Homemade Whipped Cream

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One of the best things about dessert is that it is universal — everyone loves it! And what can make or break a great dessert from an average one is the whipped cream. Homemade is always best, and it’s much easier to make than you’d think. Here’s how:

1 cup cold heavy cream (the colder the better!)

1 tablespoon sugar

1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract

Whip the cream in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with a whisk attachment (you can also use a hand mixer). When it starts to thicken, add the sugar and vanilla and continue to beat until stiff peaks are formed. Be sure not to overbeat!

The small amount of extra effort really goes a long way! What are some of your favorite dessert toppings?

 

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Holiday Tablescape

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If you’re stuck on ideas of how to elegantly decorate your table this holiday season, we have a couple ideas to wow your guests.

Seeing the incorporation natural elements in a tablescape is always lovely. We suggest using foliage of the season like pine leaves, mistletoe, pine cones, or even cranberries! Use your imagination, but a run of pine tree branches up and down the table, with a sprinkling of cranberries for a pop of color is very festive. 

That’s where another idea comes into play: use the colors of the season as well. Plenty of red, green, gold, and silver. These can be incorporated most easily with the linens. The look of elegant gold napkins at each table setting is always eye-catching. 

Hopefully these few quick tips will come in handy and spark more table decor ideas! Be sure to share with us your favorite holiday decorating ideas.

Happy Holidays!

Healthy Halloween

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We love celebrating Halloween here at Copper Canyon Grill and Stanford Grill! Seeing everyone all dressed up as their favorite character puts a smile on faces. We don’t like, however, all of the gluten filled in our Trick-or-Treaters candy! Did you know, though, some of our classic favorites are actually gluten-free?

If you do want to pass out candy, go with Baby Ruth, or any pure milk or dark chocolate. Other gluten-free options include Pixie Sticks and gummy worms or bears.

Passing out some special treasures to the kids is also a fun, unique idea. Try stickers, friendship bracelets, or other fun favors! These treasures are great because they can last way past the next day, so they hold more value to the trick-or-treaters.

Remember, too much of a good thing is no good! Even healthy candy should be eaten in moderation.

Have a happy, healthy, and safe Halloween from everyone here at Copper Canyon and Stanford!

 

Jazzing Up Orzo

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Orzo Rice is one of our favorite foods here at Copper Canyon and Stanford Grill because it’s affordable, healthful, and filling. But, we admit it can get boring at times so we have to get creative with innovative ways to literally “spice” it up. Sure, you could always pick up boxed rice pilaf from the grocery store, but those are filled with preservatives and unnatural ingredients which we try to avoids at all costs. So, we wanted to share a few simple ideas to jazz up your rice.

The most simple way to fill your orzo with flavor is to use chicken or vegetable stock instead of water to cook your rice. You can also infuse the rice in a number of herbs including saffron, lemon zest, curry, and many more. You can even eat rice to satisfy your sweet tooth! Just add melted butter, cinnamon, and sugar to cooked rice for a heartier, healthier alternative to traditional desserts.  

If you are looking for a more out-of-the-box rice idea, try Rice Pilaf with Dried Fruits and Almonds. Prepare any type of pilaf you would like and add dried fruits. We like diced apricots and raisins, but whatever is your favorite or is in season will do. Then, stir in sliced almonds for a filling, delicious, and healthy meal or side!

Do you have any go-to rice recipes? Let us know!

Olive Oil Home Remedies

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Olive oil is a universal ingredient that can be used in a variety of different meals. And, olive oil is a universal ingredient for life with a number of different uses around the house. First of all, olive oil is great for polishing wood furniture, conditioning leather, and shining stainless steel. If you have a squeaky door hinge or stuck zipper, dab some olive oil with a cotton swab and the issue should be cleared up.

Also, olive oil can be used as sunburn relief or a multipurpose skin moisturizer. Olive oil can be used to moisturize and strengthen nails as well as maintain your manicure. If you have a stomach ache, just take a tablespoon of olive oil and it should subdue the pain.

What unconventional ways do you use olive oil?

How To Make: Chicken Pot Pie

If you have visited Stanford Grill or any of our Copper Canyon Grills, you have probably come face to face with our scrumptious chicken pot pies! It’s so hard to resist them once that savory aroma has wafted to your table… Why did I just order a salad – again?!

If it is difficult to get our chicken pot pies off your mind after giving them a little taste (or even just a thought!), have no fear because today we would like to share with you an easy and fool-proof recipe to make your very own at home!

Ingredients

1 pound skinless, boneless chicken breast halves – cubed

1 cup sliced carrots

1 cup frozen green peas

1/2 cup sliced celery

1/3 cup butter

1/3 cup chopped onion

1/3 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/4 teaspoon black pepper

1/4 teaspoon celery seed

1 3/4 cups chicken broth

2/3 cup milk

2 (9 inch) unbaked pie crusts

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C.)

2. In a saucepan, combine chicken, carrots, peas, and celery. Add water to cover and boil for 15 minutes. Remove from heat, drain and set aside.

3. In the saucepan over medium heat, cook onions in butter until soft and translucent. Stir in flour, salt, pepper, and celery seed. Slowly stir in chicken broth and milk. Simmer over medium-low heat until thick. Remove from heat and set aside.

4. Place the chicken mixture in bottom pie crust. Pour hot liquid mixture over. Cover with top crust, seal edges, and cut away excess dough. Make several small slits in the top to allow steam to escape.

Bake in the preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes, or until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Cool for 10 minutes before serving.

Enjoy!

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