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2012 July: Presto Pesto

2012 July: Presto Pesto

The repertoire of Italian sauces is loaded with classics like Alfredo, Bolognese, arrabbiata, marinara, and oil and garlic. The one sauce that stands just as tall and is just as versatile is pesto. I was always of a mind that pesto sauce never got the respect it truly deserves, even when it is used toMore »

2012 July: Lower Your Energy Costs

2012 July: Lower Your Energy Costs

To ease the burden of rising energy costs, start by taking a look at your HVAC system. The unit not only maintains the current climate control in your restaurant, but it also controls exhaust from the kitchen. One way to maintain climate in the back and front of the house is to install two orMore »

2012 August: Fair Trade

2012 August: Fair Trade

Years ago I realized that my employees were one of my most valuable assets, both in my operations and marketing. Although I can be a savvy businessman, I couldn’t execute my strategies without good people behind me. Once I had acquired such a crew I needed to reward them and show my appreciation for theirMore »

2012 August: Pizza Sizing Math Lesson

2012 August: Pizza Sizing Math Lesson

Did you know that a 14-inch pizza actually has nearly twice as much area to cover than a 10-inch pizza? That’s right, believe it or not. In order to figure the area of your pizza (in square inches), turn back to your school days and recall that the area of a circle is ascertained byMore »

Make sausage in house (with recipes)

Make sausage in house (with recipes)

Sausage is one of the most popular pizza toppings. Separate yourself from competitors by making sausage in-house. Customers will perk up when your servers describe house-made sausage with fresh herbs and spices. Create distinct flavored sausage to fit your menu needs by including fennel, garlic or heating it up with crushed red pepper. Try thisMore »

2012 August: Warm weather cold pasta

2012 August: Warm weather cold pasta

What could be more enjoyable on a hot summer day than a cool lunch? Do you menu seasonal salads and pasta salads? Many of the ingredients needed to make a delicious pasta salad are already stocked in your kitchen and prep time is a snap. Try the Mediterranean Pasta Salad. To start: Ingredients 1 poundMore »

Pizza Price and Size

Pizza Price and Size

Did you know that a 14-inch pizza actually has nearly twice as much area to cover than a 10-inch pizza? That’s right, believe it or not. In order to figure the area of your pizza (in square inches), turn back to your school days and recall that the area of a circle is ascertained byMore »

2012 August: Sticky Dough

2012 August: Sticky Dough

Question: Is there a good way to fix dough stickiness without drying it out? A sticky dough can indeed create a sticky situation. There are a number of things that can cause the condition, therefore there are a number of solutions to the problems. Some of the more common reasons for sticky dough and theMore »

2012 July: Dividing Dollars

2012 July: Dividing Dollars

Chances are, your employees think you strike it rich with each sale. They don’t realize you have to keep your lights on, buy more cheese and market to keep customers. If you make a $10 sale, they think you’re putting $10 in your pocket. Boy, wouldn’t a 100 percent profit margin be nice? If youMore »