Pages Navigation Menu


Olives and Twists

4 Unique Catering Options

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 4 Unique Catering Options

If you have a work, school, or other function for which you need catering, consider going a route that is somewhat nontraditional. There are numerous ways in which you can have your event catered that won’t conform to others’ expectations but are sure to be a hit. Throughout the course of this brief article, you’ll learn about just a few unique catering options. Biscuits Biscuits are the warm, flaky, dense comfort food that have been a staple of catering trends for years upon years. However, there are numerous variations on biscuits that can make your catering event truly stand out. For example, instead of a traditional tray of biscuits, ask around and see if these can be replaced by buns, pretzel rolls, or croissants. Locally Sourced Options Locally sourced food options do not refer to the dish that is in front of you, but rather, from where the dish was procured. With locally sourced options, you can ensure that the money that you spend on catering is going right back into your local economy. This would be a good option if your event is for people who are generally quite conscious of what they eat and where the food comes from. Umami Umami is not a food, per se, but rather a flavor. While many people have come to recognize categories like sweet, bitter, and savory, umami is a distinctly Japanese flavor that has recently come into the Western public’s consciousness. A prime example of an umami flavor is a Japanese soy sauce. Consider options that can carry this sort of meaty, gluten-heavy flavor, like dumplings or even burgers. Vegetarian Options Approximately 16 million people in the United States alone are vegetarian. Chances are, if you cater an event, especially one aimed at a younger, college-aged crowd, you’re going to have a few vegetarians in the mix. It is important to have a wide array of vegetarian dishes, not only to cater to those that consider themselves to be strict vegetarians, but to also add some health conscious options to those that are omnivores. Vegetarian meals can range from the simple, such as seasoned asparagus, to more complex varieties that even emulate the taste and texture of meat. Hopefully this guide has given you some ideas of unique catering options that you can serve at your event or party. Contact a local and trusted catering company to see about even more robust and singular...

read more

Looking For Something Tasty For Dinner? Check Out This Delectable Poussin Chicken Recipe

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Looking For Something Tasty For Dinner? Check Out This Delectable Poussin Chicken Recipe

Chicken is loaded with protein and other vital nutrients. Not only is it good for you, but it tastes delicious as well. There are a number of different recipes to help you make some of the most delectable chicken around. The next time you aren’t sure what you want to make for dinner, check out this delectable lemon and rosemary poussin chicken with garlic and wine stock. This tasty recipe will make just about any occasion special and nutritious. Gather the ingredients below and follow this simple recipe to make a meal fit for four. Ingredients: Four poussin chickens Three tbsp. divided olive oil Pepper and salt to taste One quartered lemon Four rosemary sprigs Five tbsp. white wine Five tbsp. chicken stock Additional four rosemary sprigs to garnish 24 garlic cloves Preparation: Follow the directions below to have food ready to eat in just under 1.5 hours. Preparation should only take about 20 minutes, while the rest is waiting on the food to cook. This saves you on preparation time and lets you do other things around the house as your meal cooks. Begin by heating your oven to 450 degrees F. Rub all of your poussin chicken with olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste. In the cavity of each bird, add in one rosemary sprig and one lemon wedge. Arrange all of your birds into a large roasting pan. Put all of the garlic around them nicely. Place into your oven and allow to cook for 25 minutes. Reduce the temperature to 350 degrees F. Whisk the wine, remaining oil and chicken stock together in a bowl. Pour your mixture over all the birds. Roast an additional 25 minutes or until all of the juices are clear. Make sure you baste your birds every 10 minutes. Transfer your poussin chicken onto a platter. Empty any remaining juices out of the cavity and into the roasting pan. Use foil on the birds to make sure they stay warm while you finish the dish. Take all of the garlic cloves and juices and put them into a saucepan. Boil for about six minutes or until all of the liquids have thickened into a sauce-like consistency. Cut your birds in half and put them out on plates. Spoon your sauce over your birds. Add the last four rosemary sprigs and you are good to go. This delicious poussin chicken goes well with fresh roasted potatoes, green beans and some dinner rolls. Enjoy how amazing your meal tastes when dining with your loved ones at your side. For more information on where to buy poussin chicken, contact a supplier like Joyce...

read more

Looking For New Cookware? Ask Your Grandparents What They Used

Posted by on Dec 9, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Looking For New Cookware? Ask Your Grandparents What They Used

Novice cooks may think that the most effective options for kitchen gadgetry have to be new and as complicated as possible; but, this point of view neglects some seriously useful vintage cookware that can be better than anything that’s been invented in the last 20 years. Rather than reaching for a pan covered in Polytetrafluoroethylene or some other space-age coating, opting for cookware that would have been available to your grandparents of great-grandparents can have some serious advantages.  Cast Iron Cast iron pots and pans have simple, straightforward designs which makes them perfect for a huge number of cooking applications. For example, you could sear a thick steak on your stovetop and then pop the whole thing–skillet and steak–into the oven to get a delicious crust on a steak that’s also cooked all the way through. Another advantage over more modern cookware is that cast iron forms its own natural nonstick coating thanks to a generous rub of canola or vegetable oil that gets applied before cooking. This coating is tough and long-lasting, unlike artificial coatings that can flake off in your food over time.  Solid Copper The most obvious benefit of solid copper cookware is its gleaming shine, which goes with many kitchen color schemes and adds class and distinction to any stovetop. You may want to look for copper pans for sale so that you can display an array of pots and pans on a wall above the range. Copper products can’t be beat for boiling or simmering since the highly conductive metal heats evenly, helping your water to boil faster and your sauces to heat more evenly. Also, like cast iron, solid copper cookware doesn’t have any sort of coating to rub off, which makes it number one in durability and food safety even after years of use.  Ceramics Ceramic bakeware is the gold standard of bakeware and is favored over other options like glass for several reasons. First and foremost, ceramic baking dishes and pans are harder and more chip-resistant than glass, meaning you’ll be able to pass one down for generations if you find something investment-worthy. Also, due to the hardness of ceramic, these pans are very resistant to thermal fracturing, which happens when a brittle material changes temperatures too quickly and breaks. This means you can pop a ceramic dish straight from the refrigerator into the oven without fear of an explosion, which is super convenient and brings some welcome peace of mind to the table along with your favorite...

read more

Tips For Catering A Class Reunion

Posted by on Sep 29, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Catering A Class Reunion

If you are in charge of scheduling your class’ class reunion, then you are going to be under a lot of pressure. You have to find everyone and contact them in order to increase the number of total people that show up. You are going to need to find a venue that is large enough to hold everyone. Finally, you are going to have to worry about making sure that the food goes smoothly. Here are some tips for taking the food problems off of your plate and ensuring that you are able to focus on the other aspects of planning a class reunion. 1. Choose a Catering Service That Has Vegetarian Options For a class reunion, you cannot expect that everyone is going to show up on time. As a result, you are likely going to have a buffet that people can eat from whenever they are hungry. If you choose to go with a buffet, you need to make sure that you have a vegetarian entree as well as a regular entree with meat. This is because, unless you have a very small class in which you can contact everyone individually and ask them what their food preferences are, you are likely going to have members of your class or their spouses that are vegetarian. Having a vegetarian option will allow you to make sure that they don’t leave early and waste your hard work in order to go get food. Choosing a catering company that is able to easily make side dishes and two types of entrees will make your life a great deal easier. If you are worried about whether or not it is worth it, make specifying if you are vegetarian part of the RSVP requirements. 2. Choose a Catering Service That Will Dispose of Extra Food After long weeks of planning and one fun-filled night, the last thing that you are going to want to focus on is what you are going to do with all of the extra food at the end of the night. No matter how much you plan and how many RSVPs you get, chances are good that people are not going to show up that you planned on arriving. This is going to leave you with a great deal of extra food. Make sure that you have a catering company that will deal with it so that you do not have to. 3. Consider Serving Only Finger Food If you cannot get an accurate headcount and if you cannot find a service that will dispose of the extra food, simply go with a catering service that provides appetizers. These will be easier to dispose of, smaller, and will usually have at least one vegetarian option that will keep everyone happy. Simply state that finger food is going to be served, rather than a full meal. For more information, talk to a company that specializes in banquet hall catering (such as Mascaro’s...

read more

How To Start A Food Truck

Posted by on Sep 2, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Start A Food Truck

Food trucks have become increasingly popular in America, especially in big cities with hungry people who are short on time. As the food truck business grows, you want to get in on the action. After all, it seems like a great way to be your own boss and set your own hours. But how do you start a food truck business from scratch? Consider the following things. Plan Your Menu First, you have to decide what type of food you are going to sell. That may seem like an easy task, but it’s not. The world of food trucks is full of wanna-be businesses that simply chose the wrong food. If you don’t have simple, cheap, yet delicious food to offer, no one will come to your truck. Consider the other food trucks in your area. They usually put a twist on a classic. Choose a niche like mac ‘n’ cheese, crepes, gourmet burgers, shish kebabs, street tacos, or barbeque.  It’s best to go with a simple, small menu that’s easy to cook within the confines of your truck. Or, you can have a rotating menu to keep patrons on their toes and coming back for more.  Outfit the Truck Next, it’s time to get your truck ready for business. You may buy a used food truck from a previous owner, an old box truck that needs conversion, or a brand new truck ready for cooking. Whatever the case may be, make sure the truck has pristine features like: a safe and reliable engine commercial refrigeration and cooking appliances a clean and eye-catching body wrap to attract customers space for food storage Find Your Brand  Once your food is on point, you need to hone in on your truck’s brand. Serving good food is only part of the equation. You have to present a fun, niche brand that people will gravitate towards. For example, you may make tacos like everybody else, but your tacos are Southern- or Asian-inspired. Or you only sell desserts, but you’re also in the local roller derby and want to portray that attitude in your business. Go with something outrageous that makes you stand out. Choose Locations  And lastly, you need to come up with a list of tried and true locations that work for you. Don’t forget to think about timing, as well. Are you open for all 3 meals, or just really late at night? Consider going to food truck meet-ups, parking lots near malls or big office buildings, parks, festivals, tourist locations, conference centers, and more. Now you’ve got an idea of the work involved in starting your own food truck. But the best advice of all is to be yourself and have fun with...

read more

Why You Should Buy An Antique Garland Stove

Posted by on Jul 21, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Why You Should Buy An Antique Garland Stove

Antique gas stoves are a treasured commodity in the kitchen of serious cooks and amateur gourmands alike. Though modern Garland stoves are still being manufactured, the old-fashioned gas ranges that were made before 1955 are not only collectible, but also practical. You might wonder why you should spend thousands of dollars on an old stove, rather than investing in a modern one. The following is a list of reasons why a Garland stove is a sound investment and would be an incredible edition to your kitchen. It looks adorably retro Antique gas stoves are full of charm and character. They also come in a wider array of colors than modern appliances. A vintage Garland stove is sure to enhance the appearance of any kitchen. It will appreciate in value Modern stoves that are computerized will become obsolete as soon as the technology changes. Whereas an antique stove is using the tried and true, analog method of gas heating up cast iron. As antique gas stoves become more rare, they will continue to increase in value. It was considered a “dream” stove by Julia Child Julia Child famously used a Garland stove to prepare her famous recipes for the French cuisine that is featured in her cookbook “Mastering the Art of French Cooking.” It was her “dream” stove. She wrote in her memoir that she loved her Garland stove so much she “vowed to take it to my grave!” Child’s Garland stove is now in The Smithsonian. It’s easy to restore or to repair Antique stoves are made out of cast iron, steel, and porcelain. These materials can have the old grease, paint, and rust scraped off of them and made to look new again. There are places that still sell parts that fit old vintage Garland stoves, like garland stove parts suppliers. You can buy a Garland stove that is already restored, or you can order parts and put in the elbow grease to restore your own. Once you cook in your new-to-you Garland stove, it’s doubtful that you would ever want to part ways with it; however if the day comes to sell your restored or repaired stove, it will likely be worth more than what you paid for it. It is incredible to cook with The most important part about buying a Garland stove, is of course all of the wonderful food you can prepare with it. An antique Garland stove has features like two ovens for cooking dishes at different temperatures, and a built in pancake...

read more

Tips For Making The Best Pizza In Your Neighborhood

Posted by on Jun 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Making The Best Pizza In Your Neighborhood

Who has the best pizza in your neighborhood? Pretty soon it’s going to be you! These inside tips and tricks for preparing great pizza will have your family members and guests raving.  Never, Ever Use the Rolling Pin Pizza dough that’s been pressed with a rolling pin can be tough and chewy. If you’re having a hard time getting your pizza dough to spread out on the cooking surface, this means the strands of gluten have become tough and tight. You can fix this problem by letting the dough “relax”–that is, letting it sit untouched for a few minutes. This will fix the gluten problem and allow you to spread out the dough by gently tugging and pinching it until it spreads into the desired shape.  Preheat Your Oven to a High Temperature Preheat your oven to the desired temperature–and make it hot, hot, hot. To achieve a crisp, fluffy crust, brick oven pizzas are baked at a temperature of about 800 degrees. You may not be able to achieve those temperatures with your own oven, but turning it up to its maximum temperature will help you replicate the textures and effects of a brick oven pizza. Since the amount of time the pizza needs to bake depends on the oven temperature, you’ll have to keep an eye on the pizza to ensure that it doesn’t overcook. Remove the pizza when the cheese has begun to brown. If baking on a pizza stone, check the highest temperature that your stone can handle. Baking a stone at a temperature higher than the recommended maximum may cause the stone to crack.  Don’t Cook Two Pizzas at Once Bake your pizzas one at a time to ensure adequate air flow in your oven and to avoid undercooking the top or bottom of your pizza. Make Your Own Sauce Store-bought pizza sauces tend to be loaded with unnecessary spices and sugar, making their flavor more dense and overpowering. If you’re passionate about making your own pizza, try creating your own pizza sauce following these steps: Puree tomatoes (preferably garden-fresh) in a food processor or blender.  Slow cook the resulting sauce on an extremely low temperature for several hours, until the extra water has evaporated and the sauce is approximately the consistency of typical marinara sauce. Add salt, basil and a dash of olive oil to taste.  Continue to cook on extremely low heat while the flavors blend together. Remove from heat when the sauce has achieved the flavor you desire. Let the sauce cool then freeze in small batches. Making good pizza requires some experimentation, but with trial and error, you can tasty have pizza in your own...

read more

Kitchen Items For the Outdoor Couple

Posted by on Apr 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When it comes to buying gifts for couples, shopping can be difficult. Some couple create a registry, but they may not even realize all the options that are out there. This is especially true if they are a young couple setting up housekeeping for the very first time. You know that they are going to need some items for the kitchen. You also know how rough it can be to start out on your own, especially if you don’t have a hope chest or anything similar. You’ll want to get the couple kitchen items they will use, but you don’t necessarily want to try to force a particular type of decor on them. The solution is to get them kitchen items that are useful when it comes to their other interests. When it comes to couples who enjoy the outdoors, there are plenty of items to choose from. Fishing Supplies If the couple enjoys fishing, then they probably enjoy cooking the fish as well. There are some really handy smallwares that make dealing with fish in the kitchen much easier. Consider any of the items below. Fillet knife: The fillet knife is especially sharp so that it can be used to scale and fillet fish. Other knives make the process far messier and difficult than it needs to be just because they aren’t thin enough or sharp enough to handle the job smoothly. Fish spatula: The fish spatula is a slotted tool that makes it easy to turn fish. It’s a bit wider than other spatulas so it isn’t as easy to break delicate cooked fish when you turn them. Lobster ring: For those who are really serious about fishing, the lobster ring means they can cook lobster right in their kitchen instead of picking one out in a restaurant. Lobster claw mitt: If you’re looking for a fun gift for a fishing couple, the lobster claw oven mitt is useful, but also looks somewhat humorous. Hunting Supplies People who like to hunt also like to process their own meat. You might consider anything from a dehydrator for making jerky to a meat grinder for grinding up the meat they don’t want to cook as a whole slab. Cast Iron Cookware Cast iron is great because you can use it inside or outside. It cooks just as well on a stove top as is does on a camp fire. Cleanup is as simple as wiping the pot or pan out when they are done, so those who like to use it when camping don’t have to worry about packing the dish soap. Some of these items are perfect for couples simply because they aren’t things that a new couple can afford to buy right away. Instead, they will go without and make do with something else. You can help the young couple out by offering them some of these dream supplies for those who enjoy the outdoors. For more information, contact Louis Wohl & Sons Inc.     ...

read more

How To Survive As An Off-Line Florist In An Online World

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As the internet becomes increasingly expansive, the place for small neighborhood flower businesses seems to be growing smaller. In fact, between the years 2000 and 2011, the number of local independent flower shops declined by 37% across the nation. One of the biggest reasons for the decline is due to huge corporate online florists. Unfortunately, most people find it easier to send Aunt Edna flowers with a few clicks than going into a flower shop and purchasing their bouquets in person. The florists that do make their businesses work have learned a few tricks. If you own or are employed by a neighborhood florist, you may want to try these handy tips to keep your business in the black, and the flowers in the green. Make the Most of Every Sale Barring an electronic disaster, you will never have the foot traffic enjoyed by florists a decade ago, so it is important to make the most of every sale. Raising prices is one way, but that can backfire and send even your loyalest customer to the cheaper online flowers. The trick, therefore, is to get your customer to buy more items with each purchase. You do this by creating less expensive add-ons to the larger sale. One great add-on sale example is selling high quality bulk salt water taffy. You can buy this delectable treat, wrap it in lovely bags of netting and ribbon and keep a display near the till. Who wouldn’t want to add on this sweet little gift when buying flowers? It is inexpensive way to add a little oomph to the gift. Team-Up with Complementary Businesses There are a number of businesses that are perfect partners for flower shops. Jewelry stores and wedding boutiques are perfect examples. Find other independents such as yourself and offer an advertising trade-off. They will recommend your services and display your business card in their store and you will return the favor. You can also give a 10% off card and have them include it in every bag, and you return the favor with every flower you sell. This will help create new customers, as well as creating loyalty with your current customers. Who doesn’t appreciate a discount? Become Active in your Community People cannot buy your flowers if they don’t know you exist. It used to be you could put ads in the paper or on the radio, but the internet has dampened the effect of those types of media, so you have to rely on good old-fashioned word of mouth. The best way to do this is make yourself known in your community. This is done through many avenues. You can teach a flower-arranging course at the local community center, you can join your local business improvement council or you can volunteer for a charity drive. The increasingly involved you are, the greater word of mouth will spread, and the busier you will get. Why wouldn’t someone buy their flowers from the nice lady or gentlemen who helped with the high school musical or raised money for the animal shelter? The great thing about this method is that the people who work with you on these projects are not just more likely to visit your shop, but they will also tell their friends about it. It is challenging...

read more

How To Extend The Life And Nutritional Value Of Your Wholesale Produce

Posted by on Feb 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Fresh fruits and vegetables are expensive, especially during winter when half of the U.S. Is covered with ice and snow. When you find a good deal on wholesale produce, you want to stock up, but then, how do you make it last and remain healthy? There are a few ways you can extend the life and nutritional value of your produce prizes. Vacuum Sealing Vacuum sealing your fruits and vegetables removes any opportunity for bacteria to grow and decreases the anaerobic process that causes fruit and vegetables to decompose. Sometimes wholesale fruits and vegetables have a limited shelf life, and if you stock up without vacuum sealing and freezing or refrigerating it, you could lose a lot of it to your garbage can. Canning and Pickling If you have never learned the old-fashioned art of canning and pickling, now is the time. Most vegetables respond to the canning process well. If you want to can some vegetables, try your hand at these: Beans Corn Carrots Peas Peppers, especially hot peppers of any variety Tomatoes Pumpkins If you want to take a shot at pickling, these are the vegetables that work best: Cucumbers Pickles (immature cucumbers) Zucchini Bell peppers and onions Some types of squash All the produce you choose to pickle should be sliced, with the exception of cucumbers, since you can pickle them in the brine whole or sliced. Sliced, fully-grown vegetables are crunchier and easier to pickle than if you try to pickle them whole. Preserves, Jams and Jellies Most fruits are easily converted to preserves, since you only have to boil and sugar the fruit. Jams and jellies us a similar process, but incorporate pectin or gelatin into the smashed or puréed fruit before it is sealed. If you are vegetarian or vegan, you will want to avoid making jams and jellies because of the origins of gelatin and pectin. Nutritional Value and Shelf Life of All of These Processes Your very best option is to vacuum seal your wholesale produce because it will keep in the refrigerator for up to one month an in the freezer for a minimum of six months. If you cannot afford a vacuum sealing machine, then canning, pickling and preserving, as well as jams and jellies, can keep the fruits and vegetables (on which you got a great sale price!) for up to two years or as long as the jars remain...

read more