Events · grilling · Things I Want

Choose the best grill for your personality.

Our Grill Expo is this Saturday & Sunday, May 19 & 20, and Warners’ Stellian is offering the lowest prices of the year. We have cooking demos and samples to taste the distinct flavor results from the latest gas grills, charcoal grills, pellet grills and smokers to help you find the perfect grill.

Each grill has its own characteristics that work well for different personality types, but we’ll go over your custom needs when you stop by this weekend. In the meantime, consider some traits that would describe you and see if our suggested match is a fit.

 

Adventurous – Big Green Egg

You’d prefer traveling to Naples for authentic wood fire pizza, but you can make your own version at home with Big Green Egg. This slow BBQ grill needs minimal supervision so you can multi-task.

Like you, not even subzero weather can keep this grill indoors. Big Green Egg’s ceramic shell and unique kamado shape stay insulated so it can heat up over 700 degrees. If you want to smoke a brisket overnight in the middle of January, the Big Green Egg is for you.

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Techy – Napoleon 44″ Prestige PRO

You’re smart with many skills to offer, so no one’s surprised you’re a grilling genius too. For you, the Napoleon Prestige PRO is as wonderfully nerdy as it gets without breaking the bank.

Get inventive with infrared burners, LED control knobs, and powerful JetFire ignition. Along with gadgets for numerous cooking variations, you’ll get a Bluetooth thermometer for temperature accuracy. Bonus: add a charcoal tray insert and cook over coals powered by the electric ignition when you feel like mixing it up.

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Artistic – Primo Oval XL Ceramic Smoker and Grill

While others think grills are just for burgers, you see the potential for culinary splendor. The American-made Primo Oval is a ceramic grill that offers more space and versatility than a kamado.

You have complete control over heat and consistency with opportunity for both direct and indirect heat zones. The Primo Grill’s adaptability means only your creativity limits your ability. You can roast, smoke, flambé, fricasse, carmelize…

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Chill – Traeger Wood Pellet Smoker

You’re easy going and you get along with everyone because you’re open-minded and laid back. You appreciate activities that match your no-fuss, no-muss style.

Try a Traeger wood pellet smoker. Pellets come in various flavors for getting creative with your smoked salmon and avocado salsa. If your mellow ever becomes a bit lazy, it’s OK since Traegers require little effort. Simply add flavored wood pellets, plug in the grill to electrical power, set the temperature and your meat probe – if desired – and delicious results will arrive.

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Traditional – Weber Summit

You’re traditionally classy and you’re proud of your roots. You never have to change because you improve with age. Maybe you love charcoal grilling, but you want to kick it up a notch.

The Weber Summit is the porcelain Cadillac of charcoal grills, and it has a spacious 452 square inches of cooking area with weather resistant storage space. Also enjoy the One-Touch cleaning system, gas ignition, and slow cook and smoke settings. If charcoal isn’t your preference, there is gas version of the Summit with different features.

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Social – Weber Genesis II

You’re the life of the party, and the nucleus of your social circle. It doesn’t matter what you do, because you make it fun.

The Weber Genesis II is perfect for a social griller. This high-powered gas grill gives you everything you need plus a Flavorizer bar for improving taste on the simplest foods. There’s also storage and a warming rack for serving big groups.

If you’d like to step away to mingle, it’s ready to connect the iGrill Bluetooth thermometer. This will alert your phone once your food reaches your set temperature.

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Flashy – DCS by Fisher & Paykel

You beam with sophistication and style, and you aren’t afraid of luxury brands and state-of-the-art features. With as hard as you work, you deserve them. You need an advanced system for browning rotisserie chicken and simmering your coveted BBQ sauce.

DCS provides premium standalone and built-in grills for your custom designed outdoor space. Go for long-term quality and flexibility while enjoying high-tech features such as stadium-style hood lights and bezel lit control dials.

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Remember to swing by your nearest store this Saturday (10:00 AM – 4:00 PM) and Sunday (noon – 4:00 PM). See our Grill Expo page for details.

 

 

 

 

Air conditioning · Budget-wise · Energy Efficiency

Save energy while running AC. Here’s how.

You need an air conditioning unit to save your own energy, but how do you save consumable energy?

Heat burns us out. We have to stay cool to maintain physical and mental health, but it’s hard to be comfortable when you’re stressing about energy usage.

Warners’ Stellian is an expert in heating and cooling, and we know some tricks to prevent energy bills from racking up. Now, we’re going to share them with you.

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Before the season starts.

First of all, have your unit inspected and ensure it gets its maintenance each year. If it needs cleaning out, it will work 10 times harder to produce normal results. This is especially important if you live around trees.

You should also check your ducts to be sure the areas they cool are well insulated.

 

While your AC unit is running.

  • Close the vents in the lower portions of your home. Colder air naturally accumulates in these areas. So when vents are closed, AC air flows down and pushes up the cold layer of air below. This allows cool air to circulate more effectively throughout the house.

 

  • Sunlight gives direct heat when it beats in through the windows. Keep the drapes closed so the AC can do its job. This also encourages you to go outside more!

 

  • Misplacement of furniture can block the pathways for which cool air travels through. Rearrange your furniture so that it’s not in the way of any vents.

 

  • Remember that electric lights create heat. Try to keep them off unless they are needed. Another suggestion would be to switch to LED lights. 

 

  • Don’t underestimate fans. Fans will support your unit and help regulate air so it fills the room better. Fans do produce a cooling effect as well, so they can make an impact when your unit is running low or turned off.

 

  • Learn to use the “sleep mode” properly. Some of us get hot in our sleep, but your unit should be turned down at some point to prevent overuse. It’s best to adjust to a cycle where the unit runs low when there’s no natural sunlight. If you currently don’t have this feature, you can contact your energy company to install a saver switch that will cycle your unit.

 

The heat is coming.

Warners’ Stellian is offering a pre-summer special for maintenance and inspection. We want you to be comfortable this summer, so we will make sure your air conditioning unit is running at peak performance levels. 

Fill out this short form to set up an appointment today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Budget-wise · Coffee · Innovative Features

Grab some coffee and a calculator. Let’s talk.

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Got your coffee, calculator and maybe a note pad?

The average time spent waiting in line at popular coffee chains is 4 minutes, which doesn’t count surprises like getting stuck being the guy ordering four blended vanilla frappes.

If your frequent store is a high-traffic chain, you dedicate approximately 25 minutes each week, 100 minutes each month and 20 hours each year to morning lines. That’s considering coffee on workdays alone, and it doesn’t include the time it takes to make your drink.

No, staring at your watch really hard doesn’t actually slow down the little hand so you get to work on time (most of us have tried).

Now the big kicker…

Have you considered the amount of money spent over time on these completely necessary and delicious coffee drinks? The average American coffee fan spends $1100 per year.

The silver lining is that you can redirect that disposable mocha money into a smart and classy investment. Built-in coffee machines pay for themselves in two years, and they come in various easy-to-use models that are designed to make basic espresso or lavish drinks in under two minutes. You choose the temperature and strength, and there’s no more awkward frothing with a stick.

Your special requests will never be made wrong again!

This Jenn-Air built-in coffee system allows you to customize your perfect from the strength of the brew and the foam on top. It has 13 different levels for grinding beans, preferred water temperature settings and a frothing system for milk.

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We also have a Thermador built-in coffee machine, and it has 10 different beverage options! It also features a user friendly control panel with color LCD display and memory to store up to 8 custom drink settings to match your tastes.

 

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Or check out one of our Miele built-in coffee systems. This one goes directly to a water source. It includes a CupSensor, EasyClick milk system, and one touch settings to make two perfect coffee drinks every time. Of course, temperature, milk amounts, and fineness of ground beans is also customized for personal preference.

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As for those fabulous scones your coffee shop carries, Warners’ Stellian can suggest the best appliances for making those yourself too. You can treat yourself with your own home barista and enjoy the time and money saving benefits.

 

 

 

 

cooking · Food · Recipes

Recipe: Spaghetti Meatball Cups

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Photo Credit: Beko

We know you’d rather be out in the sun, but we have the perfect rainy day recipe. You can use classic comfort food to turn lunch into a fun activity while you’re stuck indoors. These Spaghetti Meatball Cups are also delicious and easy enough for anyone to make.

This recipe comes from Beko’s “Eat Like a Pro” campaign. They promote healthier food for parents to feed their kids by partnering with FC Barcelona. Check out some of their recipes for the whole family.

 

Time: 1 hour

Serving Size: 4 people

 

Ingredients

  • 3/4 lb. spaghetti
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 2/3 cups shredded mozzarella
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan
  • 1 1/4 cups marinara
  • 1 1/8 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup freshly chopped parsley
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • additional Parmesan and parsley for garnish

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cook spaghetti until al dente. Drain and rinse under cold water.

 

  1. In a large bowl, toss cooled spaghetti with 2 beaten eggs, shredded mozzarella, and 1/2 cup grated parmesan.

 

 

  1. Grease a muffin tin and nest spaghetti inside. Using the bottom of a small glass, firmly press down to create a well.

 

  1. Bake until set.

 

  1. While spaghetti cups bake, make meatballs. In a large bowl, combine ground beef, breadcrumbs, garlic, remaining egg, and parsley. Season with salt and pepper. Roll into balls.

 

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Brown meatballs, then drain fat. Pour over marinara and let simmer 5 minutes.

 

  1. Spoon meatball onto spaghetti nest. Garnish with Parmesan and parsley.

 

Serve and enjoy!

 

 

 

 

HOW TO · Tips · Wine storage

Storage tips for National Wine Day

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Happy #NationalWineDay! We want to assist whether you’re planning a party or getting a gift for yourself to celebrate.

Pop quiz: What are the best temperatures for storing wine?

It’s OK to admit it. Not a lot of people have the temperatures memorized for their Gewürztraminer versus their Chianti, so we’re going to tell you our recommendations.

Standard Wines:

  • Assorted Wine: 54°F (12°C)
  • Red Wine: 64°F (17°C)
  • Sweet Wine: 42°F (5°C)
  • White and Rosé Wine: 50°F (10°C)

Other Wines:

  • Champagne: 46° (7°C)
  • Sake: Below 68°F (20°C)
  • Port: 60°F (15.5°C)
  • Light Mead: 49°F (9.5°C)
  • Dark Mead: 64°F (75.5°C)

For optimal serving temperature, do not let wine get above 68° for reds and 55° for whites. Temperatures dramatically affect taste and smell, and you need that spicy, cherry-like aroma to breathe when pouring a Grenache through your decanter.

Also, don’t use the freezer anymore! You can keep your bubbly ready for any occasion without risking explosion from freezing, and you can stop ruining the crisp taste of your homemade honey mead.

Vibration, light, and humidity are additional factors that affect quality. Fortunately, there are wine and beverage storage appliances that are technologically designed to both protect and keep consistent storage temperatures.

Are you a collector? Chef? Host? At-home winemaker? Occasional wine drinker that buys bulk for economic advantage? Maybe you need a special place with the right consistent temperature to age a 1974 Château Latour.

Wine and beverage storage appliances  make perfect gifts for any style. When wine leaves an appropriately pre-set cooler, it is already within optimal serving temperatures. These appliances also make excellent assets for entertaining, and they provide amazing aesthetic value to your home.

Here are a few examples that might work for you.

This Jenn-Air Under-Counter Beverage Center features independent temperature zones, 6 temperature presets and automatic interior LED lighting. It can fit up to 14 average sized wine bottles.

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One of our most popular beverage storage units is the Frigidaire Gallery 52-Bottle Wine Cooler with a convertible shelf, LED digital control and decorative wood trim for a sophisticated look.

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For serious prize collectors, the True Residential 30″ Wine Column preserves, protects, and flaunts up to 150 of your favorite bottles. It also features dual-zone True Precision® Control, extendable smooth-glide racks and LED lighting.

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We assume you love wine because you’re reading this, but these coolers are good for any home. Add a modern look to your bar or kitchen, keep bottles on hand for guests or use them for something else entirely. Are you a beer drinker?

Still, we’re pretty sure you love wine.

 

 

 

cooking · grilling · Recipes

Recipe: Fireball Pineapple Grilled Pork

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Photo and recipe credit: Andrea Alden

What are your Memorial Day weekend plans? If you envision yourself grilling out, try to impress your guests with something a little different.

This amazing recipe from Napoleon for Fireball Pineapple Grilled Pork  is essentially cinnamon whiskey-glazed pineapple with grilled pork. It’s the perfect spin on a grilled classic with sweet pineapple and spice to let everyone it’s summertime.

 

INGREDIENTS

1 pork loin, approx. 3 lb.

salt and pepper to taste

1 pineapple

¾ cup of brown sugar

3 tbsp. melted butter

½ cup of Fireball Cinnamon Whisky

 

Step 1

Preheat the grill to 375°F using the rear burner. Move the cooking grid to the high position and preheat the Infrared SIZZLE ZONE™ to high. If you do not have an infrared side burner, preheat the grill to high using all bottom burners.

Step 2

While the grill is preheating, season all sides of the pork loin with salt and pepper. Remove the top and bottom of the pineapple, and remove the rind on the sides. Carefully thread the pineapple onto a rotisserie spit rod, ensuring that when put on the grill, the pineapple will be centered in front of the rear burner.

Step 3

In a bowl, combine the brown sugar, melted butter, and Fireball.

Step 4

Place the pineapple onto the grill, ensuring that the correct end is firmly in the rotisserie motor. Turn the rotisserie on and let the pineapple start cooking while you sear the pork.

Step 5

Sear the pork on all sides until delicious grill marks have formed. Then place it under the pineapple so that it will drip onto the pork while it cooks.

Step 6

Baste the pineapple with the Fireball mixture every 10 minutes until the pork as reached an internal temperature of at least 145°F (for medium). Use a digital thermometer for accurate readings. Feel free to “accidentally” get extra Fireball mixture on the pork while basting the pineapple.

Step 7

Remove the pork and pineapple from the grill when the pork reaches your desired finished temperature. Allow the roast to rest for at least 10 minutes before slicing everything and serving

 

Notes from Andrea:

“Fireball Pineapple Grilled Pork is flavorful, a little sticky, and super sweet. Initially, I butterflied the pork, however, I found that it cooked too fast and became a little unwieldy. Leave the loin whole when you make this recipe, the results will be much better.”

Please let her know if you plan to try this recipe. Take pictures and post of social media using the hashtags #BestLaidBBQPlans and #NapoleonGrill.

Community · Events · Food · grilling

What is GrillFest?

Featured Photo Credit of Minnesota Monthly and TJ Turner

 

What is better than opening the gate to summer with an outdoor food fest?  How about a food fest, a beer fest, an expo and a gathering of people grilling out and enjoying festivities. Together, over 4,000 attendees and 100 vendors will make up the most popular grilling themed event in the Twin Cities.

#GrillFest is a weekend long event that celebrates grilling and chilling with awesome food, drinks and fun. It’s essentially “Grill Disney Land” for enthusiasts and food fanatics alike.

One expected highlight is when seven critically-acclaimed restaurants will team up with seven unique craft beer breweries to battle it out. They will compete for the title of taste as they serve up the best pairs for attendees to taste and vote on.

An additional competition will consist of Bloody Mary mix companies going head-to-head to serve their signature drinks, using Tito’s Handmade Vodka. Attendees will again get to vote on who gets to be crowned Grillfest’s Bloody Mary Champion.

Rain or shine, it’s grillin’ time.

Warners’ Stellian is going to be there to serve up some goodies, and we’re bringing our friends, No Name Premium Meats & Seafood and Flat Earth Brewing.

We will also have experts on-site from WeberTraegerNapoleonDCSPrimo, and Broil King to showcase some of the best grill brands available, and we will help you find the perfect pairing for your backyard.

After you fill up on salmon and steak from No Name, you’ll find a sweet ending as you roast-your-own s’mores over our Big Green Egg smoker grills.

In honor of GrillFest, we would like to invite you to enter to win a top-of-the line Traeger Timberline, worth $2,000. Learn more about the Traeger Timberline here.

For more information and ticket purchasing, visit Minnesota Monthly’s event page.