Fourth of July Cookout

Okay everyone, this is it: the biggest barbecue day of the YEAR! While some of us might be preoccupied wondering what the headliner on their plate will be at this year’s Fourth of July Cookout, and others have made up their mind after wrapping up last year’s feast. But this isn’t about the main dish, oh no ladies and gentleman, contrary to popular belief the delicacies are only a portion of what makes a cookout a real EVENT. It’s really all about coming together on a warm evening to celebrate with friends, family and food. Here are some Independence Day-inspired activities you could share with family at this year’s Fourth of July Cookout!4th of julyFourth of July is, for the most part, a warm day/evening, cool off with some water activities that the entire family can join in on. Water balloons are a fun, and cost-effective way to cool down while waiting for the food to be ready. Hot Potato is an all time favorite.

For dessert, host a watermelon eating contest. Whoever wins gets first-pick on fireworks or an extra sparkler. How about having a ring-toss game with glowsticks? Stake down some sticks upright and toss glowstick necklaces, and see how many you can make in.

When your Fourth of July get together begins to wind down, get in a last sugar rush with some tabletop s’mores. Place a foil cover inside small terracotta pots, drop-in some charcoal and let the sparks keep flying.Al-La-Cart-Deluxe-medium

Of course, these are only a few of the many activities that can supplement your enjoyment this Fourth of July. For the ultimate Fourth of July Cookout experience, why not get a Cal Flame BBQ Outdoor Kitchen? The ultimate customizable BBQ Island that will cater to each one of your needs Make sure to visit www.CalFlameBBQ.com to shop through our extensive BBQ Island selection.

 

 

 

 

Stay Cool with Cal Flame BBQ

Your backyard patio is your very own personal sanctuary where you can sit back, relax and unwind after a long day at work. It’s important to set a relaxing space for yourself that YOU and YOUR family can enjoy, personalize your outdoor living space. Stay Cool with Cal Flame BBQ this summer!FRP-906 Environment

Cal Flame offers a variety of outdoor patio and hearth accessories to enhance your backyard experience this summer. Whether you are looking for an outdoor kitchen, big or small, or want to add a focal point to your patio, Cal Flame has something to make your backyard more enjoyable.

Add a lounge area to your outdoor room. Use accent pieces to match your outdoor decor by creating a seating area set around a Cal Flame firepit or fire place. Cal Flame outdoor fireplaces add a sense of enchantment, magic, and nostalgia to any backyard or garden. Homeowners will enjoy the beauty and dynamics that a fireplace brings to their Home Resort while guests will appreciate the year-round nighttime entertainment. These Cal Flame fire fixture will be a source of elegance and entertainment for years to come. FRP910 Enviroment

Cal Flame Firepits can be customized with your choice of Ameristone Stucco in 5 different colors, 8 beautiful Cultured Stone Styles, and accent trim with Porcelain Tile or Natural stone Tile. Also available on selected models: LED lighting, multi-setting light show or simply program to your favorite single color. FPT-R1050S

Cal Flame BBQ is known for it’s amazing fully loaded outdoor kitchens. From the inside out, the quality construction is undeniable. Each BBQ Island begins with a sturdy metal frame constructed from commercial-grade 16-Gauge Galvanized Steel. The island is then dressed in Hardibacker ceramic tile backer board for added durability and moisture resistance. Additionally, your outdoor kitchen is finished in the material of your choice and fitted with the cooking equipment you selected. Best of all, with premium electronic options to choose from, you can build a complete entertainment center outdoors!Cal Flame Outdoor Kitchen

For more information about Cal Flame BBQ products and to locate a dealer near you, please visit www.CalFlameBBQ.com.

June Gloom Summer Kickoff

The sun is shining, the flowers are blooming and June Gloom is in full swing. What better way to kickoff Summer than with a June Gloom Summer barbecue?grill-a-la-cart-series

It seems although burgers might be the unpopular option this Summer during your big backyard barbecue. Ground beef prices in April rose to a record $4.23 a pound, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as beef prices have risen 14 months in a row, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Just five years ago, hamburger prices were almost half that, at $2.36 a pound. Americans spent about $298 per person on beef in 2014, and $170 on pork, according to the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, the highest dollar amounts in 25 years.Cal Flame Outdoor Kitchen

The good thing, however, is that pork prices have fallen the lowest in nearly five years, and half of what they were a year ago. Bacon and its beloved smoky taste have become ubiquitous, popping up in foods like all-bacon burgers, bacon-flavored milkshakes and even bacon-topped maple and chocolate doughnuts.

This year, why not grill something new? Try the following recipe at your outdoor barbecue:

Caribbean-Spiced Pork Tenderloin with Peach Salsa Recipe

TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Grill: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings

Ingredients

3/4 cup chopped peeled fresh peaches
1 small sweet red pepper, chopped
1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and chopped
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
2 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice
1 garlic clove, minced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon Caribbean jerk seasoning
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried rosemary, crushed
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1 pork tenderloin (1 pound)

Directions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the first nine ingredients; set aside. In another small bowl, combine the oil, brown sugar, jerk seasoning, thyme, rosemary and seasoned salt. Rub over pork.
  2. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 9-11 minutes on each side or until a thermometer reads 145°. Let stand for 5 minutes before slicing. Serve with salsa. Yield: 4 servings (1-1/3 cups salsa).

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Dads & Grads Sweepstakes

ENTER CAL FLAME’S DADS & GRADS SWEEPSTAKES TO WIN!

Enter today! Visit the official Cal Flame BBQ Facebook fan page and enter the DADS & GRADS Sweepstakes. Complete and submit an entry form by Father’s Day, June 21st to win a Cal Flame Utensil Set with Apron and Glove! Three lucky winners will be selected. Dads-and-Grads-Sweepstakes-960x270_2

HOW TO ENTER:

  • “LIKE” Cal Flame BBQ on Facebook.
  • Click on the SWEEPSTAKES tab.
  • Follow Cal Flame on Twitter and Instagram.
  • Then, share your entry on your timeline with family and friends to increase your chances of winning!

Contest begins May 19th, 2015 and ends on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 21, 2015 at 11:59 PM PST. Entries received after the deadline will not be eligible to win.Dads-and-Grads-Sweepstakes-600x450_2

Must be at least 18 years of age to enter. Sweepstakes only available to residents of the contiguous United States. Three (3) sweepstakes winners will be chosen randomly. Winners will be announced on or before Friday, June 26, 2015 via Facebook and contacted directly to collect prizes. Inability to contact a winner may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Valid email and phone number are required to enter. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You are providing your information to Cal Spas/Cal Flame and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims. Participation in this promotion is subject to the official rules.

Cal Spas Factory Direct Sale

One weekend only, shop Cal Spas Factory Direct Blowout Sale and save up to 75%! We’re cleaning out our warehouse in Pomona, California and selling our excess inventory. From Cal Flame BBQ Islands, to Cal Spas Hot Tubs, to Patio Furniture and Home Accessories, stop by our corporate offices and attend this special 2-day event. Don’t miss out on one-of-a-kind limited edition spas and more. First come. First served.

EVENT LOCATION
Cal Spas Factory in Pomona

DATE
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Sunday, May 17, 2015

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Saturday 9am-6pm
Sunday 10am-4pm

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1462 E. Ninth Street
Pomona, CA 91766
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What Kind of Barbecuer Are You? Find Out during National Barbecue Month in May

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The unofficial start to summer, May is also National Barbecue Month. Before you head outside to fire up the ‘cue, we’re encouraging individuals to answer the question “What Kind of Barbecuer Are You?” with an online quiz that matches you to your barbecue personality.

After answering questions about your barbecue habits – from “What do you look for in a barbecue?” to “What do you consider barbecuing success?” to “How adventurous do you like to get with your barbecue menu?” – your true barbecue identity will be revealed.

For example, are you a Master Barbecuer? Or, maybe you’re a Barbecue Tenderfoot?

Whatever your proficiency, the “What Kind of Barbeucer Are You?” quiz is designed to help you take your barbecuing expertise to the next level by providing recommendations on barbecue tools, products, technologies, accessories and techniques to help you reach your full barbecuing potential.

And, perhaps most fun, individuals who take the quiz and share their personalities on Facebook and Twitter have an opportunity to win barbecue-related prizes throughout the month including accessories, sauces, cookbooks and more!

This summer, look beyond what’s already in your backyard. Find out what kind of barbecuer you are and take the first steps to being on your way to achieving your vision of barbecuing greatness.

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Get a glimpse of what Cal Flame BBQ has to offer at www.CalFlameBBQ.com 

Spring Showers

Barbecuing is a cultural phenomenon that some people partake in year-round. Unfortunately, it’s the season for sporadic rainfall but after all, Spring showers bring May flowers.

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Don’t let a little rain prevent you from enjoying a delicious meal prepared right off your Cal Flame BBQ. Of course, it probably won’t be smart to take the task of BBQing in heavy torrential rainfall, however light spring rain should be no problem.

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Protect yourself and your BBQ. Try using a large umbrella or a patio to keep yourself and your unit dry. Remember to allow enough free-flowing air to rid of any excesses smoke and carbon monoxide. The last thing you’ll want to do is get lightheaded while cooking over a flame. Also, pay attention to the winds that accompany rainfall, if you have a lighter grill make sure to use weights to keep your unit from toppling over.

Cooking times. If you don’t have an umbrella with you, and prefer to stay warm and comfortable inside, you must remember to constantly check on your meats! Rain is often accompanied by cooler temperatures, which means it’ll take longer for your barbecue to heat up and longer for your meats to cook. Give yourself a little extra time to prepare your meals on a rainy day.

Don’t leave the grill unattended. Beside winds and heavy rainfall, it’s easy to forget you have meats cooking outside on a barbecue. Don’t let your perfect steak burn and ruin your  entire day! Constantly check-up on your grill and food to make sure everything is going smoothly. Don’t forget to use a meat thermometer to check for readiness.

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Are you looking for the perfect BBQ unit to grill on this Spring? Visit Cal Flame BBQ to find the barbecue that was created with you in mind. You can also visit any of our nationwide dealers’ showrooms to see one of these bad boys in the flesh.

Don’t let the spring showers get you down, you can still grill in the rain with Cal Flame BBQ.

An Easter Sunday BBQ

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Most people think of Easter Sunday as a time to gather with family and friends – indoors – around a fancy table decked with pastel linens and the good china. It’s a typical scenario that’s repeated all over the world. But if you love being outside, especially on a beautiful spring day, why not consider something a little different – like an Easter dinner that utilizes your barbecue grill? Sound strange? Well, it’s certainly not your typical Easter dinner, but there are many familiar Easter foods that can be adapted for cooking on the grill. Additionally, during a season of rebirth and new growth, cooking your Easter meal outdoors might just prompt your family to start a new tradition that’s likely to be repeated again and again!18_Friends Cal Flame MedGet recipe ideas from www.Picnic-Basket.com by clicking here.

Win Your Valentine Over!

Valentine’s Day is one of those holidays that people love or absolutely love to hate. Still, over 50 million roses and 36 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are given for Valentine’s Day each year. Apparently, there are a lot of you cheesy fellers out there!

This year, think out the box! Give her something that she will always remember. Are you really going to gift your significant other with another teddy bear and box of chocolates? Instead of going to dinner and movie, bring the date night to you!

Here are 4 guaranteed ways to win your sweetie over this Valentine’s Day!

1 – There is nothing more romantic than an outdoor fireplace. Outdoor fireplaces add a sense of enchantment, magic, and romance to any backyard or garden. Keep your romance burning strong all year long with a Cal Flame Outdoor Fireplace.FRP910 Enviroment

2 – Outdoor Fireplaces not your thing? Try a Cal Flame Fire Pit on for size! Fire has always attracted people with its natural ability to warm, comfort and entertain, and it is nothing short of romantic! Cal Flame shares that magic with you and your honey by offering the finest in outdoor fire fixtures. Roast marshmallows and keep warm next to the fire while being cuddled up to your sweetie! Doesn’t that sounds like the perfect Valentine’s Day plan?FPT-R1050S

Still not impressed? Well good thing another way to someone’s heart, is through their stomach.  Cal Flame offers a range of outdoor kitchen islands that are personalized to fit your style and needs.

3 – The Cal Flame A La Cart series allows you to select the cart size and storage space you need to match with the Cal Flame barbecue grill of your choice. The A La Cart Deluxe comes with two drawers for storage, a bottom compartment for propane tank storage or additional space and includes a bonus accessory package to wow your Valentine!

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Wanna go bigger? Better? Faster? Stronger? Longer?

4 – Turn your backyard into a state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen with the Cal Flame LBK BBQ Island Series! This breathtaking and modest barbecue island series allows you to choose the size and color options that best fit your lifestyle and backyard landscape.

The Grand Pavilion Island is the perfect blend of uncompromising design and practical function and is the centerpiece of your Home Resort. With the Grand Pavilion series the only limit is your imagination!Cal Flame Outdoor Kitchen with Drop-In Grill

Want even bigger? Try the Cal Flame Master Chef Outdoor HPB Island. Ambiance and serenity coupled with flair and design are elements that can not only turn a backyard and patio a Utopian retreat from the world, but a place to celebrate. The Master Chef Outdoor HPB Island is a unique blend of sophisticated style and innovative design that encompasses the idea – home is where the hearth is. With the Master Chef Island, your grilling enthusiast can cook, cool, store and wow for countless hours of entertainment.MasterChef_500x500_300dpi

Win this Valentine’s Day with Cal Flame BBQ, click here for more information.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

 

How to Handle Holiday Stress in the Kitchen

Enjoy the calm before the storm; Christmas is only 2 weeks away! If you plan on having family over for a holiday gathering, know that food preparation will only be a small portion of your stress this season. 13_HolidayStress

Thankfully English professor of the University of Connecticut and a columnist for the Hartford Courant, Gina Barreca, has came up with five essential tips gauranteed to make this upcoming season the most satisfying for everyone on your holiday list.

Whether they’re sitting at your hearthside table, crossing the threshold of your festively decorated doorway or banging their fists on the reinforced glass of your stenciled windowpanes screaming “LET ME IN! I’M YOUR BLOOD RELATIVE!” these tips should help smooth the lumps in everybody’s seasonal sauce.

You might have heard these before, but perhaps you’ve taken them literally and applied them only to food in your kitchen. I think they have applications far beyond granite countertops and stainless-steel sinks, however, and should be invoked as the rules of engagement during all get-togethers, whether formal, casual or savage.13_HolidayStress121312

1. Do prep work in advance: The last thing you want is to wallow in chaos, so if you’re going to take on a large project—such as making tarte à la poire anglais or dealing with your manipulative sister—start sooner rather than later.

Remember: It’s almost as tough to get a convenient appointment with your therapist in December as it is to get a supply of ripe yet unbruised Bartlett pears after Dec. 20.

Remember, too, that prep work means sharpening your tools and getting your chopping block all ready, just like for a beheading. While celery, onions, carrots and guest lists can be cut at the last minute, it’s often best to accomplish these tasks swiftly and in a timely manner in order to minimize the mess. (Trust me: There’s always a mess.)

2. Check expiration dates: Some things get old, worn out and taste funny. Some things turn sour, go bad and become toxic. “Things” in these instances can range from the lightly rusted containers of ginger, cloves and turmeric that haven’t been touched since the Reagan administration all the way to personal relationships that have also remained untouched since the Reagan administration.

If the single reason you haven’t already tossed what you don’t use is because you think one day it might come in handy, try to remember the last time it was an essential ingredient. If it was so long ago that you can no longer recall when it added flavor, texture or something special, let it go and make room for something new.

3. While being conscious of everyone’s needs, remember it’s your kitchen: You’re the one who decides what you’re offering; you can let others decide for themselves what they take.

You can no more force somebody to be happy than you can force him or her to love lima beans; you can no more demand that someone relax than you can demand that they have dessert. And remember that just because somebody isn’t choosing the item doesn’t mean you’re required to remove it from the menu.

4. Accept help, assign tasks and offer gratitude: Learn to say versions of the following three statements: “Oh, yes! It’d be great if you cut those Bartlett pears into extremely thin slices because I had an appointment to see my shrink and didn’t get a chance do it earlier,” “Please, would you carry these 87 virtually antique and no doubt noxious spice tins to the trash for me?” and “Thanks a million for bringing the lima beans! Don’t worry if Uncle Nosebag starts whimpering when he sees them. He’s a little phobic. It doesn’t at all mean they shouldn’t be at the table. Really!”

5. Clean up as you go: Get into the habit of the Three C’s: Clearing, cleansing and containment. It’s easy if you do it a    little at a time. Keep fresh water and clean towels handy. Spills and breakage are part of life, but do try to avoid boiling over, tearing up and destroying, irrevocably and entirely, everything precious and lovely that crosses your path simply because of the tension created when loved ones gather in a small space, whether that small space is a studio apartment or Rhode Island. But hey, if a conflagration happens, it happens. You can always wipe the slate, as well as the counter, clean.holiday-stress-2011

Finally: Make sure all flames are extinguished; in other words, do not to leave unattended what needs attention.

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Happy Holidays!