kitchen Trend #4: Shoulder Off & AGA Induction Tops

The catwalk saw clean lines paired with classic colors like black and white, a close cousin in appearance to our AGA Hotcupboard with its minimalist induction top.

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Spring Kitchen Trend #5: Citrus City with AGA City24 in Lemon

Nothing says spring like bright citrusy yellows, daffodils and tulips, a color that rejuvenates the spirit and is refreshing and happy to the eye. Like a burst of sunshine, the AGA City24 Dual Fuel Module in lemon can take a kitchen from dreary to cheery.

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Like what you see here?  Get inspired with more fabulous kitchen design ideas: