Category Archives: Outdoor living

Let Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio Inspire Your Inner Gourmet

Big Green Egg family timeThe warm-weather season has arrived and everyone is poised to spend time outdoors! At Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio we cater to all things outdoor living. This means we can design and build the perfect outdoor living environment to fit your needs and fill it with all the accouterments that make the time you utilize so special. One of our most popular outdoor items among Dayton and Cincinnati area homeowners is the Big Green Egg.

The Big Green Egg is widely acclaimed as the original American-designed ceramic cooker and this modern culinary marvel stands alone as the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market. Eggs offer more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. From the perfect steak, melt-in-your-mouth ribs to appetizers and desserts, the Big Green Egg does it all. In addition, the Egg comes in six convenient sizes to choose from, so there is a model to fit any lifestyle or budget.

A Big Green Egg is a must have for tailgaters!

As your local Big Green egg dealer, we often share Egg recipes to make your outdoor cooking and dining experience more delicious. As we move into spring, farmers markets and local gardens will soon be overflowing with fresh vegetables. With this in mind, we have chosen a few meat-free recipes perfect for making the most from the season’s fresh selections.

Zucchini Bread

BGE Zucchini BreadIngredients

  • 3 cups zucchini, shredded
  • 1 ⅔ cups sugar
  • ⅔ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla
  • 4 eggs
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup walnuts or pecans
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

Instructions

  • Set your EGG for indirect cooking, with the convEGGtor. Stabilize at 350°F/177°C.
  • Grease the bottoms of 2 loaf pans. Mix the zucchini, sugar, oil, vanilla, and eggs in a bowl. Stir in remaining ingredients. Pour into loaf pans.
  • Cook 45 minutes-1 hour.

Indian Curry Summer Vegetable Pan Grill

BGE stir fry

Ingredients

  • 1⁄4 cup water
  • 2 cups broccoli cut into bite size pieces
  • 1 cup red onion cut into thin 1” strips
  • 1 red bell pepper cut into thin 1” strips
  • 1 1⁄2 cups yellow squash cut in 1⁄2” slices
  • 1⁄4 cup sweetened coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon Bouillon Seasoned Vegetable Base
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon curry powder
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon black pepper, ground

Instructions

  • Set EGG for direct cooking (no convEGGtor) at 400°F/204°C.
  • In a bowl, mix coconut milk, Seasoned Vegetable Base, curry powder and black pepper.
  • Combine vegetables in a Stir-Fry and Paella Pan.
  • Pour mixture over vegetables and place pan directly on EGG.
  • Cook for 10-12 minutes or until vegetables are soft and fork-tender.

Serves 4

In addition to our large selection of Big Green Eggs and Eggcessories, we also carry Artleflame outdoor grills. Arteflame pairs the art of cooking with the ambiance of a backyard fire pit. With Memorial Day and Father’s Day right around the corner, now is the time to place your order!

Big Green Egg with Tim Stephens

Tim Stephens, owner Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio and your local Big Green Egg dealer.

Contact us today to learn more at (513) 897 – 2040 or (937) 848-7040 or email us wcohio@archadeck.net.

The Big Green Egg Makes the Perfect Holiday Gift for the Outdoor Gourmet on Your List!

Roasted turkey breast prepared on the Big Green Egg, (recipe below).

Roasted turkey breast prepared on the Big Green Egg, (recipe below).

Do you have a special someone on your Christmas list that is known among friends as the grill master? Or maybe you have that one family member whose home everyone clamors to during the holidays because everything they cook is out of this world delicious? We realize that choosing the perfect gift for the cooking aficionado in your life can sometime be a daunting task — but Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio can make it easy with our Big Green Egg menu of products that is sure to please!

We are your Big Green Egg authorized dealer, and with Eggs and a plethora of Eggcessories in stock we have what you’re looking for with no lines, no rush and no worry! The Big Green Egg is widely acclaimed as the original American-designed ceramic cooker and this modern culinary marvel stands alone as the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market. Eggs offer more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. From the perfect steak, melt-in-your-mouth ribs to appetizers and desserts, The Big Green Egg comes in six convenient sizes to choose from, so there is a model to fit any lifestyle or budget.

A Big Green Egg is a must have for tailgaters!

To demonstrate the Egg’s versatility, we have chosen a few holiday favorites that can be prepared using The Big Green Egg and Eggcessories. Imagine being able to give the gift that keeps on giving, during all seasons for years to come!

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** See these and more Big Green Egg recipes for holiday entertaining at https://issuu.com/biggreenegg/docs/holiday_entertaining_on_the_egg?e=3685215/2596444

You can prepare these easy and delicious holiday favorites on an Egg. Take a look and learn why this is the only outdoor cooker you will ever need:

Grill | Sear the perfect steaks, pork chops or burgers on the EGG. High temperature “steak house” grilling – even at 750º F / 400º C – is quick and easy! Using the two dampers for accurate control, you can lower the heat to a more moderate temperature for other grilled foods. Fish and seafood turn out moist and tender with a flavor-packed crust unmatched by other grills.

Oven | Using the indirect cooking method with a Plate Setter, the Big Green Egg bakes bread, pizza, casseroles, cobblers and pies better than your kitchen oven … you may never cook indoors again! The Big Green Egg retains heat and moisture so well that foods don’t dry out! Poultry, lamb, beef and vegetables are naturally tastier because the juices and flavors stay locked inside.

Smoker | The insulating ceramics of the Big Green Egg allow you to precisely control the temperature even at low heat. A controllable 200 to 350°F / 93 to 177°C gives succulent results with turkey, ham, lamb, chicken, ribs or any of your favorite cuts, infusing them with the aromatic wood smoke flavor. Want to slow cook at low heat for sixteen to eighteen hours … no problem!

More giftsContact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040  wcohio@archadeck.net to view our menu of Big Green Egg items today!

 

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is a master of versatile design — as we end the cycle of boring outdoor living spaces

  • Is your deck too small to use it the way you really want?
  • Do you avoid using your deck or patio because it lacks functionality?
  • Is your outdoor living space an eyesore that degrades your home’s appearance?
  • Is your outdoor structure a safety hazard?
  • Is your deck or porch capacity less than 3 people at any given time?
  • Does your patio limit the space you have available for grilling, outdoor dining and relaxation?
  • Do you find yourself “creeping” into the lawn to have more room for outdoor activities?
  • Does your outdoor living environment leave you feeling claustrophobic?

cookoutIf you answered “yes” to any of the questions above, then it is time to end the cycle of cramped, boring outdoor living — and Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is just the company exceed your expectation of what your outdoor living space can be! Our design philosophy involves more than just building a boring 12 x 12 standard size deck with builder grade amenities. We go far beyond the realm of necessity, thinking “outside the box” to give you the most function and aesthetic for the most value.

 why should your outdoor living space(s) deliver any less satisfaction than those within the home?

Interior of playroom within home.

Your home is one of the single biggest investments you will make. Your home is also the place where you can wind down from the stresses of work, school and other household obligations. This concept is responsible for the titles we use to label certain interior areas of a home. For example a “playroom” is called so for that very reason, we use it for “play”. Whether you define play as reading, board games, or enjoying movie night with the kids. Much the same can be said for the “living” room — after all, this is where most families “live, laugh and linger” indoors. Taking all these factors into consideration, why should your outdoor living space(s) deliver any less satisfaction than those within the home?

Our award winning deck in Spring Valley, OH features a curved, raised area for dining.

Our award-winning deck in Spring Valley, OH features a curved, raised area just for outdoor dining.

Curved integrated bench seating on deck in Central Ohio

Just like the details we pointed out in a previous post titled “Our Dayton & Cincinnati outdoor living space creations emphasize the difference is in the details!” The details of the design make your experience, and how you view the space more fulfilling. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio specializes in providing our customers with a detailed customer oriented design while paying attention to the intricate details that provide a true, custom, one-of-a-kind structure. Our custom deck, porch and patio designs often include curved, radius edging, picture framed borders, integrated seating, planters and integrated lighting  along with other intricate details you just don’t get with typical builders.

Kettering OH 2013 dream deck project

The first question we ask during your design consultation will be “how do want to use your space.” Along with desired functions and aesthetics, we also inquire about what size and type of outdoor furnishings you intend to use within your space. For example, typically a standard-sized outdoor dining table takes up an area 6 feet long and 42 inches wide, with each standard-size outdoor chair taking up an additional two feet. Factor in ample pull out room for each chair will add another two feet per chair. This adds up to a space that takes up a 12′ x 12′ area. In addition to dining tables, most homeowners want a place for seating as well, which will tack on additional space. Once you add side tables and accompaniment pieces, you are looking at the need for more space than most homeowners had anticipated for their furnishings. This is why discussing details such as furniture choices is also an important part of the design process.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

There are thousands of little details that go into designing and building an outdoor living project – some that you see, and some that you don’t.  But their sum total makes up the look, feel and underlying quality of the project as a whole. There are many details that are standard in our designs – both aesthetic and structural – that come as a result of having built thousands of projects. Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio knows the difference in your satisfaction and happiness for years to come lies within the details.  Call us today at (513) 897 – 2040 or (937) 848-7040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”

See more examples of our award-winning outdoor living spaces by visiting our extensive photo galleries located on our website and featured  on Houzz.

 

 

The 47th annual Ohio Sauerkraut Festival is this weekend — don’t miss it!

sauerkraut2016finalArchadeck Outdoor Living is excited to announce our participation in a beloved annual event that has been a cherished part of Waynesville for 47 years —  the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival.  This year promises more than just sauerkraut, with over 450 vendors  participating. Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio will also be participating and our talented design team will be on hand to discuss your outdoor living aspirations and to demonstrate the culinary wonders possible with a Big Green Egg!

sauerkraut-festival-2016The history of the festival began in 1970 after a group of Waynesville’s retail merchants began planning a sideewalk sale and it was suggested that a sauerkraut dinner be part of the event.  With this decision, the Ohio Sauerkraut Festival was born! The first festival took place on October 3rd, 1970 where 538 pounds of the “sauer” stuff was served to around 1500 attendees. Over the years, word quickly spread of the delicious food, unique crafts and lively entertainment. Today, festival serves 7 tons of sauerkraut and attracts approximately 350,000 visitors each year to browse among the over 450 craft booths and sample the offerings from more than 30 different food booths. It continues to be one of the top quality festivals in the United States, attracting visitors and vendors from every state across the Nation. Vendors come from as far as Hawaii, Florida and California to participate in the festival.

Recent sunroom addition by Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio.

The festival is a top-ranked event in Ohio and features an eclectic mix of arts, crafts, antiques, food and outdoor living! This event will provide you with the perfect opportunity to shop for the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift for those on your holiday gift list, including Archadeck Outdoor Living’s wide selection of Big Green Eggs and Eggcessories.

Sauerkraut with apple and roast potato prepared on the Big Green Egg.

Sauerkraut with apple and roast potato prepared on the Big Green Egg.

We will be here at our showroom to welcome you and offer a demonstration of the culinary wonders possible on the Big Green Egg. We will be located behind the vendor tents in the front yard of our showroom located in beautiful historic Waynesville on 237 South Main Street, it is okay to move beyond and around the tents to reach us! Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is the Dayton and Cincinnati’s area premiere deck and porch builder. In addition to creating memorable outdoor living spaces, we are also your local dealer for Lumon Natural Light Patio Covers, Arteflame Outdoor Grills and  your local authorized Big Green Egg dealer and much more!

Dates & times for the festival are:

  • October 8th 9:00am – 8:00pm
  • October 9th 9:00am – 6:00pm

The Ohio Sauerkraut Festival is always held the second full weekend of October.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Stop by our showroom to sample tasty treats cooked on our Big Green Egg, peruse our outdoor living displays and learn how we can transform your outdoor living from “sour” to “sweet” with a custom deck, porch, patio or combination space in your backyard!  You can also reach us at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040 and via email at wcohio@archadeck.net.

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”

 

 

This project in Centerville, OH, exemplifies maximum appeal with minimal investment

Centerville OH Patio Extension and Privacy ScreenWhen looking at the vast portfolio of large-scale projects featured on our website people are often reluctant to reach out to us about smaller scale outdoor living projects. It is true that we are indeed a custom design and build company and not a repair company, but we embrace the chance to work on smaller scale projects with just as much vigor as large ones. Remember, that in many cases it is way a design addresses and conforms to your specific needs rather than the size. We recently completed a project in Centerville, OH, that exemplifies getting maximum appeal from your outdoor living space with minimal investment.

Eliminate the negative & accentuate the positive

The main goals of this clients was to add privacy within their existing outdoor living space, and to extend the space to make it more functional. Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio addressed both of these goals within a simplistic design. Additional square footage was added to their existing paver patio and screened panels were added to the perimeter of the space. the beauty of these screened panels is they not only look the part, they keep prying eyes at bay and vice versa, but without giving the “feeling” of being fenced in.

Before image of existing space prior to beginning project:

Before image of existing space prior to beginning project:

Centerville OH Patio Extension and Privacy Screen

Centerville OH Patio Extension and Privacy Screen

After the project was completed:

Centerville OH Privacy ScreenFor the patio expansion, we used Oberfield pavers and integrated the existing tree into the new area. The privacy screen is Mt. Hope maintenance free vinyl with a decorative lattice top. The entire space feels more open despite adding privacy from every angle.

Here’s what the homeowners had to say about their completed project:

“Very happy with our paver patio, it’s just what we hoped for.”

— Tom S. in Centerville, OH

We specialize in designing and building new outdoor living spaces and upgrading existing outdoor living spaces — in all shapes and sizes, big and small. Remember, custom doesn’t only mean extravagant designs with an unlimited budget, but it does always means a design tailored to your personal needs and tastes to fit your budget.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Our commitment to excellence in outdoor structure design and building ensures your unique project is built with attention to even the smallest details. We are the Dayton and Cincinnati area’s premier custom outdoor living space design and build firm. Contact us today to learn more at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040 and via email at:
wcohio@archadeck.net

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”

 

 

 

Imagine your backyard possibilities with Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio!

Kettering OH 2013 dream deck projectWe all daydream about how we imagine our perfect home would be. Whether you love cooking and imagine extending and transforming your kitchen into a culinary crescendo that would make Emeril Lagasse blush, or revamping your two-car into a dream garage worthy of charging admission to enter, we ALL have a vision of improving both the interior and exterior of our homes. Many homeowners have all the right intentions when moving forward with their home improvement endeavors, however, being able to realistically imagine the “vision” is something many struggle with.

With this in mind, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio has put together a pictorial of before and after images of clients we have completed projects for. Being able to see the dramatic, side-by-side imagery will help homeowners, just like yourself, imagine the endless possibilities in your own backyard!

This sunroom and deck addition in Miami Township, OH, totally transformed this home. The space is designed with year-round comfort in mind and is versatile day to evening.

Miami Township OH before and after sunroom and deck addition

Miami Township OH before and after sunroom and deck addition

This Springfield, OH, project entailed adding an upper deck to the homeowner’s existing lower deck. Not only did this provide the shade benefits they had in mind, it also allowed more use of the second story. The new deck is built using premium pressure-treated wood and is designed to accept an under deck rain carriage system, such as DrySnap, in the future.

Before and after backyard in Springfield OH

more after images of Springfield OH deck additions

This Washington Township, OH, screened porch addition changed the whole way these homeowner’s live outdoors and enhanced the aesthetics of their home too!  When we initially met the homeowners for the design consultation they expressed the need for a better space to utilize their time outdoors. Their only outdoor space consisted of a concrete pad which they were using as a patio, but the sun and insects prevented them from enjoying it during the afternoon and around dusk.  The design we created includes a screened room built over the backyard’s existing pad. To further the functionality of the backyard we also built an open-air paver patio off the porch.

before

Washington Township OH screened porch

Interior images of Washington Township screened porch addition by Archadeck of West Central & SW Ohio

This project in Centerville, OH, proves the power of changing an existing outdoor space for the better. These homeowner’s already enjoyed using their existing screened porch for two out of the four seasons, but felt like they were still missing out on some prime usage. With our professional installation of a EZE Breeze system of vertical sliding panels of vinyl windows backed with screens, they do get more! When the weather is right, they can slide them down for a screened in porch, and pull them right back up when it’s raining!

Before and after EZE Breeze in Centerville OH

In 2013, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio was chosen to design and build the deck for the 2nd place winner for the Dream Backyard Makeover contest, which was sponsored by Archadeck Outdoor Living and Belgard Hardscapes. As you can see from the before and after pictures, which were part of the entry to this contest, we took this backyard from dull to dazzling!

before and after dream deck in Kettering OH

Dream deck in Kettering OH

We hope this pictorial has helped you imagine what your outdoors can be. Whether you are ready to break ground on a new outdoor living structure or are ready to upgrade and existing space, we are here to help!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are ready to move forward with the outdoor living space of your dreams, contact Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio today to learn more. Our outdoor living space designs are built with quality, beauty, value and function in mind every time! Call us today at (937) 848-7040 or (513) 897-2040 or via email at wcohio@archadeck.net.

“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true”

 

Don’t miss the Second Saturday Street Fair this weekend!

Celebrate Back to School with An Archadeck outdoor living space addition!With everyone busy preparing the kids for “back to school” you deserve a break this weekend to enjoy all the spoils historic downtown Waynesville, OH, has to offer. This weekend marks the next to the last Second Saturday Street Fair for the season and it is the perfect event for some family-friendly fun!

The festival has many things to do included artist and craftsman booths, a book swap, local entertainment performances at the gazebo, antiques, games and food! Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio will also be participating in the 2nd Saturday Street Fair this weekend — Saturday from 10-2 our showroom will be open for perusing our extensive portfolio of all things outdoor living. As America’s Deck and Porch Builder®” we have been providing award-winning outdoor living spaces to the Miami Valley since 1990. Specializing in custom designed decks, porches, patios, screened rooms, sunrooms, gazebos and pergolas. We are also your local dealer for the Big Green Egg and Arteflame Grills. We are a NARI Certified Remodeler with a staff of trained design consultants, and a professional staff to deliver the dazzling outdoor living experience that you will enjoy and your neighbors will envy.

Start the New Year off right with Archadeck of Central and SW Ohio

Stop by our showroom at 237 South Main Street in Waynesville during the Second Saturday Stroll event to learn how to heighten your outdoor living experience. Our Big Green “Egg-spert” will be on hand for cooking demonstrations and our talented design team will be available to answer any and all questions if you are considering the addition of a custom outdoor living space! The day promises to be fun and fulfilling!

Archadeck of West Central and SW Ohio is your BIg Green Egg authorized dealer!

The Second Saturday Street Fair is held the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am-5pm and will run the following dates:  August 13th & Sept. 10th. We extend to you our special invitation to come meet and greet our incredible team at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio.

We will be open Saturday with the regional representative for the Big Green Egg  hosting a live cooking demonstration from 10-2 — Make sure to stop in and say hello!

A Big Green Egg is a must have for tailgaters!
Contact us at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040 or via email at wcohio@archadeck.net, or come see us this weekend so you don’t miss the fun.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

How realistic is your outdoor living addition budget?

BudgetThe subject of budgets is an integral part of every outdoor living space project we do. It is obviously not the most glamorous or most-anticipated element that goes into planning your custom outdoor oasis, but is a necessity in ensuring the vision you have is realistic. Just as we covered in our article ” What does shopping for an outdoor living structure and a car have in common?” it’s only natural for homeowner’s to want the most “options” at the best value. The search for the “right” contractor is much like shopping for a new car — finding the best value with all the features you want within your budget.

BudgetsIt is imperative to establish a budget for your outdoor living project. Deciding how much you want to spend needs to be decided upon before we begin designing your project. This is why we inquire about your intended budget during your initial phone call because of the importance of having one in place before proceeding. We realize this is sometimes a hard decision and we make every effort to make it the opposite (easy). If you are unsure of where you need to set your budget, we can show you our portfolio and pictures to help you get an idea of what you want and what you want to spend.

Archadeck outdoor living blissOne thing is certain when it comes to outdoor living spaces: Imagining yourself having one is easy but being able to afford your expectations of that image can sometimes be difficult. This is mainly because often homeowners have a surreal expectation of what a custom outdoor living space can cost, and what they can afford. This is where our commitment to superior customer service, honesty and communication come into play. We are poised to accommodate the customer, in every way. We ensure all the groundwork is in place from your initial consultation to completion of your project which includes helping you establish a realistic budget. We also extend the utmost flexibility to our customers through a detailed materials and pricing menu, for example if one facet of your vision won’t work with your budget, then we can suggest alternatives that can bring you just as much satisfaction. We also strive to keep you in tune with scheduling and ensuring we not only meet but exceed your expectations as we plan, schedule and complete your project.

The ultimate backyard room

Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is the Dayton and Cincinnati areas premier choice for outdoor living structures — big or small, multi-faceted or singular. We specialize in providing homeowners, like you, with the best value, best quality and best craftsmanship customized to cater to the functionality and budget you have in mind.

Our quality design service paired with our innovative detailed pricing menu allow customers to see how different options look together.This will help you make an informed buying decision because many people have an idea of what they want, but have trouble visualizing it and aren’t aware of what they desire realistically will cost.

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

If you are ready to begin planning your anticipated outdoor living structure addition contact us today to set the wheels in motion! You can contact us by phone at (937) 848 – 7040 or
(513) 897 – 2040, or via email at more at (513)897–2040 or (937)848-7040. You can also email us at wcohio@archadeck.net.


“Let this be the year that Archadeck makes your outdoor living dreams come true.”

You scream, we scream, we all scream for ice cream treats created using the Big Green Egg!

In honor of July being National Ice Cream Month, we thought it only proper to spread the sweetness by sharing some of our favorite Big Green Egg ice cream treat recipesIn honor of July being National Ice Cream Month, we thought it only proper to spread the sweetness by sharing some of our favorite Big Green Egg ice cream treat recipes! In case you weren’t aware that there is a whole month set aside to celebrate this delectable, double-dipping goodness, here is a little history courtesy of the International Dairy Food Association website:

In 1984, President Ronald Reagan designated July as National Ice Cream Month and the third Sunday of the month as National Ice Cream Day. He recognized ice cream as a fun and nutritious food that is enjoyed by over 90 percent of the nation’s population. In the proclamation, President Reagan called for all people of the United States to observe these events with “appropriate ceremonies and activities.”

About 10.3 percent of all the milk produced by U.S. dairy farmers is used to produce ice cream, contributing significantly to the economic well-being of the nation’s dairy industry. With this in mind, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is sharing some of our favorite ice cream recipes created by the Big Green Egg.  All of these and more recipes can be found on the Big Green Egg website and Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio is your local dealer for the Big Green Egg and Eggcessories.

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

Homemade Ice Cream Sandwiches

This is a great way to beat the heat while cooking on the EGG. Mix and match your favorite flavors of ice cream with your favorite type of cookie!

Ingredients

  • Your favorite cookie dough
  • Your favorite ice cream
  • Perforated Cooking Grid
  • Aluminum foil
  • Baking Stone

Instructions

  • Set the EGG for indirect cooking (with convEGGtor) at 350°F/177°C, unless otherwise specified by the cookie dough recipe. Preheat a Baking Stone on the grid of the EGG.
  • Make cookie dough as directed.
  • Wrap Perforated Cooking Grid with aluminum foil to prevent cookies from dripping through perforation. Evenly space cookie dough around the Perforated Cooking Grid.
  • Make 4 small balls with aluminum foil. Place 4 balls of foil evenly spaced on Baking Stone and place Perforated Cooking Grid on top of the foil. This allows for proper air circulation so the cookies bake evenly. It isn’t necessary, but is helpful.
  • Allow to bake for 9-11 minutes, unless otherwise specified by the cookie dough recipe.
  • Remove cookies once fully baked and allow to cool. Pair up cookies in sets of two based on relative size. Scoop your favorite type of ice cream onto one cookie and sandwich it with the other.
  • Eat immediately.

Wickles PMBP

Wickles Big PBMP

PBMP stands for Peanut Butter, Banana, Marshmallow & Pickle! Recipe courtesy of Wickles Pickles. For more information, visit wicklespickles.com.

Ingredients

  • 8 Large Marshmallows
  • 8 Peanut Butter Cookies
  • 2 Cups Vanilla Ice Cream
  • 4 Wickles Pickles Slices

Instructions

  • Set EGG for indirect cooking (with convEGGtor) at 325°F/163°C.
  • Grill banana slices directly on the EGG for 1 minute to get slight grill marks. Transfer to aluminum foil and add marshmallows. Cook for an additional minute, or until the marshmallows begin to melt. Remove and stack between 2 Peanut Butter Cookies and top with 1⁄2 cup vanilla ice cream. Garnished with a Wickles Pickle Slice.
  • Makes 4 servings

ice cream sandwiches

A New Spin on Ice Cream Sandwiches

These Cranberry & White Chocolate Oatmeal Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches are the perfect combination of warm cookies from the EGG and cold ice cream for a tasty treat on a hot summer night! Recipe adapted from Canadian Lentils. For more information, visit lentils.ca.

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (60 ml) dry red lentils
  • ½ cup (125 ml) butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup (125 ml) packed brown sugar
  • ½ cup (125 ml) sugar
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) vanilla
  • 1½ cups (375 ml) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (250 ml) old-fashioned or quick-cooking oats
  • 1 tsp (5 ml) baking soda
  • ¼ tsp (1 ml) salt
  • ½ cup (125 ml) dried cranberries
  • 1 cup (250 ml) white chocolate chunks or chips
  • 4 cups (1 L) vanilla ice cream

Instructions

  • Set the EGG for indirect cooking at 350°F/177°C.
  • In a small saucepan of boiling water, cook the lentils for 15-20 minutes, until soft. Drain well and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, beat the butter and sugars for 2-3 minutes, until pale and fluffy. Beat in the egg and vanilla. In a medium bowl, stir together the flour, oats, baking soda, and salt; add to the butter mixture along with the cooked lentils and stir until almost combined; add the cranberries and white chocolate and stir just until blended.
  • Drop large spoonfuls of dough a couple of inches apart on a greased baking sheet; bake on the EGG for 12-15 minutes, until pale golden around the edges and just set. Transfer to a wire rack to cool completely, and if you have time, freeze them (this will make them more firm, and easier to spread with ice cream).
  • Remove the ice cream from the freezer and set on the countertop until slightly softened. Place a scoop of ice cream on the underside of a frozen cookie, top with a second cookie and press down so that the ice cream spreads to the edges. Place on a baking sheet and return to the freezer until frozen. Wrap in plastic wrap and return to the freezer until you are ready to serve them.
  • Makes 1 dozen sandwiches or 2 dozen cookies
Big Green Egg with Tim Stephens

Tim Stephens, owner Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio and your local Big Green Egg dealer.

Archadeck of West Central and Southwest Ohio is the Dayton & Cincinnati’s area premiere deck and porch builder. In addition to creating memorable outdoor living spaces, we are also your local authorized Big Green Egg dealer! We are excited to offer you America’s original ceramic outdoor cooker. You can also contact us at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040 or via email at
wcohio@archadeck.net.

Stroll on over to our showroom during 2nd Saturday Street Faire!

second saturdayIt’s that time of the month again when historic downtown Waynesville welcomes locals and visitors to 2nd Saturday Street Faire! This Saturday, July 9th, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio will open their doors in honor of the event from 10am – 2pm.

This weekend, be sure to attend the  Second Saturday Street Faire, in downtown Waynesville. This weekend marks the second of four of these beloved events which runs through September. Not only are we the areas premier outdoor living structure designer and builder, we also offer a large selection of outdoor living accoutrements to make your backyard come alive with enjoyment. If you are ready to transform your backyard or embark on getting the outdoor living space of your dreams, now is the perfect time to stop in and chat with us!

Outdoor kitchen and patio poolside

Big Green Egg profileArchadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio, the area’s leading custom outdoor living space designer and builder will be firing up the Big Green Egg for demonstrations right out in front of our fantastic showroom. As the most versatile barbecue and outdoor cooking product on the market, the Big Green Egg is the blended masterpiece of modern and traditional culinary technology that offers more capabilities than all other conventional cookers combined. Seven convenient sizes are available and tons of Eggcessories to match, guaranteeing that we have a Big Green Egg to fit any lifestyle or budget!

Arteflame grilling varietyIn addition to being your local dealer for the Big Green Egg, Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio also carries Arteflame Outdoor Grills. his inovative and beautiful grill elevates outdoor cooking to an art form by combining a sleek contemporary look with outstanding functionality. Arteflame is the most unique of any outdoor grill available today. This is the only grill on the market today that can replace that unsightly, traditional backyard grill with a functional piece of art.

The Second Saturday Street Fair is held the 2nd Saturday of each month from 10am-5pm and will run the following dates: July 9th, August 13th, Sept. 10th. We extend to you our special invitation to come meet and greet our incredible team at Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio. We will be open Saturday from 10-2. Make sure to stop in and say hello!

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Tim Stephens owner of Archadeck of West Central & Southwest Ohio

Contact us at (937) 848 – 7040 or (513) 897 – 2040 or via email at wcohio@archadeck.net, or come see us this weekend so you don’t miss the fun!