Spring is Finally Here

What do we like to do in the Spring/Summer? BBQ of course! Not only is it important to have the correct, fresh food and talent to BBQ. It is also important to have your equipment, the grill, in good, proper working order.

BBQ Chicken

As we take the covers of our grills and before we do our first cook of the season. It is a good idea to make sure our grill still works the way we want it to. First is to make sure we have enough fuel, unless your grill is directly connected to a gas line. Next is make sure, as with each time before you light the grill, is to secure the fuel connections. Follow lighting instructions, and light the grill. Check all burners for clogged holes. If burners are clogged you will have uneven cooking and flair ups, which are potentially dangerous. There should be flames coming out of all the holes. If not, you want to turn off the grill. Wait till it cools off, and take the burners apart to clean them. Follow manufacturer’s guide to dismantle and clean the burners. Although, a metal hanger will usually work well to clear out the holes in the burners. Continue reading “Spring is Finally Here”

The Bakers Dozen!

Bagel - Bakers Dozen Blog PostThere are three main theories for why a baker’s dozen is 13 instead of 12, but most think it has its origins in the fact that many societies throughout history have had extremely strict laws concerning baker’s wares, due to the fact that it is fairly easy for bakers to cheat patrons and sell them less than what they think they are getting.
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Where did Tempura come from anyway?

The Japanese have a unique ability to take foreign food and modify it to Japanese tastes, creating something totally new and original, and tempura is a prime example!

This method of frying food was introduced in the 1600s by Portuguese missionaries. The original dish has disappeared, but it was a meal meant for Lent, when many Christian denominations are forbidden to eat meat. In fact, the name tempura comes from the Latin ad tempora cuaresme, which means ‘in the time of Lent.’ The Japanese mistook this as the dish’s name and called it tempura. Continue reading “Where did Tempura come from anyway?”