Author Archives: Sallie Lewis

  • 2011 Taste of Austin Event

    Calling All Austinites!

    Join us for an evening of great food and culinary camaraderie on Thursday January 27th at the annual Taste of Austin event. Located at the Palmer Events Center downtown, this foodie extravaganza will bring together over 50 of Austin's premier restaurants and caterers for a night of wining and dining while showing appreciation for our capital's extensive local talent in the food industry. This is a family-friendly event that both you and your kids will enjoy. Soak up a unique taste of Austin while sampling great food and supporting the restaurateurs who make it all possible. General admission {all you can eat!} tickets are still available online for only $25! Mission will hold the Title Sponsor position for the 2nd year in a row and we know that this year it will be bigger and better than ever. Tweet @MissionRSupply if you are planning on coming by- we look forward to seeing you there! Pictures of all the great food and fun to follow....
  • Calling all Concessions...

    Have you heard the big news?

    Mission Restaurant Supply is now fully-stocked with all of your Concession Equipment and Supply needs. No matter what size business you are running, whether it be large or small scale, we have the materials to make it a success.

    Take a look at our selection by clicking on the categories below...

    Cotton Candy

    • Cotton candy machines
    • Sugar floss flavors
    • Bags
    •  Starter kits
    •  Cones
    • Pumps
    • LED signs and more...

    Hot Dogs

    • Cookers
    •  Steamers
    •  Mini carts
    •  Roller grills
    •  Starter kits
    •  S/S serving utensils
    •  Foil hotdog bags
    • Fluted trays
    •  LED signs and more...

    Nachos

    • Chips
    • Nacho cheese
    • Jalapeno peppers
    •  Trays
    •  LED signs and more...

    Snow-Cones

    • Syrup
    • Paper cups
    •  Spoon straws
    • Snow cone machines
    • Trolleys
    • LED signs and more...

    Popcorn

    • Popcorn machines
    • Trolleys
    • Popcorn portion packs
    • Popcorn bags
    • Scoop & closed-top boxes
    • Popcorn tubs
    • Scoopers
    •  Kettle cleaning kits
    •  LED signs
    •  Starter kits

    ...  and all the fixings to make buttery, delicious popcorn! 

    Can't find what you're looking for? Give us a call at 800-319-0690 or email us at order@missionrs.com

     

  • Pasta al Pomodoro

    This is one of those great, classic pasta recipes that never seems to make its way out of your kitchen because it's a family favorite and too easy to be true. This makes for a great meal if you are looking to feed a large number of people, and best yet, the prep time is zero! Ingredients
    • 4 c Water
    • 2 Garlic cloves (finely chopped)
    • 1 Package of Cappellini
    • Extra virgin olive oil
    • Red pepper flakes
    • 1 28 oz. can of Whole, peeled tomatoes
    • Few sprigs of basil
    • Pinch of salt & pepper
    You'll also need: Instructions
    1. In a large pot, bring four cups of water to a boil and add a pinch of salt. Pour pasta into the boiling water and let it cook until tender.
    2. Once the pasta is ready, strain them with a colander (make sure to save a small cup of the pasta water and set it aside for later).
    3. Finely dice your garlic and add to the large pot along with the red pepper flakes and olive oil. Let simmer on low heat.
    4. Pour the drained pasta back into the pot and add in the tomatoes. Thoroughly combine the mixture. Add in a little of the water if the pasta gets too dry.
    5. Give the pasta a good seasoning with lots of freshly cracked salt and pepper.
  • Chop up your fresh basil and put it in last minute. Serve hot and enjoy!
  • Anti-Fatigue Mats

    If you've ever worked behind a bar or in the kitchen at a restaurant, chances are you understand just how important it is to be comfortable. Proper footwear, uniform and supplies are a must. One particular item that most venues don't consider are the type of mats they use. Fortunately for you, Mission now stocks Anti-Fatigue Mats, the perfect remedy to help sustain achy, fatigued legs through a hard day's work. Made from sponge vinyl, they are easy to clean up and they provide optimal comfort to you and your workers from prepping to cleaning and everything in between! Browse through our selection of made-to-order mats and maximize your team's efficiency this year at your workplace! If you need assistance with your purchase or figuring out the necessary dimensions for your venue, don't hesitate to email or call us toll-free at 1-800-319-0690. We are happy to help!
  • Caring for Non-Stick Cookware

    When it comes to buying new products for your commercial or residential kitchen, there is one "go-to" that makes the cut every time: Non-Stick Cookware. Non-stick cookware is a revolutionary addition to the foodservice industry and has transformed the way we cook. Though these items are generally more expensive than your normal cookware products, they are regarded as favorites because they make cooking a breeze, less oil is needed in the process, and clean-up is a carefree task. However, with every piece of non-stick cookware you purchase there are a few important things that need to be remembered. No Metal Utensils One of the biggest things to remember when cooking with your non-stick pans is to avoid using metal utensils. Why? This is because metal can easily nick the coating and scratch up the surface, damaging your pan and causing flaking and rusting over time. Pieces that flake off can contaminate your food and be detrimental to your health if consumed. So remember not to use metal utensils with your non-stick products; opt for silicone, rubber, plastic, or wooden utensils instead! Be Careful When Cleaning Never stick a searing hot, non-stick product directly into a sink of lukewarm water. You run the risk of warping the coating, which in turn hinders proper heat distribution. Let your pan cool completely before washing and it will last much longer. It is also best to wash and dry your non-stick cookware by hand instead of in a dishwasher. The strong chemical detergents that make up a dishwasher's cycle are too harsh and can damage the coating that makes these products so desirable. Try using warm water, mild soap, a soft sponge and a cloth to properly clean and care for these items. Avoid Extreme Temperatures Interestingly, most non-stick cookware is not compatible with high heat temperatures (400 degrees or higher). It is crafted to work optimally with a low to medium heat. If you want to prolong the lifespan of your non-stick cookware, make sure not to blast the pan with intense heat. If you want cooking at home or in your commercial kitchen to be more enjoyable remember to invest in quality products and to take care of them accordingly. If you have any further questions on how to care for your non-stick products or any other kitchen items, email us for more information!
  • Laura Bush's Cowboy Cookies

    This past weekend I made a big batch of Laura Bush's famous Cowboy Cookies to help satisfy the "Holiday Sweets Syndrome". This recipe takes your basic chocolate chip cookie and loads it up with rolled oats, sweetened coconut flakes, chopped pecans, and hints of cinnamon. It is dense, delicious and packed with flavor fit for any cowboy. Ingredients
    • 3 c All-purpose flour
    • 1 tbsp Baking powder
    • 1 tbsp Baking soda
    • 1 tbsp Ground cinnamon
    • 1 tsp Salt
    • 1 ½ c Butter
    • 1 ½ c Granulated sugar
    • 1 ½ c Packed brown sugar
    • 3 Large eggs
    • 1 tbsp Vanilla extract
    • 3 c Semisweet chocolate chips
    • 3 c Old-fashioned rolled oats
    • 2 c Sweetened flake coconut
    • 2 c Chopped pecans
    You'll also need: Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
    2. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl.
    3. In an 8-quart bowl with paddle attachment, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
    4. Gradually beat in sugars.
    5. Gradually beat in eggs, and then add the vanilla extract.
    6. Stir in flour mixture and then add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.
    7. Using a disher, drop dough for each cookie onto an ungreased baking sheets.
    8. Bake for 17 to 19 minutes or until edges are lightly brown. Rotate sheets halfway through.
    9. Remove cookies from rack to cool.
    The recipe can be found here; as seen on "Good Morning America."
  • Homemade Biscotti

    Every year during the Christmas season I take an afternoon to make something special for all of my friends. I'm partial to baking so I generally go for a spice cake, pumpkin bread loaf, or something else of this nature. Last year I made Rather Sweet's Italian biscotti cookies, which were absolutely delicious and they are still my favorite to make. They are slightly toasted and nutty with a hint of sweetness, and they are perfect to dunk in a mug of cocoa or coffee. Best yet, they make great Christmas presents -- enjoy! Ingredients
    • 1 ¼ c Unsalted butter (softened)
    • 4 c Sugar
    • 2/3 c Honey
    • 3 Large eggs
    • 3 tbsp Frangelico liqueur
    • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
    • 7 c All purpose flour
    • 1 tbsp + 2 tsp Baking powder
    • ¼ tsp Salt
    • 4 c Hazelnuts (coarsely chopped)
    You'll also need: Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
    2. Line a 12"x17" baking sheet with parchment paper or grease generously with butter or cooking spray.
    3. Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl for 2-3 minutes until light and white.
    4. Add honey, eggs, Frangelico and vanilla extract; beat until combined.
    5. Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix at low speed until completely combined (dough should be stiff not sticky).
    6. Add the chopped hazelnuts (may have to use your hands to incorporate them evenly).
    7. Spread a large piece of parchment paper/wax paper over a flat surface and divide the dough in half. Shape each half into a roll about 17" long and 4 ½" inches wide. Set the rolls on a prepared baking sheet, leaving 2" between them and bake for 10 minutes until edges are golden brown and the insides are a light golden brown. The dough will spread and flatten slightly, leaving shallow vertical cracks down the middle. Let the baked dough cool completely; approx. 1 hour in room temperature or 20-25 minutes in refrigerator. It will break apart if you handle it while it's hot.
    8. Lower the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cut each roll diagonally into ¼" thick slices using a heavy knife and place the slices on the baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until they are golden brown. Let them rest on the baking sheet for about 10 minutes. They will harden and become crisp as they cool.
    Biscotti can be kept for up to two weeks in an airtight container or for one month if wrapped and frozen.   Recipe courtesy of The Pastry Queen by Rebecca Rather of Rather Sweet Bakery and Alison Oresman
  • Homemade Hot Cocoa

    When the weather outside is frightful and the fire is so delightful... make some hot chocolate! We found a great old-fashioned hot chocolate recipe that will warm you up this winter. Ingredients
    • 1 1/3 c Whole milk
    • 1 tbsp Sugar
    • 1 tbsp Unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1/8 tsp Vanilla extract
    • Mini-marshmallows or whipped cream for serving
    You'll also need: Instructions
    1. Warm the milk in a small saucepan over low heat until tiny bubbles appear. Remove from heat right before boiling.
    2. Blend the cocoa in a food processor. Put the cocoa, sugar, and vanilla in a mug and stir to combine.
    3. Add one tablespoon of the hot milk to the cocoa mixture and stir - make sure there are no lumps!
    4. Pour the remaining hot milk into the mug and stir well.
    5. Top it off with a handful of marshmallows or whipped cream - or chop up peppermint for a little holiday flare!
    Recipe courtesy of Sweet Treats, by Carolyn Beth Weil (Simon & Schuster, 2006).
  • New Years Party Kits

    The key to a stress-free holiday season is organization and planning ahead for the festivities.  You'll need to buy plenty of supplies in order to be prepared for your holiday parties. New Years Eve is no exception and finding the supplies you want can be hard the closer it gets. At Mission we have the perfect party kits for your New Years Eve bash. They come will all of the essential party favorites, such as foil hats, horns, glittered tiaras, Hawaiian leis, party clickers, and throws of serpentines. Choose from a multi-colored party set or a shimmering silver party set. Different size kits are available, but make you sure you get them soon!
  • Homemade Blueberry Pie

    There are some desserts in life that just never go out of style. Homemade Blueberry Pie is a great example. I found this recipe on The Pioneer Woman and tested it out for a family dinner party to much success. It was beyond delicious and easy as pie to make (pun intended!). Ingredients
    • 2-3 pints Blueberries
    • Sugar
    • 1-2 dashes Nutmeg
    • 2-3 tbsp Flour
    • 2 Pie Crusts
    • 1 stick Butter
    You'll also need: Instructions
    1. In a large bowl, coat the blueberries with regular white sugar. You will want just enough to bring out the natural sweetness.
    2. Add nutmeg and a few tablespoons of all purpose flour (if you would prefer a pie that is juicier you can leave out the flour).
    3. Pour the blueberries into a pie crust and top with 8-10 thin slices of butter. Cover with a second pie crust (I used pre-made Pillsbury Pie Crusts, but the Pioneer Woman has a great homemade version as well).
    4. Press the edges of both pie crusts together, tucking the dough under as you go. Pinch any excess dough to create a fluted look.
    5. Cut three or four slits in the top of the pie for ventilation.
    6. Bake at 400º for approximately 35-40 minutes.
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