What was that Phil?

Happy Groundhog’s Day!
If you haven’t heard by now, the most popular groundhog in the US has declared his forecast, on this second day of February …

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My faithful followers I clearly see,
a perfect clear shadow of me,
6 more weeks of Winter it shall be.

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That’s right – six more weeks of Winter if you believe the little guy. Although he’s been wrong before, and some folks are DONE with deep freeze this season. Some parts of the country are seeing the trees fill in with green leaves and daffodils popping up early. What do you think?

Here are some fun facts about the nation’s furry friend:

1. Yes, Punxsutawney Phil is the only true weather forecasting groundhog. The others are just imposters.

2. There has been only one Punxsutawney Phil. Punxsutawney Phil gets his longevity from drinking “groundhog punch” (a secret recipe). One sip, which is administered every summer at the Groundhog Picnic, gives him seven more years of life.

3. On February 2nd, Phil comes out of his burrow on Gobbler’s Knob, in front of thousands of faithful followers from all over the world, to predict the weather for the rest of the winter.

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4. According to legend, if Punxsutawney Phil sees his shadow, there will be six more weeks of winter weather. If he does not see his shadow, there will be an early spring.

5. No, Punxsutawney Phil’s forecasts are not made in advance by the Inner Circle. After Phil emerges from his burrow on February 2nd, he speaks to the Groundhog Club President in Groundhogese. His proclamation is then translated for the world.

6. The celebration of Groundhog Day began with the Germans, Pennsylvania’s earliest settlers. They brought with them the legend of Candlemas Day, which states “For as the sun shines on Candlemas day, so far will the snow swirl in May…”. The settlers found that groundhogs were plentiful and were the most intelligent and sensible animal to carry on the legend of Candlemas Day.

7. Punxsutawney held its first Groundhog Day in the 1800’s. The first official trek to Gobbler’s Knob made on February 2nd, 1887.

8. So the story goes, Punxsutawney Phil was named after King Phillip. Prior to being called Phil, he was called Br’er Groundhog.

We are prepped and ready for 6 more weeks of Winter here at Classic. Even if that six weeks turns into two and Spring comes in like the Lion she claims to be, we’re ready. Like we always say, off season is our season, so bring it on. Guess what our forecast is for tomorrow? Freezing, with a chance of ice and snow. Thanks Phil.

Photo Credits:
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What was that Phil?

A grilled Thanksgiving

As good as a cooked turkey smell is on the best Thursday of the year, would you skip the delicious homemade smell and swap out a kitchen empty of dirty dishes? Why not think about grilling up your Tom Turkey this holiday? We found a great, and more importantly EASY recipe for getting the perfect bird on your table this year with at What’s Cooking America.

Prep Time: 30 minutes  |  Cook Time: 20 mins. per lb.  |  Yield: serves many

Ingredients:

  • 1 (15 to 20 pound) turkey, fresh or thawed, with giblets and neck removed.
  • 1/2 cup butter, room temperature or softened, divided
  • Turkey Stuffing or your favorite stuffing/dressing recipe
  • 3 to 4 slices uncooked bacon
  • Basting Juice (see recipe below) or use the juices that drain off

Instructions:

Clean turkey well, removing any bits of pin feathers and cleaning the cavity of any remaining pieces of innards. Pat dry with paper towels. Secure legs with twine or a clip (optional).

Preheat barbecue grill. Instead of using a roasting pan, it is easier to use a homemade pan from extra heavy duty foil (using three layers of aluminum foil and making it just big enough to hold the bird – the sides need to be about 2 1/2-inches high).

Rub the inside cavity of the turkey with 1/4 cup of the softened butter.

Stuff the inside cavity with your favorite stuffing/dressing recipe. Also place a little stuffing in the neck cavity, tuck the neck skin under and skewer shut. With any remaining turkey stuffing, stuff a little of it between the skin and the breast meat.
With the remaining 1/4 cup butter, rub some over the skin of the turkey.  Salt and pepper the turkey and place the slices of uncooked bacon on top of the prepared turkey.

Place the turkey crosswise on the gas or charcoal grill so that the pan is evenly distributed over the two sets of jets.  Set the flame so that a temperature of 300 to 325 degrees F. is maintained (usually the lowest setting).  Cover with heavy duty aluminum foil for the majority of the cooking time.  Estimated cooking time is approximately 20 minutes per pound at 300 degrees F.

Remove the aluminum foil for the last hour of cooking.  Every once in while, baste the turkey with the juices (or with the basting juice recipe below).  If you have “hot spots” in the jets of the grill, twice during the cooking turn the turkey around (and the pan, of course) so that one side is not more cooked than another.

Toward the end of the cooking time, open the grill and insert the meat thermometer into the fleshy part of the thigh and cook until the internal temperature reaches 165° F. (remember that the turkey will continue to cook after it is removed from the heat of the fire).  NOTE: The USDA has come up with a one-temperature-suits-all for poultry safety: 165° F.  For safety and doneness, the internal temperature should be checked with a meat thermometer.

It is important to use a meat thermometer with a cable attached to the meat probe tip.  This will allow for the meat probe tip to stay in the turkey during the entire cooking process while the barbecue lid is closed and give you a continuous temperature reading of the meat to ensure it does not overcook.

In the absence of a meat thermometer, pierce the turkey with a fork in several places; juices should be clear with no trace of pink.  NOTE: The old-fashioned way of wiggling the leg to see if it’s loose will give you an indication that the turkey is ready, but unfortunately, by the time the leg is truly loose, the turkey is sadly overcooked.  The only reliable test for doneness is to check the internal temperature with a meat thermometer in the thickest part of the thigh, without touching the bone.

Allow the cooked turkey to sit for approximately 10 to 15 minutes before carving.

Basting Juice:

  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • Neck and gizzard
  • 2 teaspoons chopped dried rosemary
  • 3 cups chicken stock or water
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup sweet Marsala wine or port wine*
  • 1/2 cup dry vermouth or white wine*
  • Juice from two lemons

*Use any red wine that you have.  You could also substitute the vermouth for additional red wine.

In a heavy pot over medium-high heat, melt butter; sauté onion until just translucent.  Add the neck and gizzard; continue cooking for approximately 4 minutes.  Add the rosemary and chicken stock or water; simmer until reduced by halve.  Remove from heat and strain well.

Use the gizzard and neck in the stuffing or the gravy.  For the basting juice, mix together the strained stock mixture, marsala or port wine, vermouth, and the juice of the lemons.

Now that it’s done … Check out how to carve it with Thomas Joseph @ Martha Stewart’s Kitchen Conundrums:

We hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving weekend!
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Photo Credits:
Classic Accessories
Con Poulos/Food & Wine
beccajulia @ All Recipes
The Foodiciary

 

A grilled Thanksgiving

Grilling with Dorik

Dorik Downing is one of our Senior Graphic Designers here at Classic Accessories. He has been an amazing leader within our creative department and has helped to establish our current branding. He uses his expertise to develop a vast majority of our packaging displays, design for in store retailers, catalogs, and much much more. So the next time you see one of our packages, it’s more than likely it started out as a sketch on Dorik’s desk. Not only is he a HUGE talent for Classic, Dorik is also an amazing artist and an impressive griller … just ask him for his favorite recipe and he’ll tell you:
“Anything that’s on my grill!”

{Dorik at his Kamado Joe grilling up burgers}
Here’s his recipe:

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The burger part:

  • 1 lb 80/20 Beef
  • 1/2 lb ground pork
  • 12 oz cooked spinach
  • 6 oz queso fresco
  • 1TB Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and Pepper.

Mix all that and make about 3” size meatballs.
(I like pressing my pattys down with a large spatula and a hot grill)
Grill to your liking and top with Montery jack cheese and little more queso fresco.
Let melt of course and layer on sautéed onions

OK, now assembly:

Toasted Preztle Buns
Layer of Mayo and SOB hot sauce mix**
Layer of Homemade Guacamole
A few Blue Corn chips
Place burger on the chips
Top with nitrate free bacon and your favorite greens.
Finish by smashing down the top bun and go for it.

Dorik also makes his very own hot sauce called S.O.B – Son of Butch:
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This guy LOVES his hot sauce. After many flavors and brands, he really figured out that he loves the smoky flavor of chipotle peppers as they balance out the other spices in the sauce. His favorite sauce, aside from his own would be Moon Shine Madness. He affectionately named his hot sauce with his dad’s old high school nickname: Butch. That’s his artwork on the label (told ya he’s a man of many talents!) I personally own some and really like it on fried razor clams, and it’s just the right amount of HOT with a smoky finish that really rounds out the flavors.

 

He recommends Shoe String Sweet Potatoes seasoned with Old Bay for sides:
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… And of course for dessert … he moved over to the fire pit for s’mores
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Dorik grills on his Kamado Joe at home. Here’s what Kamado Joe says about their grills:

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“An ancient, Asian-style grill, the kamado is a thick-walled cooker that imparts rich, smoky flavor to meats, fish and vegetables. Relatively unchanged for centuries, air flows through the grill’s ceramic body and out its vented dome, chunk charcoal comes to life as smoke and heat. Kamado Joe is proud to draw on that tradition, modernizing the grill’s classic style with unparalleled craftsmanship, innovative accessories and a range of flexible cooking surfaces.”  Find more of their own recipes here.

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We are celebrating Memorial Weekend on classicaccessoris.com with 20% off our NEW Montlake Patio Furniture Covers and 20% off ALL Grill Covers with discount codes: Montlake20 and Grilling20 at checkout.

Have a great long weekend!

  Image Credits:
  Kamado Joe.com
  Shoe String Sweets: www.idratherbeachef.com
  Smores: kevinandamanda.com

 

Grilling with Dorik

Cyber Sneak Peak

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We thought we’d give a little sneak peak to our cyber sale starting this Sunday the 22nd. 20% off site-wide with discount code: CyberWeek20 at checkout.

We have also given our Sunbrella Grill Cover an additional 20% off  with code:Sunbrella40
55-561-030401-00_lifestyle_21 RDiscounts like these only come once a year and we are so excited to be able to celebrate our newest grill cover with such a great promotional price. The best part?
FREE GROUNDSHIPPING on all US orders!!!

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Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Of all the things we do this weekend, we will start off by being thankful for the fallen armed forces, those who have served and who are actively serving the country we love to call home.

We hope you pass our sale this weekend onto family and friends while celebrating the long weekend.

25% OFF when using: MemorialDay25 at checkout

Here’s wishing you a happy and safe Memorial Day full of great memories!

Your friends at Classic Accessories

Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

GREEN with protection you can count on

I’m thinking of something green with a touch of gold…

Atrium Green Covers by Classic Accessories New on St. Patty's Day

It’s our newest collection of patio furniture, grill, and garage covers by Classic Accessories.

If you’re looking for something in a new fresh color for covers, look no further than our Atrium Collection. GREEN!
Yes, you heard right – GREEN. We thought hey, since it’s St. Patrick’s Day, why not debut them today.

Granted, the gold you’re looking at comes more in a brass grommet, but we can stretch this holiday out for all it’s worth right.

Come see what’s new with between patio and garage now and dress up your tools, furniture or grills for the holiday and right through Spring.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day to ya!

GREEN with protection you can count on

Cheers 2014!

Happy New Year!

WOW – what a year 2014 has been! This year has been a growing one that has given us here at Classic Accessories so many opportunities to focus on the things we LOVE doing. Bringing NEW products to the market, learning from our best sellers and really turning our ears out to our end users. We can’t wait for what 2015 has in store for us and our customers. Cheers to a successuful and FULL 2014 that has been our BEST year yet, thanks to you. Here’s wishing all of us and our families a Happy New Year filled with health and happiness.

Your Friends at Classic Accessories

Cheers 2014!

Grilling Tom

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Take Tom out of the kitchen this year and throw him outside! On the grill of course before your neighbors think 2014 was the year you lost it.

From the Food Network’s show Cooking Live – the chefs bring you the basics on how to cook your turkey on your grill. They even go through cooking with Charcoal Kettle Grills and the varying briquette guides to the size of your grill to cooking your Tom Turkey on your gas BBQs.

Many professional to backyard chefs advise you to really go with the basics for your oven ready turkey – simple olive oil or vegetable oil and quality salt and pepper. Whether or not to stuff your bird is another argument all together. It is recommended that you save your stuffing for a separate pan or crock-pot and let the turkey come to its safe temperature on its own. {180° F in the thickest part of the thigh}

For some of the best advice … from the owners and operators of the Turkey Help Line {yes, it’s a real thing: 1-800-Butterball} we can also turn to our friends over at Butterball. They do advise to NOT use lighter fluid infused briquettes when cooking their Butterballs.

We’ve been on a BBQ and Grill kick for the past few weeks and maybe it’s due to the final letting go of the thoughts of Summer and going head first into the Holidays, but more so because of our Loyalty Program here at Classic Accessories. We’re giving away a Weber Genesis® E-310™ on the 1st to a lucky winner along with second place winner of $250 to our site and third place winner of a free BBQ Cover of their choice. We have monthly winners of our free program but it’s not about the prizes friends. It’s about our customers who make our Loyalty Program what it stands for and what keeps it going.

So on this Thanksgiving Eve, we wanted to also tell you how thankful we are for you. You are the reason why we do what we do every day. Whether it’s protecting your patio over the week so you’re ready for game days, providing peace of mind of your covered RV in storage so you’re care-free when it comes time to take that next trip or if it’s fishing along side your best friend with screaming reels in your hands, we wanted to say thank you for taking us along and letting us be apart of making memories. It’s the little things.

Here’s wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Your friends at Classic Accessories

-Cheers-

*Photo Credits
http://www.baybreezepatio.com
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http://www.seriouseats.com

Grilling Tom

Care now – Play Later

So we blinked and it’s November! How’d that happen?

Weren’t we all just talking about who was hosting the next BBQ? Now we’re finding ourselves INSIDE watching the game. So we thought, why not do some quick, last minute prep for your patio so that it’s ready when you are.

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Speaking of BBQs … Want to win your very own Weber Genesis? Yeah, you heard right. WIN one! Just by signing up to be a Classic Accessories Loyalty Member and you’re automatically entered to win. It’s that simple. Double your chances of winning by sharing our contest posts on facebook! Really is that simple. We are randomly selecting a winner on December 1st. Keep it for yourself or give it away this Holiday Season.

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Care now – Play Later

Labor Day Weekend Sale

Whether you are spending time with friends and family, prepping for back to school, or getting ready for football season – we hope you enjoy your holiday weekend! To make it a little extra special, please enjoy 20% off (everything) at www.ClassicAccessories.com, starting now through Monday evening. Use the coupon code: LaborDay at checkout. Have a great weekend!

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