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When you are establishing a menu, it is important that you price the items in a way that brings in a profit. There are a number of ways that this is achieved, but the most reliable is through costing your recipes. This process involves determining exactly how much each recipe costs to make and how many people it will feed. When you have accomplished this, you can then see how much you need to charge in order to profit from the menu item. It is also a great way to see if a particular item is not going to work for your restaurant. So, how do you do that?
The first step is to understand your costs. Make a list of every ingredient in the recipe and then see what the cost was for you. Because deals vary from vendor to vendor, it is possible to serve the exact same recipe in two different places and have two different costs for it. What many people do not do is update their costs when the prices change. Over time, everything goes up and if you do not regularly cost your items then you will find that you aren’t making as much profit as you want to.
While it’s important to know how much every ingredient costs, it is just as important to understand how many people the recipe feeds. This will help you to break down the cost of the recipe per person. ...continue reading
Who do you predict to win the Super Bowl this year- Giants? Patriots? Honestly, I find that this year is a bit hard to predict since fans didn’t believe that they would have to choose between the Giants and the Patriots as the winning team. Super Bowl Sunday is a time for partying. The fans will be yelling at the screen while the non-fans will find reason to party with pals. Everyone loves to have football parties and food and drink play an immense role in the success of the party.
Most menus include the super bowl regulars such as chicken fingers, Buffalo wings, nachos ’n cheese, dips, mini sandwiches, etc. You want to add things to your menu that will give your patrons reason to choose your place to party at over your competitors.
What’s any party without beer? How about adding beer into your finger foods? After all, football= meat and beer. These beer battered dipped meatballs are guaranteed to disappear quite quickly and give die hard football fans and non-fans reason to head to your place over your competitor for the next football party, not to mention all the days in between. ...continue reading
Nothing says Christmas more than gingerbread boy and girl cookies. It's a great way to end a meal and put people into the holiday spirit! Let your imagination run wild when decorating them. Merry Christmas!
5 cups flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2-3 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
½ teaspoon salt
1 cup solid shortening
1 cup sugar
1 large egg
1 cup light molasses
2 tablespoons white vinegar ...continue reading
December 25. Stay warm while sitting around with your family, opening presents from under the Christmas tree. What better way to start Christmas day than with a nice warm cup of peppermint hot chocolate. ‘Tis the season!
1 cup dessert topping, chilled
1 teaspoon plus 2 tablespoons sugar
2 cups milk
½ cup chocolate chips
¼ cup crushed peppermint sticks
Whip up ½ cup topping, gradually adding 1 teaspoon sugar until soft peaks form. Cover and chill. ...continue reading
This cranberry relish is not only a turkey’s best friend, it complements pork, beef, meat, chicken and other Thanksgiving main courses. The pineapple adds just the right amount of sweetness to the cranberry, while the strawberry jello gives it a terrific texture. This relish is simple to prepare and even simpler to enjoy and can easily become a Thanksgiving dinner favorite!
2 package strawberry or raspberry flavored Jell-o
2 cup hot water
2 can crushed pineapple
2 can cranberry sauce
Place hot water and Jell-o in a bowl and mix well. Put the bowl in the refrigerator until it hardens. ...continue reading
What would a Thanksgiving meal be without a cranberry something-or-other? This unique, yet extremely simple recipe, combines the Thanksgiving favorite cranberry, with a good piece of meat, to create a delicious dish that will make your Thanksgiving meal mouthwatering. Add some sides, like asparagus, cherry tomatoes and mushrooms, and your guests won't know what hit them. Not only willl they be getting great taste, but lots of protein and other nutrients to boot!
1 cup whole berry cranberry sauce
2 tablespoons onion soup mix
1 cup water
6 slices of sliced steak
Combine the cranberry sauce, soup mix and water. Pour mixture over steaks. Place in a 9 x 13” aluminum pan and cover tightly with foil. Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes to 1 hour.
Tip: To use this recipe for a whole roast, use a 3 to 5lb roast and double the sauce recipe. Bake in a large Dutch oven for 2 ½ to 3 hours.
This dish will enhance your holiday table with the perfect fall colors. The craisins and apricots create a winning, tangy combination. Add that tang to the sweet potatoes, and you’ll have the crowd cheering.
½ cup water
1 2/3 cups chopped dried apricots
¾ cup craisins
12 oz. apricot nectar
¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
2 tablespoons oil
11 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced
½ cup brown sugar
Using a saucepan, combine the water, apricots, craisins, and apricot nectar and bring to a boil for 2 minutes. Shut flame, remove from the heat, and cover saucepan. Place aside for 20 minutes. Pour contents of the saucepot into a colander, and let liquid drain into a bowl. Add orange juice and oil to the liquid. Set aside. ...continue reading
Why beer? Beer is an excellent tenderizer when it comes to tough meat. As for batters, the yeast in the beer causes it to fluff up. Beer also gives the beef a slightly bitter, while at the same time somewhat of a sweet taste. The slight bitterness from the beer combined with sautéed onions blend extremely well together. When you have a good flavor combination, you don’t have to bother with a long list of ingredients.
2 lb beef stew meat
2 Tablespoons oil
2-3 large onions, cut into wedges
12oz. light beer
1 bay leaf
2 Tablespoons brown sugar
2 Tablespoons vinegar
A great, quick and healthy dessert that’s perfect for any time of year. For the summer months, place the fruits in a plastic cup with an upside down spoon in the center. Once frozen, remove the cup and you have a great, healthy, refreshing after-school treat. What better way than a frozen treat to get your kids (and yourself)excited about eating fruits on any given day.
1-16oz. container strawberries in sauce
2 small cans mandarin oranges
2 cans pineapple tidbits
6 to 8 yellow apples, diced
1 cup green grapes
1 cup red grapes
2 kiwis, diced
1 banana optional
Add some diversity fo your festive dinner menu with sweet potato turnovers. This simple to prepare finger-food will add some flair and great taste to your meal. This recipe involves several simple steps, but by substituting the traditional potato for sweet potato, best cooked in a stock pot, you will be getting a new twist on an old favorite. Add some onions, garlic and cream cheese, and you’ve got a real holiday masterpiece!
1 package mini frozen flaky dough squares
1 large onion, diced
2 tablespoons oil
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1 teaspoon salt
4 Tablespoon cream cheese
2 large sweet potatoes-cooked
- Sauté onions on low flame until soft. Add garlic and sauté for an additional 2 minutes. ...continue reading