Superbly Easy Cranberry Sauce

Bigger ingredient lists aren’t always better. What if I told you that you only need 3 ingredients to whip up an excellent and easy cranberry sauce? Would you believe me?

Well, you should. Because it’s absolutely true!

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Pick Your Cranberries

Whether you’re using frozen or fresh cranberries, all you need to do is boil them down. And since you’re boiling them, if you do decide to go with frozen you don’t even need to thaw!

Go ahead and throw your cranberries in a saucepan! Just make sure your pan has a lid.

Pick Your Liquid

Water is the obvious go-to, by why not kick it up a notch? Consider using a fruit juice such as orange or apple juice to add a hint of flavor. You can even use a sweetened tea such a hibicus

In your saucepan, cover your cranberries about 2/3rds of the way with your liquid of choice!

Pick Your Sweetener

Cranberries are naturally tart, so we need to add a bit of sugar to tone down the sour. Unlike with your liquid where it’s best to branch out, when it comes to the sweetener stick to basic such as pure sugar or Splenda. Anything too fancy and you risk ruining the flavor of the cranberries.

Add a small handful of sugar (we like to keep it technical) to your saucepan with your berries and liquid. Allow it to simmer covered until the sugar is melted, generally about 15 minutes. You’ll know it’s down when it has a jelly-like consistency. 

Pick Your Optional Extras

Now, you can stop right there if you’d like and you’ll have yourself a pretty decent cranberry sauce from scratch. But who doesn’t like a little extra? For an adults-only Thanksgiving try throwing in a spoonful of booze at the end to liven up the party. You can also add spices such as cinnamon, anise, or cloves to wake up the tastebuds.

 

And there you have it! Your very own cranberry sauce from scratch. Now get out there and gorge on some turkey legs!


Election Night Cocktail : The Screaming Eagle

You shuffled off to the polls and now you’re home in front of the TV, watching the election results roll in. It’s been a long, trying, election season. Take the edge off with our new cocktail recipe, The Screaming Eagle.

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INGREDIENTS

2 oz Stoli® Vanil
1 oz. sliced strawberries
1 oz. whole blueberries
3 oz. club soda
2 oz. coconut water

Gently muddle strawberries in the bottom of a highball glass.
Add ice and top with vodka, club soda, and coconut water.
Garnish with blueberries on top and stir gently.

A Restaurant Owner's Guide to Thanksgiving Necessities

Atosa AT51588 Soup Kettle

 

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This autumn accessory is absolutely essential for your fall menu. Keep that Butternut Bisque toasty warm in this Atosa Soup Kettle. It’s like a sweater, but for soup. Not people.

 

 

 

 

Grindmaster CHOCO-1 Hot Chocolate Dispenser

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Nothing warms up a cold winter day quite like a cup of hot chocolate. This hot chocolate dispenser from Grindmaster-Cecilware makes serving up this delicious treat easier than ever.

 

 

Victorinox Carving Knife 40542 and Fork 40460

 

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Turkey is no match for these stellar carving knives and forks from Victorinox. Whether you’re serving up traditional turkey or a vegan tofurky, slice right on through with these utensils.

 

 

Alto-Shaam AR-7E-SGLPANE Rotisserie Oven

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Give your customer’s something delicious to talk about with this enticing Alto-Shaam rotisserie oven. Cooks up to 28 small chickens at a time!

 

 

 

Alto-Shaam CS-100 Carving Station

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Nothing entices a carnivorous customer more than a freshly cut slice of meat. Show off what your restaurant has to offer with this simple but sleek carving station from Alto-Shaam.

 


What do you think is a fall essential for your kitchen? Let us know below!

3 Surprising Ways To Use Your Commercial Blender

When we think of blenders, the “S” foods come to mind: soups, smoothies, shakes, and sauces. But with a high-end commercial blender like the Hamilton Beach EXPEDITOR™ Culinary Blender, you can maximize your investment by using it in a few non-traditional ways.

Pancake and Waffle Batter

No need for more dirty dishes! Speed up your breakfast service by dumping the ingredients right into the blender, and then pour the batter right onto your griddle. Never fear about flat pancakes, either. Blend in short bursts until the batter is just mixed. This ensures the gluten in the flour won’t activate, which leads to frumpy looking pancakes.

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Cauliflower Pizza Crusts

For restaurants who cater to low-carb diets, cauliflower pizza crusts as currently all the rage! Why not whip up your own using the EXPEDITOR™? Simply blend cauliflower until it reaches a rice-like consistency and then saute. You’ll want to add any spices and binding agents (like egg or cheese) before you shape it into a crust and bake. Finish off the baked crust with any toppings and return it to the oven for finishing.

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Homemade Nutella

The chocolatey-hazelnut taste of Nutella is great, but what if you can make your own? Now that would be sweet! Check out this recipe from Bon Appetit’s blog, and you’ll be serving up tasty treats before you know it.

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What unusual thing do you make in your commercial blender? Let us know below!

6 Haunted Restaurants You'll Be Dying to Get Into

Hotel Del Coronado – San Diego, California

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An image in a black gown has been reported all around the hotel and surrounding grounds.

Perhaps the most famously haunted location on our list is this iconic hotel and restaurant. Built in 1888 and designated as a National Historic Landmark in 1977, “The Del”, as it’s called, is home to one particularly lonesome goes named Kate.

Kate Morgan, aged 24, checked into The Del under the false name of “Lottie A Bernard” on Thanksgiving Day, 1882. According to employees at the hotel, “Lottie” had mentioned she was waiting for a gentleman to join her. Five days later, she was found dead on an exterior hotel staircase with (debated) self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. With no identification on her, she could not be identified at the time she was found, and soon the local newspapers began referring to her as the “beautiful stranger”. It was not until later in December that her true identity was discovered when her trunk had been opened to revealed that “Lottie” was actually Kate, who had been missing from the Los Angeles area since November 23rd that same year. Passengers on the train she took to arrive at The Del later commented that she had been seen arguing with a male companion, assumed to be her husband Tom, who then deserted her en route. Speculation still surrounds the details of her death, but it is suspected she either took her own life out of despair that Tom never rejoined her, or that Tom did show up and took Kate’s life himself.

Since her death, sightings have been reported in her original third-floor hotel room and in the hotel’s bar where objects have moved on their own. Kate’s spirit is said to play tricks on guests, and Kate herself has been spotted peering out the window towards the sea, waiting for the gentleman to join her.

Muriel’s – New Orleans, Louisianna

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Muriel’s Seance Lounge, where the ghost of Pierre Jourdan can still be felt.

On March 21, 1788, the Great New Orleans Fire ripped through the city’s French Quarter, burning down over 800 of the nearly 1,100 structures in the city. In the decade following, Pierre Antoine Lepardi Jourdan set about rebuilding and restoring his dream home at the site of what is now Muriel’s.

Jourdan dearly adored his beautiful home, but he was a man not without his vices. In 1814 he wagered his mansion in a poker game and lost. Overcome with shock and grief at the loss of his treasured residence, Jourdan committed suicide in the second floor slave quarters right before he would have had to vacate the premises and hand over his beloved treasure. Perhaps this is why some say Jourdan never left…

Employees and staff at the Muriel claim Jourdan is still with them today in spirit form. He can be seen as a sparkling glimmer of light that wanders the lounge and has been known to move objects without the aid of earthly hands. Paranormal investigators to Muriel’s have recorded distinct knocks on the wall when no one was near, disembodied voices, as well as strange shadows moving about.

McMenamins (Multiple Properties) – Portland, Oregon

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A spooky image of what appears to be a spirit was captured on the McMenamins’ property

McMenamins is a collection of historical properties in Portland, Oregon which include numerous restaurants, saloons, and a theater. Not one, but many of the properties owned by McMenamins are so haunted that they even started their own ghost log. In March of 2016, they began the monthly Paranormal Pub series at the Mission Theater.

The White Eagle, also owned by McMenamins, has long been included on lists of Portland’s most haunted spots, while Edgefield even made it onto a national list of “Top Ten Most Haunted Hotels.” Patron’s of the McMenamins’ Kennedy School Courtyard Restaurant have reported seeing the ghost of a young boy, soaking wet, in the women’s restroom.

Guests to the McMenamins’ other properties have reported gusts of a cool breeze, strange unexplained fragrances and, as one reasonably frightened hotel guest mentioned, having their behind touched while they were in the shower!

The Brass Rail – Hoboken, New Jersey

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The staircase of The Brass Rail is the sight of many of the ghostly encounters.

“Happily ever after” was not in the cards for the unlucky newlywed couple who is said to haunt this historic restaurant in downtown Hoboken.

In 1904, so the legend goes, a bride standing atop the grand staircase tripped on her wedding dress and fell down the steps, breaking her neck and dying instantly. Later that evening her husband–drunk distraught by the death of his wife–hung himself in a room near the top of the stairs.

Guests and staff at the restaurant have spotted full-bodied apparitions of both the bride and groom floating down hallways and wandering up and down the stairs. New Jersey Ghost Hunters Society took a recent picture which revealed a white and whispy mist of smoke floating above the stairs when no one had been smoking nearby. Others have noted footsteps and seen the image of a woman in white in an alley behind the restaurant.

Il Buco’s Wine Cellar – New York, New York

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Is Edgar Allen Poe still a lush in the afterlife? Staff and guest seem to think so.

It may be a famous wine cellar now, but 200 years ago this spot was a tavern frequented by none other than Edgar Allen Poe. It is said he lived in an apartment on the second floor of the building and drank at the pub below on the first floor.

Il Buco’s owner, Donna Lennard, attests that she herself witnessed a vision of a struggle between a man and a woman at the basement steps. The apparitions moved into the wine cellar and a crying baby was then heard. Lennard hired a team of ghost hunters who felt a very strange energy in the wine cellar. After they had left, Lennar reported that a weird presence lingered just a picture frame came crashing to the ground next to her. She ran out of the cellar frightened and did not return for several months.

The waitstaff has frequently reported that they  will open a brand new bottle of wine to find it already half-empty despite being completely sealed. This is thought to be the ghost of Poe  still having a drink, even in the afterlife!

Gadsby’s Tavern – Alexandria VA

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The Female Stranger died at the age of 23, and mystery still surrounds her identity.


Built in 1785, the Gadsby’s Tavern building is home to several different businesses now including the current incarnation of the tavern which sits in what was the original tavern’s dining room.

In 1816, a mysterious young couple arrived at Gadsby’s Tavern (known then as The City Hotel). They appeared to be well-off, but the woman looked very ill and they were quickly taken to Room 8 so that she could rest. Worried sick about his companion, the man called for medical staff to attend to her but strangely, would not give their names. The woman suffered for three long weeks before finally succumbing to her illness on October 14th, 1816. However, right before she died, the man gathered the staff of the tavern and made them swear an oath that they should never reveal the identity of the couple, should they ever find it out.

The man requested an elaborate headstone tablet be made for his (presumed) wife, beginning with the inscription, “To the memory of a Female Stranger…” followed by a beautifully melancholy love poem to her. Soon after he skipped town without paying a penny towards her funeral costs. With his identity safely guarded, the debts would go forever unpaid.

Guest claim to have seen the Female Stranger still lingering in Room 8. Servers claim to have come face to face with her in the dining room and disembodied moaning can be heard late at night. Others have sighted her walking the halls or standing near a window holding a candle.


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