• 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!
  • Potato Croquettes

    This recipe was submitted by Michelle Ericson of the Foodservice Community. She works for the Southwestern Oregon Community College. Ingredients
    • 6 Idaho potatoes
    • ¼ c butter
    • ½ tsp Salt
    • 2 eggs
    • 1/8 c Parmesan cheese
    • 2 c Bread crumbs
    • 3 tbsp Canola oil
    You'll also need: Instructions
    1. Peel and dice the potatoes.
    2. Fill a 6 quart saucepan with water and boil the potatoes until tender.
    3. Drain potatoes and mash with butter and salt. Refrigerate mashed potatoes until cool.
    4. Mix in one beaten egg and some Parmesan cheese.
    5. Take 1/3 cup mashed potatoes and roll into an elongated balls (kind of egg shaped).
    6. Beat the second egg in a separate bowl. Roll each ball in the egg and then roll in breadcrumbs until completely covered.
    7. Add three tablespoons canola oil into a frying pan and fry each ball until brown and crunchy.
    8. Remove from frying pan and place on a paper towel. Serve warm.
  • Tilapia & Shrimp Creole Newburg

    This recipe was submitted by a member of the Foodservice Community. He told us that this is a favorite at the venue he works at and that it works great on a budget. Ingredients
    • 3-5 Tilapia pieces
    • Peeled & de-veined tiger shrimp
    • 1 c Diced onions
    • 2 c Diced green & red peppers
    • ¼ c chopped chives
    • 2 qt Heavy cream
    • ½ gal Water
    • 1 lb Lobster or fish base
    • ½ lb Butter
    • Parsley
    • Cumin
    • Minced garlic
    • Paprika
    • Thyme
    • Salt & Pepper
    What you'll need: Newburg Sauce Instructions
    1. Sauté onions, peppers, and garlic in oil and butter.  Add in chives, thyme, cumin, salt and pepper to taste.
    2. Deglaze with water and bring to a boil.
    3. Add in your lobster or fish base and heavy cream.
    4. Thicken with cornstarch/water until desired thickness.
    Tilapia Instructions
    1. Create a rub with cumin, paprika, garlic granules and pepper (don't add salt to this - it doesn't need it).
    2. Sprinkle over fish and bake at 350 degrees for about 10-15 minutes.
    Shrimp Instructions
    1. Toss shrimp with above rub and put on a greased sheet pan.
    2. Cook until desired firmness at 350 degrees for approximately five minutes tossing frequently. Caution: don't overcook!
    You can serve this with Creole rice and roasted vegetables. Garnish it with chopped parsley. Creole rice has onions, peppers, celery, cumin, paprika, and garlic. When it's fully cooked you can toss in diced tomatoes.
  • Weekly Tidbits 12.5.2010-12.11.2010

    Each week, we want to bring you the most interesting (and bizarre) news that we can find pertaining to foodservice, health, and the community. Here are this week's finds from a number of different news sources, blogs, forums, and quirky websites. The 10 Biggest Food Stories of 2010 It's the end of the year. That means that everyone in the country will be posting the best and worst lists of everything you could imagine for 2010. We also jumped on the band wagon and decided to bring you one that we thought was most relevant. Have one you'd like to share? Let us know. How to Get Your Restaurant Noticed by the Local Media This has been a challenge for restaurateurs for decades. Trying to find the best media outlets for the least amount of money and grief is never-ending. This article lists some tips on how to market your venue in your area and how to find the right outlets for your type of business. Devour the World I'm a big fan of recipes for people that I can't cook. I am one of those people. This travel and food blog is fantastic and I urge you to check it out. You won't regret it. Have a question about where to find more foodservice news or recipes? Email us. We're happy to help you find exactly what you need. If it can't be found on our website, we'll help you figure out where to look next. Robot Restaurant Opens in China That's right -- someone went there. One restaurant owner in China decided that hiring humans was so last year. Instead he decided to employ robots to both wait tables and greet guests at the door.  Don't worry, the kitchen is still run by humans...for now. Eggnog: Less Fat, More Fun Although we all love eggnog and the cheery feeling we have while drinking, we seem to suddenly loath it once we step on the treadmill afterward. Why? Because it is chocked full of delicious calories. One mixologist decided that she was done with old-fashioned eggnog and set out to create a new version made only with alcohol. Say what?! Yep, the same delicious drink with less calories and a whole lot more fun. Reindeer - The Other, Other...Meat? One restaurant in Arizona that is famous for serving up unusual dishes is at it again. Patrons that enjoyed an all rabbit menu during Easter will now be able to check out a new menu that focuses on North American caribou.
  • 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.
  • Rosemary Sweet Potatoes

    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
    You'll also need: Instructions
    1. Rinse under tap water to remove any dirt (you can peel the skin off if you like). Cut into thin slivers (about ¼'' thick).
    2. 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.
    3. Season with salt and pepper and throw a few sprigs of rosemary on the top.
    4. Pop it in the oven at 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.
    Have a question about this recipe? Email us. Want to submit your own recipe? We would love to post them!
  • Weekly Tidbits 11.28.10 - 12.4.10

    Each week, we want to bring you the most interesting (and bizarre) news that we can find pertaining to foodservice, health, and the community. This week we wanted to focus on other fantastic resources out there for business owners, managers, and foodies. Here are this week's finds from a number of different news sources, blogs, forums, and quirky websites. MFN Magazine Feature - 4Food in NYC: Dejunking Fast Food The 4Food concept in New York City has got to be the coolest one we've seen yet. Without spending a dime on advertising, they have managed to bring in remarkable amounts of customers and attain higher opening day sales that ever expected. Check out the latest edition of MFN Magazine (page 28) for a write-up on this awesome new establishment. Foodservice Community This online community has over 10,000 foodservice members that post daily about their experiences in the industry. There are hundreds of photos, blogs, videos, recipes, and opportunities to earn rewards points. We're a HUGE fan of this website. AllRecipes.com This website is your number one source for recipes. For those of you who are challenged in the kitchen (like me), there are dozens of recipes available. For those of you who want new ideas or to be challenged in the kitchen, those are there as well. Happy cooking! Have a question about where to find more foodservice news or recipes? Email us. We're happy to help you find exactly what you need. If it can't be found on our website, we'll help you figure out where to look next.
  • Kale Soup Recipe

    This recipe was submitted by a member of the Foodservice Community. He told us that it was his grandmother's recipe and that they make this every year at Thanksgiving and Christmas. Ingredients
    • 1/2 lb Butter
    • 2 tbsp Canola Oil
    • 2 c Diced Carrot
    • 2 c Diced Celery
    • 3 c Diced Onion
    • 2 Bunches Chopped Kale
    • 1 lb Diced Linguica or Polish sausage
    • 1 lb Red or White Beans
    • 1 lb Diced Red Potato
    • 1 tbsp Thyme
    • 1 tsp Red Chili Flakes
    • 1 tbsp Garlic Powder
    • 1.5 Gal Water
    • Chicken Base to Taste
    • Salt & Pepper
    Don't forget some of these kitchen essentials before you start! Instructions
    1. Melt butter in oil over medium to high heat.
    2. Once melted, add the carrots, celery, and onions.
    3. Saute for a few minutes and add salt, pepper, thyme, garlic and chili flakes, linguica and potatoes.
    4. Stir mixture well and add water.
    5. Reduce heat to medium and add in the kale.
    6. Let simmer until the kale is tender. Add chicken base to taste and then add the beans. Turn off heat to avoid overcooking the potatoes and beans.
    7. Serve with crusty bread on a cold night.
    *If you would like to make the soup creamier you have two options. You can either puree some of the kale once it's cooked or you can add cream to the soup at the end.
  • Fun Holiday Cookies

    Santa Clause is coming to town... Impress Santa and your family this holiday season with the perfect holiday spritz cookies! From candy cane shapes to snowflakes, you are sure to wow your guests. The Kuhn Rikon cookie press makes baking like a pro a cinch! This fun set is great for all ages!  With the Kuhn Rikon Cookie Press, the possibilities are endless.  It has 14 different cookie design plates, 6 decorating tips and the dough press. This set comes in a box to keep your supplies organized and to make storage easy. Have fun with it and see how creative you really are! We found a great recipe for spritz cookies over at food.com. Products from Mission that you'll need to make it happen: Kuhn Rikon Cookie Press, Small mixing bowl, Large mixing Bowl Ingredients:
    • 2 1/2 c flour
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1 c butter, softened
    • 3/4 c sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 2 tsp almond extract
    • colored decorating sugar
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. In a small bowl, combine flour and salt.
    3. In a large bowl, cream butter; gradually add sugar.
    4. Blend in egg and almond extract; beat well.
    5. Gradually add the dry ingredients to the creamed mixture.
    6. Press dough through cookie press onto ungreased baking sheet.
    7. Sprinkle with colored decorating sugar.
    8. Bake for 6 to 8 minutes.
    9. Cool on wire rack.
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