Archive for the ‘As Seen on TV’ Category
BLANCO, Poggenpohl and Silestone kicked off the New York Architectural Digest Home Design Show festivities last week, with a farm-to-table brunch featuring “The new neutrals” in kitchen design. 50 writers and editors, including bloggers from the Modenus BlogTourNYC, attended the event held in Poggenpohl’s Park Avenue showroom. BLANCO launched the architectural MODEX sink in a new SILGRANIT II CINDER color noting that today’s neutrals combine grey, black and brown tones. Silestone also confirmed the demand for updated neutrals and offered that textured patterns add dimension, while Poggenpohl’s latest finishes included warm wood veneers in ash for a transitional look. For a short video of the event, click on the image below.
BLANCO recently launched two new how-to videos with valuable information on how to clean and care for a stainless steel sink as well as a new video on how to “green” your kitchen.
The stainless steel cleaning video can be found on blancoamerica.com and offers helpful tips on what cleaners to use and how to clean a sink to maintain its finish long term. Follow the link above or click on the image below to watch. There are two videos on this page – one on how to select a stainless steel sink and one on how to care for it after purchase.
The “How to Green your Kitchen” video can also be found on blancoamerica.com and offers valuable advice on how to select green products for your kitchen. The video can be launched by clicking on the link above or on the image below to be directed to our sustainability statement. We hope you enjoy our latest videos!
BLANCO showcased our latest products at LivingKitchen last week in Cologne, Germany. To see all the products and activities from the show, please view the short video below. Our thanks to the Modenus BlogTour and the BLANCO U.S. and Canadian Design Councils for making this trip a memorable experience!
Thank you Courtney Price Design for contributing photos to this video.
BLANCO has launched a new video called, “how to green your kitchen” with facts on how to buy from environmentally friendly companies, making space for composting, recycling tips, buying a high performance water saving faucet and more. Check out the video on www.blancoamerica.com today by click on the image below!
Licensed contractor James Young redesigns a classic Victorian kitchen on DIY’s “I Hate My Kitchen”. Home owners Keith and Elena bought their old 1970’s home as a project which they renovated themselves and transformed into a beautiful living space. The only thing that is holding them back is their kitchen! It is the first time on the show that James has seen a couple that hasn’t even moved in and already hates their kitchen. Keith and Elena hate their kitchen so much that it makes them angry! Luckily, the kitchen not only had a lot of space but it had a lot of potential. With a budget of twenty-five grand this project seemed questionable. “The Hate just keeps disappearing” as James beautifies the kitchen with a Grace BLANCO pot filler above stove top, BLANCO Precision 16″ triple sink and Master Gourmet professional BLANCO faucet! The BLANCO sink solved their functionality issue and utilized the kitchen space perfectly. Elena was delighted with her new sink because it was exactly what she wanted. Now she can prepare and clean all in one space with no hassle. Finally, Keith and Elena came out with an elegant Victorian kitchen that surpassed their expectations. Another “I hate my Kitchen” success story featuring BLANCO!
On the DIY network’s, I Hate my Kitchen, licensed contractor James Young seeks to help Kate and Emmett, a young couple who love to entertain their friends and family. However, their kitchen is noticeably a “hot mess” as James puts it. The couple wants to completely re-do their old and outdated kitchen to fit into the modern, contemporary feel of the rest of their home. After days of hard work, new countertops, cabinets, tiles and beautiful stainless steel appliances, the kitchen is transformed into a sleek and modern masterpiece. Kate enthusiastically announces, “we are beyond excited about it,” as she glances around the room smiling. Looking at the before and after pictures, you would never know it was the same kitchen. The couple is now ready to show it all off!
BLANCO has launched a new how-to video section on their website designed to assist consumers with the most frequently asked questions about sinks and faucets including 1) How to clean a SILGRANIT II sink 2) How to change a ceramic disk cartridge and 3) How to select a stainless steel sink. These short how-to videos offer expert tips and advice from purchasing a sink or faucet to maintaining one for the long term. Look for more videos (on topics such as how to buy a faucet or how to green your kitchen) as BLANCO plans to update this help channel with new videos ongoing.
DIY Network House Crashers’ professional contractor Josh Temple is in Cleveland Ohio in search of a challenging renovation project. At the local Lowe’s he finds his target couple Rachel and Tim. They want to turn their old Polish butcher shop into a modern sophisticated living space while keeping its historic influence in mind. In their old living space they barely had a kitchenette that could be used to prepare a meal. Their whole space was falling apart and couldn’t be used to entertain. With the help of House Crashers they were able to completely turn an old butcher shop into an elegant and modern space. Josh Temple mentioned that this was one of his biggest projects, which we can see with the drastic change of the one hundred year old building. The kitchenette received a facelift with a new eye-catching BLANCO sink and faucet. Rachel and Tim were excited to do the renovation and you can see how happy they are with the result.
From Marjorie Poore Productions comes Hubert Keller: Secrets of a Chef, an exciting cooking series featuring one of America’s top celebrities in the cooking world: star chef Hubert Keller. His extraordinary on-air charisma and charm is matched only by the mouth-watering recipes that keeps viewers salivating and coming back for more, week after week. Secrets of a Chef is recorded in Las Vegas on set with segments recorded at his restaurants, the Burger Bar and Fleur at Mandalay Bay. You may have also seen him on an episode of Bravo’s Top Chef.
This season, Keller filmed in a new set (custom designed and built by Wood-Mode) completely outfitted with BLANCO MicroEdge technology and professional series faucets.
The following shows images from a recent episode on how to create a perfect Beef Wellington. For more, visit http://www.pbs.org/ for showtimes. The secret Beef Wellington recipe is also below.
Makes 1 8” Beef Wellington
1 beef tenderloin, 8” long, center cut, trimmed of fat
1 teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon pepper
7 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 cups shiitake mushrooms, cut into quarters
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon pepper
¼ cup water
1 ½ cups shallots, finely chopped
1 teaspoon water
2 large sheets puff pastry
- Preheat oven to 425°F.
- Using string or butcher’s twine, tightly wrap around the tenderloin in 5 places and tie, cut off excess string.
- Season both sides of tenderloin with 1 teaspoon salt and ½ teaspoon pepper.
- In a 12” skillet, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil on high heat until oil is smoking. Add tenderloin and sear on all sides until browned.
- Remove pan from stove and place in preheated oven for 15 minutes.
- Remove tenderloin from oven, cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate until completely cool.
- In another 12” skillet, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Add the mushrooms and season with ½ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper. Cook 2 minutes, or until softened.
- Add the water, and cook 2-3 more minutes, or until mushrooms are tender.
- In a small sauté pan, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over high heat. Add shallots and cook 2-3 minutes, or until translucent.
- In the large workbowl of a food processor, pulse the mushrooms 5-6 times, or until they are coarsely chopped. Add the shallots and pulse 3-4 more times to mix the duxelle.
- Remove duxelle from the food processor, wrap with plastic, and refrigerate until cool.
- Once cool, remove tenderloin and duxelle from refrigerator. With a wet cloth, dampen your work surface, and lay out a large sheet of plastic wrap.
- Spread the duxelle out in a rectangle on top of the plastic wrap, large enough to cover the entire tenderloin.
- With scissors or a sharp knife, remove the twine from the tenderloin and carefully place it on top of the duxelle.
- Using the edges of the plastic, roll the tenderloin up in the mushroom mixture, and tie the ends of the plastic so that it is wrapped tightly. Place in refrigerator for 10 to 15 minutes, or overnight.
- In a small bowl, whisk the eggs with the teaspoon of water.
- Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Place 1 sheet of puff pastry on a greased baking sheet. Brush generously with egg wash.
- Remove the tenderloin from the refrigerator and carefully remove the plastic wrap. Carefully place the mushroom-coated tenderloin in the center of the sheet of puff pastry.
- Place the second sheet of puff pastry on top of the tenderloin, and press down around the edges to seal the dough around the steak.
- Brush the top of the wellington generously with more egg wash, and cut off excess puff pastry, leaving a 1”-1 ½” border around the steak.
- Bake in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving.
- If one end of your tenderloin is thinner than the rest, fold the end under when you tie the steak so that the entire tenderloin is the same thickness.
- It is important to prebake the tenderloin for 15 minutes, because the puff pastry would get too dark if you tried to cook the entire tenderloin after having wrapped it.
- When you spread the duxelle on the plastic wrap, use a piece of twine to measure the steaks length and width, so that you know how big of a rectangle to make the mushroom mixture.
- To decorate your Wellington, use cookie cutters to cut shapes out of the excess puff pastry dough, and stick these to your Wellington with egg wash
Any Lucky Day is giving away a BLANCO SILGRANIT® II Diamond™ Double Sink and you can win! Visit http://anyluckyday.com/promo/82/blanco-america to enter. Contest ends September 2nd. Any Lucky Day conducted some pretty tough scratch and dent tests on the Diamond sink to demonstrate SILGRANIT II’s incredible resistance to stains, scratches and chips. Watch the demo and enter to win! To learn more about the durability and lasting beauty of SILGRANIT II sinks, visit www.blancoamerica.com.