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Three Types Of (Essential) Restaurant Equipment For A Sandwich Shop

Posted by on Dec 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Three Types Of (Essential) Restaurant Equipment For A Sandwich Shop

If you’re contemplating opening a deli or sandwich shop, you’ve probably given some thought to the types of restaurant equipment you’ll need. While there are several machines available to help you run an efficient business, you might want to focus on three essential categories. These groupings include basic cooking equipment, food preparation equipment and warming (holding) equipment. To help you choose wisely, take a closer look at some of the offerings you may find at a restaurant supply company, such as Louis Wohl & Sons Inc: 1. Basic Countertop Cooking Appliances Running a small sandwich shop, sub shop or deli style restaurant takes precision equipment to help your business run smoothly and efficiently. Some of the basics you will need for cooking your menu items include: Commercial-Grade Sandwich Grill or Panini Press: To prepare panini style sandwiches or grilled sandwiches, look for a model with both upper and lower grill plates. The plates should be removable for easy cleaning in your commercial dishwasher. Another feature to look for in a panini grill is a thermostat control for easy adjustment. This comes in handy when cooking various types of sandwiches that require different temperature settings, such as burgers versus grilled cheese sandwiches. Additionally, check the hinges on the grill. Floating hinges allow you to close the grill at the height of your choice. This is convenient if you’re cooking a multi-tiered sandwich that is of a taller height than standard. Conversely, it allows you to adjust the height for a single layer (short) sandwich. Commercial Microwave: If you offer pre-cooked breakfast sandwiches or bacon for your club sandwiches, you will find a commercial microwave oven to be an essential part of your restaurant supplies. Depending upon your volume of your customers, you may choose from the compact, mid-size or full-sized microwave. Typically, models can range anywhere from a few hundred to several hundred dollars, depending on the features. What should you consider when shopping for a commercial grade microwave? A high wattage microwave will cook foods fast and a turntable will help heat foods evenly, with minimal risk of “hot spots.” An automatic defrost feature is another important for cooking frozen foods quickly. Heavy-Duty 4-Slice Toaster: This is a must for any restaurant, particularly a deli or sandwich shop. A pop-up toaster of brushed chrome should serve you well. As for features, look for LED indicators with a browning control knob for setting desired level of toasting. In addition, extra wide slots are essential for toasting bagels and thick slices of bread. Last but not least, because quick clean-up is equally important, you’ll want a toaster with an easy slide-out crumb tray. 2. Food Preparation Equipment Your sandwich shop will make good use of the following: Meat Slicer: This machine is used in just about every deli style restaurant. It’s going to slice your cold cuts and tomatoes efficiently, in the thickness level you desire. Choose a slicer to accommodate your usage, such as entry level for a few hours of slicing per day, or heavy-duty (deluxe) that can handle several hours of slicing per day. Commercial Food Processor: Here are a features to look for: For quick and efficient chopping of sandwich veggies,choose a unit with several processing discs to grate, slice and chop. Removable attachments are also a...

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5 Ideas For A Memorable 24 Hour Wedding

Posted by on Oct 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 Ideas For A Memorable 24 Hour Wedding

A wedding is one of the magical days of your life, so why would you want to limit the festivities to just a few hours. Instead of going through the traditional reception that ends too early, you and your spouse can consider holding a 24 hour wedding. The unorthodox wedding can move from the wedding chapel for the ceremony to wedding venues for the rest of the celebration. As you plan a 24 hour wedding, there are five different ways you can keep guests entertained and celebration going through the whole night. Camp Out Plans Whether it’s at the reception hall, a large field, or with everyone packed into your house, you need to have a large space for overnight guests. As you try to stay awake most of the time, simple items like sleeping bags, blankets, and pillows should do the trick. A collection of air mattresses will help add extra comfort for guests, along with the bride and groom. Even if guests plan to stay up the whole night, these small napping areas can help out everyone that is involved. Dressing Down Once the traditional ceremony is over, it’s a good idea to dress down and stay comfortable for the remainder of the night. Much like the way bridesmaids match dresses, a 24 hour wedding is a great time to wear matching pajamas. Whether it’s funny flannel outfits, matching lacy pajamas, or pajamas styled after nostalgic designs, you can bring a whole new element into the wedding. For the groom and groomsmen, there are a number of dress down themes you can use. This includes matching slippers, lounge pants, or custom-made t-shirts that reflect the wedding celebration. On the invitation, you can invite other wedding guests to bring their own pajamas or comfortable clothes. Dance-A-Thon Keep the dance floor rocking all night long by holding a wedding dance-a-thon. The basic premise of a dance-a-thon is to see who can dance the longest. By holding a 24 hour wedding, you have plenty of time to hold a dance contest. Mix up the tempos of songs and see who can groove on the dance floor the longest. Once a winner is declared, you can offer the person a special prize like an music gift certificate or a novelty trophy. To keep everyone entertained throughout the dance-a-thon, you can add in some group dances like the Cupid shuffle and electric slide. Romantic Movie Screenings As the hours wane on, guests will likely want to relax and regain some energy. To keep the romantic wedding theme alive, you can showcase a few romantic movie screenings. Pick out your favorite romantic movies, or select from some of the top wedding films of all-time. Once the movies are selected, you have the ability to display them on a portable projector. A professional projector rental can help you set up a temporary movie screen to view and watch the films. Along with some professional speakers, you can have a great film viewing experience that all of the guests can enjoy at the same time. Working with catering and food services to deliver some great movie snacks like popcorn, nachos, and candy. Food Catering & Delivery Instead of just having one big meal to spread throughout the night, you can mix up food and drink...

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How To Order Pizza On The Blood Type Diet

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Order Pizza On The Blood Type Diet

If you follow the blood type diet, you believe that your blood type is a clue to your ancient heritage, and in order to live your best life, you must eat a diet that coincides with that which your ancestors ate long ago. As a modern-day American, though, you likely have one burning question; can you eat pizza? As a matter of fact you can. Read on to learn what type of pizza to order when you’re following a blood type diet. Type A According to Naturopathic physician Dr. Peter D’Adamo, people whose veins pump type A blood are the ancestors of Asian and Middle Eastern farmers. These farmers-of-past ate a diet that included plenty of fish, occasional poultry, fresh green vegetables, rice, and rye flower. These farmers neither grew nor ate tomatoes, didn’t have cows (no beef or dairy), and when they did have fruit, it was usually a pineapple. If you’re following a blood type diet and you have type A blood, stick with a veggie crust. Many pizza restaurants have menu items to accommodate special diets, such as cauliflower, zucchini, or Portobello mushroom crusts. If the pizzeria you order from doesn’t have any vegetarian crust options, shoot for a whole-grain, thin crust. Ask the pizza parlor to hold the sauce, and instead top your pizza dough with a mixture of olive oil and garlic. If you’re following your diet strictly, you’ll want to ask for a non-dairy cheese or nix the cheese altogether. If you’re using the diet for general eating guidelines and allow yourself to deviate the rules slightly, opt for a hard, aged cheese; aged cheeses have less lactose than soft, non-aged cheeses. Now for the toppings. You’ll want to avoid the processed meats like pepperoni and ham. Instead, shoot for anchovies, spinach, or kale. All of these are great sources of calcium and make up for the lack of cheese on your pie. A small amount of chicken is also permissible, as are artichokes and broccoli. Type B Those with type B blood that follow a blood type diet are thought to be descendants of ancient nomads. These were the wanderers of the world who ate what they came across when opportunity struck. Their diets were greatly varied, which is good news for pizza lovers. It’s still best to go with a non-flour crust, but if that’s not an option, don’t worry. As a decedent of people who had to eat whatever they could find, your body will be much more forgiving than a type A person’s would if you have to order a regular white flour crust. You’ll still want to avoid tomato-based sauces if you have type B blood, so order your crust glazed with olive oil and garlic. Type B blood carriers do handle a small amount of dairy just fine, though, so go ahead and order light mozzarella, or an aged cheddar and mozzarella blend. As for toppings, ask for plenty of leafy greens and avoid any meat that you wouldn’t stumble across if you were trekking through the wilderness. A very small amount of poultry is okay, but if you can find a pizzeria that offers game meat toppings such as venison or rabbit, that’s even better. Type O Blood type dieters believe that type O blood was the...

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How To Make Gourmet Chocolate Truffle Christmas Gifts

Posted by on Sep 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How To Make Gourmet Chocolate Truffle Christmas Gifts

As Christmas approaches, you might be looking for a way to create handmade gifts that will have your family talking until the next holiday season. One of the best ways to do just that is by making homemade gourmet chocolates such as chocolate truffles. Many people shy away from the idea of making homemade truffles because they are certain that something so indulgent must be exceptionally difficult to make. The truth is, truffles are much easier than you’d think, though they do take a bit of time. Set aside an afternoon and dive in to give your loved ones gift boxes they will never forget this year. Chocolate Truffle Ingredients To make homemade truffles, you’ll want to gather everything you need before you start. That way, you don’t risk overcooking anything while you look for the next ingredient. 3/4 lb (12 ounces) of bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped 3 1/2 tablespoons of butter 1/2 cup of heavy cream 1 tablespoon of light corn syrup Chocolate Truffle Instructions Prepare the Chocolate – Put the chopped chocolate into a medium glass bowl and add the butter. Microwave the bowl for a brief spurt, such as 30 seconds, then stir the mixture. Heat it for an additional 30 seconds and stir it again. The chocolate and butter should soften or start to melt. Set the bowl aside while you heat the cream.     Heat the Cream – Pour the heavy cream into a small sauce pan, and add the corn syrup. Heat it over medium heat until it starts to simmer, which means small bubbles appear consistently across the top, but it isn’t actually boiling. Don’t boil the cream because you might scorch it.     Make the Ganache – Drizzle the cream over the chocolate and butter in the glass bowl. Leave it alone for two to three minutes to let the heat from the cream melt the chocolate. After a few minutes, stir the mixture with a rubber spatula. You’ll want to be gentle so you don’t splash the cream. Start in the middle of the bowl, stirring in small circles. Gradually work your way out in the same circles until the chocolate is completely melted and the mixture is creamy and smooth. Pour the chocolate ganache mixture into an 8-inch square glass baking dish. Refrigerate it for an hour or two to let the chocolate set up and become dense enough to scoop.     Form the Truffles – Once the ganache is set up, line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Use a small cookie scoop or other round ball tool, like a melon baller, to scoop out balls of chocolate onto the sheet. Don’t worry if they aren’t perfectly round yet – you just want the basic scoops. Once you’ve finished scooping, put the tray in the refrigerator for about an hour or so to let the chocolate set up more. After the second refrigeration, you’ll probably want to wear a pair of latex gloves. Forming the balls can get kind of messy, because the ganache will melt over your hands a little bit. Remove the truffle tray from the refrigerator, then roll each scooped truffle between the palms of your hands to make it round.     Coat the Truffles – Put your favorite truffle coatings...

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