Welcome back, friends! It’s International SOUS VIDE WEEK and what better way to celebrate than with our friends at SIGNATURE KITCHEN SUITE and the DESIGNHOUNDS, for a little HANDS-ON learning and HOMEMADE LIMONCELLO to kick off DESIGNHOUNDS AT HOME.
DESIGNHOUNDS AT HOME KICK OFF EVENT
It’s a new year, and even though things are not what we would call, “back to normal” just yet, the interior design and construction industry has certainly “pivoted” and is moving forward with tremendous focus, energy, hope and promise. For us, we are poised for our best year ever.
One of the most surprising ways we have maintained momentum has been the way we now virtually gather and communicate. This week we celebrated good friends, our resilient design industry, our incredible brand partnerships, AND a great new way to gather.
Ever wonder why designers spend so much time and resources attending trade shows, visit showrooms and factories, and spend countless hours continuing their education, and why our brand relationships are our BIGGEST and most TREASURED ASSET; and why YOU (our clients) actually benefit the MOST?
The answer is pretty simple. Our clients TRUST US. There is no other way for my team to truly specify and recommend products to our clients unless we have either tried the product ourselves, or at the very least, have an in-depth up-to-date comprehensive knowledge and experience with the product, which includes understanding the manufacturers customer service and business practices.
This “knowledge” provides the end user, (our clients), with the best possible ability to make the most informed decision possible on product(s), and as a result, enables them to select the product that not only performs, but truly best suits their needs.
So, how do we have this “experience” in a current-and-post-pandemic world, where gathering and traveling to trade shows and show rooms is not possible?
WELCOME, Designhounds AT HOME.
WHAT IS DESIGNHOUNDS?
“Designhounds is the leading network of design micro-influencers and our mission is for our content creators to leverage their own industry connections and insights to produce consistently well-researched, meaningful content that reaches, informs and converts targeted audiences of design professionals and design savvy consumers alike.” – Courtesy, Designhounds.com
In the simplest terms, Designhounds is the leading industry resource and “people connector” for professional designers, design influencers, and the industry’s top leading luxury brands.
MEET OUR SPONSOR, SIGNATURE KITCHEN SUITE, AND SAY “HELLO” TO BUILT-IN SOUS VIDE COOKING
“With everything we create we demonstrate respect for food at every level. Delivering performance, design and precision, we honor the ones who are producing it, the ones preparing it, and most of all, the ones lucky enough to be enjoying it. This is how we stay True to Food. Signature Kitchen Suite embraces a new generation of forward-thinking cooks, combining their passion for food with their appreciation of innovation. We call them, Technicureans.™ And we are keeping them True to Food with the best built-in appliances, featuring leading-edge technology that provides more flexibility to prepare food in the best possible way.” – Courtesy of Signature Kitchen Suite
Friends, I can honestly say, it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4 on THIS gorgeous 48″ Dual Fuel Pro Range with integrated Sous Vide and Induction; but it’s even EASIER with the new ANOVA PRECISION COOKER:
- Prepare the water bath and set temp.
- Season your food item and vacuum seal.
- Place bag into prepared water bath set to desired time.
- Remove when done and (if desired) finish off with a high temp sear.
SO… WHAT IS SOUS VIDE, EXACTLY?
“French for “under-vacuum,” sous vide (sue-veed) is a cooking technique where food is vacuum sealed and then submerged in water and slow-cooked at a constant precise temperature until it’s perfectly cooked. Sous vide has been the go-to method in some of the world’s best restaurants for years—and for good reason: it brings food to the precise temperature chefs look for and delivers perfect doneness, edge-to-edge, every time. Thanks to innovative thinking, professional sous vide is now available to the home cook, bringing with it restaurant-worthy results to steaks, chicken, fish, eggs, vegetables, and much more.
Once limited to the pros, sous vide (pronounced sue-veed) is a cooking technique that utilizes precise temperature control to deliver consistent, restaurant-quality results. High-end restaurants have been using sous vide cooking for years to cook food to the exact level of doneness desired, every time. The technique recently became popular for home cooks with the availability of affordable and easy-to-use sous vide precision cooking equipment like the Anova Precision® Cooker.” – Courtesy, Anova Culinary
WHY SHOULD I COOK SOUS VIDE?
“Sous vide cooking utilizes precise temperature control with circulation to produce results that you can’t achieve through any other cooking technique. The reason–when using traditional methods of cooking, you don’t have control over heat and temperature. Consequently, it’s very difficult and time consuming to consistently cook great food. Food ends up overcooked on the outside, with only a small portion in the center that is cooked to the temperature you want. Food loses flavor, overcooks easily, and ends up with a dry, chewy texture.” – Courtesy, Anova Culinary
With precise temperature control in the kitchen, sous vide provides the following benefits (Courtesy of Anova Culinary):
Consistency. Because you cook your food to a precise temperature for a precise amount of time, you can expect very consistent results.
Taste. Food cooks in its juices. This ensures that the food is moist, juicy and tender.
Waste reduction. Traditionally prepared food dries out and results in waste. For example, on average, traditionally cooked steak loses up to 40% of its volume due to drying out. Steak cooked via precision cooking, loses none of its volume.
Flexibility. Traditional cooking can require your constant attention. Precision cooking brings food to an exact temperature and holds it. There is no worry about overcooking.
What a wonderful opportunity to be fully immersed and creatively introduced, (hands-on), to at-home professional quality sous vide cooking! Massive thanks to our Designhounds AT HOME brand sponsor, Signature Kitchen Suite, for the gorgeous gift box, which included the new ANOVO PRECISION COOKER.
Cooking sous vide with the Anovo Precision Cooker is surprisingly affordable, EASY to use, and it’s even easier to clean up!
Here’s the delicious recipe and steps to prepare the LIMONCELLO SPRITZER using the sous vide precision cooker! HUGE THANKS to Signature Kitchen Suite resident Chef Nick for the video cooking tips!
COOKING TIPS FROM CHEF NICK
Here’s two great tips for at home sous vide cooking:
- Place your bag UPRIGHT into a tall plastic container before adding the liquid. This keeps the liquid from spilling and keeps your hands free to continue the prep.
- Make sure to STRAIN your crafted limoncello VODKA after it cools to room temperature when pouring into the bottle for freezing. You can save and refrigerate the lemon peels and use as a garnish!
RECIPE FOR CHEF NICK’S CUSTOM SOUS VIDE LIMONCELLO COCKTAIL (PIN AND SHARE)
This week I had the great honor and pleasure of joining 49 of our industry’s top interior designers for this fun and informative event hosted by SIGNATURE KITCHEN SUITE and DESIGNHOUNDS AT HOME.
HUGE thanks to the entire team at DESIGNHOUNDS for developing THIS fabulous opportunity, and for their continued efforts and commitment to being one of our industry’s MOST important, inclusive, and influential leaders. THANK YOU for selecting ME to be a part of this awesome Friday night happy hour! I am tremendously grateful for the opportunity to learn, and bring my clients the very best products and knowledge available.
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Thanks for stopping by today, and we’ll see you next time.
Until that time, be well, be safe, and be kind.