Blog

Author Archive

Christmas with the Big Green Egg and Traeger Grills

Country Christmas by the Big Green Egg

This Christmas, try Mona Lisa’s Glazed Smoked Ham with these 3 fabulous sides for a southern, country Christmas.

Ingredients

  • 1 ham, 10-12 lbs
  • 1 20 oz. can round sliced pineapple
  • 1 jar maraschino cherries
  • 2 boxes brown sugar

Instructions

Set the EGG up for indirect cooking at 350°F/177°C. Line a 9×13 baking pan with aluminum foil.

Rinse ham with cold water, pat dry, and set aside. Take the juice from the pineapple and mix well with the brown sugar to make a nice thick syrupy glaze. Next add the pineapple to the ham putting a cherry in the hole of each pineapple round. Then pour the glaze over the ham.

Loosely cover the ham with aluminum foil and cook for 3-4 hours basting the ham with the pan juice every 30 min.

Let stand for 30 minutes, slice and ENJOY!!!

Stuffed Mushrooms Ingredients

  • 24 oz whole white mushrooms
  • 1 package Italian sausage (5 links)
  • 1 package extra sharp cheddar cheese, cut into small cubes
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • Dried parsley

Stuffed Mushrooms Instructions

Set the EGG for indirect cooking at 350°F/177°C.

Clean mushrooms under running water. Pat dry, remove stems and brush with olive oil (set aside).

Cook the sausage on the EGG for 30-45 min until done (160 degree internal temp). Remove sausage and let cool then finely chop.

Stuff each mushroom with the sausage first, then top with garlic, then add the cube of cheese, then a sprinkle of parsley. Place mushrooms on a perforated grid and cook for 30 minutes. Remove and let cool for 5 minutes and ENJOY!

Jannie Mae’s Country Cornbread Ingredients

  • 3 cups corn meal
  • 1 egg
  • 2 ¼ cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup canola oil

Jannie Mae’s Country Cornbread Instructions

Set the EGG up for indirect cooking at 350°F/177°C.

In a large bowl mix the cornmeal, egg, buttermilk, and sugar. You are looking for a nice firm consistency; not dry or too wet (Remember you can add but you can’t take away). Add oil to the skillet and let it get hot (about 15 minutes). Then add the ½ cup canola oil to the cornbread mixture and mix. Pour the cornbread mixture into the skillet and cook for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Let cool for 15 minutes and ENJOY!!!

Country Collard Greens Ingredients

  • 6-8 bunches collards
  • 2 large sweet yellow onions, chopped
  • 4-6 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 8-10 smoked turkey butts
  • 3-4 turnip roots, chopped
  • ¼ cup crushed red pepper
  • ½ tbsp kosher salt
  • ½ tbsp black pepper
  • ½ tbsp cayenne pepper
  • ¼ ts habanero pepper
  • Jacks Old South or your favorite rub
  • Garlic powder
  • 2 large shallots, chopped

Country Collard Greens Instructions

Set the EGG up for indirect cooking at 350°F/177°C.

In a Dutch oven add all of the ingredients except the collards. Cover with water making sure to cover the turkey butts (about 8 cups). Boil down by half or until the turkey butts are falling off the bone. Remove turkey butts and when cool remove the meat and discard the bones. Place turkey meat back in Dutch Oven. At this point it is important to taste your base to make sure it is to your satisfaction.

Slowly add the collards to the base using a wooden spoon to work the greens. Note: Do not add additional water during this process – let the greens cook down (about 30 minutes). Continue to add greens using the same method until all of the greens are in the Dutch Oven. Cook for an additional 90 minutes and check for tenderness.

ENJOY!!!


 

And for desert by Traeger Grills…

DRUNKEN PEACH COBBLER

Everything is more fun drunken, and Traeger’s Drunken Peach Cobbler proves the rule. This is an every man for himself, don’t-be-late kind of dessert. This popular pastry is piled high with fresh peaches, brown sugar, and liquored up with a shot of Bourbon Whiskey.

 

INGREDIENTS

PIE FILLING:

  • 1/2 CUP BROWN SUGAR, PACKED
  • 2 TBSP. CORN STARCH
  • 1/2 TSP. CINNAMON
  • PINCH SALT
  • 4 TBSP. BUTTER
  • 6 LARGE PEACHES, PITTED, PEELED, AND SLICED

PIE CRUST:

  • 1/8 CUP BOURBON WHISKEY
  • 3 CUPS ALL-PURPOSE FLOUR
  • 4 TSP. SUGAR
  • 1/2 TSP. SALT
  • 2 STICKS BUTTER, CHILLED
  • 4 TBSP. VEGETABLE SHORTENING, CHILLED
  • 5 TBSP. WATER, COLD

PREPARATION

FILLING:

In a large saucepan, melt the butter.

In a separate bowl, combine sugar, corn starch, cinnamon

Add sugar mixture to peaches and cook, stirring constantly until thickened.

Remove from head, add the Bourbon. Stir and let cool.

DOUGH:

Combine all the dry ingredients. Add the butter and shortening and mix until it resembles a course meal.

Add cold water and mix gently. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

After it has chilled, divide the dough in two, one part being slightly larger than the other.

Roll out the bigger piece into an 11-inch diameter circle. Move it to an 8-inch cast iron skillet. Leave enough dough around the edges for a slight overhang

Roll out the remaining dough into a large rectangle, cut into 1-inch thick ribbons.

Pour the peach mixture into the bottom dough.

One strip at a time, create a lattice top crust. Roll up the overhanging bottom crust, and pinch to seal.

Brush the top with milk.

When ready to grill, start the Traeger grill on Smoke with the lid open until the fire is established (4 to 5 minutes). Set the temperature to 350°f, close the lid, and preheat for 10-15 minutes.

Bake 35 to 40 minutes until the peaches are bubbly and crust is golden brown. Enjoy!

 

Posted in: Blog, Upcoming Events

Leave a Comment (0) →

Alternative Uses For Pool Noodles

We still have plenty of pool noodles in stock!

Here are some clever ways to use your pool noodles, or pick up a couple for when you can’t use them in the pool.

  1. Lightsabers! With the new Star Wars movie just coming out, this one is kind of obvious. We’ve all used a pool noodle as a lightsaber at some point in our lives. Admit it. All you need are a few pool noodles and some duct tape!

 

2. Boot Savers– Keep your boots from flopping over and creasing with a pool noodle. Just cut to the length of the boot.

 

3. Life sized pool noodle Lincoln Logs- Spray paint your pool noodles, cut them to the size you want, cut out notches, and you’ve got the coolest play set ever. 

 

4. Pool Noodle Christmas Wreath- Use one or two pool noodles as the base and attach ornaments and decorations to it for a simple and cheap beautiful Christmas Wreath.

 

5. Pool noodle tic tac toe- Make a giant tic tac toe game, or just make pieces out of the pool noodle. Customize the game exactly how you want it!

 

 

Come pick up some of the pool noodles we have left before they’re gone! The fun and possibilities are endless!

 

Posted in: Blog

Leave a Comment (0) →

EGGcellent Recipe!

Did you know that you can cook PIE in your Big Green Egg?! My mouth is watering!

Peach and Blueberry Summer Pie

Two summer favorites in one delicious pie.

Ingredients

  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 6 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • ¾ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ tsp allspice
  • 4-5 peeled, sliced fresh peaches
  • 1½ cups blueberries
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 egg
  • 2 pie crusts, homemade or store bought
  • Extra sugar and cinnamon for topping

Instructions

Set the EGG for indirect cooking with the convEGGtor at 400°F/204°C.

Mix sugar, flour, cinnamon and allspice together in a large bowl. Gently fold in blueberries and peaches.

Pour the filling into an uncooked pie crust. Cut the butter into small pieces and distribute evenly over the top of the filling.

Use the second pie crust to create a lattice and cover the pie. Lightly brush the lattice with one beaten egg. Sprinkle sugar and cinnamon over the pie.

Cook at 400°F for 30 minutes; reduce the heat to 375°F for an additional 25 minutes.

Let the pie set for about 4 hours before eating. Enjoy!

Posted in: Blog

Leave a Comment (0) →

Interview With Bubbles the Elephant

Are you still a little skeptical about Loop Loc Covers? Hear it from Loop Loc’s very own Bubbles the Elephant!

 We know- you gotta see it to believe it!!

(Don’t forget- we are still running our pre-season Loop Loc Cover Sale! Get a FREE winterization when you purchase a Loop Loc Safety Cover and installation!)

 

 

certified-loop-loc-installer

Posted in: Blog

Leave a Comment (0) →

Don’t fall behind!

Hello Everyone!

This is just a friendly reminder to everyone part of the Tru-Blue Promise- now that all the parties are mostly over make sure to continue your weekly maintenance program. It is very important, even when people may not be in the pool as much, to continue the program steps and guidelines to keep your pool crystal clear all season.

You must be using one of the following in each group:

Step 1/Sanitizers – all SilkGuard® products (1” SilkGuard ®Tabs, 3” SilkGuard® Tabs, SilkGuard® Sticks, Smart SilkGuard® Sticks) (Basic Tabs do not qualify)

Step 2/Shock – Smart Shock®, Easy Shock N’ Swim®, BurnOut® 3, BurnOut® 35, BurnOut® 73

Step 3/Algicide – Back Up® 2, Algae All 60®, Banish®

Step 4/Plus – Optimizer Plus, Pool Complete

Don’t forget – you must also bring a sample of your pool water in at least once a month to qualify for the Tru-Blue Promise.

Never miss a moment in your pool with BioGuard!

If you aren’t yet part of the Tru-Blue Promise, you can still sign up! Come talk to your BioGuard Water Care Experts ASAP for more information!

 

Posted in: Blog, Upcoming Events

Leave a Comment (0) →

Backwashing Correctly

Hello Again!

I’ve had some people ask me recently how exactly to properly backwash their pool. This is a very important part of circulation and filtration.

Every pool and filter is different, so it would be impossible for me to tell you exactly at how much pressure per square inch (PSI) to backwash. The easiest way for you to find out is to give your filter a really good backwash and rinse and then take note of the pressure on your pressure gauge. The best way to find out a more accurate number to go by would to clean your filter with Strip Kwik and Kleen It, then take note of the starting pressure. Once you know that number, when the pressure raises 8-10 PSI over your starting pressure, it’s time to backwash.

When you backwash, you shouldn’t be timing it to tell you when to stop backwashing. Instead, watch the sight glass on your filter, it will look like a little glass dome or mini mason jar, and you will notice the water in the sight glass turning green or cloudy. When the water in the sight glass goes completely clear, then you can turn the pump off and run the rinse cycle the same way. It most likely won’t take as long for the water in the sight glass to turn clear as it did when backwashing. When it’s clear, shut your pump off then put it back on filter.

ALWAYS shut your pump off switching positions on your multiport valve!!! This is extremely important! Your filter is until a lot of pressure, and the best case scenario if you try to switch positions with the pump running would be that you damage that $200 multiport valve.

Make sure you’re running a rinse cycle every time you backwash. This is also important for the efficiency of your filter.

As long as you follow these steps each time, you’ll be in the clear!

Posted in: Blog, Upcoming Events

Leave a Comment (0) →

Be Smart when shocking!

Hi Everybody,

I’m here today to address the elephants in the room about Calcium Hypochlorite shocks.

We all know the pros about using Cal-Hypo shocks; they’re less costly, and they leave your pool sparkling and crystal clear.

We all also know the cons; it temporarily clouds the pool and you can’t swim for 8 hours after putting it in.

If those cons are more like deal-breakers for you, then Smart Shock is for you!

Use Smart shock after a big party, before a big party, after rain, for weekly maintenance, for algae blooms… for anything you would use your cal-hypo shock for and more!

Smart Shock is a Sodium Hypochlorite shock, so it won’t cloud the pool. It also has blue algae killing crystals to help your weekly algaecide. Do you want to know the best part? You can swim just 15 minutes after putting it in!

Smart Shock is the smartest shock you can get!

Posted in: Blog

Leave a Comment (0) →

Your Pool Needs a Mid-Season Tune Up!

Mid-Season Pool Tune Up

Is your Swimming Pool running at peak performance?  Does your filter seem to be having a hard time keeping up with the increase in bather load and temperature?  It may be time for Advanced Spa And Pool to do a Mid-Season Tune Up!

Pool Filters run double duty at the beginning of the season, All the extra hours of cleaning up the Algae and debris left over from the off season wreaks havoc on the filter media.  Algae, Pollen, and Silt left over from the winter clog the cleaning path of any type of filter whether it be a Sand, Cartridge, or DE.  Then come the bathers all loaded up with make-up, body oils and tanning lotion, What filter could withstand this?  All the backwashing and rinsing in the world won’t bring your filter media back to life.

A Mid-Season Tune up from ASAP will not only restore your filter to its peak performance levels, but we’ll also check out all the other factors needed to provide proper pool care maintenance.

We’ll start by giving the pool a thorough vacuuming.  (No we’re not here to clean a dirty pool so pools with excessive cleaning issues will require an additional charge for time to clean)

We follow that up with a good brushing…  Breaking up those Bio Films is necessary to keep Algae at bay in the coming Warmer Months.

Next on the list a thorough filter cleaning!

For sand, we do a thorough backwash followed up by a much-needed chemical cleansing using BioGuard’s Strip Quick

 

 

  • Removes grease and oil from filter by acting as a shampoo
  • Reduces maintenance costs
  • Works on all filter types

 

 

Strip quick breaks down body oils, bio films, and any other sticky substance clogging up your sand and causing the filter to channel water through a series of tunnels in the sand bypassing the basic means of filtration (Think of these channels as an ant’s nest.  The water runs through the channels and completely misses the body of sand.)  Then we do another thorough backwash to rinse out the broken down contaminates and resettle the sand eliminating the channeling.

For Cartridge and DE we remove the elements, thoroughly clean them inside and out, and then spray them with Strip Quick. After waiting the prescribed dissolve time we again do a rigorous cleaning of the elements and replace them in the filter.

Once the filter is put back together we get the system operational again and look over the system to see that the mechanics are operating properly.  If there are any items to address it will be noted and gone over at the conclusion of the service.

We will look over all of your equipment and accessories that we have access to and make a list of any items we recommend to replace (e.g. Vacuum hose, head, brush, test strips etc.…).  If you would like any items (along with any chemicals you will need) will be delivered FREE of charge (Per ASAP’s Free delivery Policy)

Don’t wait!  Call Kelley at Advanced Spa And Pool 603-579-2727 to schedule your ASAP Mid-Season Tune Up Today!!!!

Posted in: Blog

Leave a Comment (0) →
Page 1 of 6 12345...»