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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Fiesta Mole Sauce Recipe

Fiesta Mole Sauce Recipe
Fiesta Mole Sauce (see recipe below), made with Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate and Pure Almond Extracts, is surprisingly simple for home cooks of all skill levels, while wowing guests. Serve it over shredded chicken and create Fiesta Mole Tacos that, when topped with two orange-infused extras, will leave your friends begging for doggy bags.

This is a guest-post recipe that's courtesy of Nielsen-Massey. The recipe will make 4 servings.

Fiesta Mole Sauce Recipe

1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 poblano chile, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 small onion, chopped
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 cup chicken stock
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Chocolate Extract
1 teaspoon Nielsen-Massey Pure Almond Extract
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
scant 1/4 teaspoon cloves
2 tablespoons raisins
1 cup crushed tomatoes

Heat the oil in a medium-sized frying pan and add the chile, garlic and onion. Saute until the mixture is fragrant and the onion is translucent. Cool slightly and add to a blender. Blend until smooth. Return the mixture to the pan and add the remaining ingredients and cook, stirring occasionally 30 minutes.

Use the mixture to top grilled baked or shredded chicken or turkey.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Is it time to Get Out of the Kitchen?

Is it time to Get Out of the Kitchen?
As much as you love cooking and creating exciting new foods for your friends and family, you may one day find yourself wondering what you might be missing outside of these four walls. This often happens to the moms out there that have selflessly devoted so much of their time and energy to their children. Once they have grown, moms are left with time to fill. Use these ideas to get yourself out of the kitchen.

Join a Group

The best way to get out of the house and make new friends is to join a group. Begin by thinking about what you most enjoy doing. If you love to cook, take a class on how to prepare something you’ve never tried before. You can also join a gym or rec center that offers group instruction on work out routines. Even a book club is a great way to get started.

Help Out

Every community has charitable organizations in need of help. Local kitchens are always looking for individuals that can prepare and serve meals throughout the year. Animal shelters often need people to care for pets, and schools and churches would love some help with their charity fundraising ideas. Look online for options such as selling salsa from Jose Madrid to raise money. Even volunteering at your local nursing facility can be a rewarding experience.

Become Reacquainted

Most parents lose touch with even their closest friends during those years when they are raising their children. Why not become reacquainted? Invite those that you have not seen for quite some time over for a lunch or dinner. Chances are, you will still hit it off like you never separated. Before the evening is over, make plans to get together again. Before you know it, you’ll be palling around on a day to day basis just like in the good old days.

Start slow by trying just one of these ideas to get you back out of the kitchen. Once you are comfortable with the first plan of action, try something else. Before you know it, things will snowball, and you will once again have a schedule that is so busy you will no longer feel left out of the game.

Friday, November 10, 2017

How to Prepare for an Outdoor Kitchen

How to Prepare for an Outdoor Kitchen
The wonderful part of living in Miami is the ability to entertain outdoors on nearly any day of the year. Creating an outdoor kitchen can be a fun way to highlight your outdoor cooking skills to friends and family that decide to drop by. Having similar amenities to indoor cooking appliances will ensure the best results each time.

Choose the Perfect Location

You need to make some decisions are where you would like to set up your outdoor kitchen. This will end up being the hub of your outdoor entertaining. Try and strategically place it near the closest access to the indoor kitchen. You will also want to have enough for outdoor seating to enjoy the meals that are cooked.

Choose the Appliances You Want Outdoors

Some individuals are perfectly satisfied to install an outdoor grill, whereas others want a refrigerator, ice-maker, dishwasher, oven, and sink. Each appliance will require a different level of installation work and preparation. You need to make sure you have enough room in the yard to have a full outdoor kitchen set up.

Begin with a Sturdy Foundation

A solid and flat surface is required in order to install an outdoor kitchen correctly. This can be a stone patio, wood deck, or any other number of solid, flat surfaces. You should always plan to have an adequate overhead covering to protect the appliances from inclement weather.

Hire an Electrician and Plumber for Utilities

Adding electrical wiring and outlets should only be done by a licensed and experienced electrician. Any plumbing lines for drains, sinks and ice makers should be installed by a professional plumber. You want the appliances to last for many years and to ensure your warranty is still good. This can only be done by having the installation done professionally.

Consider Winterization and Maintenance Costs

Miami offers beautiful weather most of the year, but there are times that the temperatures can plummet. You need to consider what steps need to be taken and the cost of winterizing the outdoor kitchen area. There will also be ongoing maintenance concerns for your appliances. make sure you have a great source for fast and accurate repair.

Contact experienced north Miami Beach Sub Zero repair technicians like those found at Sub Zero Service Center Miami today for all of your repair needs!