Monday, December 3, 2018

Burger and Fries at Home

Oh why is the time going so fast!   Halloween and  Thanksgiving just gone by and now Christmas time is fast approaching as well.  
Anyhow, how was your Thanksgiving celebration?   We used to have a family tradition for it but ever since my father-in-law passed away, we just kind of do our own things.  We make non-traditional food to share with our kids at home every year.  In the previous years, we tried to make the traditional food  for Thanksgiving but since it is only the  four of us,  the  leftover is overwhelming so this year, I only made what we can eat.  I made a briskit pot  roast and we ate it with rice.  My husband and daughter  baked a pineapple upside down cake for dessert.  
 I was born and raised in Asia so our meals always consist of Asian food but I make sure to incorporate  my  husband's  favorite American food as well.   His favorites include  spaghetti, lasagna, shepherd's pie, pulled pork sandwich and burgers. 
 Since he loves burger, I thought that having this burger  press patty maker from Cavetools would be awesome.  I can make it at home for a lot less and I can make the way his palate likes.  For this recipe, I only used a pound of ground beef, 1/4 cup of breadcrumbs, 1/4 cup of mayonnaise, black pepper and salt, and chopped onions.   
 I did not make it thick so  the cooking process won't be long.  My husband  like his burger fully cooked so making it thinner is the easier and faster way to cook it.  A palm-sized burger meatball is perfect to press in the patty maker.
 I like the design of this aluminum burger presser.  The palm shaped handle helps reduce fatigue  when you  are pressing multiple burgers.  The set includes a bonus of 200 square burger papers which makes removing  and  separating the burgers easier.  It is dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.
 I love that it has the grill line design so even if you are using a flat skillet, the burger  still looks like  BBQed on a grill.

 The square burger papers makes it easier to stack the burgers for freezing.  You can get this  burger press patty maker  directly from Cavetools thru the link I have provided in this post or you can get it via  amazon   and enjoy a 15% Off the price by using this discount promo code, BURGER15.
 Glad my husband liked the homemade burgers and fries.  I am not much of a burger fan but making it at home and loading it with  spicy peppers  makes a big difference for me.
Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review and not an affiliate of the company either.  I was provided with the complimentary product/s mentioned  for testing purposes and to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Saturday, November 17, 2018

Veteran's Day Celebration 2018

The kids had a day off from school during Veteran's day. Unfortunately, our own veteran (my husband)  had to go to work.  The company he works for does not give that day off to  veterans so he had no choice but to go.  Well, he can report off but since it was  the week where he had to do reports that  needs to be done, he went to work.
Anyway, to make it a bit special for him, we made him  a meal we could all share and enjoy at dinner time.  We made  a rolled up steak, mashed potatoes, cream corn and for dessert, we made his favorite fruit salad.
  I chose the rolled up steak to make but putting flavor  in the middle is  a challenge when the meat is  frozen.  Gladly, I have the Stainless Steel Marinade Meat Injector from  Cavetools.  This high grade stainless steel will never clog, bend, or break .  It includes 3 professional marinade needles for injecting flavor into chicken, turkey, beef, pork, brisket and any other foods.
This would be perfect to give as a gift set this Thanksgiving or Christmas.  You can get this injector  with 15% Off at  amazon using  Injector15 promo code.  Or you can buy it directly from the Cavetools website.
It was perfect using it  with these rolled up steak because I didn't have to  defrost the meat to  infused the  marinate flavor in it.  My husband love  steak with A1 sauce so I used that to enhanced the beef's flavor.

The kids  made their Dad personalized cards which he loved. These cards always makes my husband feel appreciated  for his 20 years of serving the military.  I am proud to be married to a veteran sailor.

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the complimentary product/s mentioned  for testing purposes and to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Friday, October 19, 2018

BBQ Gloves: My New Max Heat Resistant Oven Mitts from Cavetools

Canning  the fresh produce is one of the most satisfying thing I have learned from my late father-in-law.  He's the one who taught me how to  do it when I first  came here in the States.  In the tropical country where I was born and raised, we don't really do canning as we can just grow the veggies   all though the year.  I miss  that about my first motherland, the weather and the  availability of fresh produce in our backyard garden.  Over here, I can only enjoy it during warm season since I don't have a green house.
Anyway, I received this BBQ gloves  from Cavetools to  test and review and I love that it is max heat resistant.  It is perfect to use for grilling and  also for my canning  at home.  I am so glad having a heavy duty  gloves now, I don't have to worry about my hand  getting burnt when I take out something  from the oven or when I grill outside.
Let's admit it, having a good  pair of oven mitt is  important especially when you love to bake or grill.  I  can  assure you, you will never burn your hands again with this one.  My husband loves it, he is the one who loves to bake sweet treat at our home so  this is like a gift for him to have.  Its heat resistance is up to 662°F for smoking, grilling, baking, or cooking.  I also love that  they designed it with extended cuffs because it protect your forearms when reaching into the back of the grill or oven.
I am almost finish  canning  for this season.  Our  weather  is getting colder each day and my  garden is almost done so I will be picking everything and clean the garden soon.
You can buy this heat oven mitts via  amazon through this link  or directly  from Cavetools  website.  You can avail the 15% off by using  this discount code upon check out GrillGlove15.  Since Thanksgiving and Christmas are   almost around the corner, it would be advantageous to get more than one pair of this gloves.  Right now, there's an instant 10% off when you buy one or more.  This would be a great for your love ones who love to bake and grill.
Aside from the produce that I  picked from my garden, my son's godmother also gave me a basketful of  her peppers.  She loves gardening as much as I do but the difference is that, she doesn't  like spicy peppers so gave me most of her produce.  I decided to  pickle and freeze some of it so I will have some to consume  in the winter months.


She planted  more than 10 different kinds of peppers that I am not familiar  about but most of it are spicy so I stuffed and baked the  big ones and pickled some and freeze  the rest.
Cavetools has so many cool kitchen tools.  I got this  jalopeño coorer from them as well.  It's awesome in removing the  core of the peppers.
I am always happy serving my family an organic  food that we grew.  The canned  tomato sauce comes in handy  with this kind of dishes.  I never have to buy tomato sauce again when my garden is doing good because I can enough to last  for a year until the next gardening season comes.
Ever since I was a kid, I love eating spicy food.  My Mom was never  fond of spicy stuff but I  got my father's trait of eating super spicy food.  I was his  eating partner when it comes to spicy food.  Just talking about it makes me tear up, I miss him so much, he was a great cook and I miss all the food he  always cook for us.




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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

The Step-By-Step Guide to Owning Your Own Restaurant Franchise


Being a great cook is something that is sure to please your friends and family. It is also, however, a talent you can create a very profitable enterprise on. People love great food and great service, and if you have the know-how and will to turn your cooking skills into a business, there should be nothing holding you back. Build not just a restaurant, but a franchise, and you can then secure your future, your children’s future, and even your grandchildren’s future. All you need to do to start is to follow these steps:


1.   Start Your Own Restaurant and Make it a Hit

The first step to owning a franchise is to start your first restaurant. Create a menu, a business plan, and take these two items to investors. You can either take out a personal loan from a bank or rely on capital investors or angel investors in order to get the funding you need.

To save costs, it is wise to then rent out an existing restaurant space so that you do not need to pay for the high costs of installing a kitchen, and can instead work on creating the atmosphere that will initially bring guests in.

Great customer service and great food will go a long way. Once you are a success, you can then start the process of selling your brand and building a franchise.

2.   Hire a Lawyer to Start the Franchising Process

There are a lot of different legal processes and requirements when it comes to creating a franchise. Not only do you need to adhere to the law, but you also need to create the contracts that your new franchisees will follow. Your franchises are your brand, and creating a consistent brand is how you all will succeed.

3.   Be Very Selective with Your New Franchisees

The reason why franchises are so lucrative to the owners is that it means other businesspeople come in and invest in you and your company. This allows you to grow profits and reach without putting up the cash in front. Just because someone has the money, however, doesn’t mean they will always be a good fit. You want to carefully vet each new franchise owner before you sign a deal with them.

4.   Build a Network System for Your Franchises

One part of a consistent brand is to provide consistent service. This is best done when all of your franchises operate under one program. Having the same POS system and set of rules and regulations will help each franchise continue your high level of quality. When you create this program, you will also want to invest in a Network as a Service (NaaS) like Masergy in order to sync up all systems, even from remote areas. Linked systems will allow you to monitor quality control and offer help and assistance to your franchisees as required.

Owning a franchise can be very lucrative, but it is a never-ending job. Not only do you need to operate your own business, but you also need to support your franchisees to promote consistent service and quality.  

Friday, October 5, 2018

Hot Wing Bar Tips

Whether you own a restaurant or you're in charge or the food for a special event, hot wings are items that you could include on the menu. An easy way to organize these small pieces of chicken is to make a hot wing bar. Before getting started, there are a few tips to keep in mind so that your bar is a success and so that everyone gets the kind of hot wings they want. 
Start with the freshest chicken possible. Instead of only one kind of hot wing, consider making a few different sauces or breading for your wings so that guests have a variety instead of just a hot flavor. You should also offer a few different levels of heat, such as mild to extreme for those who enjoy a hotter piece of chicken. Teriyaki and BBQ are good options to have on your wing bar along with hot flavors. 
Aside from chicken wings, offer a few types of vegetables or dips. Celery and carrot sticks are good options to consider and tend to tame the heat that is delivered by the hot flavors. Properly label the wings that you make so that everyone can easily detect the various sauces that are used. You could put all of the hot wings at one end of the bar with the other types of wings that you prepare at the other end to keep the flavors separate. Arrange your wing bar so that both sides have the same wings. This will make it easier for everyone to get the chicken that they want without reaching across the bar and without going back through the line on the opposite side. Think about the number of people you have invited or the number of people who have frequented the establishment when you begin preparing your chicken so that you don't have a lot of extra pieces left at the end of the day. 

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Your Ultimate Hangover Survival List



Hangovers are something that most people will experience during their adult life. Often, they bring splitting headaches and bouts of nausea, and they can take up precious time on your weekend that you could alternatively be spending with your family or enjoying some fun activities. Ideally, you should be taking it easy when you are suffering from a hangover, as this gives your body the valuable time it needs to recover properly. However, there are some handy tricks you can follow which can help you speed up this process. Not only will they have your body and mind back to their usual happy self, but they can prevent your hangover from turning into a dreaded two-day ordeal.
Hydrate yourself

When you drink lots of alcohol, your body becomes dehydrated. This dehydration makes your headaches worse and can also cause dizziness and sickness. Resolving this problem is easy when you commit to drinking more than your usual recommended daily intake of water when you are hungover. However, your body will also need to replace the vitamins and nutrients that were lost, which is why many people choose to visit www.resetiv.com to have a double dose of hydration and vitamins. In the space of a few hours, thankfully, the toxins can be removed from your body so that it can begin its proper recovery.
Take a shower

Waking up feeling groggy on a hangover is one of the worst feelings. Sometimes, drinking can cause you to sweat more, which can make you feel worse. The first thing you should do when you wake up after a night of drinking is to jump in the shower. Having one can help you feel revived, and can also bring you back to reality if you are still feeling wobbly. Having some refreshing citrus scents to wash with can be an extra help, and some people even choose to have a cold shower to wake them up more.

Have plenty of naps

Unfortunately, your body will have suffered from a bad night of sleep the night before, even if it feels like you slept heavily. This is because alcohol interrupts the sleep cycle that people usually experience each night. With this in mind, it’s truly no wonder people feel sleepy when they are hungover! After your shower, you should wrap yourself in cozy clothes and relax somewhere comfortable in your home. With a comforting show on television, you can indulge in short naps throughout the day.

Order a takeout

Sometimes, hangovers can bring with them an unhealthy amount ofanxiety alongside the usual hangover symptoms. This can mean you need your favorite comfort food to help you feel better. While cooking a wholesome meal is best for your body, it is likely that you might not feel up to preparing and cooking a meal when you are hungover. In any case, there are numerous healthy takeout places you can order from. However, there is also some evidence to suggest that your usual takeout will give your body the salts and carbohydrates it needs, which other foods might not have.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

4 States To Visit On Your US Foodie Road Trip


If you’re someone who loves to eat, then you might want to consider going on a US foodie road trip for your next vacation. There are a few states specifically you’ll want to make sure you travel through so you can have the best experience possible.

Indulging in all of the local foods is a great way to get a taste for the local culture and better understand why people enjoy living in these areas so much. Be sure to expand your horizons when on your foodie tour and give certain cuisines a try you might not otherwise dabble in at home. 

Nevada
Not only Nevada, but Las Vegas, in particular, will have anything you’re in the mood for and is known for having celebrity chefs and some of the best restaurants in the world. You’ll be glad to know there’s more to do than gamble, which includes hitting up all of the different food spots. There’s pretty much an option for everyone and many over-the-top buffets to choose from if you can’t decide what to order. 

New York
New York is a great location to book a room for a few nights through Vacation Rentals and go exploring. If you’re on the hunt for a delicious slice of pizza, then look no further than this state. It’s also one of the main stages for chefs to show off their skills and showcase new and impressive restaurants. If you’re not up for a sit-down experience, then you can check out one of the many different food trucks that are parked along the roads in the city. There are also plenty of dessert shops if you have a sweet tooth to satisfy.
Texas
Another place to visit on your US foodie road trip is the great state of Texas. Here you’ll find plenty of BBQ and southern options you can’t get up north. There are a lot of casual dining spots so don’t feel like you need to show up in your best attire. In addition, you can choose from a variety of Tex-Mex restaurants and flavors that will have you very glad you stopped at this location on your trip.

Wisconsin
Wisconsin is known for its cheese and beer because it’s some of the best around. There’s no shortage of fried food options as well that will blow you away. Combine it all together, and you have yourself a true feast of some of the most delicious comfort foods in the country. You can even take it a step further and sign up for a tour that will allow you to taste some of the most famous cheeses and wines the state has to offer.

Conclusion
Be sure to count these states in when planning out your next US foodie road trip. As you might already realize, you won’t be disappointed with the wide variety of selections and food groups you’ll be introduced to when traveling from place to place. What you can’t be is afraid to branch out and try new foods while you’re on the tour or you may regret it later on.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Roadtrip Snacks

We are going on a road trip this coming  three-day weekend so I am thinking of  making some road trip snacks that we can enjoy while on the road.  The photos  below are usually what I prepare when we go.
These were from three years ago when we  had our road trip to Hershey, PA.  It was a  spontaneous  trip but we had a lot of fun.
Fruits are my kids favorite, especially different kinds of berries.
Some non-perishable pick-me-ups are also a great option.  When they get tired of the  fruits, they  eat some chips or crackers.
Beverages is very important, we always pack a lot of water  and tea.
Most of the times, we don't eat everything we take but it's good to have it and not need it  than needing it and not have it.
Aside from fruits and other snacks, we also love  bring trail mix or nuts.  Nuts are my favorites because it is not heavy on your tummy but fills you up.  
When you are traveling with kids, it is a must to have  food and drinks.  It is  less expensive and it makes  the trip a lot faster as you don't have to stop at a fastfood chain to buy food.
How about you, what do you normally  pack when you go on a road trip?  I need more ideas so please share yours, thank you.

3 Activities Parents Should Try with Their Kids


Quality time with kids can be moments that most parents look forward to, especially after a long, busy week at work. If you have one or more kids of your own, it’s likely that you can relate. However, finding the free time in between the many responsibilities that you’re sometimes saddled with can often be a challenge. There are many ways that you can create this necessary quality time for the kids which include taking work breaks from time to time and giving up the house chores for the day so that you have a few spare moments. If you’re reading this because you need some ideas regarding activities that you can get up to in the process, there are three that you can try with your kids below.


 

Visiting the Circus
If you’ve never been to the circus before, going with your kids for the first time may be a worthwhile adventure. A circus is a place filled with lights, cameras, and action as well as magic tricks capable of impressing both kids and adults alike. In case you don’t know much about the circus, some of the things you’re likely to see include animal acts, clowns, high-flying acrobats, and of course, lots of cotton candy as well as popcorn. Although the Ringling Bros and Barnum and Baileys Circus may have closed, there is still the option of Cirque de Soleil which frequently tours around the world with different shows in various cities.

Going to an NFL Game
In addition to going to see an exciting circus show, another idea of something parents should try with kids is going to an NFL game. Kids often enjoy high-energy and vibrant environments, so a football stadium would be the perfect place to take them for a fun day out. In case you’re worried about the cost of ticket prices, you should know that it’s possible to get affordable ones for you and the family if you check ticketsales.com. For the most part, you should find that attending a live NFL game with the kids is something they should cherish and remember in years to come.

Fishing
If you want to do something out of the ordinary as well as connect with nature, going on a fishing trip with the kids may be a lot of fun. It’s a chance for them to take a boat ride and see how to catch fish. It is also a relaxing idea for family bonding time as you’ll be out sailing the seas. In case you want to turn it into a mini vacation, some of the best places in the world to go fishing include Brazil, Australia, Brainers in the USA and Mongolia.

Keeping your kids busy and spending time with them in the process can be a good feeling. It’s an opportunity to watch your kids grow, evolve and blossom which is something that parents look forward to most. By choosing to engage in some of the activities mentioned above, you should be able to create new memories that you’ll cherish in times to come.

Friday, July 13, 2018

#BaconWrappedAsparagus + New #GrillPan from Cavetools

 For some reason, I was craving some asparagus so I asked my husband to buy me a bunch  when he went the other day.  I have a new  grill pan  here that I have to review so I thought of  grilling these babies.  I normally bake it but since it is summer, mine as well cook it outside.

I was a little worried that the asparagus will  dry out in the grill but it was still  very juicy and  the smokiness flavor really rock this  dish.
 I am glad there is still an abundant supply of asparagus from the store.  I can't wait to start harvesting  mine from the backyard, few more years and I will have some.
I was gonna make mashed potatoes but since I  am grilling outside, I decided to make potato wedges sand grilled them too.  I seasoned them with brown sugar bourbon Grillmate spices mix.  
 I normally  do single  asparagus when I bake it but since I am grilling, I put three, it was perfect.  Just a little  tip for flavoring the asparagus, before you roll the bacon, add some  dill, it made the asparagus so flavorfull.
 I was worried that I cut the potatoes a little thicker so I pan-fried them  for few minutes before putting it on the grill.
 Both the potatoes and the asparagus  turn out delicious. A lot of fat from the bacon was rendered and it almost burn  it even on a very low  heat setting.  I had to turn it off and  put foil under the  grill pan  to  stop the flame.
 I really underestimated the  fats that will come out from the bacon.  I initially thought of laying aluminum foil under the grill pan but though I could clean it easy.   WRONG!!  So my new grill pan  has a burned  part  that I am trying to  remove.   I use to be able to remove burn  stuff like this with vinegar but it did not work this time.    Any  tips on how to efficiently  remove it  with  using an abrasive cleaning  material?
Anyway, I like this grill pan because it is heavy duty, you can really  utilize it  in grilling. You can buy this  grill pan directly at Cavetools website or via Amazon.  You can use this Cave Tools Coupon Code GRILLPAN15 for a  15% Off savings.  For grilling master out there, this is a must have.  You can use it in preparing bacon and eggs for breakfast which reminds me  that this would be great when  camping.  You can use it to grill your veggies, steaks, chicken, and pork.  Aside from the burning issue which is a mistake on my part, I really  love this  pan.  

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the complimentary product/s mentioned  for testing purposes and to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

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