BBQ Season is Here

Complete your backyard home resort lifestyle with high-end outdoor grills and hardware, custom barbecue islands, outdoor fireplaces and fire pits through Cal Flame BBQ.Cal-Flame-BBQ-backyard-enviroment

Just in time for BBQ Season, shop from a diligent line of hearth and barbecue products.

Cal Flame offers an extensive line of drop-in grill features for every BBQ enthusiast and grilling preference. With 25% more grilling capacity than other grill manufacturers and independent knobs with a patented design, Cal Flame is certain to be a show stopper!pavilion-pv7000-env-med

Customers can customize any 4-foot to 10-foot Barbecue Island with a gourmet grill and accessories of their choice. Complete the look of any island with a choice of natural stone tile countertops, and stucco or cultured stone base finishes – available in an array of elegant base designs.

In addition, Cal Flame outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are the perfect way to extend the outdoor season and seek warmth in the great outdoors. Instantly add a warm glow to any outdoor home resort, creating a calm, inviting ambiance. Designed with the finest material and craftsmanship, Cal Flame outdoor fireplaces and fire pits are built to withstand all outdoor elements for years of enjoyment.lbk-830-rl-env-med

Ready to be the envy of all your neighbors? Visit www.CalFlameBBQ.com to learn why we are a leading barbecue and hearth manufacturer in the industry. Our products are Made in the USA and delivered to your door to allow you to create a home resort suited to your needs.

Shop today: www.CalFlameBBQ.com

   

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.

And, please, don’t let this be you:Holiday-stress

Happy Holidays!

Thanksgiving Day Hacks

Thanksgiving Day is notorious for being one of those stressful holidays.

Thankfully, the Huffington Post has provided us with 13 Cooking Hacks that will make your Thanksgiving a little easier.

1.) Make fluffier mashed potatoes by adding a pinch of baking powder when mashing. The powder mixes with the heat and forms tiny air pockets, and making your mashed potatoes the best on the block!slide_383866_4578582_free

2.) Store mashed potatoes in a slow-cooker. Not only will this free up your stove-top burner, but it will also keep your mashed potatoes warm and ready to enjoy.

3.) Let your dishwasher wash the potatoes for you — and peel them when they come out clean. OR, boil them with the skin on and give them a dunk in cold water once cooked. This will shock the skins loose and make peeling a breeze.

4.) You can slow-cook your turkey overnight. Wait, what? Pop the bird in the oven the evening before and wake up to a nearly completed Thanksgiving feast. Here’s the recipe.

5.) Save your dried out turkey with chicken broth. It happens, people! Pour a little warm chicken broth on top of the slices to add flavor and warmth.slide_383866_4578926_free

6.) Make your pie dough in advance, and then freeze it! It’s one less thing you have to do around the big day. Or, you could just buy one already made. We won’t tell.

7.) Use dried beans or rice in place of pie weights and fashion yourself a pie shield out of aluminum foil.slide_383866_4578862_free

8.) Prepare your gravy ahead of time! That way you don’t have to stress about the gravy when all you and everyone else wants to do is sit down and eat.

9.) Store your gravy in thermos. Genius!

10.) You can chop your veggies and freeze them, days before the big day!

11.) Chop garlic in 10-seconds. Seriously! Here’s the video.

12.) Bring out your cooler. It works as a second fridge. Everything that doesn’t fit in the refrigerator – which is a lot on Thanksgiving – goes in the cooler. It’s so simple, yet so genius.slide_383866_4578628_free

13.) Print out your recipes and tape them to your cabinets. It’ll free up the much-needed counter space that cookbooks or computers take up. Clever!

These 13 simple steps could turn your stressful Thanksgiving Day into an enjoyable experience. Too bad we don’t have a Black Friday survival guide.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Cal Flame Reviewed by Patio & Hearth Products Blog

The Cal Flame FRP908 Outdoor Fireplace is made with a 16-gauge galvanized steel frame.

The Cal Flame FRP908 Outdoor Fireplace is made with a 16-gauge galvanized steel frame.

We are pleased to share with you that the Cal Flame FRP908 Outdoor Fireplace, and the Cal Flame FPT-G5000 Tempered Glass Fire Table Fire pit were reviewed by the Patio & Hearth Products Report Blog today.

The posting is entitled “Cal Flame Sets the Tone for Cozy Evenings Under the Stars.”.

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. Every Cal Flame fireplace is constructed to the highest standard, utilizing a 16 gauge galvanized steel frame and reinforced by Hardibacker tile backer board. Your fire fixture will be a source of elegance and entertainment for years to come.

The Cal Flame FRP908 Outdoor Fireplace is constructed to the highest standard utilizing a 16-gauge galvanized steel frame and reinforced by Hardbacker tile backer board, and sturdy one-piece construction, it also comes with a battery powered electronic-ignition On/Off switch, extended 18” high chimney, ETL approval and has a liquid propane/natural gas option. The beauty of the night will be enhanced relaxing in front of a warm fireplace.

Click here to view the Cal Flame Review by Patio & Hearth Products Blog