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Thermador Test Kitchens

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Last week, my husband and I headed off to Southern California to the Thermador Test Kitchens in Irvine. If you’re not familiar with Thermador, it is an upscale kitchen appliance manufacturer. They also make the BOSCH and Gaggenau brands. We went with a National Association of Home Builders 20 Group that my husband and I are part of, since we are self-employed custom home remodelers. Thermador is one of our corporate sponsors and they were gracious enough to host our meetings at their new Test Kitchen facility, feed us incredible meals, and teach us about their awesome appliances during an interactive dinner where our group became chefs!

IMG_2267 The meetings were amazing. We arrived each morning to a full breakfast – prepared by their chefs. I really could get used to people serving me food!! Fresh berries, home made cinnamon rolls, bacon, sausage, yogurt. There was always something for everyone. And I loved this coffee maker. It ground beans and brewed one cup of coffee or espresso at the touch of a button. Could be dangerous in my house!
IMG_2275Thermador toured us around their showrooms. They had Bosch, Thermador, and Gaggenau showrooms. You’re probably not surprised that this herb garden wall caught my attention immediately! I’m trying to figure out where I could put one in a future house. I love the idea.
IMG_2278They also had one kitchen set up with all of the competing appliances – ready to cook on so a person can learn the difference. We learned about steam and convection ovens {a much better and healthier way to cook, compared to the microwave} and induction cooktops. I was pleased to see cast iron and tri-ply skillets in the kitchens! I really enjoyed watching the chefs and learning a teeny bit from them. Some day, I would love to go to culinary school. I have a friend who just finished up at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris and I am totally jealous of her!

IMG_2281For two days, the Thermador chefs cooked us amazing breakfasts and lunches. I didn’t want to go home. The food was incredibly delicious and I didn’t have to cook or clean. My favorite lunch was an Asian mix with sticky ribs, won tons, soba salad, and fried rice. They sent the recipes home and I am going to try really hard to recreate part of this meal.

IMG_2298-001I also found a new favorite soda! I don’t drink much soda anymore, but these Sanpellegrinos were really good.

 IMG_2143After our second day of meetings, our group headed into the test kitchens and got to cook our own dinner. The chefs had everything prepared for us and all we had to do was try to follow directions. It was pretty funny. I was thrilled that I knew how to reduce liquids and made a great sauce for the rotisserie chicken, but honestly, some of the directions were a little hard to follow and I heard some funny stories about the chefs’ reactions to some of our interpretations of the directions. 😉

IMG_2305It didn’t help that the beer and wine flowed very freely that night. 😉 But we were still able to prepare an amazing meal:

IMG_2362Arragoant Bastard Beef with Blue Cheese Cream Sauce and Fingerling Potato Coins
IMG_2354Rotisserie Chicken with Dijonaisse Sauce
IMG_2398Bread Pudding with Fresh Berries

IMG_2377The food was amazing! I’m in love with Thermador appliances and can’t wait to get a forever house to put them in. I’m making some of these fabulous recipes in the weeks to come and will share them with you as I do!

For now though, I am off to Arkansas – by myself – on my first solo getaway in over NINE years. I’m heading to the first ever Social Fabric Conference and can’t to share with you what I learn there!!

Have a great weekend!

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About Michelle Marine

Michelle Marine is the author of How to Raise Chickens for Meat, a long time green living enthusiast and rural Iowa mom of four. An avid traveler, Michelle has lived on three different continents and has driven all four kids across the entire USA (by herself!). She loves sharing farm-to-table recipes, their family travel adventures, and gardening and homesteading tips on her popular lifestyle blog, SimplifyLiveLove.com.


  1. blankDFW says

    Hey Michelle,

    Glad you had a good time. Is there any way you could post the Bastard Beef recipe? That looks sooooo good!

    Enjoy your Fabric Conference.

  2. blankJennifer Cook DeRosa says

    Oh…jealous~ I dream of having a professional kitchen and a GROWING WALL! Hello!?! Yes. All of the above.

  3. blankHoward Reed says

    Michelle, it looks like that would have been a lot of fun to play with so many appliances. My wife was looking into redecorating our kitchen, and a friend told her about thermador appliances, and now she wants them. Hopefully I can convince her to not go overboard, and pick one for now.

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