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4 Ingredient Homemade Pasta

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/15/2020

Making homemade pasta is not as hard as it may seem.

Pumpkin Spice Pound Cake

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 9/1/2020

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

Learn how to make the perfect steak every time.

Tomato Basil Pie

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/13/2020

This pie is perfect for tomato lovers and makes for a great, light meal.

Watermelon Salad

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/16/2020

Watermelon salad is perfect for summertime.

Red, White, Blue Berry Lasagna

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 7/1/2020

This tri-colored, multi-layered "lasagna" is a colorful, tasty way to ring in Independence Day.

DIY Your Own Disinfectant Wipes

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/5/2020

Running out of disinfectant wipes? Make your own!

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. 

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.

Brownie Cookies

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 4/22/2020

Who couldn't use a little chocolate right now?

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. 

Turn Your Beer (and other drinks) Green this St Patrick's Day

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 3/13/2020

If you want to get in on the St Patrick's Day fun without breaking the bank, turn your drinks green at home. 

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?

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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? 

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. 

Oreo Cheesecake

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 8/13/2019

This recipe for Oreo cheesecake is great because not only does it taste great, but it's also a no bake recipe. 

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. 

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.

Summer Cocktails

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 6/28/2019

These fun, colorful drinks combine fresh fruit and alcohol to make delicious combinations. 

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. 

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 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?  

Basic Spices Every Kitchen Needs

Posted by Rachel Schwartz on 5/8/2019
Whether you’re a novice or a master in the kitchen, there are a few basic things that everyone should have and know how to use. Spices are one of those things.

Eggplant Parmesan

Posted by on 5/17/2018

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:

How To Can Preserves In Your Own Home

Posted by on 2/23/2018

Though it’s somewhat of a rigorous process, home canning has been passed down from generations back. It has given families the opportunity to preserve their own foods for years right from the comfort of their own kitchen. Fruits, vegetables, meats, and poultry can be preserved and savored year-round with this unique way of preserving foods. The great part of canning your foods is the reassurance that you will have of opening your can goods months later and guaranteeing the freshness and quality you come to expect from this process.

How To Brew Your Own Beer

Posted by on 1/30/2018

A phenomenon has emerged in the brewery world that has caused a chaotic stir among those wanting to make their own beer. Home brewing has not only grown into a popular activity in residential kitchens but it has also gained a reputation in commercial kitchens as well. Making your own brew is a very inexpensive product that will easily rival anything else you could buy in the store.

'Tis the Season For Terrific Bundt Cakes!

Posted by MJ on 1/3/2018

Tis’ the season to be eating. Christmas is a time for trying a smorgasbord of delectable desserts. There is no better cake around the holiday season than this one. We have a wide selection of cake pans this can be used, but for this I recommend the 56102 Nordic Ware Commercial Wreath Cake. The recipe below is for a Chocolate Cinnamon bundt cake with walnuts and fudge pieces.

Deep Fry Your Ham for Christmas

Posted by MJ on 12/16/2017

If you are going to be making a main entree for your family this Christmas, then having a great Southern Deep Fried Ham will be a temptation none can pass up. The following recipe is a great recipe for true Southern Deep Fried Ham :

Preferred Beer & Popcorn Pairings

Posted by MJ on 6/8/2017
Gold Medal Preferred Beer & Popcorn Pairings

Let these recommendations spark ideas of how you can use gourmet popcorn to complement your beer selection!

The Simple Berry Smoothie

Posted by Jeremy Baker on 1/27/2016

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?

A Good Luck Recipe for the New Year

Posted by on 12/29/2015

Food has always been deeply embedded in cultures across the globe. It has even been a part of festive traditions and ceremonies for thousands of years. One of the most prevalent food traditions in the United States, namely right here in the South, is sitting down to a meal which includes black-eyed peas and collared greens on New Year’s Day. For a long time, this has been a sign of good fortune as we roll into the new year.

Oh Fudge! A Great Holiday Fudge Recipe

Posted by on 12/21/2015

Christmas is almost here and that means it’s time to start making those delectable desserts for the whole family to enjoy. There are all types of desserts and treats to enjoy this holiday season. One that has never disappointed is fudge. A good fudge recipe is always a crowd pleaser around the Christmas season. Here is a great recipe that uses white fudge with red and green candied cherries that brings out festive colors. Makes about 64.

Ahhh! We All Scream for Ice Cream Sandwiches

Posted by on 12/17/2015

We are in the middle of December and the weather outside is proverbially “frightful” but that doesn’t mean you can’t make a cool snack indoors that will chill, yet delight your taste buds. We all scream for ice cream regardless of what time of the year it is. In regards to the frigid weather outside, Wouldn’t it be great to enjoy an old-fashioned ice cream sandwich that was homemade? The first ice cream sandwich was made with a cake-like chocolate cookie and then after that they were made from an oatmeal cookie in San Francisco.

Wine Pairing During Christmastime

Posted by on 12/4/2015

With the holidays just around the corner, many people have already begun to make arrangements for this year’s holiday dinner. We’ve recently discussed how to choose wines for a wine tasting , but it’s time to revisit the subject from a different angle as families and catering companies gear up to make their holiday dinner beverage selections.

The Best Pumpkin Pie Recipe Ever Concocted

Posted by on 11/24/2015

Thanksgiving is tomorrow, and on this day the bird that completes your smorgasbord gets all of the attention. But what about all those other great dishes that we eat on Thanksgiving? Namely pumpkin pie. Why do we even eat pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving?

Cookin’ Roast Duck with Chef Rob Eaton

Posted by on 11/21/2015

This week, we welcomed Chef Rob Eaton of Buzzard’s Roost Southern Tea House back to the JES showroom to show us how to prepare a slightly less traditional bird for the upcoming holiday meals. In this video, Chef Rob demonstrates how to prepare, cook, debone, and serve a delicious roast duck.

One Cup ? Eight Ounces | How Coffee Carafe Sizing Works

Posted by on 11/19/2015

What We Talk About When We Talk About ‘Cup’

Go to any website that sells coffee-making products — I’m talking urns, percolators, brewers, that sort of thing — and you’ll notice that the products are listed like this:

Cookin’ Oysters Rockefeller with Chef Rob Eaton

Posted by on 11/6/2015

Chef Rob Eaton of Buzzard’s Roost Southern Tea House (Ninety Six, SC) recently made a trip back to the JES test kitchen to show us several different ways of preparing fresh oysters, while demonstrating the usefulness of the Vollrath Oyster King for opening the often stubborn-shelled mollusk. In addition to a few quick tips on serving raw and steamed oysters, here’s his take on the classic Oysters Rockefeller recipe.

A Few Tips to Make a Better Apple Pie

Posted by on 11/4/2015

We are midway into the fall season and that means apples are fresh in season. It also means that it is time for you to start making a warm, delicious apple pie. Most are wanting to make pumpkin pies with the Thanksgiving holidays coming into full-swing, but apple pie is a great dessert to make at any occasion, even Thanksgiving, year-round. Many know how to make a great apple pie but taking a few tips into consideration can make for an even better, tastier pie.

Should You Deep-Fry or Bake a Turkey?

Posted by on 11/1/2015

Halloween has come and gone, which means Thanksgiving is right around the corner. It’s time to start thinking about how you are going to make that Thanksgiving turkey a delectable, succulent cuisine for all those family members to enjoy as they gather around the dinner table this holiday season.

Chef Phil Shows Us How to Make a Funnel Cake at Home

Posted by on 10/17/2015

We’ve been begging him, so Chef Phil finally taught us how to make funnel cake at home. We hope you enjoy!

No More Dry, Undercooked Meat

Posted by on 10/13/2015

You set a roast in your conventional oven to bake for 30 minutes at 350°. After that time, you pull out your roast and it is under cooked in parts. You cut into the roast and realize it is completely dried out! There is a possibility these missteps could have been avoided if only you had chosen to bake your roast in a convection oven instead.,

How to Make a Mean Cup of Joe

Posted by on 10/11/2015

The weather is getting cooler and a rich cup of cappuccino is just the thing to keep you warm during these chilly months. The IMIX-3 Infusion iMIX hot drink dispenser, Cappuccino, 3 hoppers is ideal for making a finely-brewed, rich cappuccino.

Trip Recap: The Jekyll Island Shrimp & Grits Festival

Posted by on 9/29/2015

In addition to selling restaurant equipment at J.E.S. I also work in the concert production industry and a couple weeks ago the gig landed me in Jekyll Island, GA for the 2010 Wild Georgia Shrimp & Grits Festival.  This was not my first trip to Jekyll Island and made for the second consecutive year working at the festival.  The festivities took place amongst the live oaks, which are older than our grandparents, in the beautiful historic district on the island just in front of the Jekyll Island Club Hotel and it was obvious everyone had only one thing in mind, shrimp and grits!  For those readers that still aren’t sure what  “grits” are…  grits are made from coarsely ground corn and when combined with hot water make a delicious porridge like food.  Shrimp and grits however is a delicacy that has been served in the southern states for many many years and has as many variations as there are types of grits and species of shrimp but no matter how you prepare it the name remains the same.

The Popcorn Kettle Purchase Guide

Posted by on 8/6/2015

Popcorn is a snack enjoyed all around the world. It can be cooked several different ways, but the one of the most popular ways to get it is from a kettle popper. These aren’t just for the movies; there are smaller poppers that can be used for personal use if you’re a big popcorn fan. There are all shapes and sizes with various outputs depending on the need. This guide is to help you figure out which one best suits you. There are a few things to consider before you make your choice.

What is Sous Vide Cooking & How Does It Work?

Posted by on 7/21/2015

I was perusing through our website one day when I noticed one of our customer’s commenting on a Cambro food storage container he recently purchased for sous vide cooking . I started thinking how great of a blog topic this would be for those who have never heard of such a process.

Sous Vide Cooking is Easier than it Sounds

Posted by on 6/13/2015

You may not know what it is but chances are you have eaten it. This popular cooking technique, meaning “under vacuum” in French, has been a part of fine dining since the 1970s. It spread throughout Europe and eventually landed in American in the 1990s.

Here’s A Perfectly Fine Crepe Machine

Posted by on 6/2/2015

Want the perfect crepe ? To get the perfect crepe you have to own the perfect crepe machine! Eurodib is offering the perfect crepe machine manufactured by Krampouz in Brittany, France. They are the inventors of the ORIGINAL CREPE

The Entire Galaxy in a Single Kernel of Popcorn

Posted by on 4/28/2015

Cookin’ Mahi-Mahi with Chef Rob Eaton

Posted by on 2/28/2015

J.E.S. was recently paid another visit by local chef Rob Eaton to put together another informative recipe video. This time, we cut, clean, and cook a side of mahi-mahi with fresh mango salsa and sauteed vegetables.

Happy National Carrot Cake Day! Here’s Our Favorite Recipe!

Posted by on 2/3/2015

Most of you probably only know this day as February 3rd—the day after Groundhog’s Day— but for all the foodies in the restaurant realm, this day is known as National Carrot Cake Day. This unofficial food holiday comes around annually and is a time when chef’s experiment with a variety of ways to use carrot cake in their recipes. The question is where did this holiday get started?

So Delicious! Here’s an Easy Bundt Cake Recipe: Chocolate Rose Bundt

Posted by on 1/27/2015

A Bundt® cake is great for almost any occasion whether it be a holiday, wedding, or just a complementary dessert to go with your favorite meal. For years Nordic Ware, a leader in residential kitchen equipment, has been making great Bundt® pans in all shapes and sizes.

Why Does it Take Longer to Boil Eggs at Higher Elevations?

Posted by on 1/26/2015

You Have probably heard that it takes longer to cook hard-boiled eggs in the mountains than at sea-level, but do you know why? It's actually very simple, and understanding the science behind this phenomenon will make you a better chef.

Imagine two identical saucepans , one resting on a kitchen shelf in New Orleans and the other one perched high up in Denver, Colorado.

The Crucial Differences Between Fresh and Dried Spices

Posted by on 1/8/2015

Of all of the advancements in modern cooking over the years, the ever-increasing accessibility of various herbs and spices has been one of the most influential changes. Although importing spices was a very expensive endeavor in the past, modern transportation, shipping, and preservation methods have removed the barriers that once limited cultures to the indigenous flavors of the surrounding geography. Most modern chefs use a wide variety of spices in their everyday cooking, and many keep their spice cabinets well-stocked with various ingredients from all across the globe. Most of these spice cabinets, however, are filled primarily with dried and ground spices rather than the “real thing,” which causes some curious culinarians to wonder: what are the benefits of fresh spices versus dried spices.

Start The New Year Off Healthy with a Turkey Spinach Burger!

Posted by on 1/6/2015

This is my first blog of the new year, so for that reason alone I felt the need to post a blog that might help everyone with their New Year’s Resolution. Since so many of us have losing weight at the top of our list of New Year’s Resolutions, I felt the need to share with you all a recipe on turkey spinach burgers. The initial thought of biting into a turkey and spinach burger may sound unappealing but mixed into patties and seasoned with garlic salt makes these burgers a delectable meal.

Mango Salsa

Posted by Colby Jackson on 8/14/2014

A fresh and healthy twist on something that was already wonderful.

Banner's Watermelon

Posted by Colby Jackson on 7/21/2014

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

Broccoli Bacon Salad

Posted by Colby Jackson on 7/3/2014

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.

Mom's Tomato Soup

Posted by Colby Jackson on 6/9/2014

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

Peach Bread

Posted by Colby Jackson on 5/30/2014

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

Apple Cranberry Pie

Posted by Colby Jackson on 5/26/2014

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

Now Ya Travelin | New Orleans: Part Four

Posted by Colby Jackson on 5/8/2014

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’!

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

Posted by Colby Jackson on 4/25/2014
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.

Baking Powder Biscuits

Posted by Colby Jackson on 4/17/2014
baking powder biscuits

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

How To Prevent Gluey Mashed Potatoes

Posted by Colby Jackson on 3/27/2014
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.

Crockpot Asian Pepper Steak

Posted by Colby Jackson on 3/20/2014
Crockpot Asian Pepper Steak

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

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