Measure of Her Powers

A chat with Jackie Kai Ellis

In my line of work I get to visit amazing people, their gastronomical world, passions, homes, and of course their Lacanche experience.

Recently I traveled to France to meet writer, pastry chef, and designer Jackie Kai Ellis at her Parisian home. After reading her touching memoir and following her beautiful feeds on Instagram, I was excited to meet her in person. On a sunny afternoon we gathered in her kitchen for some cooking, chatting, and eating her exceptional pasta dish on the balcony.

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Ackerman Heritage House

The absolutely stunning Ackerman Heritage House in the Napa Valley was built in 1888 in downtown Napa by famous Bay Area Architect Luther Turton. After a history of being owned and occupied by multiple families, this 130-year-old Victorian mansion was purchased by Lauren Ackerman, who also owns Ackerman Family Vineyards, in 2010. You can read more about the home’s history here.

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A Lacanche Owner’s Visit to Burgundy

Lacanche owner Kerry Valentine recently traveled to France with a couple of friends for a tour of art, wine and food. The trip began in Provence, where they spent two days in the Avignon area, visiting Arles for the Van Gogh walk and then wine tasting in the Cote du Rhone region with transplanted American winemaker Douglas Graves of “Tours du Rhone.” Doug shares the scenic views and the history of the area, all while taking his guests wine tasting.

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Cleaning Your Range

When cleaning your range, it is actually possible to remove many of the parts and place them in the dishwasher for cleaning. See video below. If you have any questions regarding the cleaning or care of your range, please don’t hesitate to call our Customer Care department at 425-481-8850. You may also view cleaning instructions HERE.

PLEASE NOTE: YOU SHOULD NEVER USE CLEANING PRODUCTS CONTAINING BLEACH, AS THEY WILL DISCOLOR THE METALS ON YOUR RANGE!

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Lacanche Multi Cooker

For some people, the Multi Cooker is an essential cooktop feature for cooking dainty dumplings, poached pears, fork-tender fish and more. This healthy cooking method is versatile for steaming, double baths, boiling, reheating, etc. Once people begin to use it they find all sorts of uses that compliments their cooking style. The Lacanche Multi Cooker is a multi-use cooking tool that allows cooking of all kinds of food through three differing cooking functions.

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Cluny or Chagny – How do I choose?

Many people who are in the decision making phase of purchasing their Lacanche range ask themselves, “Cluny or Chagny – how do I choose?” All of the Lacanche ranges are very modular and are built out of the same components (aka either the Cluny-sized oven or the Sully-sized oven as the base), with the Cluny and Chagny being essentially the same range, but with one slight variance… 

In a nutshell, the Chagny is indeed the sister of the Cluny oven, however they have removed the left-side storage drawer on the Chagny, dropped the main oven down and added the petite broiling oven over top of the main oven. The petite broiling oven is a low-profile, full temperature oven which is ideal for both broiling and for low-profile items (like pizza). Otherwise, both the Cluny and Chagny have the same cooktop and are the same, overall dimensions.

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A New Hampshire Farmhouse Renovation

Photographer and blogger Sarah Kenney renovated a farmhouse in New Hampshire that was built in 1828 and owned by Governor Nehemiah Ordway from 1875 to 1907. The home is on the National Registry of Historic Places and Sarah and her husband have undertaken a loving restoration of the old homestead.

At the center of this renovation was the complete remodeling of her kitchen. She chose her Lacanche Cluny in Frangipane, and it fits in perfectly with all the warm and welcoming touches she has curated in her spacious kitchen.

When speaking about the importance of cooking in her home, she says, “our family is always talking about food, eating new foods, and camped out in the kitchen learning how to prepare many of these foods. Whether it be gumbo from Louisiana, soba noodles in Japan, biscuits in the Midwest, creamy fudge in the North, or clam chowder in the Northeast, we love it all~ and want to try recreating it all!”

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French Country Cottage

Courtney Allison is a freelance photographer and stylist for magazines and brands who recently finished her first book. Regarding her design aesthetic, she says, “I think if you walk into a room and see a room filled with treasures, memories, and things you love and they make you happy-  it’s perfect.” Her Instagram account has 156,000 followers (including all of us at Art Culinaire!) and she frequently features her Vert Silice Cluny Classique in her photography. Her amazing floral arrangements and penchant for a style that is a bit shabby / French country / cottage all beautifully mixed together make her online content absolutely stunning.

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A Well-Traveled Baker

Normally I would write an introduction to this blog post about yet another wonderful Lacanche owner who we are thrilled to have in our family, but Ellen Hall Saunders is a fantastic writer, and I just could not introduce her any better than she has done herself. For more of Ellen’s writing, please visit her blog here: http://www.ellenhallsaunders.com/

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The Cook’s Atelier Book Signing in NYC

The Cook’s Atelier is housed in a 17th Century building in the heart Beaune, France and is an amazing place for lovers of all things culinary and especially the aesthetically beautiful. People travel from all over to learn to cook from these two amazing chefs, who happen to be mother and daughter. Marjorie and Kendall are Americans who followed their dreams and moved their families to the idyllic Burgundy wine country, where they teach, cook, dine and share quaffable wines with locals and foreigners alike. Oh, and did we mention the cooking classes take place on a Lacanche Sully range?

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