classique vs. traditional

One of the most popular questions the sales team addresses is the difference between the Classique and Traditional stove top configuration.

On the Classique stove top, the large 18,000 BTU burner will sit below a standard cast iron grate, similar in style to each of the other smaller burners.

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table spread

New York is full of beautiful displays of decadent pastries everywhere you turn!

The only challenge for arranging our party table display was deciding which sweet treats to serve amongst the endless bounty of desserts available in the big city. Cupcakes are my personal pick for prettiest go-to ornament, but anything sweet can make the perfect table decoration. We decided that our main displays for our recent celebration would be cakes from the French Ceci-Cela Bakery and cheese from Murray’s.

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travels

Our sales team has had a busy couple of weeks in the month of May!
We attended the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas and celebrated the grand opening of our petite showroom in New York City.

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dinner party workshop

A good dinner party is a true art, a process that highlights the host’s unique talents in cooking a great meal, creating a warm atmosphere, and celebrating the comforts of home.

The key to providing the ceremony of a meal amongst friends and family is an organized host. The host needs not to be the most versatile chef, they simply need a plan to make a scrumptious meal that they can prepare and share with ease.
Art Culinaire’s dinner party workshop showed participants how to create an epic, simple meal in just an hour and a half.

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soups and sauces

Soups and Sauces

Ingredients

  • 2 28oz cans of Whole Peeled Tomatoes
  • 2 6oz cans of Tomato Paste
  • 6 Cloves Garlic
  • 1 cup Chopped Onion
  • 1 teaspoon Italian Seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Salt
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1lb Ground Beef or Lamb
  • 1lb Ground Italian Sausage
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 tablespoon Italian Seasoning
  • Garlic Salt
  • Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 cup Chopped Onion
  • 3-6 Cloves Minced Garlic

Directions

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Step 1
Blend one 28 oz can of whole peeled tomatoes with one 6 oz can of tomato paste and 3 cloves of garlic at a time. Add to sauce pot, cover, and cook on medium low heat for two hours stirring every 10 – 20 minutes. After the first two hours reduce heat to low. Remove lid two hours before serving to let excess moisture evaporate.
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Step 2
Combine all ingredients in a mixing bowl. Form golf-ball-sized meatballs out of the mixture and place in a frying pan on medium heat. Brown the meatballs, rotating them frequently. Place meatballs in the marinara and allow at least two hours in the sauce on low heat for the meatballs to finish cooking.

We put our in-house Cluny to work for our Soups and Sauces event this Saturday. All 4 burners and the entire surface of the french plate was in full use, as we showcased the art of the long simmer with a hearty marinara and classic chicken noodle. Our regular burners provided the space for boiling water for pasta and the makings for a thick cream of broccoli.

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dinner party

One of our Lacanche ambassadors was kind enough to host a dinner party with our East Coast Sales Manager, Elisa. The occasion was called for so Elisa could spend some quality time preparing a meal on a Cluny 1400, in order to express to her clients the true experience of cooking with Lacanche.

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cooking on the french plate

This week I hosted an afternoon late lunch meeting with a client who was deciding between the Classique vs. Traditional Cluny. I decided that a good pot of chicken soup would help her decide whether or not the Traditional French Plate was complementary to her cooking style.

I shopped for some fresh veggies and herbs (soup staples: carrots, celery, onion along with my favorite flavor boosters for chicken soup: thyme and Italian parsley) and chopped them prior to her arrival.

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Crepes and the Traditional Plate Cover

One of Lacanche’s favorite chefs, Keith Snow (of Harvest Eating) gives the lowdown on how to make delicious crepes with a creme topping drizzled with fresh honey. Check out those blackberries!

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