Author Archives: Sallie Lewis

  • Chinese New Year Food Superstitions

    The Chinese New Year, otherwise known as the "Lunar New Year" or the "Spring Festival" has an immense significance and symbolism to the Chinese people. As feasts are made to honor past relatives and to usher in a new year, deciding the kinds of food to make plays a key role. Below are some foods that are widely eaten during the Chinese New Year that have interesting superstitions behind them. There are also a few that people stay away from to escape bad luck and misfortune.... Oranges & Tangerines: Symbolic of wealth and good fortune you will often see big bowls of these fruits to show off one's good luck. If the leaves are still attached, they also represent fertility. Melons & Pomelos: These large round fruits are symbolic of family and the wholeness and togetherness of families Chicken: Like the aforementioned fruits, chicken is symbolic of family and togetherness along with unity and prosperity. Remember to keep the feet and the head on when cooking! Fish: A whole steamed fish (eyes and all) is regularly served and signifies abundance. "Yu" is the Chinese word for fish and translates to "plenty" meaning that families are sustained in the future.  Noodles: Represent longevity in life and therefore they shouldn't be cut before serving! Turnips: In Chinese, turnips are called "cai tou" meaning "good luck" Egg Rolls: The Chinese belief is that when fried, these rolls look like "golden bars," representing good fortune. Duck: Fidelity Eggs: Fertility Shrimp:  Good luck Dumplings: Many families insert a golden coin into one of the hundreds of dumplings made during their celebration. Whoever bites into the golden dumpling is said to have immense wealth and prosperity in the coming year. Pomegranates: These red fruits are symbolic of happiness, thus driving away evil spirits. The seeds also play a part, symbolizing abundance and fertility. Foods to Avoid: Squid: Be very cautious if squid, known as "Yow Yu" is served to you during the Chinese New Year. It symbolically foreshadows that you will be fired in the coming year. White Foods: Although white can mean purity, white foods like tofu are mostly avoided during the 15 day festival, as white can also symbolize bad luck and even death.
  • Chinese New Year Pork Dumplings

    The Chinese New Year is one of China's most culturally significant holidays and celebrations are currently underway to ring in The Year of the Rabbit. The Chinese New Year is steeped in tradition, much of which includes cooking traditional Chinese dishes and uniting whole families together to remember their ancestors and deceased family over a home-cooked meal.  Since we at Mission are always interested in the culinary side of these occasions, we dug around and found a few dishes that are customarily made during this 15 day festival. In addition, we have provided links to our website with some of the Asian cookware that will be necessary to make these meals. Check back every so often for a new Asian recipe/ tid bit regarding Asian cooking. Homemade Pork Dumplings Original recipe yield: 100 dumplings Ingredients: 100 (3.5 inch square) wonton wrappers 1 3/4 pounds ground pork 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger root 4 cloves garlic, minced 2 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion 4 tablespoons soy sauce 3 tablespoons sesame oil 1 egg, beaten 5 cups finely shredded Chinese cabbage Instructions: 1. In a large bowl, combine the pork, ginger, garlic, green onion, soy sauce, sesame oil, egg and cabbage. Stir until well mixed.   2. Place 1 heaping teaspoon of pork filling onto each wonton skin. Moisten edges with water and fold edges over to form a triangle shape. Roll edges slightly to seal in filling. Set dumplings aside on a lightly floured surface until ready to cook. 3. To Cook: Steam dumplings in a covered bamboo or metal steamer for about 15 to 20 minutes. Serve immediately with soy sauce or sauce or your choosing. What You'll Need: Asian Steamer (Bamboo or Metal) Large Mixing Bowl Measurers Cutting Board & Knife (For prep work) Chopsticks, Soy Sauce Bottle, other Asian servers and utensils Recipe Courtesy of
  • 2011 NAFEM Show

    This week at Mission Restaurant Supply, we are gearing up for the NAFEM trade show that takes place February 10-12th in Orlando, Florida. {NAFEM is short for The North American Association of Food Equipment Manufacturers.} Every two years, this organization puts on an enormous trade show bringing over 500 manufacturers and 20,000 foodservice professionals to learn about the newest products out on the market. From food preparation to table service, storage, and cooking, it spotlights a wide range of equipment and supply solutions. Furthermore, the NAFEM show is a great educational experience with product galleries and informational sessions available, while it's also an excellent networking opportunity. In Orlando, you can personally meet the movers and the shakers that make this industry so dynamic and innovative. We are also looking forward to the What's Hot What's Cool product gallery which spotlights products in a specialized arena of the foodservice industry from energy efficiency to food safety, eco-friendliness and labor savings, to name a few. The NAFEM executives said it best: "The NAFEM Show brings together our exhibitor's best, so you can bring the best to your business." We're looking forward to seeing the show while striving to be the best we can possibly be for you. For more information on this week's convention visit the NAFEM Website or email us at Photo Courtesy of The NAFEM Show Website
  • Caramelized Onion & Prosciutto Pizza

    This would be the perfect pizza to make for an impromptu dinner and would make great leftovers the next day! Not only does it sound delicious (hello mozzarella and prosciutto!) but it looks like a low maintenance, no hassle, easy dish that will satisfy Steelers and Packers fans alike. Enjoy! Ingredients: 1 Whole Pizza Crust {Click here for a basic, homemade pizza crust recipe.} Olive Oil, for Drizzling 1 whole Large Red Onion, Halved and Thinly Sliced 1/4 cups Brown Sugar Kosher Salt To Taste Parmesan Cheese, Grated 10 ounces, weight Fresh Mozzarella Cheese, Thinly Sliced 8 slices Proscuitto (More to Taste) You'll Also Need: Rolling Pin Sheet Pan Tongs Fry Pan Pizza Cutter & Server Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 500 degrees 2. Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet. Add onions and brown sugar and toss/stir for a few minutes until onions are brown and cooked. Set aside. 3. Roll out pizza dough to a rectangular shape. Drizzle olive oil, sprinkle salt, followed by the parmesan. 4. Lay slices of mozzarella evenly over top of the crust. Arrange caramelized onions over top of the mozzarella. Lay slices of prosciutto over the onions 5. Bake between 15 and 17 minutes in the lower half of the oven or until crust is golden brown. Cut into squares and serve immediately. Recipe and Photo Courtesy of The Pioneer Woman Blog by Ree Drummond
  • Super Bowl Party Guide

    With the Super Bowl just a few days away, most of us can count on watching the Steelers and the Packers duke it out from the comfort of our homes. Half of the fun is staying tuned for the next commercial break, right? Without a doubt, Super Bowl weekend is synonymous with celebration, so we've put together a quick guide of all the essentials for throwing a successful party. You'll want to have lots of food, plenty of drinks, and a nice presentation. Prepare to be Super Bowl happy: CHAFING DISH: Whether you are serving up burgers, enchiladas, macaroni and cheese, or any other hot dishes, our economy chafers are the way to go. At just $32.95 you can have a warm meal and be stress free. (Don't forget the Sterno Fuel!)




       PROTEAK BOARDS: Good snacks and a nice presentation go a long way. Our wooden teak boards are perfect for cheeses, salamis, olives, and just about anything else you want to serve. Men and women alike are drawn to these Proteak boards for their great quality and rustic appeal.




      PARTY TUBS:  With our hammered metal party buckets, you can store all your mixers and drinks in style. These double-walled tubs are great looking and come in handy for parties left and right.




     JALAPENO GRILLERS: Grilling goes hand in hand with Super Bowl weekend. Our jalapeno grillers are truly one of the greatest tools for making spicy, flavorful, stuffed peppers with little to no hassle. Pop it on the grill or in the oven and you've got delicious appetizers perfect for a day of football. Make sure to get all the seeds out with our Chili Twisters. Don't know how to prepare these peppers? Download this quick guide for a step-by-step lesson!



  • "Lemmy" Cake

    This delcious lemon cake recipe was a childhood staple of mine. A favorite for birthdays, parties, and other causes of celebration, it is light, delicious, and the slight taste of citrus will get you ready for warmer weather. Cake Ingredients: 1 box Duncan Hines Lemon Supreme Cake Mix 1 cup Apricot Nectar ½ cup sugar 4 eggs 2/3 cup vegetable oil Berries (optional)  Glaze Ingredients: 1 cup sifted powdered sugar 2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice What You'll Need: Bundt Cake Pan Batter Bowl or Mixing Bowl Mixer Sieve or Sifter Cake Stand (For a nice presentation...) Instructions:
    1. Heat oven to 350 degrees. Grease and flour a 10'' tube pan or Bundt pan.
    2. Combine all cake ingredients in a large mixer bowl. Beat at medium speed for 2 minutes.
    3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake in preheated oven for 45-55 minutes.
    4. Once cooked, invert onto serving plate and pour glaze over cake while still warm.
    NOTE: Pierce the top of the cake with a fork prior to glazing that way the glaze can soak in.       5.    Sift powdered sugar over the top, garnish with berries and enjoy! Recipe courtesy of the Houston Junior League Cookbook.
  • Ice Making 101

    Hoshizaki is one of the world's largest manufacturers of commercial ice equipment. Here are Mission Restaurant Supply, Hoshizaki is a brand that we continue to be enthusiastic about for its dependability, sustainability, and reliability. Watch this video from the brand's corporate website to become more acquainted with their products and company credentials: WATCH THIS VIDEO To browse through our whole selection of Hoshizaki ice equipment and refrigeration, click here.
  • 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...


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


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


    • 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


  • 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!

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