Weber: How to Grill Over Direct Heat on your Gas Grill

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There are two ways to set up your grill for grilling. For foods that takes under 20 minutes (think burgers, steaks, fish, chicken breast) you will use a method called direct heat. The direct heat method means that food is cooked directly over the burner tube. 

So how do you set up your grill for direct cooking? 
• Open the lid of your gas grill and make sure all control knobs are in the off position.
• Slowly open the valve on your propane tank all the way or turn on the gas at the source and then wait a minute for the gas to travel through the gas line.
• Light each burner individually, from left to right, following the owners guide instructions for your grill model.
• Close the lid.
• Preheat the grill for 15 minutes, or until the grill’s thermometer registers 500° to 550°F.
• Brush the cooking grates with a stainless steel
grill brush to remove any leftover debris.
• Adjust all burners to the temperature noted in the recipe, close the lid, and allow the grill to come to the proper temperature.
• Place food on the cooking grate.
• Close the lid of the grill and lift it only to turn food or to test for doneness at the end of the recommended cooking time.

Thermador DESIGNER SPOTLIGHT Q&A WITH BETH DOTOLO & CAROLINA V GENTRY, PULP DESIGN STUDIOS®

We are excited to continue celebrating stunning kitchen design with the latest installment of our Designer Spotlight series! This week, award-winning interior designer Beth Dotolo and accomplished interior designer Carolina V Gentry from Pulp Design Studios® dish on what inspires them inside and outside of the kitchen!

Pulp Design Studios® is a national interior design firm with studios in Dallas and Seattle that specializes in defining clients’ personal styles and transforming their homes into spaces that feel uniquely personalized. Luxurious layers and a flare for the unexpected make up Pulp’s signature style and result in brag-worthy spaces. Read about Beth and Carolina’s exceptional design inspirations below!

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KitchenAid: Designing a Darker Kitchen

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Kitchens are the most used and most popular room of the home. I swear, whenever we host, our guests hang out more in the kitchen than anywhere else. We sometimes even end up sitting on the counters like they’re chairs! I’ve shared a look into our kitchen with you, but wanted to revisit why we chose what we chose for this space.

When we first moved into our home, we knew that we wanted to create a kitchen that was a little more unpredictable than safe. Being an interior stylist, creating something unique is very important to me. I knew that I wanted to go dark with the counters and cabinets. I also knew that I really wanted to go darker with the appliances. When I first saw the KitchenAid® Black Stainless Appliances, I fell in love! And that began this lovely kitchen design.

When I first started designing this space, I knew the Black Stainless Steel Appliances would finish off the look perfectly. And besides looking awesome, KitchenAid is known for quality and consistency. The KitchenAid® Dishwasher is quiet as a mouse, but cleans everything and anything that I need. It’s both functional and beautiful… yay for that!

I’m pretty sure that every single client that I currently have owns a KitchenAid® Refrigerator. I chose the KitchenAid® Counter Depth French Door Refrigerator. It’s sleek, modern, and has plenty of space to store food. I also love the Full-Width Pantry, it is great for storing cheese—so brilliant!

Because the counters, cabinets, and appliances are all dark, I chose to paint the floors and walls white. I love contrast, and this was exactly the look I was going for. It also allows the dark tones to pop.

Let me tell you that I LOVE my KitchenAid® Electric Cooktop. It’s so easy to use and even easier to clean! I also love that it provides consistent heat and doesn’t burn my food. The look of this Electric Cooktop is great for minimalist kitchens and traditional kitchens. In addition it doesn’t intrude with the look of your counters. The KitchenAid® Island-Mount Canopy Hood compliments the Electric Cooktop with its minimal lines and clean look.

I’m not the family baker, but my daughter could bake all the time! She is constantly trying out new recipes and sometimes has two recipes going at the same time. The KitchenAid® Double Wall Oven is easy to use and very functional for our needs.

Each one of these appliances has been a needed asset for our lifestyles, but all work magically with the design of the space. I think that’s the best compliment an appliance could receive!

*The Contributor of this post has been compensated by KitchenAid for this post, but this post represents the Contributor’s own opinion.*

Elmira Stove Works – Mid-Century Modern – Back to the Present

Style trends come full circle, and mid-century modern design is currently doing exactly that. The use of sleek lines, interesting colors and a mix of both traditional and non-traditional materials is the essence of mid-century modern style that harkens back to the mid-1930’s to mid-1960’s. So, what has sparked the current resurgence of this design trend?

Shows such as Mad Men have no doubt helped this style gain new popularity. In addition, today’s homeowners – busier than ever – appreciate the timeless look and minimal effort required to maintain mid-century modern style. And, then there is the added bonus of infusing our dwellings with a little nostalgia from a bygone era.

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Breath of Fresh Air

Mid-century modern style is understated and uncluttered – providing a sense of stability in a chaotic world. This versatile aesthetic blends clean lines and gentle, organic curves with geometric forms and fun shapes to provide a minimalist look that’s both functional and stylish. There’s no unnecessary ornamentation collecting dust and dirt here. A simple wipe down will keep things looking crisp and new.

Bridging the Generation Gap

Millennials are the largest demographic purchasing new items for the home, and many are opting to furnish their homes with mid-century inspired items, including kitchen appliances. Mid-century modern is fresh to them and a welcome departure from the dusty pastels and beige overstuffed sofas that they likely grew up with.

Their parents, Gen Xer’s and retiring Baby Boomers – a growing number of whom are looking to downsize – are embracing mid-century modern as well. They too are looking for the perfect mix of “stylish, easy to clean (a.k.a. time-saving) and doesn’t take up too much space.”

But, there’s more to it than that. Age tends to make us more reflective, and memories are powerful. We all long for tangible bits of our past, and movies, music, and even furniture – in this case, brass tipped feet on an end table, an Eames-esque chair, or a barrel lampshade – can (re)connect us with the magic of another time.

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Get the Look

So, how can you incorporate a touch of the mid-century modern design trend into your home?

Start by finding pieces that reflect the distinguishing features of the style. If there is a specific era you’d like to emulate, you can buy vintage furniture or an iconic piece that has been made new to suit your needs and budget. Try visiting antique markets or an online site that sells vintage and refurbished furniture.

Another way to get the look without breaking the bank is to build around current pieces. Just make sure to avoid using too many patterns, and stay within a designated color range.

Whichever direction you choose, don’t feel overwhelmed – the goal is to have fun and incorporate small elements that ultimately tie the look together and give the perfect mid-century vibes!

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Why Does My Pantry Smell? Know the Expiration Dates for These 16 Kitchen Staples – Danby Advice

With the arrival of spring, it’s time to think about cleaning our homes inside-out: closets, cabinets, appliances, even under the couch cushions. But one place we often neglect? The pantry.

If you’re wondering why your pantry smells off, look to the expiration dates for your kitchen staples.

The Difference Between Expiration and Best-Before Dates

To start, you should know that there is a difference (and an important one, at that) between expiration and best-before dates.

According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, there are three basic food labels to be aware of: best-before dates, packaged-on dates, and expiration dates.

  • The best-before date tells you how long you can expect an unopened item will maintain its taste, freshness, and nutritional qualities.
  • The expiration date lets you know when the foods no longer have specified nutritional specifications. Foods should not be used beyond expiration dates.
  • Packaged-on dates are used on packed food that needs to be consumed in 90 days or less.

Many pantry items last beyond the best-before dates, especially if you store them in an airtight container. While these expired foods may not make you ill, they often have little taste or nutritional value after that date passes.

Expiration Dates for Kitchen Staples

Many items expire sooner than you may think. Here’s a guide to some basic kitchen staples in your pantry:

  1. Coffee– To ensure your morning cup of java keeps tasting as it should, use freshly ground coffee within one to two weeks. Roasted coffee beans can keep up to three weeks. Vacuum-packed ground coffee can be kept for up to one year, unopened, and once opened should be used within two weeks. If instant coffee is what you prefer, use it within two to three months after opening.
  2. Teas– If tea is more to your liking you should know that teas lose their antioxidant goodness over time, so best not to let them sit for too long. Just keep your tea supply small.
  3. Flour– One year at the most, and less for whole wheat flour. You can keep both in a fridge or freezer, but make sure to keep it moisture-free. Whole wheat flour has a telltale rancid odour when it has sat beyond its’ shelf life.
  4. Oats– Buy amounts you can use in a 4 to 6-month period. They can go rancid, though not as quickly as whole wheat flour.
  5. Spices– Most are best used with two to three years. If you want the benefits of taste and antioxidant properties, you should not hang on to spices for too long. When in doubt, throw it out.
  6. Baking soda, baking powder and baker’s yeast– Yeast will have an expiry date that you should stick to. If the yeast dies, you won’t get any good results next time you try to make pizza dough. Baking soda loses its fizzing power and can take on odours, which is why it is great as a fridge deodorizer. But an open package will give you six months of good Baking powder is best used within 18 months.
  7. Salt— Can be kept indefinitely.
  8. White granulated sugar, icing sugar, and brown sugar— can be kept indefinitely. Brown sugar can harden, and if it does, you can soften it by adding a few apple slices or a piece of bread to its container. If you need it right away, you can place it in the microwave, with a damp cloth over and heat in 20-minute
  9. Baking chocolate– Baker’s chocolate is good between six months to one year, however semi-sweet chocolate pieces can be kept for up to two years, unopened.
  10. Cornstarch– Should be used within 18 months.
  11. Oils– They can last one to two years if unopened and up to a year if opened. Avocado, grapeseed and sesame oils have a shorter shelf life.
  12. Nut Butters– 3 months after opening, and another three to six months in the fridge after opening. If the oil starts to separate, keep turning the jar over. Unopened, for up to a year.
  13. Honey– They say honey can be kept indefinitely, but once opened liquid honey can solidify. If this happens, you can gently heat it on the stove or in the microwave to liquefy it once again.
  14. Shelled nuts– Shelled nuts will only keep for four months. Once unshelled, they will last for up to six months and will keep longer in the fridge. If you have ever shelled your own nuts, you will know how very fresh and tasty they are. If you can’t shell nuts right away, they can be kept in the freezer until you are ready to use them.
  15. Garlic– Whole garlic is best used within 3-4 months. Minced garlic will keep, unopened for about two years.

 

Broil King: Pepperoni & 3 Cheese Pizza

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This recipe makes two pizzas.

INGREDIENTS

  • Pizza dough (see recipe below) or can substitute 2 balls store bought frozen dough, thawed
  • 1 cup Pizza sauce
  • 1 cup Mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup Asiago cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/2 lb Pepperoni slices

PIZZA DOUGH

  • 1 1/4 tsp Active dry yeast
  • 1 cup Lukewarm water
  • 2 cups Unbleached flour
  • 1 tbsp Olive oil
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Sugar

 

DIRECTIONS

 

  1. Dough: Dissolve the yeast in lukewarm water with 2 teaspoon sugar. Add the flour, olive oil and salt and knead until elastic. Let rest 10 minutes before rolling. No rising is required.
  2. Preheat pizza stone by placing in cold barbecue and setting barbecue to MEDIUM/HIGH, allowing it to heat up for 10 minutes.
  3. Prepare pizza dough by gently kneading and stretching thawed dough into desired shape, on a wooden pizza board or rimless baking tray, which has been liberally dusted with corn meal. Spread pizza sauce evenly over surface of dough and arrange pepperoni slices over sauce. Sprinkle grated cheeses evenly on top. Slide the pizza onto the hot pizza stone, using a quick movement. Reduce heat to MEDIUM and close the grill lid. Cook for 12–15 minutes, or until dough is crispy.

BROIL KING: GET YOUR GRILL IN SHAPE FOR SUMMER

Summer is just around the corner and we have some helpful tips to get your Broil King grill ready for the season.

 

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Grillers Toolbox  

Sturdy bristle brush

Barbecue grill cleaner

– Toothpicks

– Soap and water

– Venturi brush

Step 1

Remove all the cooking grids, grates and burners and use a sturdy bristle brush to remove the build-up of grease on the inside of the oven.    Using a barbecue cleaner scrub the inside and outside of the oven and then rinse with water.  Never use oven cleaner on your barbecue, it is corrosive and can damage the other components.

Step 2

Inspect the burners making sure there are no holes rusted through any of the components.  If there are, it’s time for a replacement. Clean out any clogged ports using a toothpick, being careful not to damage the ports. Check all igniter contacts to ensure they are not corroded or loose and remove any debris from the electrode.  Next, clean out the venturi tubes using a venturi brush.  It’s very important to keep these tubes clean, Spiders love to make nest in these tubes, creating blockages that can cause serious damage.

Step 3

Examine the heat medium, if you have a heat plate remove any grease build-up and make sure there are no holes rusted through. If you have briquettes make sure they aren’t crumbling and the pores aren’t clogged with grease.

Step 4

Check the cooking grids and make sure no welds are broken and brush off any stuck on residue.  If you have cast iron cooking grids, season them with oil to help keep food from sticking and help prevent rust.

Step 5

Inspect the gas hose to make sure there aren’t any cracks or leaks.   This can easily be done by preparing a soapy solution and applying it to the connections at the tank and valve. Turn the tank on slowly and watch for bubbles to form, which indicates that there is a leak.  Try tightening the connections and re-test.  If persistent leaking or blistering is detected, the gas assembly should be replaced.

Finally, check the condition of your control knobs, thermometer, and handles.  Replacing small items like this can refresh your grill and make it look new again.

More grill maintenance tips are available online at www.broilkingbbq.com