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Here we are again with another Feature Friday for you. Today, we’re highlighting our Cast Iron Reversible Griddle/Grill. First, check out the video from our YouTube channel:
This ain’t your grandma’s griddle, y’all. Each built-in griddle/grill unit is crafted especially for us by our friends (and fellow Tennesseans) over at Lodge Manufacturing. Like us, Lodge is a family owned and operated manufacturer here in Tennessee, and we’re proud to collaborate with them to provide our customers with such an excellent feature.
As its name suggests, the griddle/grill can be both a griddle and a grill. One side of the plate is flat, allowing you to griddle pancakes, hash browns, and a host of other items (like the made-from-scratch tortillas Rick shows in the video). The opposite side has raised fingers for grilling meats, poultry, seafood, peppers, and anything else your heart desires. Rick actually helped us with the design of the grill side to ensure the distance between the highest and lowest points of the grate fingers ensures optimal smoke output for that special smokey flavor grill masters crave!
In addition, each model with a griddle/grill assembly includes a stainless steel griddle cover. This cover protects the griddle/grill when not in use and also creates an additional working surface for the home chef.
What is your favorite dish to prepare on a grill? How about on a griddle? Are you drooling over Rick Bayless’s grilled chicken and tortillas like I am? Yum!
Recently, some folks here at the office became engaged in a debate about cooking versus baking – each person discussing which they prefer and why. Most of us agree that cooking usually takes place outside the oven, on the stove top and, in general, is a bit more flexible and conducive to improvisation. Baking, most agree, tends to be a structured science, usually requiring a recipe or at least a firm grasp of the basic methods to create, say, a cake from scratch. In other words, while I might be able to whip up an improvised gravy (by subbing chicken broth for milk, for example), I’d likely have poor results if I left baking powder out of my biscuits.
The discussion spurred digression into a secondary discussion about what ‘type’ of people each of us are. Most members of the marketing team prefer the unstructured flexibility of cooking to baking, while many members of our accounting department find comfort in following a baking recipe. Typically our marketing members are creative and work-with-what-you’ve-got type people while accountants tend to prefer structure and planning, so these preferences seems quite logical and natural.
I fall somewhere in between. While I love cooking off-the-cuff and creating fun recipes, there’s also a lot that I enjoy about having a recipe to work from. While most of my cooking improvisations stem from basic recipes that I experiment with, sometimes I like to bake cookies exactly like it instructs on the back of the chocolate chip bag.
Overall it was an intriguing conversation, and we thought our blog readers might want to participate in the discussion, too. So, do tell, readers… Are you a ‘baking’ person or a ‘cooking’ person… or are you like me and like both pretty equally? Why?
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Happy Friday, friends!
We’re starting a new series here at FiveStar celebrating all of FiveStar’s greatest features on the greatest day of the week… Friday!
Today we debut our Feature Friday series with some information about our True Dual Fuel ovens. It’s a great debate among culinary enthusiasts: Which is a better choice of heat source in an oven – gas or electric? And does it depend on the dish? After researching these questions, we learned that many professional and home chefs alike prefer the moist heat of gas for braising and roasting meats, while the drier electric heat is often favored for baking. But when you buy an oven, don’t you want to be able to do both with optimal results?
That’s when FiveStar devised a way to give customers the best of both worlds. Our larger range models (48″ and 60″) are available in what we like to call “True Dual Fuel.” These ranges are available with two ovens – one gas and one electric! Here’s a video featuring our friend Rick Bayless, describing and demonstrating the benefits:
Do you have a preferred heat type? Are you a die-hard gas gal or guy or electric all the way? Do you often find yourself needing to choose based on the dish you’re whipping up? Do tell.
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