Happy Veteran’s Day!

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Today and every day we want to thank all the brave men and women who sacrifice so much; and risk their lives fighting for our safety and freedom! We will always remember and honor our veterans! 

Happy Fourth of July!

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Happy Fourth of July!  Century Tile will be closed for the holiday, but we will be back and ready to help on Tuesday, July 5th.  Please enjoy your holiday and stay safe!

Fourth of July Grilling Ideas

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With the Fourth of July fast approaching you may find yourself beginning to plan what you want to make for your guests who are coming over for the annual celebration of our country’s independence. Before the fireworks fly and the marshmallows are roasted over fires, hosts and hostesses are faced with the task of feeding their guests, and for some this could mean dozens of mouths to feed. One solution sure to make your life easier is to incorporate skewers into your menu. They are incredibly easy to throw together ahead of time meaning your day-of cooking list will be that much shorter. Preparing them is a breeze and some require nothing more than refrigeration before serving while others are simply thrown on the grill. 

 

One great skewer for your party are caprese skewers. These are incredibly easy to throw together ahead of time and simply put them into the fridge until you want to serve them. All that is required is cherry tomatoes, fresh basil leaves, and marinated mozzarella balls. Thread the tomatoes, mozzarella and basil onto the skewers in whatever varying pattern you prefer. Using the leftover mozzarella marinated oil, drizzle this over the skewers on a platter along with a drizzle of balsamic vinegar as well. Throw a dash of salt and pepper over them and simply throw them in the fridge until you plan to serve them.

Another great skewer option is to chop up a bunch of summertime vegetables such as squash, zucchini, bell peppers, tomatoes and onions and arrange them how you prefer on a skewer. Season them with a drizzle of olive oil or your favorite vinaigrette, before throwing them on the grill. Once cooked, these skewers can be eaten as a healthy side of vegetables or they can be added to burritos, sandwiches, pitas, or even on top of a salad. These can also be prepared ahead of time and thrown in the fridge until they are ready to be cooked.

These two healthy vegetarian options are great alternatives to slaving over time consuming vegetable side dishes. They are easy to make, easy to store, and easy to eat when served. It’s summertime and nobody likes to eat with their knives and forks when the sun is out! 

Remembering Today

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St. Patrick’s Deviled Eggs

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Are you excited for Easter? If you just can’t wait to dye Easter eggs, try this recipe. It allows you to practice those egg-coloring skills and can double as a seasonal appetizer for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, without jumping the gun into Easter. Find out how to make devilishly delicious deviled eggs for St. Patrick’s Day!

What You Will Need:

Apple Cider Vinegar

Green Food Coloring

A Dozen Eggs

1 Cup Mayonnaise

2 Tbsp. Mustard

Bacon

Chives

Salt & Pepper

Paprika

Directions:

Fill a large pot with water and place on the stove. Place eggs in the water, carefully so they don’t crack. Bring the water to a boil, then turn heat down to low and cover the pot. Let the pot sit covered for 15 minutes. Once the eggs are boiled, add cold water to the pot to cool the eggs, so they can be peeled.

After the eggs have cooled, peel them. Next cut them in half down the long axis of the egg. Remove the yolk with a spoon and place the hard yolks in another bowl. Fill a short glass with water, add one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar and 4 drops of green food coloring. You can speed the process by mixing several glasses with the vinegar and food coloring.  Let the eggs sit in the vinegar solution for 3-5 minutes, depending on how dark a shade of green you prefer. If you prefer a brighter, richer green over pastel green, soak the eggs 5 minutes in the dye.

On to making the yolk filling! Mix yolks up with a fork or whisk. They need to be crumbly. Then add mayonnaise and mustard and whisk mixture thoroughly. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Cook bacon until it is crispy. Then break it up into crumbles. Cut the chives up. Use the bacon and chives are as toppings.

Spoon the egg mixture into the hardboiled green egg halves.  Top with bacon and then chives. Finally garnish with a small amount of paprika on top. Enjoy your green eggs!

Children love to help with this craft, however, if they should get a bit too involved, use this advice to remove any egg or food coloring that may have fallen to the carpet!

Happy Thanksgiving!

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