Thursday, August 11, 2016

Before and After- DIY Project By Gerry

Wanted to share yet another before and after picture of a DIY project Gerry did for my mom.

She had a "dated" bench. The "gold" had to go I told her and she also said the seat was much too thin- and it was! Gerry added extra padding to the seat, (used the old padding plus some foam we had from our RV benches he did) reupholstered it with a piece of fabric we found on clearance for $5, did some sanding and spray painting- took a little over 2 cans. Took some time to get all the shine off.. sanding and blow torch. It needed to be done so the paint would stick to it though, but here is the end result, and we all agreed- it turned out great!




August 10th is National S'mores Day

A s'more (sometimes spelled smore) is a traditional nighttime campfire treat popular in the United States and Canada, consisting of a roasted marshmallow and a layer of chocolate sandwiched between two pieces of graham cracker.

Bernzomatic, the national leader in handheld blowtorches, partnered with Chef Cory Morris from Rural Society, an open-fire restaurant in Chicago, to create this unusual twist to the original s'more,and created his versions with Bernzomatic's campsite torch. Give them a try- and enjoy!


                                  The S'mores Tartine 




S'MORES TARTINE
10 SERVINGS

Chef Cory Morris, Rural Society at the Loews Chicago Hotel   
      
Ingredients:      
·         5 graham crackers crumbled into large pieces
·         10 pieces of brioche sliced 1/4 inch thick
·         1 bag of mini marshmallows       
·         3 high-quality chocolate                bars roughly chopped
·         2 cups mini pretzels
·         2 Tbsp. sea salt 
·         2 cups pecans, toasted and chopped
Cinnamon Butter topping:
·         8 oz. unsalted butter
·         1 Tbsp. cinnamon
·         ¼ cup brown sugar

Supplies:

·         Sauté pan
·         Safety glasses and gloves

Directions:


Mix together butter, cinnamon and brown sugar topping. Brush brioche on both sides with cinnamon butter. Toast the bread over medium heat until golden brown on both sides. While the bread is still warm, top it with an even distribution of chocolate pieces and mini marshmallows. Make sure to cover the entire surface of the bread. Toast the marshmallows and melt the chocolate using the Bernzomatic WT2301C Campfire Torch. While the tartine is still warm top it with pretzels, pecans and sea salt. Serve warm and enjoy. 




                                  
                                  Whiskey S'more Lollipops





WHISKEY S’MORES LOLLIPOPS

40 SERVINGS     
            
Chef Cory Morris, Rural Society at the Loews Chicago Hotel

Ingredients:  
    
·         1 bag of jumbo marshmallows
·         2 cups of graham cracker crumbs
Chocolate Ganache:
·         9 oz. bittersweet chocolate
·         1 cup of heavy cream
·         1 tablespoon of whiskey
Supplies:
·         Standard gas camping stove
·         40 lollipop sticks 2 quart sauce pot
·         Whisk
·         Safety glasses and gloves

Directions:


Begin by making the ganache. Place the sauce pot over medium heat on a standard camping stove using fuel from Bernzomatic 16 oz. Propane Camping Gas Cylinder and bring heavy cream to a simmer. Add the chocolate and mix until incorporated. Whisk in the whiskey, and remove from the heat. Keep warm (if it cools down too much the chocolate ganache will not coat the marshmallow). Skewer the marshmallows with the lollipop sticks. Dip them quickly in the ganache and roll them in gram cracker crumbs. Let cool at room temperature. Once the lollipops have cooled, lightly torch with the Bernzomatic WT2301C Campfire Torch (be careful not to burn the graham crackers).