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

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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:

AGA Servicers Love AGA Cast Iron Ranges

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We loved reading a press release recently published written about an appliance dealer owner who recently attended our AGA training session.  Not only is the training an intricate part of what we do at AGA, it was wonderful to see AGA Servicers love AGA cast iron ranges!

Each year, AGA makes it a point to send UK Product Specialists to its North American headquarters in Greenville, Michigan for a week long training session.  Installers and servicers throughout the US and Canada fly into Michigan for this essential AGA training.  Bill Cummins, owner of Appliance Master of Central New Jersey said it best

The design and quality of these units is so vastly different, and in my opinion superior, from anything built in the US that this training is absolutely essential. The heavy-duty cast iron construction enables highly efficient energy storage. Food is cooked by surprisingly gentle radiated heat from this large mass. Extremely even temperatures make for a unique cooking experience.

Our goal is to ensure those installing and servicing your AGA cast iron ranges have been personally trained by AGA personnel.  As the AGA evolves further into the 21st century by providing more fuel and cooking options this training becomes more and more valuable to our servicers, or as we like to call them, our extended family.  To read the full press release, Click here.

If you are an AGA owner and would love your AGA cast iron range cleaned, serviced or maintained, Click Here to locate a Service Company nearest you.

Coconut Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe

Coconut Raspberry Cheesecake Recipe made easy in the AGA Total Control

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Coconut Raspberry Cheesecake made in the Baking Oven of the AGA Total Control range

A special thanks to Jacqueline Gillam of Her Majesty’s English Tea Room at Fairchild’s for sharing her decadent Coconut Raspberry Cheesecake recipe made on her very own AGA Total Control.

Here’s what Jackie says this about her delicious recipe:

“This is one of those simple but lovely desserts that breaks from tradition a little bit. There is no crust—who needs a crust? Sometimes those crusts flavors take away from the cake. I like to save my crust calories and have a second piece. Anyone who likes coconut will fall a little bit for this one. I like to serve it with fresh raspberries and bitter chocolate sticks to give me that Almond Joy feeling.”

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cottage cheese (recommend large curd)
  • 24 ounces (3 packages) cream cheese
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 1 /4 cups sour cream
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon corn starch
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon coconut extract
  • 1 12 oz tin raspberry pie filling
  • 4 cups coconut
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish
  • 10 inch spring pan

Instructions

Turn on the Baking Oven of your AGA Total Control.  Coat spring pan with light coating of Crisco or equivalent.  Beat eggs until fluffy, add sugar and continue to beat.  Add cottage cheese, cream cheese, sour cream and extract one ingredient at a time being sure to beat after each addition.  Add corn starch and lemon juice. Mix well.  Then, fold in coconut.

Pour batter into spring pan. Spoon 6 dollops of raspberry filling on top of cheese cake batter. Swirl in with a knife tip.  Bake on the floor of the Baking Oven for about 1 ½ hours, until the top is lightly brown and there is a crack in the cake.  Cool at room temperature for about 2 hours and then chill.

Garnish each slice with fresh raspberries upon serving.  This Coconut Raspberry Cheesecake recipe is sure to delight and can be served for any occasion!

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KBIS 2016 Recap – AGA Ranges

It was a whirlwind week at KBIS 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada, as we shared with the masses the 2016 launch of several new AGA ranges!  The reception of our booth was extraordinary as we didn’t have a moment of downtime the entire three-day show.  Whether prompting media attention for the Mercury range or enjoying delicious foods cooked on the AGA cast iron 7-oven range, it was obvious AGA ranges were a huge hit!  Enjoy reading our KBIS 2016 Recap – AGA Ranges below and be sure to click on the various links to read the full article reviews.

KBIS 2016 Recap – AGA Ranges

First Impressions – AGA Mercury Range from Reviewed.com

48" AGA Mercury Range with Induction Top in White

Photo Credit: Reviewed.com / Ben Keough

“This British luxury range is unlike anything else you can buy.” Keith Barry

The AGA Mercury received quite the attention at this year’s show!  We were elated with its reception and greatly appreciated the feedback from those who attended.  The Mercury boasts an extra-large five-burner induction cooktop as well as a powerful five-burner gas cooktop.  The design style is in a league of its own while the luxury range exhibits requisite precision.  Here is a sampling of what Reviewed.com had to say:

 

For now, though, just feast your eyes on these gorgeous ranges. Up top, you’ve got your choice of a massive, five-burner induction cooktop or gas burners. Down below, there are three ovens: a multi-function oven with convection and customizable burners, a large oven that can fit a 25 lb. turkey, and a pull-out grill for everything from toast to steak tips.

Every door on this UK-built range opened with the heft of a luxury car, and the dials and knobs all turned with exquisite precision. Even without any food on it, getting some hands-on time with the Mercury at Design and Construction Week was a joy.

 

First Look – AGA Professional Range from Reviewed.com

“If there’s such a thing as value in luxury goods, this AGA is it.” Keith Barry

Our new line of AGA Professional Ranges gives the luxury market just what they’ve been asking for from AGA.  Ranges to suAGA Professional Ranges in 30 36 and 48 widthsite the replacement market now available in 30″, 36″ and 48″ sizes.  The AGA Professional line offers traditional Pro style and power in gorgeous stainless steel.  Functionality such as RapidBake Convection™, True Dual Flame™ double ring brass burners and Cool Flow™ Range Top Technology set these new ranges apart from the rest.  Here is a sampling of what Reviewed.com had to say:

 

 

 

On specs alone, the 36-inch AGA appears to provide impressive internal competition. Both appliances have 4.9-cu.-ft. ovens, both offer self-cleaning, and both boast industrial designs. The Viking has six burners with one that tops out at 18,500 BTU, plus multiple 15,000 BTU burners. The 36-inch AGA has five burners and maxes at 17,500 with a few lower-powered ones. Both have convection, but Viking has a proprietary single-fan version while AGA has two fans.

Feel the Burn: AGA Introduces a 48″ Induction Cooktop from Digital Trends

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Photo Credit: Digital Trends / Jenny McGrath

In addition to the Mercury range that captivated the masses, the 7-oven AGA Cast Iron Range in Aqua made quite the headlines!  Unveiling our “Build Your Own AGA” concept the cast iron AGA range boasts amazing colors, cooktop choices and integrated solutions so you may create the AGA which suites your lifestyle, cooking needs and kitchen space.  Here is a sampling of what Jenny McGrath from Digital Trends had to say:

 

 

 

 

Invented by a Nobel Prize-winning physicist and coming in colors like rose, lemon, and pistachio, AGA cast iron ranges are definitely eye-catching. The luxury brand was at the 2016 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas this week, along with a couple new offerings.

We enjoyed bringing you this fun snapshot of KBIS 2016 Recap – AGA Ranges.  Be sure to stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Houzz for all the latest design trends and product launches!