Itâ€™s National Hot Dog Day so we thought it would be best to share some quick tips for summer grilling and tasty recipes to go along with your hot dogs!
Donâ€™t put cold meat on the grill
If you put a refrigerated piece of meat on the grill without letting it thaw to a higher temperature can keep it from evenly cooking. According to theKitchn.com, you should place steaks in warm water for 30 to 60 minutes prior to cooking. Donâ€™t let them sit past the point of reaching 100 degrees otherwise it could be susceptible to bacteria.
Make sure your grill is clean
Clean your grill after each use, as it is easiest to clean when itâ€™s still warm. You donâ€™t want your foods to mingle because you cooked fish one night and pork the next.
Donâ€™t move the meat too much
According to Food Network, itâ€™s unnecessary to flip the meat or move it too much while grilling. This goes especially for steak. By constantly flipping a steak you arenâ€™t allowing the juices to stay locked into the meat and could end up with a drier taste.
One of our Marketing and Communication Coordinatorâ€™s favorite side dishes in the world, especially when grilling, is potato salad. Rachelâ€™s mom is from the south and as such it has always been a staple dish. To make the dish:
4 yukon potatoes
Â¼ cup of bread and butter pickles, diced
Â¼ cup of bread and butter pickle juice
Â¼ cup of Vidalia onion, diced
Â½ cup of mayonnaise
Salt and pepper to taste
- Bring a pot of water to boil. Dice potatoes and place in pot with eggs. Cook until tender and drain.
- Peel and chop eggs.
- In a large bowl mix all ingredients. Mixture can be placed in a large serving dish and placed in the fridge until ready to serve.
Another Potential side dish is cole slaw. This recipe from Food & Wine is quick and easy to make.
1 cup of mayonnaise
3 table spoons of cider vinegar
1 tablespoon of whole grain mustard
Â¾ teaspoon celery seeds
12 cups of shredded cabbage
2 shredded carrots
Salt and Pepper
- In a bowl mix the mayonnaise, vinegar, mustard, celery seeds, salt, and pepper.
- Toss cabbage and carrots in mixture
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
When it comes to insurance it can be hard to distinguish whatâ€™s a myth and whatâ€™s the truth. Did your mother once tell you that she couldnâ€™t buy you the red car of your dreams because the insurance would be higher? Did you get a ticket while on vacation in Georgia and think it wonâ€™t follow you home to Florida? Here are some common myths in the insurance world and the hard facts about them all.
Red cars are more expensive to insure
Â Despite their inherently flashy nature in reality color isnâ€™t a factor in determining insurance cost. According to Esurance, the most important factors that influence your premium are your driving record, age, marital status, gender, and where you live. If a red car is your dream donâ€™t worry about it increasing your insurance costs!
If someone borrows your car and damages it then their insurance covers it
Weâ€™ve previously done a blog about how insurance is determined when you borrow a car or lend someone yours. If you give an individual permission to borrow your car then your insurance coverage will follow them in case of an accident.
Purchasing insurance for a home? Base it on real estate market value
Â According to Insurance Journal, this is a myth that more than half of the individuals surveyed thought was true. Rather than using the real estate market value to determine your insurance needs you should figure out the cost of rebuilding. According to the Wall Street Journal, having a homebuilder walk through and estimate the cost of a rebuild (and taking into consideration furnishing) is an effective way to ensure youâ€™re getting proper coverage.
Out-of-state speeding tickets canâ€™t follow you to your home state
Â This myth may seem more like a wish especially when a ticket comes at the end of a vacation, but make sure youâ€™re taking care of tickets. The DMV website claims not only are states probably sharing driver database information, but your home state could end up penalizing you for lack of payment. It could be tempting to ignore the ticket, but in the end it will catch up to you.
You can only sign up for health insurance during the open enrollment period
While in most cases you will be penalized for not purchasing insurance during the open enrollment period there are some exceptions. If you have a life event that qualifies you for the Special Enrollment Period, such as, getting a new job, having a baby, or getting married then you can sign up outside of the enrollment period.