It’s the day before all the sales hit. You name it, it’s on sale in some cyber way or another. Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday “Early Bird” Specials and into Cyber Monday.
There are plenty of websites popping up and into feeds whose sole purpose is finding the best deals for you. Are they following you too?! Do a quick search online right now and that perfect gift for this Christmas will show up all directions this side of Cyber Monday.
I’ll be honest, I don’t brave the crowds on Black Friday. I am not, nor have ever been, the sales-diva who maps out the deepest discounts with latte in hand waiting for her favorite store to open at 2 o’clock am. I enjoy waking up AFTER the sun comes up on the Friday after Thanksgiving, call me crazy.
I remember the days with countless bags in your arms, shuffling through the mall from store to store … only to sit in traffic when what little patience you had left was spent on the lines to the cashier.
Cyber Sales are more my speed. I can’t complain that I do my shopping without running shoes these days, and from the comfort of my own homecouchcomputercell phone pace.
Shopping that looks like this? … Sign me up!
Comfort aside. The best thing about Cyber Shopping for me is TIME…
The time it gives me to do the things that matter. Take away the commutes, the walking down aisle after aisle or thumbing through hangers to find the right size for growing kids … the time I save is time I cherish.
We are all about TIME here at Classic Accessories. Time spent outdoors. It’s your time and your friend’s and family’s. To us, it’s also about much more than that.
Because it’s not just about the fishing boat; it’s years of father-son time on the river.
It’s not the RV; it’s a route to grandkids scattered all over North America.
It’s not the patio furniture; it’s time spent laughing and sharing stories
with family and friends.
It’s about protecting dreams, adventures and memories,
and all the irreplaceable experiences that make your belongings worth protecting.
That’s why we do what we do. And why we’re committed to doing it so well.
We are starting our Cyber Week Sale early this year. Today through November 28th.
30% OFF site-wide! So go ahead and put on those embarrassing cozy socks and pull up your browsers, the sales are waiting.
Here’s to Discovering More Time Outdoors with the ones you love this Holiday Season …
and every season – it’s kinda our thing.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours from all of us at Classic Accessories.
It’s August, and while it may seem like summer is winding down, it’s really just getting started. There is still plenty of time left for patio lounging and cookouts, making it the perfect time to take a look at your patio and make some choices regarding your style and furniture. We’re doing a deep dive into everything you need to know about patio furniture materials and tips on what you can do to protect your patio furniture, Classic Accessories’ guide to “all-things patio furniture,” if you will.
Know The Material
In the patio furniture world, seven main types of material exist for your patio furniture, each one differing from the others in aesthetics, movability, durability, ease of maintenance, and comfort, as well as what climates/regions they’re best suited for:
PVC (Poly-vinyl chloride)
Note: Mosaic is sometimes included in common patio furniture materials lists. It is not a material, but rather a construction pattern. Mosaic surfaces are common on tables and chairs, and often combine elements of other materials in its creation. If you are interested in mosaic patio furniture you can check out Patio, Home, and Garden’s product page for mosaic furniture.
For this post we decided to use a scoring system for each one of the factors listed above to give each material a total score. At the end of the day, though, it’s up to you to decide what material you like best, but keep in mind the climate of where you live, as some materials are better suited for some climates than others.
Aluminum patio furniture comes in a variety of styles and can be as basic or as elegant as you would like. With aluminum patio furniture, you have the option of selecting from three different builds: tubular, cast, or wrought. Tubular aluminum furniture is made from hollow pieces of aluminum bent into shape, according to Better Homes & Gardens. Wrought and cast aluminum differ in their construction processes, as wrought material is welded by hand, whereas cast material is made from a cast without manual welding or handling.
Cast aluminum furniture is growing in popularity, according to this HGTV article, due to its contemporary style. Unlike cast iron patio furniture, which traditionally has more classic and elegant aesthetics, cast aluminum furniture can take on any style you desire. You can also purchase aluminum furniture in in a variety color schemes, whereas wrought iron and wood, for instance, generally do not have this option. Check out these products for great cast aluminum outdoor furniture.
The second major selling point for cast aluminum furniture, or really any aluminum outdoor furniture, is its movability. Aluminum is both lightweight and strong. Thus, it can easily be rearranged and fit into small spaces, as opposed to its bulky cast iron and steel counterparts. Full sets including tables are also easy to rearrange to your liking. Here are some great sets of cast aluminum patio furniture.
Durability is another fantastic feature of aluminum patio furniture. Since aluminum naturally does not rust, it is perfect for hot and humid regions and climates. Aluminum can corrode. Corrosion is a form of oxidation similar to rusting that leaves a light coating on the aluminum that protects the material from future corrosion, according to theruststore.com. To limit corrosion, though, as it fades the material’s color over time, most aluminum patio furniture comes with a powder coating that adds extra protection.
One downside to aluminum patio furniture is that it less likely to be durable enough to withstand heavy winds, especially because of its light weight, making aluminum patio furniture not the best selection for very windy environments or regions.
Aluminum patio furniture maintenance is quick, easy, and less frequent (compared to other types of patio furniture). The Home Depot recommends using car wax or mineral oil on the surface for added protection, as well as regularly cleaning with mild soap and water. When your aluminum patio furniture has corroded, though, here’s an article for caring for the furniture, as well as a more patio-specific article.
Tubular aluminum patio furniture will most likely not need cushions for comfort and extra support, as they are already built to be comfortable and ready to use. Some cast aluminum sets have built-in mesh seating, like these options. Other sets of aluminum patio furniture, like these Crosley sets, will need cushions (which can add a fun, creative element to your patio furnishing process).
For this type of furniture, our Mushroom or Spice Ravenna cushions, pictured above, are great color options.
The Weigh-In: Aluminum
Steel has a sleek and modern look, but but less variety in build, style, and color than aluminum. Steel patio furniture works well with residential apartments and more modern spaces (cafes and restaurant patios often use steel furniture). Steel is also widely used as the foundation and/or frame for patio furniture with other materials making up the surface and seats. I give steel then a 16 for aesthetics since it doesn’t have much variety or capacity for build, style, or color on its own, but does look nice when paired with other materials. Here are some examples of steel patio furniture, or furniture using steel as a foundational component.
Movability is a concern when it comes to steel patio furniture. Because steel furniture is built for added strength and reinforcement, transporting it or rearranging it can quickly become a hassle. Fortunately, most steel patio furniture comes assembled, at least according to The Home Depot, so the main hassle is getting it to where it needs to be.
Steel’s strong suit comes in the form of durability. While steel is a rustable metal, it often comes with a powder coating similar to aluminum, according to Better Homes & Gardens, which can resist rusting. Steel, given its weight and sturdiness, is great for windy environments, and is especially well-suited for a cold and snowy climate, like the northern United States.
Caring for steel patio furniture requires a little bit more time than aluminum patio furniture because of steel’s potential to rust. Some companies, such as Target, confirm their steel patio furniture is rust-resistant, but Lowes suggests applying a protective coat of paste wax or naval jelly if the product is not rust-free or rust-resistant. Also, washing occasionally with water and mild soap is good practice for steel patio furniture.
Steel furniture can be constructed in a way to be comfortable alone. For those pieces that are more aesthetic than functional however, cushions can come in handy. For steel furniture, try Empire Blue Ravenna cushions, shown to the right.
The Weigh-In: steel
Wicker furniture has a variety of designs and colors, both in cushions and in the actual material. A trending material, resin wicker has been a popular choice in patio furniture since the 2000’s.
While it appears large and cumbersome, resin wicker patio furniture is surprisingly movable because of how lightweight it is, which makes for easy arrangement and/or rearrangement on the patio.
Durability is an aspect of wicker that is often underestimated and misunderstood. There is a difference between natural wicker and synthetic wicker, natural wicker being made from rattan, a reed-like material, and synthetic wicker being made from resin (liquids extracted from plant matter) according to patioproductions.com. The term “wicker” is also a term used in reference to a type of weave and the actual material is rattan or resin.
Natural wicker should not be used as outdoor patio furniture due to its susceptibility to most any weather condition, such as rain, sleet, or snow. Any form of moisture can damage it. However, synthetic wicker, or resin wicker, is the perfect material for all weather conditions. There are several types of synthetic resin wicker: PVC wicker, nylon, polyethylene, and High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) Wicker. According to Patio Productions, HDPE resin wicker is the most commonly recommended type as it is infused with UV inhibitors and made with a high density compound to protect its surface.
To maintain your resin wicker furniture, simply dust it occasionally and, if looking to do a deep clean of the wicker, use mild detergent and water. Here’s a helpful article that looks into more cleaning specifics for resin wicker furniture.
Even though resin wicker furniture is all-weather, it’s still a good idea to invest in a patio furniture cover (something we recommend). While covers really protect rustable steel and iron, covering your patio furniture regardless of furniture material is an investment that will increase the longevity of your furniture and patio greatly. Adding a cover to your resin wicker furniture will keep harsh weather and storms from weathering and doing incremental damage to the material, which is bound to happen–no material is indestructible. Furthermore, our covers provide protection from UV rays to avoid fading and also have built-in vents so condensation on your chairs and tables is ventilated.
Pro-tip: Never leave your cushions out on your furniture while it’s covered, even if your cushions are all-weather. Having cushions underneath your furniture can lead to mildew and mold, even with vents in the cover.
Most popular Resin Wicker styles typically come with cushions of some kind, making them comfortable. Others don’t necessarily come with cushions but make use of the curvature of the furniture form and the natural give in the materials for comfort. If you’re looking to up the comfort on up your resin wicker furniture, we recommend Mallard Green Ravenna cushions, shown below.
Score: 20/20 with cushions
The Weigh-In: Resin Wicker
Wood patio furniture is aesthetically pleasing, particularly teak hardwood. Other types of wood for patio furniture include cedar, cypress, pine, oak, acacia, and eucalyptus. According to Better Homes & Gardens, teak, cedar, and ipe are a few of the strongest, most weather-resistant types. Teak is particularly commended for its beauty, and is one of the most popular patio furniture materials out there.
While wood does not give the owner/buyer as much freedom to personalize their patio furniture without cushions, wood can be painted and stained, which gives some room for custom flare and refinishing.
Wood patio furniture is a split between aluminum and steel in terms of movability. Some pieces of wood furniture will, of course, be easier to move than others (a chair can be light while a dining table will require at least two people). The material itself, though, is significantly heavier than aluminum or plastic.
Wood furniture, especially teak, is sturdy and durable against most weather. Teak produces a natural oil that prevents water and moisture from seeping into the wood and causing dry rot, a wood-destroying fungus. Here’s an article on how to treat dry rot, if that’s a current problem for your patio furniture.
During the winter months, it’s advised for most wood furniture to be stored indoors to avoid damage. Teak is an exception mainly because of its natural oil that prevents water seepage, but keep in mind that a silvery patina fading will occur on your wooden patio furniture, even teak, if you keep any type of wooden patio furniture outside. Some like this accent on their wood furniture, but if you want to retain the original, honey color, consider using a cover.
UV rays also deal damage to wood patio furniture, causing fading, and humidity is known to cause warping in the wood, which makes one of our covers perfect to help keep UV rays at bay and excess moisture out.
As mentioned above, one of the best things you can do if you own or are looking to invest in wood patio furniture is purchase a cover or a cover set. Since teak is one of the few types of wood that you could leave outside year-round (and that is a stretch considering the silvery patina fading that can occur), wood patio furniture should definitely be covered.
Other useful tips to caring for your wood furniture are:
Wood patio furniture alone can be less than comfortable given its solid nature and rigidity, but can be improved with the addition of cushions. Cushions can be a way to add a personal touch to the great, rustic look of your wood furniture on your patio.
We recommend a soft accent of color for your cushion assortment on wood furniture. Check out the Mushroom color way in the Ravenna cushion collection for your wood patio furniture.
The Weigh-In: Wood
Wrought iron is probably one of the best patio furniture selections for a classic aesthetic look, since it can come in a wide variety of designs and has historically been a very elegant and beautiful choice for an outdoor patio and/or garden. Wrought iron patio furniture is normally seen in bistro sets, benches, chairs, and tables. One setback to the aesthetic appeal of wrought iron patio furniture is that it normally only comes in black or grey and therefore does not have much variety in color. Here are some wrought iron pieces if you’re interested in purchasing or upgrading your patio furniture.
Wrought iron is far heavier than aluminum, and is probably on or below par with the movability of wood furniture. Since wrought iron is commonly seen in bistro sets and not full dining sets, movability is more manageable, but moving a bulky bench or table can be a hassle.
Wrought iron is durable because of its strength and weight, which makes it perfect for windy regions. However, iron can rust and while, according to Lowes, “many modern metal frames are rust-resistant and rust-free,” it’s probably a good idea to apply paste wax or naval jelly, as referenced for steel furniture, to prevent rusting if you’re furniture is not rust-free or rust-resistant.
To maintain wrought iron furniture, use the aforementioned rust-preventative measures, and also try sanding over rust spots that appear. Basic cleaning can be done with mild soap and water, but one caveat is that wrought iron furniture has a tendency to develop cracks after some time of use. To deal with these cracks, it’s recommended to apply a paint coat, which may not resolve the issue totally.
Wrought iron chairs, while aesthetically pleasing, are somewhat uncomfortable without the addition of cushions. For wrought iron, dark taupe cushions make for a subtle color accent.
The Weigh-In: Wrought Iron
While plastic furniture comes in a variety of colors, one of its main drawbacks is that its less aesthetically pleasing. It does not look as upscale or great as some of the other options we’ve looked at so far. Plastic furniture does, though, give the owner some flexibility location-wise. Since plastic is waterproof, putting plastic furniture poolside is a common spot, and because of its low price, restaurants and businesses tend to use plastic furniture outdoors. Some outdoor plastic furniture is also made of recyclable material, an added bonus if you’re conscientious about the environment.
Plastic chairs and tables are lightweight and easy to move to suit the owner’s needs. They are also normally constructed so that you can stack them easily.
Another setback for plastic furniture is its (lack of) durability against wind. While waterproof, the odds of your plastic furniture staying in place (or intact, for that matter) are low when dealing with serious weather.
Maintenance is a breeze if your plastic furniture is intact. Simply wash with a mild soap and rinse with water to clean these pieces.
Plastic does not make for the most comfortable chairs out there, and while we reference cushions as a great way to add some comfort to your seating, cushions aren’t normally used on plastic chairs. Plastic furniture can be great if you’re using it for short periods or need to be able to sit relatively comfortably and relocate placement often.
The Weigh-In: Plastic
PVC (Poly-vinyl chloride)
PVC patio furniture, like plastic, is not as aesthetically pleasing or of comparable quality to some of the other materials we’ve looked at. That said, PVC patio furniture is great for poolside lounging since it’s waterproof. Common PVC furniture uses rubber, mesh, or cushioned seating between the PVC foundation, but there is not often a wide variety of colors to be explored as far as the furniture goes.
PVC is pretty movable since it’s lightweight, but not as movable or lightweight as plastic furniture.
PVC won’t rust, but UV exposure will begin to cause browning on its surface. While it’s more durable than plastic when it comes to wind resistance, PVC patio furniture should still be stored indoors during the off-season or covered.
Easy to maintain by washing with soap and rinsing with water. May need additional maintenance with UV discoloration.
It’s nearly August, and the patio season is in full swing. There are barbecues, pool parties, family gatherings and long evenings galore. The patio is getting more use and you may have the desire to refresh, renew, or redecorate. Add a few notes of color or a new element to spice things up. Nothing is more satisfying than making the area you’re spending more and more time in a haven. However, your patio furniture may be well-loved (or expensive) and not quite in need of replacement. To enliven your patio without a full redesign and achieve a level of patio perfection and satisfaction, we recommend taking a look at replacing your cushions, switching out your umbrella or adding a hammock or frameless bean bag chair.
Our Ravenna cushions offer a wide variety of colors and features, perfect for any patio furniture material or style, including benches/loveseats, chaises, and dining or lounge chairs. An addition to the Ravenna cover collection, which includes covers for patio furniture and other outdoor gear, our new Ravenna cushions use a color palette based on the original colors of the Ravenna line. Delina Wells, our Designer and Market Trend Analyst notes that:
“With the decision to add cushions under our existing Ravenna line, I wanted to make sure the new colors felt right moving forward with our existing Ravenna color palette: Dark Taupe, Espresso and Mushroom.”
The result was the creation of an inviting color palette that pulls it colors from familiar and naturally found hues. Here are all the great color options for Ravenna cushions:
Jake Sornsin, our Product Development Merchandiser (and the fantastic spokesman featured in the video above), reinforces that the goal of the Ravenna cushions is to “stay true to the Ravenna aesthetic,” while also being an affordable option for cushions.
One great feature that came from the nod to the Ravenna aesthetic is the introduction of waterfall seams, which increases comfortability and durability.
“Sitting on a cushion without piped seams at the front helps prevent any annoying scratches or lumps under your legs as you sit. Since there’s no seam at the front of the Ravenna cushions, there’s also a lower chance of water sitting on the cushion and seeping into the foam.”
We mention that Ravenna cushions are feature-rich in our introductory video, and we believe that. Some of the other thoughtful features included in the cushion design are shown below:
Gardelle One Fabric System: Gardelle One is a solution-dyed durable woven polyester fabric with a protective water repellent coating and water-resistant laminated backing
Water-Repellent Coating: Resists stains and helps keep rain out and your cushion foam protected
Patented Attachment System: Adjustable belted hem with click-close straps provides a tight, customizable fit to keep your cushion where you want it
Durable Stitching: Bound interior seams are engineered to provide strength and durability at the most demanding joints
Locking Zippers: Zippers lock to keep a tight closure and make stuffing the cushion easier
3-Layered Seat Foam and Solid-Core Back Foam: Foam is designed for comfort and support, with outer layers of open-cell foam enclosing a high-density core that is resilient but conforms to your shape
Warranty: One-year limited warranty
Delina is a particular fan of the click-close straps, one feature from the covers we thought would have a great impact on the functionality and usability of the cushions. Jake agrees that the click-close straps “steal the show,” but points out that one underrated feature of the cushion is the locking zipper, which “makes switching out covers much easier as the zipper helps keep your place as you stuff the cushion.”
Our Ravenna cushions were developed as an extension of the Ravenna cover collection and adhere to a warm, inviting color palatte that while gorgeous,, may not quite suit everyone’s taste. For someone looking for a more intense and modern pop of color, we recommend our Montlake FadeSafe Collection.
The Montlake FadeSafe collection adds a classic look to your patio and ensures a strong resistance to fading. It is also water-repellent and utilizes hooded air vents to ventilate condensation out from underneath the cover.
For more information and product details, see our Montlake and Ravenna collection pages on our patio furniture covers page on our website.
Hammocks can make a great addition to any patio. A comfortable, durable, and beautiful option, adding a hammock to your patio will create a more homey, relaxing environment. Our hammocks come in two different styles: Brazilian and quilted. Note the difference in style and build below!
Finally, adding an umbrella to your patio will complete your patio perfection process by giving your backyard shading for those exceptionally sunny days, as well as by providing an additional aesthetic element to your setup.
This week we asked our employees for their favorite grill recipes. Our submissions ranged from grilled salmon kebabs and spicy Tunisian grilled chicken to smoked potato salad and Tandoori Paneer Tikka, a traditional Indian dish. We also received plenty more tasty, easy-to-make options! Try putting one or two of these recipes to use this grill season. Enjoy!
Grilled Salmon Kebabs
This recipe was submitted by Stacy Laurent, our Accounting Supervisor. Stacy is hoping to try this recipe this summer because her family “loves salmon and [she] thought this would be a different way to serve it up.” See the link below for the full recipe:
This next recipe was submitted by Laura Engstrom, a Production Artist on the Creative Solutions team. She originally “didn’t think asparagus was all that good…until [she] had it grilled.” The instructions for preparing grilled asparagus are simple:
Fresh asparagus spears, trimmed
1 tbsp. olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat the grill to high heat
Coat the asparagus spears with the olive oil lightly. Season with salt and pepper
Grill over heat for 2-3 minutes, or to desired tenderness
Heather Thomas, our eCommerce Marketing Specialist, submitted this recipe.
1-2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (depending on your preferred spice density, I use 1 breast)
1 tablespoon olive oil
Tunisian Style Spice Mix
1 tablespoon Coriander
1 tablespoon Caraway Seeds
1 tablespoon Crushed Red Pepper
1 teaspoon Cayenne Powder
1 teaspoon Garlic Powder
1 teaspoon Onion Powder
1 teaspoon Salt
Fresh ground pepper to taste
“I usually make the spice mix and coat the chicken in the spices, drizzling a tablespoon of olive oil over it once the rub is slightly set in. I let this marinate overnight in the refrigerator and grill to taste. Served with corn that’s been spiced with salt, cumin and coriander.”
Brad’s Mac & Cheese
Brad Dorcik, one of our Online Merchandisers, recommends this unique Mac & Cheese recipe. “I’ve always loved Macaroni & Cheese, but it wasn’t until I started using the grill that our relationship grew,” he said. See below for Brad’s recipe:
Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 30 min
Total Time: 45 min
4 to 6 Servings
1 red pepper
1 green pepper
1 pound elbow macaroni
1/2 salted butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
2 cups whole milk
1 cup grated Asiago cheese
1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
1/2 cup white Cheddar
1/2 cup Parmigiano-Reggiano
1 1/2 cup cups yellow sharp Cheddar
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper, plus 1/2 teaspoon
1/2 jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
1/4 cup seasoned bread crumbs (optional)
Preheat grill to 350 degrees Fahrenheit
Quarter red and green peppers, place them on the grill, cooking until tender
Once grill marks are formed, remove peppers from grill and set aside
Cook elbow macaroni in boiling water (salt optional) until al dente – drain and set aside
In a large saucepan, over medium heat, melt butter and whisk in flour to thicken, about 1 minute
Add 1 cup of milk and whisk in – begin adding cheeses, 1 at a time, thoroughly whisking each cheese
If sauce becomes too thick, add remaining cup of milk
Once all blended – stir in salt, black pepper, cayenne pepper, grilled peppers, jalapeño peppers
Add elbows to the mixture and stir to combine again
With everything combined, add mixture to a cast iron 9” x 13” rectangular casserole dish
Sprinkle top with bread crumbs (optional) and an additional ½ teaspoon of cayenne pepper
Place on grill for 12 minutes – let stand a few minutes before serving. Enjoy!
Amanda’s steak marinade
Amanda Perry, our Marketing Specialist, recommends this steak marinade for your favorite cuts of meat. She recommends applying the marinade 4-8 hours before cooking.
1/2 cup olive oil
1/3 cup fresh lemon juice
1/3 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup Worcestershire sauce
1 1/2 tablespoons garlic powder
3 tablespoons dried basil
1 1/2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
1 teaspoon ground pepper
1/4 teaspoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
2 minced garlic cloves
Couple splashes of good red wine
“Mix all ingredients in a blender and pour over steaks. Refrigerate from 4 to 8 hours.
If desired, add big cuts of raw onion rings to the marinade and throw on the grill with the steaks to get a nice char. Top the steaks with the onions and enjoy!”
D’s Turkey Rollbars
Dorik, our Art Director, has a fun and original grill recipe he came up with and tried on the grill last week. He likes to call them, “D’s Turkey RollBars.” Here’s how to make one:
1 pound of ground turkey
3/4 cup of roasted cauliflower (roughly chopped)
1/2 cup frozen kale (thawed and squeezed)
1/2 cup roasted beets (roughly chopped)
3 TB cilantro dressing (cilantro, red wine vinegar, olive oil, jalapenos, salt and pepper)
Mix all together and form a candy bar shape (like a 3 musketeers)
Place on hot grill. Grill all 4 sides until golden (about 2 min per side)
Remove from grill and get ready. Next few steps need to go quickly
Get that flat top grill heated up and place a large tortilla of choice on the hot grill
Once both side are slightly golden put a spoonful of the cilantro dressing, swirl it around the tortilla before placing a cheese blend of your choice on top
Next, place the turkey bar in the middle, top it with cottage cheese and a shake of hot sauce before rolling the whole thing up (be careful, its hot)
Continue to cook the Turkey RollBar until the sides are to your liking. A good golden brown with a few char marks is what I like
(Optional) You can also make a dipping sauce with more cottage cheese and hot sauce if you like (I do)
Dorik was featured last August in our grill vlog where he cooked up his own burger recipe, perfect for National Grilling Month. Recipe included in the video and in this blog post.
Smoked potato salad
Submitted by our V.P. of Business Development, Shuyler Mowe.
1 lb. small (about 1” x 1”) Yukon Gold Potatoes
½ Cup Green Onion
1 Cup diced Red Onion
2 Cups Arugula
¼ Cup Olive Oil
3 TBSP Dijon Mustard
1 TBSP Red wine vinegar
2 Cloves minced garlic
1 TBSP chopped dill
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
Prepare dressing, combine all ingredients in mixing bowl. Let stand for at least one hour
Slice potatoes in half, lengthwise. Parboil potatoes in salted water until just pierceable with a fork, but not past this. You want potatoes to be firm. Undercooking potatoes is not a huge deal as you can make up for it in the smoker, but do not overcook
Using wood chips of choice (I prefer Mesquite for this), get smoker up to 250 degrees. If using a rack smoker, wrap racks in foil to prevent potatoes from falling through. If using a barrel or other smoker type, use a sheet pan to prevent falling through
Smoke potatoes for 35-45 minutes. When potatoes have absorbed smoke, they will have a browned appearance on the fleshy side and will not be crispy, but somewhat firm. It is important that potatoes do not fall apart. They should be distinct pieces when they go into the salad
Make the salad:
“Put potatoes in bowl and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Then combine with vegetable ingredients and add dressing. Mix and enjoy or refrigerate until serving. This salad has a very unique, savory flavor that is great for a unique twist on a potato salad side and is relatively healthy as it avoids mayo.”
Tandoori Paneer tikka
Shruthi Desai, our eCommerce Marketing Manager, suggests Tandoori Paneer Tikka with grilled vegetables. An Indian dish, Tandoori Paneer Tikka is described by Padma Veeranki, a blogger on Masalakorb.com as:
“Hearty morsels of soft and crumbly Paneer marinated in a delicious mix of Yoghurt and spices, skewered and then grilled till golden brown in a tandoor, thus giving it a wonderful and distinctive smoky flavour. Of course most of us home-cooks have no access to a tandoor, but this dish tastes equally good grilled over charcoal, in an oven or even on a skillet. The recipe is pretty simple and straight forward [even] though you see a long list of ingredients.”
Paneer is a fresh cheese and is often known as Indian cottage cheese, according to Masalakorb.com. The term “tandoor” refers to a “variety of ovens, the most commonly known [being] a cylindrical clay or metal oven used in cooking or baking.” Tandoors are commonly used in Southern, Central, and Western Asia.
See the blog post below for the recipe and instructions:
Kathryn Pinkney, our Creative Solutions Manager, recommends her grilled lamb with rosemary, garlic, and cardamom.
Serves: 10 to 15, depending on everyone’s appetite!
Prep: 20 minutes or less
Marinate: at least 8 hours or overnight. Note – The lamb can marinate up to 48 hours.
Boneless and Butterflied Leg of Lamb (about 5 lbs)
Trim as much silver skin from the meat.
Cardamom – powdered, 1-2 teaspoon
Dry mustard – 1 Tablespoon
Apple Cider Vinegar – 1 Tablespoon
Rosemary – 3-4 6 inch twigs fresh (pull leaves off the stems) or 3 Tablespoon of dried
Fresh Garlic – one whole – minced or pressed
Spicy Brown Mustard – 1/2 cup
Olive Oil – 2 teaspoons
Frozen Apple Juice – 1/4 cup
Black Pepper, freshly ground
Salt (Kosher preferable)
Optional: Feta Cheese, crumbled
Combine the first 2 ingredients in a small bowl. Gradually whisk in the vinegar and let stand for 15 minutes or so
Whisk in the rosemary, garlic, spicy mustard, olive oil, frozen apple juice. Season the marinade to taste with the salt and pepper
To marinate the meat you will need either an extra large ziplock bag or a 15 x 10 x 2 inch glass baking dish. (I prefer the zip lock baggie)
Glass dish Method – pour 1/2 of the marinade in the bottom of the dish. Place the meat on top then pour the balance of the marinade over the meat. Using clean hands, massage the marinade into the meat until thoroughly coated. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and chill. It is best to turn the meat at least once to incorporate the marinade
Zip Lock Baggie Method – pour the whole marinade into the bag followed by the meat. Zip the bag shut taking care to move as much air out of the bag as you can. Now the fun part…. Massage the marinade into the meat for 2-3 minutes. Then place the baggie in a large bowl or dish (this is your safety in case your bag zipping skills aren’t perfect). Place in the fridge to chill. I like to pull the meat out every 2-3 hours to turn over and massage
Prepare your BBQ (medium heat)
Place the lamb on the grill. Reserve the marinade in a dish to use during the cooking)
Grill 15 minutes, brushing with the marinade frequently
Turn the lamb over, brush again with the marinade and grill until an instant read thermometer* registers 130ºF at the thickest part of the meat – this is medium-rare (BTW – check the temp of the lamb often – nothing worse than overcooked lamb)
Grill for about 5 more minutes per side.
*NOTE – if you don’t own an instant read thermometer, buy one. You can get one for under $15 bucks and it is well worth it. Once you use one, you’ll never go back to one of those old-fashioned dial versions – they are not accurate at all.
Transfer the lamb to a cutting board, cover with foil and let rest 15 minutes (don’t omit or rush this step or the meat will be dried out)
With a very sharp knife, slice the lamb thinly across the grain (1/8” or less). Arrange on a serving platter and sprinkle the feta over the lamb
If you prefer thicker slices, do so! I find that if I have leftovers and want to reheat, a thicker slice won’t over cook/dry out
I recommend an accompaniment of rice and a grilled vegetable (zucchini, carrots, corn – actually any type of vegetable that won’t fall apart on the grill works too)
I also recommend a side of sliced cucumbers with yogurt or sour cream with just some salt and pepper
“This is one of my favorite meals – I’ve grilled this lamb several times for large groups of friends. Most recently I prepared this BBQ Lamb while offsite on Bainbridge Island, WA. Not only is it a “show stopper”, but it’s easy to assemble, marinate, and then cook after a long day of shooting Classic Accessories covers. My way to grill!”
We hope you enjoy these recipes and put some to use during National Grilling Month!
We’re celebrating Father’s Day! Father’s Day truly is a special day we get to spend with our family and friends. It gives us time to relax, unwind, and enjoy the company of our loved ones. Out here in Washington, with the weather looking to be sunny and 75 for the weekend, Father’s Day will be particularly great, as we get to spend time outside on our patios and in our backyards, enjoying the great weather and some Mariner’s baseball. Since Father’s Day is all about the time we get to spend with our family and friends, we asked some of our employees to write about their experiences with their fathers, as well as with their kids on this special day.
Dorik Downing is our Senior Graphic Designer and has some fun plans for this Father’s Day. “My parents and in-laws are coming over and we’ll be cooking fried chicken, as well as skewered jumbo prawns, and my daughter is making an aioli,” he said. His mother is also baking a cake using the recipe for the wedding cake from the recent royal wedding.
Paul is our Vice President of Finance, and his submission was particularly moving, because Father’s Day is also a time to remember our passed loved ones, especially our fathers or grandfathers. Carrying on the experiences that our fathers have given us, like Paul has, to others is a powerful thing.
Sue Forberg is an EDI Supervisor and Analyst. What inspiring, lovely words from her dad! “My favorite memories were the lazy Sundays when we would make a day and go to a used bookstore together. We are both avid readers so this was a great bonding time. It was just great father-daughter time,” she said, when asked about her favorite moments with her father in the past.
Wendy Pfeifer is a Sales Assistant, and her picture perfectly shows off one of our very own Colorado XT pontoon boats, which can be found below in our list for recommendations for Father’s Day 2018 gifts. If your dad enjoys fishing or outdoor experiences, check out our top 4 fishing picks from one of our earlier blog posts.
Such heartfelt experiences and memories we’ve shared with our fathers and families are truly priceless, and certainly make Father’s Day all the more special. Check out more of our employees’ Father’s Day memories and stories on our Facebook page, or watch them in slideshow format.
Here are some recommendations for great experiences with your father:
Thank you for all of those who came to our ribbon cutting to celebrate the grand opening of our NEW location!
Our new building is located at:
26600 72nd Ave S, Suite 101
Kent, WA 98032
7 short months ago all of us at Classic Accessories were bused over to a HUGE dirt lot with shovels in hand and excitement in the air, we broke ground on what was to become our NEW 229,276 square foot building.
Within 7 months, our building was move in ready! Our warehouse staff worked 28 straight days to move 8,231 pallets of products which took 291 semi-trailers to move! Our new office space holds over 100 full time employees with a two-floor open concept design. It’s one of the first LEED certified spaces in Kent, WA as well.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is one of the most popular green building certification programs used worldwide. Developed by the non-profit U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) it includes a set of rating systems for the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of green buildings, homes, and neighborhoods that aims to help building owners and operators be environmentally responsible and use resources efficiently. LEED certified buildings are intended to use resources more efficiently when compared to conventional buildings simply built to code.
Our new location was designed with careful considerations to our in-house teams with spaces for Quality Control, Photography/ Videography Studio and an indoor/outdoor patio space (since we kind of like to walk-the-walk in that category) just to name a few.
If you missed our LIVE video, please take a look below for our CEO, Brian Bozlinski’s speech today before the ribbon cutting:
Brian ended the remarks with, “I just want to share how very proud I am of our team, not only for the efforts everyone has put in over the years, but for their ability to continually embrace and drive change for the betterment of their team members and our customers, a true testament to the strength of our staff. We are excited for our new space not only because it provides our team with a better environment but how it will enhance our ability to better serve our customers, support our future initiatives and what we like to say here at Classic Accessories, to enjoy the journey.”
Here’s a quick tour of the place:
More pictures to come!
Thank you again for celebrating this amazing move with us. Here’s looking forward to a bright future in the place where it already feels like home.
We have some amazing lifestyle images of our collections. After our latest photo shoot at Lake Oswego, our team sat down to tell us about their favorite shots, some of the more challenging aspects of how the days go and a little magic that happens when you design covers for the elements and Oregon throws you gorgeous days without rain:
Dorik Downing, Art Director.
Jake Sornsin, Product Manager.
Brad Dorcik, Associate Online Merchandiser.
Heather Thomas, Production Artist.
We know that even through Summer, keeping your grill cover handy at a moments notice is always a good idea to prevent elements like rust from damaging one of your favorite pieces of patio furniture to gather around. Sometimes, a Summer Shower means torrential rain, sometimes it just enough to water the geraniums. We kept both of these scenarios at the top of mind when designing our Madrona Collection’s key feature: taped seams.
Delina Wells is the designer behind our Madrona Collection. (More from Delina and how she likes to enjoy sunny weekends in Seattle here!) When asked about the key element for this collection, she let us know that, “All of the critical seams in the Madrona collection are seam taped to prevent water seepage.
The vents and handles are patched on the covers in order to reduce the number of seams and design lines. We seam taped all of the patched on elements as well to help keep rain out and furniture protected..”
Delina puts in a ton of research into her inspiration for colors, fabrics and features and when asked what she brainstormed for Madrona, she quickly replied:
“The colors of the Madrona Collection were inspired by a lush lake front home with lots of large Madrona trees and window boxes filled with red geranium. These inspirational colors are evident in the details of the designer striped handles and webbing attachments.”
The Madrona RainProof Collection by Classic Accessories keeps your grill safe giving you peace of mind for years to come. Our RainProof fabric combines style and durability with taped seam construction to keep rain and weather out in all conditions.
Classic Accessories is based out of Kent, Washington. Which is a hop, skip and a jump South of Seattle. We have been based here for many years and through them we have connected with some of the great resources that make our community great.
Last week we had Bloodworks Northwest out here again for a donation day in their “Bloodmobile” and we were able to give enough to save 63 lives! It takes less than 20 minutes for the whole process: check in, donate and be rewarded with delicious treats. (easy right?)
Who is your donation helping? Check out our last donation day here.
Local patients need blood transfusions for many reasons like cancer, chronic illnesses, blood disorders and surgeries. One thing they don’t have to worry about when they are facing a health challenge is blood being available because of donors like you.
The blood supply for our region depends on thousands of local individuals every week who make the decision to give blood and help keep folks safe when they need the gift of life-saving blood. Did you know…
• A total of 30 million blood components are transfused each year in the U.S.
• Only 5% of the population donates
• Each day, nearly 900 people must donate with BloodworksNW to meet the local need
• The blood used in an emergency is already on the shelves before the event occurs
• Every 2 minutes, someone in western WA is receiving a transfusion
This Spring we also walked up the street to Northwest Harvest to spend a day volunteering in their fulfillment center. Northwest Harvest’s mission is leading the fight for hungry people statewide to have access to nutritious food while respecting their dignity and promoting good health. We had 28 staff members contribute and help pack 5,550 pounds of rice which helps feed 4,269 families in our community. That’s HUGE!
Hunger Fast Facts for Washington: • Washington is the 23rd hungriest state in the nation.
• 1 in 5 kids in Washington state lives in a household that struggles to put food on the table.
• 1 in 7 Washingtonians relies on SNAP (food stamps), the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, which is severely threatened by budget cuts. Half of all people on SNAP are kids.
• The majority of working-age Washingtonians who live in poverty are actively working or looking for work.
• Since the start of the recession in 2008, Washington has cut more than $12 billion in discretionary spending from our state’s operating budget, all in the areas of public safety, higher education and basic needs services.
• 1 in 5 Washingtonians relies on their local food bank.
Summer – isn’t always the most favorite season for kids.
Northwest Harvest also runs a Kids’ Summer Food Club which reaches kids who normally have access to meals during the school year during the Summer months by serving kid-friendly food to areas where 1) we have partner programs, 2) no near summer meal sites, and 3) where over 50% of the children apply for free and reduced meals during the school year.
Classic Accessories has also taken a local elementary school under our wing and each year we do an annual school supply drive for our neighborhood Redhawks. Anything from glue sticks and binders down to our favorite boxes of Crayola, we are rounding up supplies to fill those backpacks up come September. Donations don’t stop at the classroom, some of them go straight to kids in need of warm coats and shoes to the nurses who need first-aid items. All of them go to the well being of our community’s kids. What could be better?
It’s no secret that we are all about the outdoors – it’s kind of our thing. How to protect your favorite investments all year round by loving our own outdoors from season to season. So it wasn’t a surprise when we decided that this Summer we would partake in a local park clean up, more to come on that in August.
Showing off our products and the in-house teams here at Classic Accessories is easy. It’s the culture here and a strong sense of community that really gives us a base on which to grow ideas which ultimately we get to share with you, in the form of products and services. Some may say “it all starts at home” and home is a term we use here as well. Home to our team is our community around us here in Kent, Washington that we are so proud to be a part of.
It’s been an amazing year with our Loyalty members, and we couldn’t be more thankful. To say thanks – we’re giving away some great prizes in our first-ever: Loyalty Appreciation Giveaway. Winners* will be announced on December 1st, 2014 – just in time for the holiday season.
Grand Prize: Weber® GenesisTM E310 Grill + Grill Cover of your choice
2nd Place: $250 store credit to ClassicAccessories.com