Concoct Culinary Masterpieces with the New LG Kitchen!
They say that the kitchen is the heart of the home. It’s very true, in fact, it’s one of our most favourite places in our home and we spend a lot of time in it. One thing is for sure, not only meals but, memories are made in this space. That is why you need a kitchen that is not only efficient but, one that has style in mind never hurts either.
The new LG Kitchen in Black Stainless Steel does both and helps you to make meals for everyone you love efficiently. Whether you are tackling a sink full of dishes or trying to keep your meal plan on track, the LG Kitchen will help you to cook like a pro at home. All while looking sleek, clean, and beautiful.
I had the chance to go to an LG Kitchen demo and play around with the new LG Black Stainless Steel series. It’s a beautiful dark-tinted stainless steel and features a satin-smooth finish for a modern design. Let me tell you, I fell in love. Not only is it gorgeous in my books but, the series has so many features that make it efficient too. Plus, the prices are very affordable for the quality that you get.
The #LGKitchen Event!
Last month, LG invited a group of influencers and journalists to Toronto to experience the LG LG black stainless steel series. They had the opportunity to become sous-chefs with Chef Chuck Hughes and they made an array of delicious recipes. I had the pleasure of chatting it up with Chuck and he said that he wanted to make recipes that would be enjoyed by all.
Chef Chuck was no stranger to the new LG Kitchen as he has it at home and it is no surprise that the oven is one of his most used appliances. LG’s innovative ProBake Convection™ technology is typically found in commercial-grade ovens. The new LG range moved the main heating element from the bottom of the oven to the back wall and added a multi-speed fan for optimal heat distribution. To me, it really says something if a professional chef cooks on it at home himself.
Am I right?
The LG Kitchen Black Stainless Steel Series is not only beautiful but highly efficient. This set includes the InstaView™ Door-in-Door® Refrigerator, , the LG Electric Range with EasyClean® and ProBake Convection™, Top Control Dishwasher with QuadWash™, and the largest capacity, LG Over-the-Range Microwave with 2nd Generation Slide-Out ExtendaVent™. Where most over-the-range microwaves only cover the rear of the cooktop, this model provides powerful ventilation over the entire cooktop, back to front. If you read my post about style and trends with Jane Lockhart, you can get all of the details there!
How Does Chuck Like It?
I was eager to discover what his thoughts on the LG Black Stainless Steel series were. He said that he loves the InstaView™ (a Door-in-Door fridge) because you can keep the fridge closed at all times. All you have to do is knock twice, and immediately you can see what’s inside.
Chuck says that it’s great for kids because it’s like they have their very own little section in the fridge. They don’t have to open the door to see what’s inside. When my kids tried it, they loved it! Not to mention, it’s fingerprint proof. That alone with kids is a feat in itself. The stainless steel is coated with a darker hue and topped with a protective coating, the LG Black Stainless Steel Series makes every appliance fingerprint and smudge resistant. A dry cloth is all it takes to get it shining again!
The oven is in itself incredibly efficient. The LG ProBake Convection™ delivers even cooking, even faster. The 6.3 cu. ft. oven capacity gives you more space and gives you the flexibility to cook more dishes and larger platters at the same time.
Inspired by his recent trip to PEI, he brought back some tasty flavour inspiration. Since he was in PEI, he had a lot of chowders and with every bowl, he had a biscuit. So, he wanted to recreate that and made a scone biscuit with a sweet and tangy tomato-onion jam. But, instead of going the savoury route, he went sweet. Kind of like Old Quebec grandfathers used to make. After that, he served it canape style.
For dessert, he chose mini cinnamon buns. Definitely a guest favourite but, with a twist with vanilla crème Fraiche on top instead of a traditional glaze.
Make It Easy!
For the main entree, he chose a recipe that can be prepared in one-pot. His goal was to make a recipe that was wholesome and easy to recreate at home. The roasted chicken thighs with fresh tomato and black olives looked absolutely delectable and were done in less than a half hour.
He gathered all of the guests together and they started preparing! First thing is first, he started on the stovetop by searing the chicken in olive oil and adding shallots, garlic, olives, caper, fresh tomato and herbs. Then moved it into the convection oven to finish.
After that, he plated it up with fresh basil, finished with sea salt, and lemon zest. He even suggested that you can switch it up and add some of his hot pepper spread from his line to give it some zing!
Roasted Chicken Thighs with Fresh Tomato & Olives
- 1 bunch of fresh basil
- 1 bulb of garlic
- 1 handful of black olives
- 4 free-range chicken legs thighs & drumsticks attached
- 3 large very ripe tomatoes (about 1 1/2lbs.)
- 2 shallots roughly chopped
- 2 tsp. small capers
- Olive oil
- 1-2 tsp. red pepper spread
- Preheat the oven to 375F. Using a cast iron roaster, big enough to fit all the chicken in one layer.
- Pick the basil leaves, break the bulb of garlic into cloves leaving them unpeeled and then destone the olives.
- In the cast iron roaster, pile all the vegetables, garlic and herbs into the middle and drizzle with high quality olive oil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
- Place the chicken thighs on top of vegetables, drizzle with good quality olive oil and season well with salt and fresh ground black pepper. Bake in the oven, turning the chicken after 30 minutes.
- After 30 minutes check for doneness. To finish, place under the broiler to brown the chicken. Serve with Crusty Bread & Aioli
Checking for doneness
- Jiggle the leg- if it is loose it is done. Ensure juices run clear or insert thermometer into the fattest part of the leg. It should register 165.
SERVE WITH AIOLI
- 1 egg
- 1/2 lemon juiced
- 1-4cloves garlic (depending upon their size and how strong you want it)
- Extra virgin olive oil or sunflower or milder flavored olive oil- see notes below.
- Salt to taste
- Mince the garlic. Add 1 egg, a dash of salt and a squirt of lemon juice into a mixing container for a hand held blender. Add a dash of your oil of choice.
- Start blending the mix as you SLOWLY and continuously pour in a thin stream of oil. The emulsion will start to form and will thicken as you add in more oil.
- When the aioli is thick enough, stop blending, and taste the aioli for necessary adjustments.
- Add in more garlic, lemon juice and/or salt to suit your taste.
Step Outside of the Box!
Amongst making a one-pot chicken dish and trying other yummy recipes, Chef Chuck showed guests in attendance to do a couple things that they may have never thought they could do. For example, he mentions that while cooking can be spontaneous, it does require steps. That’s why making your own mayo is incredibly easy and you may not even know it.
Though cooking is all about technique, it doesn’t have to be complicated. You can make your very own mayo in minutes and all by hand! He said to have fun in the kitchen but, follow the steps to make it a hit.
The also shucked oysters, which isn’t difficult but, most people have never done. Not to mention, they learned how to pickle too! Overall, it was a great workshop where they learned to try new things and step out of their comfort zone. Plus, it was a good excuse to cook easy and fun recipes that bring people together.
Make the Space Yours!
That is one of the things that I love about the LG kitchen. It unites form and function to create efficient, yet beautiful spaces, elevating the culinary experience and using the latest technology to consistently deliver the results you want.
Small things like having that extra hot rear element, 3-rack dishwasher or being able to make sure that your overhead vent captures all the steam while you cook (since it pulls out and extends) is amazing. LG kitchen appliances enable you to be the master of your own space. Whether you are a home cook or pro cook. Their form and function allow you to simultaneously cook and entertain with ease, all within a modern, stylish aesthetic.
What’s better than that?
After all, the kitchen is the heart of the home and when you are cooking efficiently, it gives you more time to spend with your loved ones. I say, bring on the meal plans and I’m looking at you, holiday season! If you´re more about vlogging for YouTube and love posting cooking videos, then you can easily increase YouTube video views for your next video.
Do you love to cook in your kitchen?
Let me know, til then–cheers m’deres!
Note: This post is sponsored by LG Canada. All thoughts and opinions are honest and my own. Photo Credit: Hamish Birt and Chef Chuck Hughes.
Nancy Polanco is a freelance journalist and editor of lifestyle blog Whispered Inspirations. A social media junkie, a travel-lover with insatiable wanderlust and an aficionado for fun gadgets, good eats, and entertainment. You can find her on Instagram and everywhere else under @WhispersInspire.