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The History of Therma-Tek


Therma-Tek Range Corporation might appear to be a new company in the market, but the company’s rich tradition and combined experience spans more than 100 years. The owners are seasoned professionals in the design, development, manufacturing and sales of commercial foodservice cooking equipment.

“The objective of Therma-Tek is to produce HIGH QUALITY at the best prices in the market. Each one of our products carries this rich R&D experience behind them; which sets our brand far ahead of our competition.” – Sam Kelsi
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The Simple Berry Smoothie

As a teenager I was that type of finicky eater who'd eat heaps of his own mother's cooking but who could hardly look at a morsel of somebody else's without shuddering. When my friends and I would go out to Taco Bell or McDonald's or someplace, I'd skip on the food and just order a soda. A teenager who doesn't eat McDonald's! — can you even imagine?

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Banner's Watermelon

One of life's greatest joys is introducing a new generation to your love of the kitchen. Long before they're old enough to bake, they can conquer worlds more impressive than the toaster. Preparation of this dessert requires under-age assistance and is greatly enhanced by the use of cooking gloves.

Serves: 10 to 12 Difficulty level: 1 (of 5) Prep Time: 30 Minutes Ready In: 30 Minutes

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Broccoli Bacon Salad

This is savory and a little "dark", but it's also healthy, with a "comfort food" feeling.   It works beautifully as a side dish or a simple meal.

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Mom's Tomato Soup

Named for the fact that this is the way Mom made it. Will cause you to “swear off” canned tomato soup forever.

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Peach Bread

This is delicious, can be made in any size pan, and couldn't be any easier to make.

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Apple Cranberry Pie

A great combination of ingredients give this a pie a nice sweet/tart flavor.

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Now Ya Travelin | New Orleans: Part Nine

Sunday is packing-and-leaving day, and facing a long 12 hour drive back to SC.  I only have one question concerning all this good food and drink.   How does Anthony Bourdain stay so damn slim?  The ride home starts off at Mickey D's with the egg white McMuffin.   Ohh... how far we have fallen!  It’s 5 hours to Montgomery AL, and we know what’s in Montgomery, Dreamland BBQ!

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Now Ya Travelin | New Orleans: Part Eight

Saturday was our play day, and JAZZFEST was underway. Go to to see the bands that were there.

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Now Ya Travelin | New Orleans: Part Seven

Thursday is a full load of meeting manufacturer’s reps. Thursday night, however, the fine folks of Ice-O-Matic took us to a really nice steak house.

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Now Ya Travelin | New Orleans: Part Six

Now, there is one word that has been used since we have been in NOLA, and that is walking.

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Now Ya Travelin | New Orleans: Part Five

In the early hours of Monday morning, the A/C died. There was tossing, turning and cussing. I’m not repeating what my darling wife said, but there was very little sleep that night. OK, we ain’t quitters, so let’s get up. Starbucks again, yeah!

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Now Ya Travelin | New Orleans: Part Four

Starbucks is now wearing off so it’s time to get real food. Now if there is any place on earth that fits my palate, it would be NOLA. Gumbo, shrimp, crab, snapper, gator, steaks but the seafood is great…droolin’!

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Now Ya Travelin | New Orleans: Part Three

Tuesday morning, we’re up early and headed to Café du Monde for Beignets and Café au Lait, which is fancy for French doughnuts and coffee with milk.

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Now Ya Travelin | New Orleans: Part Two

Waking up in Montgomery in a nice hotel is good, but at 52, there’s no place like home and my snugly bed. Young folks don’t understand this yet. Here we go… right leg on the floor. Ok, we good.

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Now Ya Travelin | New Orleans: Part One

This year I will be writing the Now Ya Travelin’ article for my friend Chef Phil. Business and pleasure sends my wife Vivian and me to the city of New Orleans. Instead of flying, we decided to drive and see the sights.

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De-Greasing Pan Juices: How To Make Gravy Without Grease

degreasing & gravy

It is no secret that pan drippings and the juice left from roasting make the best tasting sauces or gravies. Lets see if we can make them a little more healthy by losing some of the calories and fats.

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Baking Powder Biscuits

baking powder biscuits

An old TV show suggested "Father Knows Best", but when it comes to baking biscuits, it was mom who knew best.

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Choosing The Right Pan

the right pan

Types of cookware have changed dramatically through the years; cast iron to copper clad to stainless steel and so on. The choice of which to use for which dish will remain the same, however. Let's take a look at some examples and suggestions for the well-stocked kitchen cabinet.

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How To Prevent Gluey Mashed Potatoes

how to prevent gluey potatoes

This dinner disaster can start as early as using the wrong potatoes. Waxy potatoes, such as Red Rose, White Rose, and Yukon Gold varieties, are best suited for boiling and mashing because they have less starch and a higher moisture content.

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Crockpot Asian Pepper Steak

Crockpot Asian Pepper Steak

Take some inexpensive ingredients and make them taste like a million dollars!

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Strawberry Chocolate Amaretto Parfait

Fresh strawberries are one of late spring's annual recurring joys.  This cool parfait is easily prepared without turning on any heated appliance,  and can be customized to the age of your guests.

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What Are Johnnycakes?

Johnny Cakes

Depending on where you are on the East coast this early American staple is called by many different names. Jonnycake, ashcake, battercake, corn cake, cornpone, hoecake, and journey cake are all regional names for this cornmeal flatbread.

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