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Last Build Date: Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:16:45 +0000

 



Trade Up to a New Sony Alpha and Save Up to $500

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:16:07 +0000

If you’ve been holding on to an old DSLR, waiting for the right time to upgrade to a mirrorless camera, Sony’s Trade Up Event is the perfect opportunity. From now through the end of March, trade in any working interchangeable-lens camera (either DSLR or mirrorless), and, in addition to your gear’s trade-in value, you’ll earn a bonus of up to $500 towards select Sony Alpha full-frame mirrorless digital cameras. Add this to existing instant rebates on the low-light champ Sony A7SII and the high-resolution A7RII cameras, and the final prices of those award-winning cameras are at all-time lows. To take advantage of the Sony Trade Up Event, stop by our electronics service department with your old equipment, or get an online trade-in quote to find out your trade-in value before the additional Sony bonus.



Abt-solutely Delicious: Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough Bites

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 01:15:48 +0000

Everyone knows that one of the best things about baking chocolate chip cookies is snacking on the cookie dough before it goes into the oven. If that’s your favorite part too, then why not skip the baking altogether and just make the cookie dough? That’s exactly what this Cookie Dough Bite recipe does. Not only is it a time-saver, it also doesn’t contain any eggs, so you’ll avoid the risks associated with eating normal raw cookie dough. You’ll love how easy it is to make, and how great they taste. Whipping up these cookie dough bites is super simple, and coating them in chocolate ups the yum factor—if you can make it that far before eating them all. And did we mention that these make the perfect Valentine’s Day treat? Chocolate Dipped Cookie Dough Bites Ingredients 1 cup & 2 tablespoons flour 1/2 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1/2 cup butter, softened 6 tablespoons granulated sugar 6 tablespoons brown sugar 1/2 teaspoon vanilla 2 to 3 tablespoons water 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips 2 cups milk chocolate chips Assorted sprinkles (red, white and pink are best) Instructions In a large mixing bowl, combine softened butter, sugar, and brown sugar. […]



Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 02:24:49 +0000

Valentine’s Day is less than a week away, but there’s still plenty of time to find a gift for that special someone. And this weekend’s Customer Appreciation Sale makes it an even better time to do some shopping. If you’re still scrambling to find the perfect Valentine’s Day gift, here are some of our suggestions. A fine watch is a perennial great pick, combining form and function for a gift that is both useful and beautiful. And with so many choices available, there will always be something to fit any style or budget. Our Valentine’s Day pick is the Raymond Weil Tango with a two-tone bracelet. Did we mention that it comes in His and Hers models, so when you pick one up for your sweetheart, you might as well treat yourself. Shopping for a style-savvy traveler? You can’t go wrong with some Tumi luggage. Whether it’s a full travel set or just a simple clutch, Tumi is another way to give both form and function this Valentine’s Day. For an extra bonus, visit the Tumi store this weekend during our Customer Appreciation Sale, and you’ll earn a $75 or $150 Abt gift card with qualifying purchases (promo is in-store only). Of […]



Abt-solutely Delicious: 30-Minute Bibimbap

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:30:40 +0000

The Opening Ceremony of the 2018 Winter Olympics is Friday evening, so we’re getting in the competitive spirit with this week’s recipe. Bibimbap is a common dish from the Olympics’ host country of South Korea, and makes a tasty lunch or dinner meal. One of the great things about bibmbap is that there’s no single “right way” to make it. The name itself translates to “mixed rice,” and is usually served as a bowl of steamed white rice, topped with an assortment of sautéed veggies, spicy pastes or sauces, and grilled meats. It’s often topped with a fried egg. But really, the sky is the limit when it comes down to what ingredients you want in your bibimbap. Our version includes a pretty traditional selection of ingredients that you should have no trouble finding at any large grocery store. Bibimbap Ingredients 1 lb ground beef or turkey 2 carrots, cut into matchsticks 2 zucchini, cut into matchsticks Shiitake mushrooms, 8 oz package 1 cup bean sprouts 1 cup kimchi 2 cups baby spinach 4 eggs 2 cups white or brown rice 2 tablespoons sesame seeds, divided 2 to 3 tablespoons sesame oil, divided 1/4 cup soy sauce 2 tablespoons chili garlic […]



Abt Customer Appreciation Sale

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 23:29:29 +0000

The first Abt Customer Appreciation Sale of 2018 is now underway, giving you the opportunity to save on many of your favorite products.  If you haven’t been to our Glenview showroom recently, the Customer Appreciation Sale is also the perfect time to stop by to see what’s new, from the luxurious kitchens in our Inspiration Studio, to new speaker auditioning rooms—now featuring premiere audio brands like Sonus Faber speakers and the legendary McIntosh Laboratory. Maybe even stop by our new Dylan’s Candy Bar boutique to satisfy your sweet tooth while you shop.  The sale is running online today through 2/11, while the main in-store event will be 2/10 and 2/11. Click through the image below to start shopping, or plan your visit for this weekend.  



Abt Chili Challenge Recap

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 22:28:48 +0000

It may have been only 11° outside last night, but it was warm and comfy in the Abt Inspiration Studio, thanks to our celebrity chefs’ delicious chili and a sizable crowd. Nearly 200 people braved the cold to taste our chefs’ offerings and support a trio of very deserving charities. A hearty thanks goes out to everyone who came out to support the event, as well as our event sponsors: Viking, Dacor, Thermador, Jolane’s, and Wild Onion Brewery. And, of course, we’re grateful to the chefs and judges who gave their time to make the event happen. Congratulations to Chef Kevin Hickey, whose “Duck Blind Chili” won the judges’ award, sending a $5000 donation from the Abt Family Foundation to The Greater Chicago Food Depository. The People’s Choice Award went to Chef Todd Stein, earning his charity, Common Threads, all of the ticket proceeds—a donation of $1850.  If you weren’t able to make it out to the event, but you’d like to try your hand at the chefs’ creations, scroll down to the end of this post to find the recipes. And don’t forget to bake up a batch of our jalapeño cheddar cornbread muffins to accompany it!



Abt-solutely Delicious: Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffins

Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:05:48 +0000

Between the wintry weather and the upcoming weekend of epic snacking and sporting, if there’s one food that’s been on our minds, it’s been chili—hot, spicy, belly-filling chili. That’s what made today the perfect day for our first-ever Charity Chili Challenge (you can still get tickets, by the way). Whether you’re trying to replicate our celebrity chefs’ award-winning chili, or whipping up a batch of your own secret recipe, every good bowl deserves a side like fresh-baked cornbread. We sorted through a collection of recipes so you wouldn’t have to, and think these jalapeño cheddar cornbread muffins are the perfect accompaniment to your next bowl of chili. Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffin Ingredients 1 cup cornmeal 1/3 cup sugar 1/2 cup unsalted butter, melted 2 large eggs 3/4 cup all-purpose flour 2 -1/2 teaspoons baking powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 1  15 oz can creamed corn 1 cup sour cream 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and diced plus slices for garnish Cooking spray Jalapeño Cheddar Cornbread Muffin Directions Preheat your oven to 400° F, and while it heats, spray a muffin pan with non-stick cooking spray. In a large mixing bowl, combine the cornmeal, sugar, and melted butter. […]



FIFA 18 Tournament Recap

Tue, 30 Jan 2018 00:11:04 +0000

Last fall, Abt dove into the exciting world of eSports, hosting our first-ever gaming tournament. Over 70 players spent the day competing against each other in Madden 18, until a single winner emerged—and walked out with the grand prize of a brand new Xbox One S. We took what we learned from that inaugural event and used it to make the followup even better, working out bugs in the organization and adding better prizes. We increased the number of systems running at once, and Arozzi hooked us up with a bunch of gaming chairs so players wouldn’t have to stand. It all went into play last weekend when 120 players came to Abt for a FIFA 18 tournament. After five rounds and over six hours of gaming, we were down to the World Cup match. It was a close game, and the victor scored himself a new Xbox One X for his efforts. Second and third place finishers earned an eero Pro Wi-Fi System and an Astro A50 Wireless Gaming Headset, respectively. Along the way, random raffles gave everyone in attendance a chance to win other great prizes, including Skullcandy headphones, Google Home Minis, and Thrustmaster steering wheels. All-in-all, it was a […]



Big Game Setups for Every Budget

Sat, 27 Jan 2018 21:26:53 +0000

There’s no day in the year more dependent on a quality entertainment system than the day that very important football game whose name we cannot legally use is broadcast. That Sunday is the day where you’ll wish your TV was bigger and your speakers were louder and your TV room was just more enticing overall. If you’ve been planning to upgrade your fan cave, now is a great time. Dropping prices mean that you get more bang for you buck than ever before. Sure, you can still spend a small fortune if you’d like, and that’ll get you better technology, but a nice home theater no longer has to be a pipe dream. Here’s a range of setups for your Fan Cave you can get in time for the game, at price points for every budget. Every product mentioned is available at Abt. Our requirements were: A TV at least 49″, capable of 4K HDR picture. Even with the smallest budget, we still want to get an enjoyable picture. Augmented, mutli-channel sound. Some way to keep your extra drinks cool during the game. Any leftovers in the budget will be used for other accessories to improve the game day experience. […]



Abt-Solutely Delicious: Air Fryer Buffalo Wings

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 02:04:40 +0000

This week’s recipe brings together our ongoing theme of healthier versions of your favorite foods, with our upcoming week’s plans: prepping for the ultimate Big Game party. Contrary to popular belief, it’s possible to fill your Sunday with tasty snacks that aren’t terrible for you. A simple cooking tweak takes the star of bar menus across the country—the buffalo wing—and increases the health factor without losing out on taste. To cook these wings, we used the Philips Viva Collection Airfyer, which can make just about any food you’d normally fry, using hot air and little to no oil. Considered an air fryer in the past, but don’t want to start a collection of specialized kitchen tools? The AirFryer can also bake, grill or roast foods, so you’ll be able to get plenty of use out of it. Chicken is a mainstay in most health-eating lifestyles, because it’s high in protein, and easy to cook into a low-calorie, low-fat meal that still tastes great. There’s nothing inherently bad about a buffalo wing…until you drop it into a deep fryer. So instead, we’re going to air fry these wings. They’ll still end up crispy and super-tasty, but you’ll skip the added calories and fat […]