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Classic Grape Jelly Meatballs

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/4/2021
meatballs with toothpicks on wooden board

You'll be surprised at the "secret" ingredient in these meatballs. Find out what sets these classic meatballs apart from the crowd!

Broccoli Cheese Soup with Potato

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/21/2021
bowl of broccoli cheese soup

You'll want to take your broccoli cheese soup to the next level with this recipe! Find out how to make your broccoli cheese soup even better!

Frosted Gingerbread Cookies

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/22/2020
gingerbread cookie dough rolled out with cookie cutter shapes in dough

Everyone loves fresh baked cookies around the holidays. Find out how to make these festive gingerbread cookies and watch as they disappear in minutes!

Holiday Treats for Man's Best Friend

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/17/2020
dog licking nose lying on back on pile of dog treats

Don't forget your dog this holiday season! These pumpkin and peanut butter dog treats are easy to make and sure to be a hit!

Gift Giving in 2020

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/15/2020
wrapped presents on porch in front of front door

Instead of traditional gift exchanges, surprise loved ones by sending a holiday care package or dropping off a bag of goodies. 

How to Make a Graham Cracker Gingerbread House

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/10/2020
decorated gingerbread house on table with Christmas tree in background

Using graham crackers to create the gingerbread house is an easy alternative to baking gingerbread pieces from scratch or buying a pre-made kit.

Spice Up your Gift Giving This Year

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/8/2020
collage of piles of various dried spices

Not sure what to get someone for the holidays? Check out these common seasonings and add flavor and a personal touch to your holiday gifts this year!

2020 Holiday Gift Guide

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/3/2020
present box with gold glitter lid and white twine bow next to 2020 holiday gift guide in gold letters

This holiday season gift loved ones in your life with some new kitchen gadgets they'll love.

Thanksgiving Wild Rice

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/24/2020
white place setting with serving of wild rice with cranberries

Looking to try something new for Thanksgiving this year? Check out this Thanksgiving-inspired take on wild rice and add a new side dish to your Thanksgiving recipe rotation!

5 Ways to Still Celebrate the Holidays in 2020

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/17/2020
artificial fall leaves with give thanks written below in marker

While the holidays this year may look very different from previous years, it's still possible to celebrate regardless of where you and your loved ones are.

Prevent Burnout in the Kitchen

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/10/2020


female chef screaming while holding hand mixer to temple

Don't get burnt out on cooking. Keep kitchen burnout at bay with these helpful tips!

Jack-o-Lantern Bundt Cake

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/22/2020
two bundt cakes stacked on top of each other with orange frosting dripping down from top of cake

This jack-o-lantern Bundt cake is cute, tasty, and perfect for Halloween.

4 Ingredient Homemade Pasta

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/15/2020
close up of hands feeding sheet of dough through a manual pasta machine

Homemade pasta never tasted so good--or was so easy! Learn how to make pasta at home with just 4 ingredients!

Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/1/2020
slice of iced pound cake on white plate with rest of pound cake and wine glasses in background

This pumpkin spice pound cake is perfect for the start of autumn.

How to Sous Vide the Perfect Steak

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/18/2020
pieces of meat, fish, and chicken vacuum sealed in bags next to pieces of garlic, peppercorn, and half a lime

Want to cook the perfect steak every time? Learn how to sous vide your steak and get perfection every time!

Tomato Basil Pie

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/13/2020
rectangular cooked dough with cooked red, yellow, and purple tomato slices on top

Love tomatoes? Then check out this pie! You'll be surprised at how easy this recipe is to make!

Watermelon Salad

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/16/2020
bowl of pieces of watermelon, cucumber, feta cheese crumbles, and mint sprig

If you like watermelon, you'll want to try this summer salad! Learn how to make this watermelon salad and discover your new go-to summer staple!

Red, White, Blue Berry Lasagna

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/1/2020
decorated American flag cake using blueberries, sliced strawberries, and white icing; bowls of sliced strawberries and blueberries in top left corner

Celebrate Independence Day with a twist! Find out why this "lasagna" is perfect for summer celebrations!

Benefits of a Small Kitchen

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/17/2020

While you may get kitchen envy when you see a large kitchen, there are a few benefits to having a smaller kitchen space.

10 Ways to Clean your Kitchen with Lemons

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/12/2020

Did you know lemons could be used to clean your kitchen?

When was the Last Time you Deep Cleaned your Kitchen?

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/10/2020

We use the kitchen several times a day and wash dirty dishes or clean up spills, but when did you last deep clean your kitchen? 

DIY Your Own Disinfectant Wipes

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/5/2020

Running out of disinfectant wipes? Make your own!

How to Avoid Food Waste

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/27/2020

Maximize the food in your kitchen and get as much mileage out of them as possible.

Classic Banana Bread

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/22/2020

Banana bread is an easy way to use the bananas your family refuses to eat rather than throwing them away. 

How to Help Local Businesses Right Now

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/6/2020

Local businesses and smaller organizations could use your help right now.

Popular Recipes to Make While you Shelter in Place

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/1/2020

Despite the endless possibilities of possible dishes, some meals seem to be more popular to make and share during this time than others.

Back to Basics: Cooking for Absolute Beginners

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/24/2020


If you don't know the first thing about being in the kitchen, now is a great time to learn. 

Brownie Cookies

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/22/2020

Who couldn't use a little chocolate right now?

What's in Season This Spring

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/17/2020

Spring is the season of new beginnings.

Get the Most Out of your Food

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/15/2020

Improperly storing your food could shorten its shelf life and raise the risk of bacteria or mold.

Expand your Cooking Skills While Stuck at Home

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/10/2020

Kill two birds with one stone: make your meals and improve your culinary skills at the same time. 

Create an Easter Feast at Home

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/8/2020

Easter this year will most likely be very different but that doesn't mean you have to skimp on celebrating with a nice meal. 

Cooking Made Easy

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/3/2020

There are several kitchen appliances that can help expedite the cooking process and keep it from feeling like a chore.

5 Cooking Tips for Those who Don't Cook

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/31/2020

Now is the perfect time to start mastering the basics. 

Same Ingredients, Multiple Meal Options

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/27/2020

If you've stocked up on a lot of staple ingredients but are now wondering what you can make so you're not eating the same meal over and over, we've come up with a few suggestions.

Guinness Cheese Dip

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/6/2020

This beer-infused cheese dip strikes the perfect balance for those who want to still have a Guinness on St Patrick's Day but can't have a few beers. 

White Chicken Chili

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/26/2020

There's nothing quite like a warm bowl of chili in the winter. 

Chocolate Dipped Heart Cookies

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/14/2020

Who doesn't love melted chocolate and homemade cookies?

Galentine's Day Ideas

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/12/2020

Galentine's Day is a day to celebrate friendship with your closest gal pals.

Express your Love in the Kitchen

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/7/2020

Instead of buying a cute teddy bear or a heart-shaped box of chocolates this Valentine's Day, consider doing something for your partner that they will really appreciate. 

Raspberry Nutella Puff Pastry

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 2/5/2020

This heart-shaped dessert is easy, quick, and full of chocolatey Nutella goodness.

Pull Apart Cheese Bread with Pepperoni

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/31/2020

This football-inspired side dish is a crowd pleaser and may inspire some red-flag worthy plays when you're down to the last piece. 

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/29/2020

Who doesn't love a quick, easy, all-in-one dinner?

Skillet Chicken Pot Pie

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/24/2020

Winter is the perfect time of year for chicken pot pie. 

Easy Breakfast Casserole

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/17/2020

Many start off a new year by vowing to make better decisions and cultivate healthier habits. 

10 Easy Ways to Step Up your Cooking Game in 2020

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/10/2020

Everybody can improve their skills in the kitchen--and it doesn't have to be hard or require purchasing expensive equipment.

What's in Season This Winter

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 1/8/2020

Knowing what is season can help lower grocery bills and can inspire you to get creative in the kitchen. 

Black-Eyed Pea Jambalaya

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/27/2019

The new year is right around the corner which means it's time to start preparing the traditional New Year's Day meal. 

Potato Latkes

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/20/2019

Regardless of whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, or nothing at all, latkes are a tasty and easy recipe to add to your repertoire. 

Oreo Peppermint Bark

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/18/2019

Oreo Peppermint Bark is both easy and fun to make--not to mention festive!

Homemade Eggnog

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/12/2019

Rather than panic because your local grocery store is sold out (again), consider making your own eggnog this year. 

12 Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 12/6/2019

If you have any cooks in your life, a new kitchen gadget makes for the perfect gift!

Cranberry Sauce

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/27/2019

Having cranberry sauce on the menu at Thanksgiving is about as mandatory as the turkey itself.

Sweet Potato Casserole

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/22/2019

Instead of serving mashed potatoes and gravy at Thanksgiving this year, switch things up by trying a Southern favorite--sweet potato casserole.

Loaded Green Bean Casserole

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/20/2019

Green bean casserole strikes the perfect balance between creamy and crunchy thanks to the cream of mushroom soup and fried onions. 

Thanksgiving Essentials

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/13/2019

The Thanksgiving meal is the most important part of Thanksgiving.

Pumpkin Pie

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/8/2019

Turkey may be the main event on Thanksgiving, but pumpkin pie is often the star of the holiday.

Five Ways to Cook Your Thanksgiving Turkey

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 11/6/2019

Like with most meats, there are several ways to cook a turkey.

Monster Eye Cupcakes

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/29/2019

These monster eye cupcakes are not only tasty but are also spookily cute.

Halloween Cookies

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/24/2019

These dark chocolate cookies strike the perfect between deliciously chocolately and mildly spooky. 

Halloween Swirl Brownies

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/15/2019

Make these scarily good brownies and be the hit of your home or Halloween party. 

Guide to Apples

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/9/2019

While an apple may just be an apple to some, they can actually have different suggested uses based on their variety. 

Canning 101: A Beginner's Guide to Canning

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 10/4/2019

While there are two methods of canning--pressurized and water bath--water bath canning is more popular.

Make Your Own Hot Chocolate Mix

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/27/2019

Hot chocolate is one of the coziest drinks out there. It's warm, chocolatey, and perfect for fall and winter as the days get shorter and the air gets chillier.  

Easy Fried Apples

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/25/2019

Does anyone else like the fried apples that only seem to be at Cracker Barrel? 

What's in Season This Fall

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/13/2019

Buying produce when it's in season can help cut down on cost. 

Tilapia Fish Tacos

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/10/2019

Tacos are an easy, do-it-yourself meal that can feed a family of four or a crowd of twenty with little effort. 

Cinnamon Apple Chips

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/30/2019

There are endless ways to make or eat apples--raw, baked, in various pastries, etc. Making apple chips at home is yet another tasty way to eat them. 

Fresh Peach Pie

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/23/2019

Fresh peach pie is one of the best things about peach season. 

How to Pick a Good Watermelon

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/6/2019

The end of summer into the beginning of fall is peak watermelon time. 

Kebabs: An Easy, Quick Dinner

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/30/2019

Kebabs are not only easy and tasty, but are also relatively quick and so customizable. 

Cooking While Camping just got Easier

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/17/2019

The food and tools available to cook food while camping out have improved greatly over the years. Now there's no need to live on only jerky or spit roast a rabbit--unless you want to.

How to Make Frozen Treats

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/5/2019

It's the hot season which means frozen desserts and snacks are more desirable than ever. 

Summer Mocktails

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/2/2019

Last week, we shared some fun cocktails to punch up your summer.

Easy to Make Summer Drinks

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/21/2019

Colorful drinks are a staple of summer—from pink lemonade to a range of Kool-aid colors to the slushies you can get at the convenience store. 

Coffee 101: Types of Roasts

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/19/2019

Coffee tastes great and may be considered an elixir for some, but there is quite the process that coffee beans go through before it reaches the mugs of the consumer. 

What's in Season This Summer

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/14/2019

Every fruit, vegetable, and herb have a natural season. While we can find almost any type of produce in the grocery store year-round, buying produce while it’s in season is often cheaper.



How to Make Your Own Ice Cream

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/7/2019

Who doesn’t love a scoop of ice cream in the summer? Or, anytime really.

What is a Dutch Oven?

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/5/2019

They’ve been around for decades, but Dutch ovens seem to be rising in popularity once again (thanks Chrissy Teigen), but what is it and why do people swear by them? 

5 Things You Need for an Outdoor Party

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/22/2019

The weather is warming up which means summer is almost here! It also means the season for outdoor BBQs has arrived. 

What are Crepes?

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/17/2019

Although crêpes have been popular around the for world for quite some time, there is still confusion over what exactly a crêpe is. So, what is a crêpe?  

The Customizable Accessories You Didn't Know You Needed

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/10/2019

Finding the perfect pieces to fill your home isn’t always easy. The same can be said about the little things you use on an everyday basis.

How to Know Which Timer is Right for Your Kitchen

Posted by on 6/29/2018


It’s no secret that every good chef needs a great kitchen timer to ensure a delectable meal. Whether you are a residential or commercial chef, purchasing the right kitchen timer is a priority for avoiding over or undercooked meat. The kitchen is a very serious place to be when using electricity, heat, etc. Therefore, timers are a great asset to have to keep from setting your kitchen ablaze from absent-minded cooking habits.



Addressing Food Allergies

Posted by on 5/25/2018


Food-based allergies have symptoms ranging from barely noticeable to imminent threat of death.   Research suggests that approximately 15 million Americans have food allergies.  A 2015 study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that food allergies in children increased by about 50% between 1997 and 2011.  The most common allergen for children is cow’s milk, while the most common allergen for adults is shell fish.   Peanuts aren’t the most common allergen for any segment of the population, but they are frequently the most violent.  Some are so allergic to peanuts they can’t be in the same room with a peanut butter cookie.   Food allergies are increasing in all segments of the population.   It’s not clear whether allergies or reliable diagnosis is on the rise, but one thing is certain.  The health threat can’t be ignored.  Food service is feeling the impact strongly.


Why Do Cakes Sink at Higher Elevations?

Posted by on 5/10/2018


When you bake a cake, your ingredients must work together. Cooking chemist Charlie Boss puts it this way:


7 Kitchen Basics For Your Future Graduate

Posted by Magan Jennings on 5/4/2018

You probably know at least one graduate who will fend for themselves in the kitchen for the first time this summer. No more late night pizza runs or campus cafeteria food, it's time to cook for real. Some basic kitchen gear and tools, make an excellent and pratical graduation gift. At JES Restaurant Equipment, we know you want the most bang for your buck, and given that kitchen space can be limited -- we've tracked down 7 of our most durable, affordable, and well-designed kitchen tools and essentials available on the market.


Classic Chocolate Fountains

Posted by MJ on 4/27/2018

Whether you're looking to throw an amazing baby shower, wedding shower, or just to celebrate National Chocolate Day, make it fabulous with a delicious and beautiful chocolate fondue fountain!


Cajun Fryers & Grills

Posted by on 3/30/2018


With everyone trading in their winter coats for shorts and flip-flops there’s no better way to embrace the warm weather than outdoor cooking. But what is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear those two words in the same sentence? Most people would say burgers and hotdogs, or maybe steaks. But we say fried chicken, smoked ribs, and everything in between! This year it’s time to think outside the box and explore past the outdoor cooking stereotypes.


Lightweight Fryers Perfect for Small Kitchens

Posted by on 3/13/2018

If you don’t have a lot of room in your commercial kitchen but you are finding yourself in need of a good fryer, then you might look at a commercial counter top electric fryer as an option.


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