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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Hot News

A little over ten years ago, I built my dream kitchen. It was my first home that I’d ever owned and I purposely bought an older home, knowing that I would gut and remodel the entire thing. The house had so many walls that you felt like a mouse in a maze just navigating from the front door to the master bedroom. The bathrooms were so small that you had to take a step back out the door just to change your mind.

The center of the house, of course, was the kitchen. And the center of the kitchen, of course, was the range – a Thermador range. It was the ONLY appliance in the home that I refused to scrimp on – no other brand  would – I practically built the kitchen around the Thermador, even making the contractor snake the proper gas and electrical lines an extra 3-inches so that the range could be placed exact center along the wall. When the kitchen lights were on “romantic evening moody dimmed mode” – two very soft overhead lights were pointed down at the Thermador. It was a shrine.

When Scott and I moved to Florida, we bought in a new community where all the homes were predesigned with choices of finishing touches to customize, like tile, carpet, countertops and cabinets. We had the kitchen built with no upgrades, thinking that one day we’d tear up the kitchen and build it the way that I wanted, which really was just a replication of the San Francisco kitchen.

But that “one day” never happened — something called “two kids” came back-to-back instead — and kitchen brands took a back seat to Fisher Price, Graco and Elmo. Thought these days, it’s more like Nerf, Star Wars and Legos.

Well, I’m happy to announce that the “one day” is finally here. I’m partnering with Thermador (my heart still pounds fast and furious every time I say that word!) for an entire year, developing recipes with their wonderful kitchen appliances.

I join friends Maria and Josh of Two Peas and Their Pod as part of the Thermador family.

So, that’s big news number one. The second big news is that instead of ripping out this kitchen, we’ll install a complete Thermador kitchen in our new home. Do you hear muffled screams? That’s me screaming all the excitement about our new home into a pillow because it’s not technically “ours” yet until the contract closes in a couple of months.

I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with a brand that I’ve loved for over ten years. I’m most excited about trying out Thermador’s newest product, the Steam and Convection Oven that cooks via steam only; steam + convection and convection only. It can cook a 14-pound turkey in 90 minutes, make steamed breads that are also perfectly browned via the convection and reheat foods without losing moisture.

See impressive Steam Oven video at bottom of product page.

Thermador has just relaunched their website – check out their really neat interactive videos that showcase their Masterpiece (sleek, modern design) and Professional (bold, industrial-inspired design) lines.



51 Responses to “Hot News”

  1. I’m SO happy for you Jaden!!!! Can’t wait to see pics of the final project but with your stellar tastes and eye for design, I’m sure everything will look stunning!

  2. Christienne — 3/22/11 @ 11:32 am

    I sooooooooooooooooooo thought the end of that story was going to be…. “and they’re giving a new kitchen to one of you”

    A girl can dream!!

  3. Cookin Canuck — 3/22/11 @ 11:39 am

    Congratulations, Jaden! That is going to be one gorgeous kitchen. (Can you hear the envy dripping from those words?) I’m looking forward to seeing pictures of the process.

  4. congrats Jaden. What more can one ask for?? You totally deserve that dream kitchen

  5. How exciting – congratulations! My very old electric stove is on the blitz and I really want to upgrade to gas (meaning I have to install a tank and gas lines first) so I’ll be checking out Thermador for sure!

  6. Melissa Crane — 3/22/11 @ 11:49 am

    Congrats Jaden! Like Dara, I’m practically turning green with jealousy :)

    Can’t wait to see photos and read all about the kitchen!

  7. Absolutely green with envy! Congrats – I can’t wait to see what you get up to!

  8. Christy — 3/22/11 @ 12:01 pm

    Congratulations! How amazing for you. :)

  9. Michelle — 3/22/11 @ 12:16 pm

    Wow nelly! Now there is one heck of an amazing gig! Cheers!

  10. That IS exciting news!!!! I’m SO happy for you :) A few years ago I was able to design our new kitchen & watch it come to fruition. It was my first time doing such a thing, and I learned SO much! Of course, it was also very exhausting having to consider every detail and sometimes unexpected decisions to make on the spot. Running here or there with 2 kids (at the time…found out I was expecting #3 during the remodel!) to pick out faucets or granite. LOL!

    Anyway…I love my new kitchen. It is so much more efficient & functional, and I have so much more space. My kitchen island is very large & I have plenty of room for cooking and baking.

    Here’s to some exciting times to come…I hope it all goes as smoothly for you as mine did. (Maybe you’ll get some news in the process…haha) Can’t wait to meet you at #FBF #Orlando in less than 3 weeks…SO excited for my first “bloggy” event!

    Denise @ Creative Kitchen

  11. JulieD — 3/22/11 @ 12:25 pm

    Congrats, Jaden! This is awesome. I can’t wait to see your new kitchen!

  12. That is so awesome! I hear you on having the kitchen as the heart of your home. We bought in a new development here in FL as well and I specifically picked the model of our house because the kitchen is central to everything. I can’t really do much as far as renovating since hubby can’t decide if he wants to retire (from the military) here or some place else, so I wait patiently. Anyhow, I’m looking forward to meeting you at the bloggy event in Orlando. Do you know who I can email to get the registration information that was sent to me? I cannot find it in my email. Thanks!

  13. Shellie Cadogan — 3/22/11 @ 12:30 pm

    THAT IS SO AWESOME!
    I am so jealous….Im going to have to wait for the period of legos and nerf…lol!

  14. CONGRATS Jaden! So happy for you & the family. Now I can’t wait to see the transformations and your new home :)

  15. Grace — 3/22/11 @ 1:26 pm

    Awesome Jaden…this is SO great for you! I’m assuming you’re not going to move then??? ;-)

  16. Susan Craig — 3/22/11 @ 1:26 pm

    It made my day to read about your enthusiasm for your new house (and wonderful kitchen!) I have to move this summer and I have been dreding it. I will try to get excited too.

    Good luck with your move.

  17. Eva — 3/22/11 @ 1:31 pm

    Congratulations!!! That is SO incredibly awesome. They make such great kitchenwares, can’t wait to see what you cook with it once it’s all done.

  18. Pat — 3/22/11 @ 1:54 pm

    Congrats to you and your Family, Jaden. Can hardly wait to be able to be the recipient of some of the fabulous dishes prepared in that brand-new kitchen!

  19. Jocelyn Stott — 3/22/11 @ 2:16 pm

    Uhm…wow. That is amazing. Congrats and I can’t wait for the recipes!

  20. Sherri M — 3/22/11 @ 2:33 pm

    Is it possible to be so excited for someone and so jealous at the same time? Yep, it is. Thrilled for you and can’t wait for the cooking to come on out of that amazing kitchen!

  21. Gina — 3/22/11 @ 2:43 pm

    This is super exciting for you, but makes me sad for the future of food blogs. If this is what people are aiming towards, how will we get commercial- and bias- free content in the future?

    • SteamyKitchen — 3/22/11 @ 2:49 pm

      There are 30,000 food blogs out there, I don’t think my blog alone represents the future of food blogs.

  22. Do you see my face? That’s me being green with envy!

  23. Squeeee!!!! That is BIG news…so exciting! (Damn I’m jealous.)

  24. Oh, and to that person worried about commercial and bias-free content? I’ve been reading your blog long enough to know that you wouldn’t promote crap just because someone paid you to. If you are going to promote Thermador, then I believe you when you say you’ve used it and you like the product.

    So there’s my two cents.

  25. Misty — 3/22/11 @ 6:42 pm

    Big congrats to the Steamy Kitchen family!

  26. Janice Harper — 3/22/11 @ 8:03 pm

    You Go Girl!!!! A prize well earned!

  27. Mrs. Q — 3/22/11 @ 9:21 pm

    Congrats!! You deserve it!

  28. Lisa Da Kitten Williford — 3/22/11 @ 10:03 pm

    Yippee-ki-yay, Baby!!!! I’m going to enjoy living (and kitchen remodeling) vicariously through you.

    ;^D

  29. justgloria — 3/22/11 @ 10:38 pm

    Jaden,
    You so deserve this… you are a joy! Our household has been blessed by so many of your wonderful recipes and posts. Thank you and
    thank you Thermador for your generosity to a very dear lady.

  30. That is fantastic!! I’m so excited for you!!

  31. xenos — 3/23/11 @ 1:28 pm

    congrats!

  32. Shira — 3/23/11 @ 3:06 pm

    I’m fortunate and have a VERY nice kitchen – but wow, the opportunity to do it all exactly the way I want it??? Feeling very jealous!

  33. kitchenbeard — 3/23/11 @ 3:31 pm

    I’m not usually a petty man, but I’m feeling very petty and shallow with envy and jealousy right now. (wink)

    Many congratulations on this. Can’t wait to see what you produce!

  34. *Big Smiles* it is so nice to see this as my early morning reading. Congratulations to you. Such a wonderful partnership and I can’t wait to see what you and Thermador have in store for us :) I love when people who actually cook have the best stuff in their kitchens – we know your will be put to great use. xo

  35. Bunkycooks — 3/24/11 @ 3:00 pm

    Congrats on the new home and the fabulous new kitchen! Can’t wait to see it when it’s up and running. :)

  36. LaJuana — 3/24/11 @ 6:31 pm

    What fun! One question…WHERE is the new house being built? You were asking about out of state places a few months ago…heading north as in NC? No, I’m not prejudiced, I’m a native Floridian…but I’ve been in NC since 1977 and love it!

  37. Miri Leigh — 3/24/11 @ 9:26 pm

    Congratulations! This is all GREAT news!!

  38. Two words for you, little lady: “WOOOOOO~HOOOOOOO!” I know, those aren’t real words. But, something THAT awesome…is BEYOND words. You totally deserve it! I hate seeing people with rockin appliances and they don’t even cook. LOL. Have fun!You will be using those babies!

  39. KCatGU — 3/25/11 @ 3:44 pm

    Wicked Cool

  40. Oneida — 3/25/11 @ 4:25 pm

    Congratulations to you and your family!

  41. Elli D. — 3/27/11 @ 2:56 pm

    First of all, I have to say that I just love the way you talk about your kitchen. I can just feel the excitement flowing from your words. Congratulations, I’m genuinely happy for you, you definitely do deserve this!

  42. Sacha — 3/27/11 @ 8:20 pm

    A dream come true for you, Jaden. If I were an envious sort of person, This would make me envious. I am doing international vegetarian gluten-free fusion in a kitchen that is a third of the size of a walk-in closet. Speaking of closets, two of them have been converted into pantries.

    My kitchen, where innovation, great taste and stellar nutrition meet… usually, with a lack of counter space.

    Looking forward to all the yummy new recipes.

  43. Courtney — 3/27/11 @ 11:07 pm

    Congratulations! Oh boy, I can’t wait to finally own, and not rent. It’s so nice to be able to design your own space, double congrats! :) Baking breads sounds like a dream in that oven. Can’t wait to read your experience!

  44. Mike — 3/27/11 @ 11:43 pm

    Wow! Congratulations! As you know from before, there’s nothing like having a nice kitchen. I remodeled mine last year, and love it. I hope you enjoy yours as much as I enjoy mine!

  45. dddiva — 4/1/11 @ 5:36 pm

    I am green as well, in the best possible way. Actually, I am thrilled for you and I can’t wait to see the gorgeous design and of course the tasty morsels that come from your new appliances. Congratulations, Jaden, to you and your family. Hope the transition to your new home goes smoothly. I know most people consider me odd, but I LOVE MOVING. :)

  46. Barry — 4/5/11 @ 11:44 am

    Congratulations!

    I have to say my Thermador experience has been less than impressive. I bought a house last fall that has a cooktop/convection oven that is about 6 years old. Maybe its the age but the oven cannot, despite servicing, hit the temperature to which it is set. The cooktop’s burners, on low, still manages to boil everything. It has an extra-low setting (turns the burner off and on) which is actually too low.

    I’m actually thinking of replacing them (sorry)

  47. rita — 4/8/11 @ 3:08 pm

    that is so cool! i am so jealous but extremely happy for you, at the same time. show us some pictures, would you, please? would love to see the final outcome of your new kitchen. have a fun with your project!!!

  48. Allan — 5/27/11 @ 7:54 am

    Good luck with your new kitchen.

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