Valentine's Day Recipe: Filet Mignon With Blue Cheese & Port Wine Sauce

Valentine’s Day is coming up. You know what that means! And no, I’m not referring to that one time two years ago I sat on my couch, watched Parks and Recreation, and devoured an entire Whitman’s Sampler. For all of you taken and happily married, this holiday can mean a lot. Or nothing at all. Either way, it’s nice to show your significant other how much you care about them.

Here’s a delectable dish you can prepare for your loved one!

What you’ll need:

4 filet mignon steaks (1 1/2 inch thick)
3/4 cup low-sodium beef broth
1 tbsp. butter
1 tbsp. vegetable oil
1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
1/2 cup port wine
3/4 cup crumbled blue cheese
1/2 cup minced white onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbsp. chopped fresh thyme

Directions:

*First comes the Port Wine sauce. Melt butter in a skillet on medium heat. Add the garlic, onion, and thyme. Cook and constantly stir until onion is tender. Add and stir in beef broth. Stir in port wine. Boil mixture until there is about 1/2 cup left. Set aside for now.

*It may be easier to make the sauce ahead of time and reheat.

Preheat oven to 350°. Over high heat, add oil to a cast-iron/oven-safe skillet. Quickly sear steaks on each side until brown. Place whole pan in oven.

Roast steaks in oven for about 15 minutes – medium rare – with an internal temperature of 145°. If you prefer below medium, adjust cooking time accordingly. Remove from oven and place on a baking sheet. Stir the blue cheese and panko crumbs together. Top each steak with new mixture.

Preheat your oven’s broiler. Place steaks under the broiler until cheese mix is properly browned (about 3 to 4 minutes). Remove from oven and let stand for 15 minutes. Serve with warm port wine sauce.

Stranger Things 2, Zelda, And The Best Super Bowl LI Commercials

Super Bowl LI was quite a spectacle. Crazy conversions, impossible catches, and a record-breaking overtime period. Not to mention a wild performance by Lady Gaga, which only further reminded us that we need a staff of drones to help us with our jobs. But I digress.

We all really love the Super Bowl for the food, friendship, and the commercials. What makes the commercials so great? Simply put; These 15-40 second spots have to be meticulously planned out and crafted to properly pander to & entice their target audience very quickly. The fact that so much has to be accomplished in their given window of time really shows in returned quality. And not to mention the fact that just to get that minimal show time requires an insane amount of money. Like…INSANE. This year topped records, as a 30-second spot cost advertisers a whopping $5 million. Let that sink in. So with all this taken into consideration, these companies have to really bring their A-game. But not all Super Bowl commercials can be winners, so here’s a brief list of what we believe were the best picks!

2017 Kia Niro | “Hero’s Journey”
Starring Melissa McCarthy

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We start the list with an ad for the 2017 Kia Niro. Starring Melissa McCarthy (Bridesmaids, Ghostbusters), the minute long commercial pits her in a variety of life-threatening situations in order to save the planet. Some perils include giant whales flipping her miles through the air and falling off a cliff while she’s tree hugging. Not to mention that Holding Out For A Hero by Bonnie Tyler is playing throughout the entirety of it, which only enhances the fast-paced mood. Kia really had an agenda with this one. McCarthy learns the hard way that it takes a lot more strength and courage to be an eco-warrior than she anticipated. The message: You can do a lot less to preserve the environment. Kia’s 2017 Niro achieves an EPA-est. 50 mpg combined and a near-600-mile range. Great use of slapstick humor.

Squarespace | Calling JohnMalkovich.com
Starring John Malkovich

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Squarespace reminds us that if you have a business idea, whether it be a custom woodwork shop or a pet supply store, that you should immediately register a domain for it. John Malkovich (Being John Malkovich, Rounders) spends the 30-second slot arguing with the current fictional holder of johnmalkovich.com because…well, he’s the real John Malkovich. And he deserves the domain to advertise his new line of fashion. Which is real. He actually has his own line of clothing available for purchase. The real site brings you to a false splash page of a fishing site and then proceeds to knock down to reveal the true domain. Simple, yet effective marketing.

Avocados From Mexico | #AvoSecrets

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Let’s be honest here; Who truly dislikes Avocados? The #AvoSecrets commercial by Avocados From Mexico takes a stab at propaganda and subliminal advertising as a means to leak “secret facts” to the viewer about these delicious fruits. Right, as if we didn’t already know. Even though a mere reminder of its health benefits and good fatty content, the banter of the secret society is enough to keep you laughing while craving another few chip fulls of that homemade guacamole your friend Morgan made. She calls it “GuacaMorgan”.

Nintendo | The Nintendo Switch; Extended Cut

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Nintendo has been one of the leading video game companies in the business for the past few decades. Originating as a gaming card company, the creation of their many beloved franchises (Mario, Zelda, Donkey Kong) solidified their name in the gaming industry. Their newest console, the Switch, takes mobile gaming to a whole new level. Handheld gaming has been a staple among the gaming community, becoming popular with the original Game Boy and eventually evolving into the Nintendo 3DS. But never have you been able to take a home console out and about with an experience like this. Waking up on that lazy Sunday morning, but don’t wanna leave bed just yet? Grab the Switch and play in handheld mode. Waiting for your laundry to dry at the local laundromat? Go ahead and game! Meet up in the park with friends for a multiplayer experience up to 8 people. The possibilities are endless. This commercial featured gameplay footage of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Arms, and Splatoon 2, which will all be launch titles. The Nintendo Switch releases for retail on March 3rd.

Netflix | Stranger Things 2

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So unless you’ve been living under a giant football for the past year, you are aware of the Netflix original Stranger Things. A science fiction-horror web show which takes place in the 80’s, The series follows the events surrounding the disappearance of 12-year-old Will Byers. Upon investigation of the missing child, Will’s friends Dustin, Mike, and Lucas come across a girl with psychokinetic powers who claims to know Will’s location. A cynical government agency tries to cover up the kid’s findings, while an even greater threat lingers below the surface. The show’s first season averaged ratings around 14.07 million in the US. And that was in its first month. Stranger Things has been met with amazing reviews and numerous accolades, easily becoming an overnight hit. The teaser for its second season aired during the Super Bowl, and raised a plethora of questions. But I won’t give it away, simply watch above and see for yourself.

Of course, there were other fantastic advertisements, but these 5 kept it short, sweet, and to the point. Strong messages with great casting, perfectly appropriate tones, and just the right touch of modern comfort. What were your favorite Super Bowl commercials? Let us know in the comments!

Why We Cannot Sell You A Teppanyaki Griddle For Your Home

I love food. You love food. We all love food. From all cultures, backgrounds, and traditions. With various seasonings, spices, and sauces. Prepared in a plethora of fashions. But today, we will be discussing the art of Teppanyaki.

Teppanyaki is a style of Japanese cuisine which uses a large, iron griddle to prepare and cook food. Where did that name come from? Teppan means iron plate, and yaki means grilled, pan-fried, or broiled. Makes sense, right? Traditional teppanyaki dishes include steak, shrimp, yakisoba, monjayaki, and okonomiyaki. A colorful fusion of meats and vegetables, properly seasoned and grilled to perfection!

Now if you’re thinking that sounds pretty similar to what you would see a chef use at a hibachi restaurant; Not quite. Hibachi grills typically use gas or charcoal and have an open grate design to them. Teppanyaki Griddles have a solid surface, perfect for cooking smaller ingredients like eggs, vegetables, and rice. Japanese steakhouses and sushi bars, however, do have modern Teppanyaki Griddles in their establishments, so it is possible you have seen one! Just for reference, here is a picture:

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What a pretty machine.

I bet you would like to go out right now and purchase a Teppanyaki Griddle for your home!

NOT SO FAST, MY FRIEND!

Commercial restaurant equipment is specifically manufactured for commercial use only. A lot of factors come into play, including high BTU output, voided warranties, and even legal issues. We briefly discussed this in our post about commercial ranges, which you can find here.

Teppanyaki Griddles are designed to streamline commercial cooking in a quick, efficient manner. They typically output about 30,000 BTUs, and a circular atmospheric burner provides concentrated heat. To put in perspective how much heat output that is, a 1,000-square-foot home in Boston needs around 24,000 BTUs to heat in the winter time. That’s less than how much heat these griddles give off.

Not to mention that these units have manual ignition with a manual gas valve control, which could result in a gas leak. Due to home restrictions and codes, the outcome of using one of these commercial griddles could be deadly. And life is too much fun, so let’s not compromise that.

And as always, the warranty will be void when you bring a commercial unit like this into your home.

But if you’re still not convinced, a majority of these manufacturers won’t even slightly consider shipping commercial products to your home. They simply won’t. The risk involved is too great.

So we apologize if you were looking forward to purchasing one of these Teppanyaki Griddles after seeing it in action on TV or at a restaurant, but this is why we cannot sell you one for your residence.

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We would love to sell you one, we really would! Feel free to browse our selection of accommodating griddles!

What Separates REC From Other Foodservice Companies?

We’re no strangers to the fact that there are dozens of companies that do what we do. But what exactly separates us from them? Well, here’s a small insight…

We are not your traditional e-commerce company.

Before the days that the internet reigned supreme, Restaurant Equipment Club began as a humble foodservice design company; DLFS Design. No matter how big or small the job was, DLFS Design was there to design, specify, and equip the entirety of the project. Every client was given the royal treatment, from free, concept planning consultation, to custom fabrication tailored to your exact needs. One day, DLFS Design decided to take a risk and leap into the growing industry of e-commerce. Ever since then, we have not looked back.

Due to the high volume of orders that were now coming in, we reached a point where it was either DLFS or REC, and based on the direction consumers with a basic internet connection were taking, REC won the fight.

But of course, we still do foodservice design! We provide a full-service solution to any of your needs. You can check out our design division here.

We are a family owned company.

This may not seem important to a lot of consumers, but to us, it makes a world of difference. We have dealt with big corporations in the past, and as a matter of fact, we are a part of one. But as the main office, internal affairs are taken care of by our tight-knit REC family. That, and the fact our president and office manager have been happily married since before the formation of DLFS Design. And that is definitely a better love story than Twilight.

What, is that joke too old? Sorry.

We stay with you from the second you visit the site, to way after you have purchased.

And we’re not exaggerating! As soon as you visit our website, you are greeted by a live, REAL representative waiting to quote you immediately on anything and everything you want!

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Well, we would normally show you, but then we couldn’t shamelessly plug ourselves on our own post, now could we? You’ll just have to visit our site and see for yourself!

And when you click that checkout button, we will get in contact with you shortly after to confirm your information. From there, we will get better acquainted! We like to think our ability to connect on a personal level separates us from our competitors…or robots, rather.

Eh, they’re not bad people. If they ARE, in fact, people…

Follow-ups are very important to us, as they not only provide insight into your current business position, but also help us make sure you are still 100% satisfied with your equipment. Plus, we’re not mind readers, so if you decide last minute that you would like a countertop fryer to go with that new griddle, then we will know! And hey, any excuse to talk to our customers again we will use.

 

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This was totally my hand. And it totally hurt.

 

 

We could keep the list going, but the one thing we can’t stress enough:

We are Responsive, Knowledgeable, and Friendly.

At the end of the day, we will provide you with the best foodservice experience possible. But if you still can’t take our word for it, simply browse our site and see for yourself!

When To Replace Your Combi Oven

Combi ovens are extremely helpful in a commercial kitchen. They use different technologies combined to cook your food. Oh, wait! Combi oven. Combinations of technologies. I think I’m on to something here. Combi ovens can be used as convection ovens, steamers, sous vide cookers, and more. Although combi ovens are versatile and are pretty advanced in the world of commercial cooking equipment, they still need a certain level of care and maintenance.

The expected life of a combi oven ranges from 7 to 10 years, and that’s based on proper maintenance and operation techniques. Here are a few signs that it may be time to replace that precious cooking commodity:

1.) Declining Cooking Ability

An old combi oven will work harder to reach that proper cooking temperature. This makes it costly to operate, and a replacement unit may be necessary. But as time goes on, combi oven technology continuously grows, including greater efficiency, integration of new cooking abilities, and advanced control options.

2.) Visible Signs of Deterioration

This may seem like common sense, but don’t ignore the warning signs! Don’t mean to sound like your doctor, but it’s true. When an older combi unit starts aging, you will typically see dents and rust. At this point, it may be time for a replacement. In addition, using unfiltered water can cause a buildup of lime, greatly shortening the oven’s service life.

3.) S-A-F-E-T-Y

Safety is of paramount importance in any restaurant kitchen. If your equipment doesn’t seem like it can operate safely, the combi oven should be immediately retired.

4.) Cost of Maintenance

Let’s face it; Service costs can be a bummer. But servicing your equipment to industry standards is something that should never be looked over. When the cost of maintenance begins to rapidly escalate, oven operators should weigh the cost of continuing to run their equipment vs. purchasing a newer, energy-efficient model. Parts can also become obsolete, which will warrant replacement.

Commercial combi ovens can be a wonderful thing. Simply maintain your equipment, and it will service you for years to come!

Picking A Pizza POS System

If you are a restaurant or business owner, then you are most likely familiar with POS (Point of Sale) systems.

“Did you just ASSUME I would know??”

Okay, sorry! Well, we all know that the ‘Point of Sale’ is where a retail transaction is completed. And in an age where seamless digital convenience takes the cake (or pie in this case), having the proper POS System can make a world of difference. A checkout center at any retail space typically including a cash register, scanner, or other device used for recording a transaction, accompanied with a credit/debit card reader. This is the basic setup at 99% of establishments you will visit. POS systems are also multi-functional depending on the software you are using,allowing for inventory, warehousing, etc. But, we’ll save that for another conversation.

So you probably read the title and asked yourself, “Well, why would Pizza POS Systems be any different? Can’t I just use this guide for ANY restaurant?”

Surely! But as simple and beautiful as pizza is, the ordering cycle can prove to be a bit more involved than one might initially anticipate. Here are some tips on picking the right point-of-sale system for your pizza shop!

‘Free’ does not always mean ‘Good’.

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This is a concept as old as time. We have all been there. You get what you pay for in life, and sometimes, you simply can’t avoid shelling out for a high priced necessity. But it’s always difficult when a service that is constantly screaming ‘FREE’ in your face to turn it down. Going with a free POS system will withhold most features that you will need to ease the frustration of the checkout process…which is most likely why you wanted a reliable POS system in the first place. With so many limitations and lack of controls over major areas, you will be deterred from going with ‘Free’.

You need options. And lots of them.

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Since there are so many variables and customizable options with ordering pizza, a standard POS system would hold you back. With sizes, crusts, toppings, and more, tracking inventory can seem like a chore. The complexity doesn’t stop there though. Wait until you get a customer who wants extra cheese on half, no sausage on the other half, and double onions on the entire pie. Keeping the order straight may become overwhelming. And then of course you get the guy who orders ‘None Pizza with Left Beef’.

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Where my Tumblrs at?

You want your pizza point-of-sale to recognize that you use less pepperoni on a 3 topping pizza than on a 1 topping, and general POS systems cannot calculate that for you. And of course once you introduce coupons and delivery into the mix, that adds another depth of tracking that you need specialized software for. General market POS systems simply don’t cut it.

But don’t splurge on additional content unless necessary.

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Having options is definitely a plus, but you don’t need all the bells and whistles off the bat. Get a system which includes the main features, and see if you can negotiate some add-ons as a part of your bundled purchase. If you can get a processing partner for credit cards, don’t pay for extra processing software. And inventory software is not needed immediately, so get accustomed to your system prior to purchasing. And make sure to find a company that will offer an online ordering solution that is easily integrated with your software so you don’t have to pay any additional fees for development. No one wants to spend extra money.

We hope you found our tips to be useful. Now go out there and spend a moderate amount of money on your pizza POS system!