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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!
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
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon and salt in bowl.
- In an 8-quart bowl with paddle attachment, beat butter on medium speed until smooth and creamy.
- Gradually beat in sugars.
- Gradually beat in eggs, and then add the vanilla extract.
- Stir in flour mixture and then add chocolate chips, oats, coconut and pecans.
- Using a disher, drop dough for each cookie onto an ungreased baking sheets.
- Bake for 17 to 19 minutes or until edges are lightly brown. Rotate sheets halfway through.
- Remove cookies from rack to cool.
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)
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Line a 12"x17" baking sheet with parchment paper or grease generously with butter or cooking spray.
- Using a mixer, beat the butter and sugar together in a large bowl for 2-3 minutes until light and white.
- Add honey, eggs, Frangelico and vanilla extract; beat until combined.
- Add flour, baking powder and salt. Mix at low speed until completely combined (dough should be stiff not sticky).
- Add the chopped hazelnuts (may have to use your hands to incorporate them evenly).
- 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.
- 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.
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
- Warm the milk in a small saucepan over low heat until tiny bubbles appear. Remove from heat right before boiling.
- Blend the cocoa in a food processor. Put the cocoa, sugar, and vanilla in a mug and stir to combine.
- Add one tablespoon of the hot milk to the cocoa mixture and stir - make sure there are no lumps!
- Pour the remaining hot milk into the mug and stir well.
- Top it off with a handful of marshmallows or whipped cream - or chop up peppermint for a little holiday flare!
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!
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
- 1-2 dashes Nutmeg
- 2-3 tbsp Flour
- 2 Pie Crusts
- 1 stick Butter
- In a large bowl, coat the blueberries with regular white sugar. You will want just enough to bring out the natural sweetness.
- 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).
- 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).
- Press the edges of both pie crusts together, tucking the dough under as you go. Pinch any excess dough to create a fluted look.
- Cut three or four slits in the top of the pie for ventilation.
- Bake at 400º for approximately 35-40 minutes.
Being a large lover of all things sweet potato, I decided I'd mix it up a bit last night and try something new. This recipe can be doubled as an appetizer or a side dish for your main course. But best yet, it is easy. Ingredients
- Sweet potatoes
- Extra virgin olive oil
- Freshly cracked salt & pepper
- Rosemary sprigs
- Rinse under tap water to remove any dirt (you can peel the skin off if you like). Cut into thin slivers (about ¼'' thick).
- Arrange the slices on a baking sheet and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil. Make sure you turn the pieces over so to get olive oil on both sides. You can use a basting brush to even out the olive oil if you like.
- Season with salt and pepper and throw a few sprigs of rosemary on the top.
- Pop it in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.
The Holiday Season is a time of giving and at Mission Restaurant Supply we want to be that shop you turn to for your holiday gifts. Don't forget to check out our Holiday Gift Guide Page where you can browse through great products and gift ideas based on what kind of culinary personality most suits you and your loved ones. Who is that someone you are gifting? A Wine Enthusiast or a Grill Master? A Cocktail Aficionado or a Pizza Fanatic? A Cheese Lover or Entertainer? We have special products sorted out for that special someone in mind. Also, starting November 30th, Mission will be having a Holiday Deal of the Day where you can save money by taking advantage of our daily Holiday promotions! From awesome gift sets to some of our most popular and specially discounted items, we are bringing you a new deal every day. So have fun and make this year's holiday shopping a simple, easy, and enjoyable experience. Make sure you get on to our email list so you can be in the know about daily deals, weekly specials, and discounted products! Send an email over to email@example.com with you email list requests, recipe submissions, or general questions!
What would the holiday season be without lots of parties? We know that this year will be no different so Mission Restaurant Supply would like to offer you a quick guide to simple holiday catering. We've put together a list of "Mission Must-Haves" that will make your party stress-free and tons of fun! An absolute necessity for every holiday party is a chafing dish. One problem that a lot of hosts encounter is not having adequate space for the food they're serving and not having a way to keep it hot and fresh. Our 8 quart economy chafing dish, manufactured by Browne-Halco, is an excellent choice for the home chef. Want something a little fancier? We've got you covered. Our 6 quart oval chafing dish with gold accents is perfect for catered holiday events. Toss in a few Sterno chafer fuels and some of our stainless steel serving utensils and you're set to go! For drinks, we recommend icing down all of your wine, water, and other beverages in one of our elegant stainless steel party tubs. Making sure your beverages are chilled and accessible for all of your party guests is crucial. You guests will be happy and you'll be free to mingle and enjoy the soiree. You might also like our crystal punch bowls, which are perfect for serving up rum punch, egg nog, and other holiday favorites! One of our favorite holiday treats is the chocolate fountain! They are the perfect way to liven up your buffet line or private party. And what better excuse to eat tons of chocolate than at a party? Don't think we've forgotten about the most essential holiday items you'll need. That's right -- disposables. If you plan on keeping your party simple and low maintenance, we have just the thing. We now stock a huge assortment of disposables, from plates and bowls to flatware and glassware. We even have wine and dessert glasses! Did we miss something? Tell us! What items do you rely on for your holiday events?
Believe it or not, the holidays are just around the corner. What better way to celebrate the season than to gather over a big meal with your family and friends? Some of the things that make this time of year so special are all the traditions; the decadent feast, sitting around the table with your loved ones, enjoying the sights and sounds.
At Mission, we have a wide variety of options to help you put together the perfect holiday table setting for your family. Our quick guide below will help you find everything you need!
Step 1: Find a Tablecloth That Fits Your Needs
At Mission, we have a large assortment of holiday tablecloths to choose from. Our selection ranges from Autumn-inspired prints to Christmas patterns, from your basic solids to wacky prints. Each one is made to order according to your specifications and can be shipped to you in as little as three business days!
Step 2: Picture Perfect Lighting
Every party planner knows that lighting is one of the most important finishing touches to an event.
Purchasing candles and votives are a great way to add character to your holiday table setting. We have a large selection of Hollowick candles in a variety of colors and finishes that will add just the right amount of finesse to your party.
These ruby-jewel toned votives would be a nice addition for your upcoming holiday party. If you prefer a simple, neutral look these clear, frosted votives would be a great choice! View our whole assortment of Hollowick candles.
Step 3: Place Settings
Finding the right glassware and dinnerware for your table is a must. If you are hosting a more formal get together it would be wise to invest in some China.
We have your basic white china, off-white china, and a large variety of colored china. Some of the bold colors that we offer are saffron, cinnabar, cobalt, and cilantro. Looking for something a little more inexpensive and still gorgeous?
We highly recommend our melamine dinnerware, which is a durable, quality product that restaurants around the world rely on. The Venetian Melamine pattern is top pick and would be perfect for your holiday event!
We also have a huge selection of wine and champagne glasses that would be a great addition to any holiday table setting.
Not a big fan of wine? Don't worry! We have an enormous selection of specialty glassware that is sure to please your holiday guests.
Don't forget that flatware! Holiday meals mean more courses, more mouths to feed, and less time to wash dishes! You might consider buying more flatware so that you know you have enough to get through dessert.
At Mission, we stock a number of different styles from your most basic Derby or Windsor flatware to the more detailed Illustra style. Click here to view all of our stainless steel flatware. We hope all these suggestions have helped you in planning your holiday party.
If you feel this guide has helped you we would love to see the table setting you came up with! Feel free to send in your photos of your holiday meal!
On behalf of everyone here at Mission Restaurant Supply we'd like to wish you all a very safe and happy holiday season!