3 Ways to Bring Fall Cooking to Your Grill

Written by Fancy Foods on November 1, 2017. Posted in Uncategorized

charcoal grillingSaying hello to the cooler weather doesn’t mean you have to say goodbye to your backyard grill! Even though you may think that your grill is strictly for summer use, you can actually still use it all the way throughout the winter months.

Now, just because you’re using your grill doesn’t mean you have to stick to the standard steaks and hot dogs. Even though 63% of people who use the grill to cook say they most often cook hamburgers, the grilling good times don’t have to stop there. You can still incorporate charcoal grilling into some of your favorite fall recipes. Here are a few fall-themed foods that you can whip up while charcoal grilling. Let’s take a look at some of these delicious recipes for the grill.

Pie
Did you know that you can cook pie on the grill? Yes, you read that right. Apple pie on your grill! Use a charcoal grilling thermometer to make sure that the temperature is the same as it would be if you were to use an oven. Pies with crust really tend to do better on the grill, but if you really wanted to throw a cheesecake over the coals, no one is going to stop you.

Vegetables
Nothing says fall more than roasted vegetables! It’s your key to healthy grilling. Thebest part is that roasted vegetables help keep you in check with your post-summer diet, they’re also extremely easy to clean up! By throwing the vegetables right onto the grill, you’re eliminating the use of a heavy baking dish. Not only that, but you can also make a tin foil packet, throw your vegetables and some olive oil in there, and make for even easier clean up.

Pizzas
Just like you can cook a pizza in the oven, you can also throw it right on the grill. It’s the easiest way to make many pizzas for a large crowd and a simple way to allow everyone to personalize their pie. They only take a few minutes to cook and are super easy to remove from the grill and plate. This is a major difference compared to the oven where you may struggle with getting the pizza out in one piece.

With your grill, you can cook as many fall-themed foods as you can possibly imagine. The list goes on and on. If you’re looking for additional ideas, check out one of our signature grilling classes!

Break Away From Beef: 3 Alternatives

Written by Fancy Foods on August 29, 2017. Posted in Uncategorized

bbq cooking classesThe U.S. is the fifth largest beef consumer in the world. In fact, each person consumes over 53 pounds of beef each year! It’s small wonder why, between burgers, roast beef, and steak, beef accounts for some of the most important staples in American Cuisine.

But the Cult of Cow does have its disadvantages. There are a ton of interesting different types of meat and food in general that you might miss if you spend your days bowing to all things bovine.

In this post, we’re going to point out some unique and yummy alternatives to help you break away from beef.

Lamb

If you’re looking for something unique for the grill, look no further than lamb. While some might bristle at the mere mention of lamb, this rich and savory meat is woefully underappreciated. (We serve a killer Lamb Chop, if you’re looking for a way to taste it before deciding to cook it at home.)

For your lamb, you can prepare it the same way you learned to prepare pork or beef in your BBQ cooking classes. Two pro grilling tips: Use a honey based barbecue and don’t shy away from the fat on the lamb. If grill it over a low heat, the fat will become well incorporated and delicious.

Chicken

Controversial opinion time: chicken can be as good as any steak recipes. The key is to treat chicken with the same respect as you treat your steak. If you’ve taken any grilling or BBQ cooking classes, you know how important it is to salt your steak well in advance of cooking it. The same is true for chicken — as long as you remember to do it well in advance of putting it on the grill.

That salt will help you seal in the flavor and moisture, which is the single most important thing when cooking chicken. After that, it’s a matter of applying your favorite seasoning; our favorite is a mixture of lemon zest, lemon juice, and a secret blend of herbs.

Salmon

Salmon is one of the most versatile fish widely available. From lox to Plank Grilled Bourbon Salmon, you would be amazed at the many ways salmon can be dressed up — or stripped down.

Unlike most protein, you don’t want to salt your salmon in advance. Instead, hit it with the seasoning right before you throw it on the grill. Additionally, be very careful not to overcook salmon: like a steak, it is best left a little closer to the rare side.

When it comes to BBQ and grilling, it can be easy to find yourself among the cattle chattel. Whether or not you take BBQ cooking classes, it is important to diversify your cooking arsenal. Hopefully, this blog has helped you break out of the heifer haze.

6 Components of Diesel Exhaust Fluid Pumps

Written by Fancy Foods on July 7, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

Many people might not know the importance of pumps. They are a necessity in many industries and are even important in day to day activities. Removing liquids from drums is so much easier with pumping technology. Now we are able to pump, store, and transfer even the most dangerous of liquids.

The chemical industry benefits more from successful pumping because of the importance of what is being stored, pumped and transferred. The U.S. is the largest producer of chemical products in the world and the chemical value is approximately $770 billion. The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that U.S. chemistry alone brings in a quarter of a billion dollars every year.

Diesel exhaust fluid pumps allow safe pumping, storage, and transfer of exhaust fluid, which is needed for many reasons.

There are six components of diesel exhaust fluid pumps:

  1. Electric Motor – These electric drum pump motors are used specifically for corrosive situations. They are able to transfer acidic liquids and alkalis. Each electric motor comes with speed control options along with multiple certifications and a thermal overload button. They also have a maximum discharge pressure of 32 PSI.
  2. Pneumatic Motor – Pneumatic motors can also be used in highly corrosive environments but were specifically engineered for use when heavily aggressive fumes are in the air. These motors are best suited to transfer combustible and flammable liquids.
  3. Flow Meter – Flow meters can be used across a wide range of applications: from stationary liquids to aggressive chemicals. They use a paddle wheel design and come in various sizes and materials. Kits for chemical drum pumps, permanent installation kits, and barb connection kits are all flow meter options.
  4. Hose – Diesel exhaust fluid pumps need high quality hoses for safe transfer. These hoses have been specifically engineered to safely and accurately transfer liquids of all kinds. The hoses are able to work in temperatures ranging from -40 degrees Fahrenheit to 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
  5. Nozzle – Along with the hoses, the nozzles for these pumps have to be top of the line as well. They have to be able to safely dispense all liquids without any spills or issues. These nozzles have an automatic shutoff switch that will happen when the tank is reaching maximum capacity.
  6. Pump Tube – The tube itself can be used on anything from small drums to large tanks. Pumping corrosive liquids without error is important for safety as well as the importance of the product. These tubes can ensure safe and accreting pumping.

Why You Should Pick a Latin Restaurant Tonight

Written by Fancy Foods on April 12, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

latin restaurantsGoing out to eat is a fun treat that the whole family can enjoy. The problem comes when you are trying to decide where to eat. Kids loves things like fast food and chicken wings the parents might not always be up for that kind of food. Going for something like Greek food or Latin restaurants may not be the best plan if you have children. The ethnic foods should be saved for date night because of the money that gets wasted if a kid does not like or want to eat their food. However, if you do get a chance to try out some Latin restaurants, you will not be disappointed. There is some great food available at these kinds of places. Let’s look a little closer at what Latin restaurants have to offer that makes them better than other kinds of restaurants.

The Food and Drink
First of all, it’s all about what you eat. If you don’t like spicy then you can opt for a more mild meal but keep in mind there will probably be at least a slight level of heat to every kind of dish that is served. Latinos like their food hot and there’s no reason why they shouldn’t serve their own cuisine exactly as they see best. They do try to accommodate however, for the uncultured tongue. There are many corn based dishes such as tortillas, tacos, burritos, tamales and more. Guacamole, pico de gallo or chili is usually served as a dipping sauce with anything that you order. There is a Native American persuasion within Latin beverages such as mate and horchata which make them an interesting but delicious combination. The desserts are typically very sweet and include puddings and soft cakes and flan more than real bread based foods.

Entertainment
Not all restaurants will provide entertainment but many do. Mariachi bands are commonly seen at Latin restaurants as well other types of Latin singers and dancers. Latin music is fairly family friendly so you don’t have to worry about kids if you do decide to bring your brood. Even if the restaurant doesn’t have live bands or entertainment, the music that is played on the speakers will still be very upbeat and entertaining. Music such as rumba, salsa, tango and merengue are popular but Latin pop and jazz as well reggaeton can also be heard at any number of restaurants that claim to be Latin based. Latin music is very romantic and passionate even when speaking about political issues and historical messages. The words of most Latin songs are very powerful if you can understand the language.

Decoration
The way that Latin restaurants and other places are decorated is full of bold and bright colors and patterns that are very attractive to the eye. The colors of Latin American flags like greens, reds, yellows and blacks are very popular and you may see a sombrero or two hanging on the walls. Latin restaurants seem to often prefer the ‘bringing the outdoor inside’ type of feel, stringing lights around the place as well as building with brick walls or brick appearance inside. Outdoor type patio chairs and sometimes picnic tables are also used to bring in that feeling. You may notice that Latin restaurants are also fairly dark as far as lighting goes with not many white lights. Yellow lights and other colored lights are mostly used.

Pricing
Latin establishments do not charge a lot of money for their food. It consists of a lot of rice and tortillas and other inexpensive food so they are able to keep their prices reasonable. You may make up for that price if you order alcohol but if you don’t, your whole family can eat for fairly cheap even if you include appetizers and desserts.

There’s many great things about going to a Latin restaurant. It’s not just about the delicious food that they offer but the whole atmosphere and experience plays a part in your evening. You won’t regret a thing eating at a Latin establishment except that maybe you ate to much food.

Keep in mind that although the establishments are not American, you are still expected to tip generously just as you would at other restaurants.

Great Recipes with Hummus

Written by Fancy Foods on February 15, 2016. Posted in Uncategorized

Hummus is as healthy as it is delicious. Most Americans do not get the amount of vegetables and beans in their diet. More than 90% do not eat enough fruits, vegetables and beans. Most people eat about one cup of vegetables each day and less than one cup of beans a week. Adding recipes with hummus can get most people to the recommended amount of beans to keep them healthy. Just two spoonfuls of hummus dip every day can fulfill the recommended amount of beans for a week.

Helpful Recipes with Hummus:

  1. Sesame noodles: Take one quarter cup hummus and mix with a quarter cup of any kind of broth to thin the hummus. Ass two tablespoons red wine vinegar, one tablespoon sesame oil and two tablespoons soy sauce. Toss with six cups of cooked angel hair pasta. Serve with freshly chopped green onions and sesame seeds. To add more substance, add sautéed tofu, chicken and other vegetables to the sauce mixture before you toss with your cooked pasta.
  2. Chicken and Rice Casserole: Spray a cooking pan with olive oil spray. Add a layer of cooked brown or white rice. Add a layer of chopped, cooked chicken. This can be chicken breasts or thighs. Add a mixture of Greek yogurt dip and hummus. Mix in sautéed onions,diced tomatoes and cucumbers and add cover the chicken layer with a layer of this mixture. Sprinkle with olive oil and soy sauce. Broil until the food is browned to your desired level.
  3. Flatbread Pizza: Drizzle some pitas with olive oil. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and bake your pitas about five minutes or until they are crisp. Mix two tablespoons hummus dip with a half a chopped tomato and half a chopped cucumber. Add one quarter of a chopped red onion and lemon juice to taste. Spread this mixture over the crispy pitas and sprinkle with feta cheese. Pop back in the oven until the cheese is melted.
  4. Hummus Croquettes with Chickpeas: Take one can (15.5 ounces) of chickpeas, one tablespoon chopped parsley, two tablespoons hummus and two tablespoons of lemon zest. Put all of of this in a blender or food processor and mix until well blended. It should be the right consistency to form a ball. Season to taste with salt and pepper (if needed) and shape into one and half inch balls. Roll in flour (you can skip this step). Cook in a heated pan of one quarter cup olive oil (medium high heat) until browned. Serve with Greek yogurt dip or sour cream.
  5. Hamburgers with Hummus: Take one pound lean ground beef and add a half a cup of hummus. You can also add half a cup of sautéed red onion. Shape the mixture into patties and cook as you normally do.
  6. Hummus Flavored Deviled Eggs: Boil eight eggs. Take off the shells and cut them lengthwise Scoop out the yolks and mis with one quarter cup hummus dip, enough olive oil to get the right consistency and mold back into the cut egg whites. Sprinkle with paprika, cool and serve.
  7. Pasta Salad with Hummus. Cook some of your favorite pasta for salads such as rotini. Toss with hummus, olive oil, rice wine vinegar and red or freshly ground pepper. You can toss in cooked vegetables like red peppers, onions and zucchini.
  8. Mediterranean Chicken Salad: Mix hummus with Greek yogurt and lemon juice. Toss with shredded chicken, minced shallots, chopped tomatoes, crumbled feta cheese and sliced olives. To make this really festive, spoon the mixture into lettuce cups and top with parsley.

Many people love to have hummus at parties where they serve dips such as salsa or guacamole. It is a great addition to many foods and recipes with hummus do not have to be hard to make or exotic. There are many different hummus variations such as basil pesto hummus, spicy hummus and roasted garlic or red pepper hummus.

Recipes with hummus can be as varied as your imagination. The good thing about hummus is that you can use it to lower the amount of fat you eat while adding tons of flavor. Mix it with some of the sauces you already enjoy to create something new and fun for your family. Try adding hummus to some of your favorite recipes.

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Written by Fancy Foods on December 11, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized


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A Fancy Foods Show is a Culinary Delight

Written by Fancy Foods on August 12, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

Chicago food show

Oh, just thinking about attending a fancy foods show makes me salivate. Strolling the aisles, it is almost a sensory overload. All of the wonderful aromas, and the delightful variations on my favorite foods, is just delightful. The Chicago food show and others are also loaded with demonstrations and chefs showing you their favorite techniques and dishes.

A fancy foods show can be a place to pick up new ideas for fancy foods. You might even learn the fancy food names for those dishes you have wanted to taste, or even create yourself. You will be surrounded by taste sensations that will heighten your expectations.

A fancy foods show will also be full of vendors ready to show off their latest products. You can find and try out many different pots and pans. You will be delighted that a fancy foods show can

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Written by Fancy Foods on March 11, 2013. Posted in Uncategorized

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