BlueStar Goes to Arch Digest Home Design Show 2014

kim lewisLast week marked our second year at the Architectural Digest Home Design Show in New York City.  For four days interior designers, architects, press, dealers, distributors and consumers were exposed to the latest trends, technologies, and new products from hundreds of exhibitors.  We were so thrilled to be a part of such an incredible show, and are already looking forward to 2015!  This year, our booth was designed by the incomparable Kim Lewis, of Kim Lewis Designs and lead designer on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition.  Kim was also on hand to share some of the latest kitchen design trends.

BLOG_CHEFSAt the show we launched our new Electric Wall Oven, which offers the performance, capacity and customization capabilities of the iconic BlueStar® oven, now available for the first time in electric.  Professional-level performance features include 12 cooking modes with convection, unmatched oven capacity, infrared broiler, precision temperature probe plus built-in, temperature-controlled artisan baking stone; plus your choice of 750 colors and finishes, and French or drop down doors.  Our All Star Chefs, Zoë François, Suvir Saran and Aliyyah Baylor were on hand to make some incredible creations in the new Electric Wall Oven. Chef François and Saran dished out custom pizzas on the built-in artisan baking stone with a dough recipe from François’ latest book, The NEW Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day.  Chef Baylor made some incredible cupcakes and even taught onlookers how to expertly frost.

BLOG_PLATINUMAlso on exhibit was our new Platinum™ Series, the ultimate in luxury cooking performance.  With revolutionary new features including 25,000 BTU burners, an interchangeable griddle and an innovative PowR™ oven plus a re-imagined design, the Platinum™ Series offers incomparable power and performance for discerning home chefs who demand restaurant-quality results.  To add a bit of fashion runway flair, it was decked out in the Pantone® 2014 Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid.

BLOG_INFCOPPWe rounded out the booth with our iconic freestanding ranges.  Our RNB line provides the performance and power of gas ranges typically found in professional kitchens, with 22,000 BTU burners for high heat searing and a 130° simmer burner.  The 24″ RNB, perfect for any New York apartment, was shown in our Textures Line, recently named a Most Innovative Product for 2014 by K+BB.  The 48″ RNB in Infused Copper with matching hood showed off one of the biggest design trend, metallic. Click here to see more pictures from the show.

BlueStar at the 2014 Architectural Digest Home Design Show

The 13th annual Architectural Digest Home Design Show celebrates design at North America’s Premier Design Show for the luxury market.  See thousands of products from more than 300 brands, and be inspired by seminars offered by leading talent from the world of design.  BlueStar will be hosting culinary demonstrations, designer trend presentations and previewing some amazing new products.  See a full schedule of events below and stop by Booth #477.

Architectural Digest Home Design Show

Pier 94

55th Street at 12th Avenue, New York City, NY

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Thursday, March 20th*

  • Culinary Demonstrations and New Product Previews featuring Chefs Zoë François & Suvir Saran at 11:45 am & 1:15 pm
  • 2014 Design Trends Presentation featuring Designer Kim Lewis at 1:00 pm & 3:00 pm
  • Special Events Cocktail Party: Culinary Demos, Design Trends & New Product Previews from 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Friday, March 21st

  • Culinary Demonstrations and New Product Previews featuring Chefs Zoë François & Suvir Saran at 12:00 pm
  • 2014 Design Trends Presentation featuring Designer Kim Lewis at 12:00 pm

Saturday, March 22nd

  •  Culinary Demonstrations and New Product Previews featuring Chef Aliyyah Baylor at 12:00 pm & 2:30 pm

* Some events limited to trade and press only

Holiday Favorites from BlueStar All Stars: Chef Zoë François’ Ice Box Cake

Just in time for holiday gatherings, here is a favorite recipe of Chef Zoë François, a master baker whose motto is “Eat Dessert First” (we at BlueStar approve of this life philosophy!).  Zoë plays with sugar on her blog at www.zoebakes.com (check it out to see the most amazing step-by-step recipes such as the one below).  She is also the co-author of the best selling bread books: The NEW Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day and Artisan Pizza and Flatbread in Five Minutes a Day and is a frequent contributor to Cooking Channel, Fine Cooking, Disney, Easy Eats, Mother Earth News and Cooking Club magazines.

We are going to be giving away Zoë’s new cookbook on our Facebook page – so be sure to Like the post to enter and win.

Name:  Zoë François

Favorite Holiday Recipe: Chocolate Caramel Ice Box Cake

Why this is a favorite holiday recipe: The cake is absolutely delicious and equally as stunning to present at a holiday party.

How your BlueStar range / oven helps make it perfect: You can cook the caramel quickly with a very hot flame.  Allowing the flame to heat the pan, even on the sides will help prevent it from crystallizing.

Recipe: Chocolate Caramel Icebox Cake (Makes: 12 servings)

Homemade Chocolate Wafer Cookies:

  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar, well packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup cocoa powder (Dutch processed)
  • 1/2 teapsoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup milk

Caramel Whip Cream:

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 teaspoon corn syrup
  • 3 cups heavy whipping cream

To make the caramel whip cream:

  • In a large saucepan put the sugar in a mound in the center of the pan, be sure it doesn’t hit the sides.  Gently add the water and corn syrup, making sure the sugar doesn’t splash up on the sides of the pan.
  • If any sugar is not dissolved, very gently stir, but make sure none of the sugar hits the sides of the pan.  (All of this care to keep the sugar off the side of the pan will prevent your sugar from crystallizing while it cooks.)  Cook over high heat, without stirring.
  • When the sugar starts to color on the edges, gently stir the sugar.
  • Until it is quite dark, it will smoke a bit.  I like my caramel very dark, with an almost bitter edge.
  • Once the caramel is dark in color, reduce the heat and add half the cream.  The caramel will sputter and seize up, which is normal.  Gently whisk the caramel until the caramelized sugar dissolves.  Add the remaining cream and stir.
  • Strain the caramel cream into a shallow container.  Cover and refrigerate until well chilled, at least an hour.  Can be made the day ahead.

To make the chocolate wafer cookies:

  • Cream together the butter, sugar, brown sugar and vanilla until light, about 2 minutes.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, cocoa powder, baking soda and salt.  Add the dry ingredients to the butter mixture and mix just to combine.  Add the milk and mix just to combined.
  • Form the dough into two 1 1/2-inch-thick logs.  Wrap well in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  • To bake: Preheat oven to 350° F and line 2 baking sheets with parchment.  Slice the log of cookie dough into 1/8-inch-thick coins.
  • Arrange on the cookie sheets with about 1 1/2 inches between the cookies.  Bake for 8 minutes and then rotate the trays back to front and switch from top to bottom racks.  Bake for another 2 minutes or until they are dry looking and firm.  Because the cookies are dark, you can’t go by color on these.  Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.
  • Line an 8 x 4-inch loaf pan with plastic wrap, set aside.
  • Using a whisk or stand mixer whip 2/3 of the chilled caramel cream until soft peaks.  Be sure not to whip the cream in a plastic bowl or it may not whip properly.  Reserve the remaining 1/3 of the cream for topping the cake.  The best way to whip cream is to do it on a lower speed for a longer time.  If you whip the cream on medium-high, instead of high, you will have a smaller air bubble and the cream will have more stability.  This will also prevent some over whipping.
  • Coat the bottom of the prepared pan with about a 1/4-inch-thick layer of the cream.  Line the outside of the pan with the cookies.
  • Spread a layer of the cream on each cookie and layer them together in the pan.

 

You should end up with about 3 rows of cookies and cream.  This may vary slightly depending on how large your cookies are.

Cover the top with more of the cream, so the cookies are completely covered.  Refrigerate the cake for at least 3 hours or overnight.

 

 

 

Invert the cake onto a serving platter.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Whip the remaining 1/3 of the cream and decorate the cake as you wish.