Small Appliances Make the Perfect Holiday Gift



It’s that time of year again… the holidays are right around the corner and you may or may not have started your holiday shopping. If you are looking for some gift ideas, here are 5 of our favorite small appliances that we love giving!

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer

The KitchenAid Stand Mixer makes a wonderful holiday gift for anybody who enjoys baking. They come in an array of fun colors to match any personality and offer much more versatility than basic hand mixers. These mixers have the ability to knead dough for delicious homemade bread, yet they are simple enough to thoroughly mix cake batter with ease. The hands-free design allows the user to add ingredients while the mixer is churning, as well as allowing them an opportunity to do other tasks such as preparing the pan for baking or even taking a short phone call. This mixer also comes with a large enough bowl to mix a couple of batches of cookie dough in one shot, saving time when baking for a large party! Can you think of someone who would love this gift?

Crock-Pot Cook & Carry Slow Cooker with Little Dipper Warmer

This is a great gift for the cook who likes to share good times as well as good food! This portable slow cooker eliminates the hassle and the mess when transporting cooked foods from home. Cook it up, lock it up, and go with the secure-fitting lid and locking system. The Crock Pot Cook & Carry is perfect for traveling to parties, tailgates, picnics, potlucks, and more. This portable crock pot also comes with the 16-ounce Little Dipper Food Warmer, ideal for warm dips and sauces.  Makes a wonderful gift for the cook on the go!

Avanti 12 Bottle Free Standing Wine Cooler

Do you have a wine enthusiast in the family? The Avanti 12 Bottle Free standing Wine Cooler makes a great gift; large enough to keep a few bottles of wine cold for special occasions and is small enough for easy storing. The innovative design of this wine cooler allows them to store 8 bottles horizontally and 4 bottles vertically, which is perfect for opened bottles. There is an exterior display for temperature setting, which can be set from 47 to 65 degrees Fahrenheit. They can also choose to use pre-set buttons for red and white wine if they are not sure about the right temperature. This wine cooler also comes with an interior light to make it easier for them to find the bottle they are looking for when entertaining guests! Check out all of our wine coolers here.

Keurig Mini Plus Brewing System

Keurig Mini Brewing System is perfect for small spaces, college dorms, or for the only coffee drinker in a household.  These compact, personal brewers don’t take up a lot of space and will make a perfect cup of coffee, tea or hot cocoa in less than two minutes with a simple press of the button. To add a little something extra to this gift, check out our selection of K-cups; various flavors of coffee, teas, cocoas, and iced beverages.


Perfect gift for the soda lover! The SodaStream turns tap water into sparkling water or a favorite soft drink, in less than 30 seconds. The SodaStream also allows the user to get as fizzy as they want and never have to worry about their soda going flat. With the SodaStream Soda Maker kit, the user can even make their own flavors and soda concoctions! All of this in just one press of a button; that’s really how simple it is. If you are looking for a unique gift that won’t go to waste, this is it!

Looking for some more holiday gift ideas? Check back here for we will be posting more blogs on holiday shopping and gift ideas or check out our Holiday Gift Ideas board on Pinterest! Happy shopping!


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Sony Event This Week at P.C. Richard and Son


It’s the perfect week to start your holiday shopping with the Sony event going on now at P.C. Richard and Son! We’re celebrating all that Sony has to offer this week with amazing deals on Sony TVs, laptops, cameras, speakers, and much more.  Work, play, or create – Sony offers an array of products that are great for the office, home, or hobby. 

This week, save up to $1500 on select Sony 4K Ultra HDTVs and experience a picture as real as life itself! Plus, purchase any 55”/65” Sony 4K Ultra HDTV and save $200 on a Sony 4K Ultra HD Media Player, which allows you to watch select movies in 4K.  Don’t forget to also check out their first curved LED TV that features a similar curve to that of a movie theater screen, allowing you to experience home theater like never before.

 Also during this week-long event save on 3D Ready LED HDTVs, and instantly save $300 on a Sony 7.1 Channel Surround Sound Bar  when purchased with any Sony TV 55” or larger.

Not looking for a TV right now? Be sure to check out their state-of-the-art cameras, tablets, and computers; many of which feature Sony PlayMemories… a whole new way of having fun with photos and videos. The PlayMemories series lets you easily organize your photos and videos and instantly share them anywhere on all your favorite digital devices. See your local P.C. Richard & Son sales associate for details! Hurry in and save big on select Sony notebooks, tablets, home audio, cameras and more! For more details check out our weekly circular or stop into one of your local P.C. Richard and Son stores to see all the savings on Sony products. See you there!


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Toshiba Cloud TV


Cloud TV takes smart TV to a whole new level. Get easy access to a menu of new services with a Multi-Page Cloud TV Portal. Stream movies and news, access your music and photos, or find something new with the MediaGuide. Socialize with family and friends with Skype, Facebook or Twitter. Share photos, leave a message or post to the calendar from your mobile devices using the companion app.

As if Smart TV wasn’t smart enough, check out these new features:    

  • Content Discovery. Cloud TV puts you closer than ever to the things you love – Netflix, Hulu Plus, Pandora, YouTube, along with video on demand, broadcast programming, the web, even music, photos and videos on your home network.
  • Wireless Display makes it possible to display small screen content, from your PC or other mobile device, on your bigscreen TV wirelessly.
  • MediaGuide is an Ideal TV programming guide with advanced search. Find great viewing-even from your tablet.
  • Kontrol TV Gamming allows you and your family or friends to play TV games with multiple players at once using your tablet or smart phone as a controller.
  • New Home Screen allows different user profiles. This makes it easy for the user to sync up with their own personalized Cloud data stream with the TV, which can then store a schedule of upcoming events input either through the TV, Cloud TV app, iPad or other mobile device. Also with the personal profile system the TV will track your own viewing habits and make viewing recommendations accordingly.

The beauty of these TVs is that they let you connect with your Cloud TV – your calendar, photo albums, personal messaging and much more-using your mobile device or computer to extend the experience at home and away. Click here to learn more about Toshiba Cloud TV.



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Slow Cooker Recipes for Game Day


Game day isn’t just about the game; it’s also about the food.  Whether you are hosting game day at your house or you are hosting a tailgate, you are preparing food for your party. Keeping your recipes simple (and of course delicious) will make life a lot easier for you. Here are a few of our favorite slow-cooker recipes that are perfect for game day! What makes these recipes so perfect you might ask?  Not only are they delicious and simple, but with the slow-cooker you prepare it and leave it to cook, giving you the opportunity to socialize with your party…which makes you the perfect host!

Slow-cooker Turkey Chili Recipe So delicious and so easy to make!

What you will need:  (4-6 servings)

·         1 ¼ pounds lean ground turkey

·         1 large onion, chopped

·         1 garlic clove, minced

·         1 envelope chili seasoning mix (1.25-oz)

·         1 can beer (12-oz)

·         1 ½ cups frozen corn kernels

·         1 green bell pepper, chopped

·         1 red bell pepper, chopped

·         1 can crushed tomatoes (28-oz)

·         1 can black beans, drained and rinsed (15-oz)

·         1 can tomato sauce (8-oz)

·         ¾ teaspoon salt

Toppings: shredded cheddar cheese, finely chopped red onion, sliced fresh jalapenos


1.      Cook the lean ground turkey, onion, garlic and chili seasoning first in a large skillet over medium-high heat, stirring often, 8 minutes or until turkey crumbles and is no longer pink.

2.      Stir in beer and cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Next, spoon mixture into a 5 ½-qt. slow-cooker: stir in corn and next 6 ingredients until well blended. 

3.      Cover and cook on LOW for 6 hours. Serve with desired toppings.

Recipe Courtesy

Buffalo-Style Drummettes with Blue Cheese DipClassic game day treat!

What you will need: (15 servings)

·         3 pounds of chicken wing drummettes, skinned (30 drummettes)

·         ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

·         ¾ cup thick hot sauce

·         2 tablespoons cider vinegar

·         1 teaspoon reduced-sodium Worcestershire sauce

·         2 garlic cloves, minced

·         Blue Cheese Dip

·         30 carrot sticks

·         30 celery sticks


1.      Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

2.      Line a jelly-roll pan with foil; coat foil with cooking spray. Place chicken on prepared pan; sprinkle with pepper. Lightly coat chicken with cooking spray. Bake uncovered at 450 degrees for 7 minutes or until lightly browned.

3.      Combine hot sauce, cider vinegar, Worcestershire sauce and garlic in an oval 4-quart electric slow cooker coated with cooking spray.

4.      Remove chicken from pan; drain on paper towels. Place chicken in slow cooker, tossing gently to coat with sauce. Cover and cook on HIGH for 3 hours or until chicken is tender. Serve with Blue Cheese Dip, carrot sticks, and celery sticks.

Recipe Courtesy Oxmoor House

Slow-Cooker Pulled Pork Sandwiches – Guaranteed to be a hit!

What you will need: (4 servings)

·         3 tablespoons light brown sugar

·         2 teaspoons hot paprika

·         1 teaspoon mustard powder

·         ½ teaspoon ground cumin

·         Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper

·         1 to 4 pound boneless pork shoulder, trimmed of excess fat

·         2 teaspoons vegetable oil

·         ½ cup apple cider vinegar, plus more to taste

·         3 tablespoons tomato paste

·         6 potato buns

Barbecue sauce and prepared coleslaw, for serving


1.      Combine 1 tablespoon brown sugar, paprika, mustard powder, cumin, 2 teaspoons salt and ½ teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Rub the spice mixture all over the pork.

2.      Heat the vegetable oil in a large skillet; add pork and cook, turning until browned on all sides for 5 minutes. Remove the pork and transfer to a plate; whisk ¾ cup water into the drippings in the skillet. Transfer the liquid to a 5-6 quart slow cooker.

3.      Add the vinegar, tomato paste, the remaining 2 tablespoons brown sugar and 2 cups water to the slow cooker and whisk to combine. Add the pork, cover and cook on low for 8 hours.

4.      Remove the pork and transfer to a cutting board. Strain the liquid into a saucepan, bring to a boil and cook until reduced by half, about 10 minutes. Season with salt roughly, chop the pork and mix in a bowl with 1 cup of the reduced cooking liquid, and salt and vinegar to taste. Serve on buns with barbecue sauce and coleslaw.

Recipe Courtesy Food Network Magazine

Loaded Creamed Corn with TomatoGet ready for a loaded bowl of Southern style goodness. This easy side dish is perfect for game day!

What you will need: (16 servings)

·         4 packages of frozen kernel corn thawed (12-oz)

·         1 ½ cups half-and-half or light cream

·         1 cup chopped onion

·         ½ cup freshly grated parmesan cheese

·         ¼ cup butter cut up

·         1 teaspoon sugar

·         ½ teaspoon salt

·         ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

·         5 thick slices of bacon

·         ¾ cup shredded Monterey jack cheese with jalapeno peppers  (3-oz)

·         ½ cup chopped tomato

·         2 tablespoons snipped fresh Italian parsley

·         1 teaspoon red wine vinegar

·         1/8 teaspoon sugar


1.      In a blender combine the corn from one package and the half-and-half. Cover and blend until smooth. In a 4 quart slow cooker combine blended corn mixture, the remaining corn, the onion, parmesan cheese, and butter, 1 teaspoon of sugar, salt and pepper.

2.      Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 3-4 hours or on high-heat setting for 2 hours.

3.      In a skillet cook bacon over medium heat until crisp, turning once. Drain bacon on paper towels; cool. Cut bacon into 1 inch pieces.

4.      Sprinkle Monterey jack cheese and bacon over corn in slow cooker. Cover; let stand about 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.

5.      In small bowl stir together tomato, parsley, vinegar, and sugar. Before serving, spoon tomato mixture over corn in slow cooker.

Recipe Courtesy Better Homes and Gardens

We hope you’ll give these recipes a try on game day.  We can’t guarantee your team will win, but we can guarantee the food will be a success!


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Tailgating Tips For Rookies


Tailgating has been a long standing tradition of Football, and having a successful tailgate takes experience and preparation.  If you are about to embark on your first tailgate, you may think you have it all under control…but you’re wrong. Everybody has made a rookie mistake during their first tailgate! Here are a few basic tips from seasoned tailgaters to help you avoid some common first time mistakes on game day.

Prepare Early

Pack what you can in your car the night before.  Be as portable as possible;  grills, generators, chairs, tables or tents–make sure all these things can be easily loaded and unloaded.  You should also pack a bag/box of essentials you will need for that day.  For example, pack plastic serving ware, napkins, toilet paper (don’t assume the porta potties will have this) and garbage bags. To make your life a little easier, designate people in your tailgate party to be responsible for bringing certain items.

Make A Food List

Making a list of food you want to bring to your tailgate prior to the event will help to ensure you don’t forget certain items when packing your cooler game day morning. Having two coolers works best, one cooler for your food and one for your beverages.  Make sure to pack non-alcoholic beverages as well, you will need something for your designated driver to drink and something to keep your drinkers hydrated throughout the day. Drinking nothing but alcohol can cause people in your party to become dehydrated and ill.

Have A Plan

Know before you go!  Check your stadium’s parking and tailgating guidelines prior to game day. If you are meeting friends, you may want to discuss a general area in the parking lot where you will meet and use a flag that will signal your exact location. Get to the parking grounds early (about 3-4 hours before game time) to secure your discussed location. Do not rely on your cell phone to contact your friends once you get there since many phones have trouble with reception in and around the stadium area.  Make sure everyone in your party is aware of the plans before hand.

Get To Know Your Neighbors

Once you have completed set up, put your game face on and make friends.  Don’t be shy!  Everyone is there for the same reason so finding a common interest won’t be difficult. It’s important to get to know your community.  Say you forgot to bring mustard for your hot dogs, I’m sure your nice neighbor wouldn’t mind sharing their mustard with you!

Break Out The Radio

A portable radio is perfect for playing music while you tailgate or listening to updates on other football games going on that day. Just remember to be respectful of your neighbors. Don’t play your radio too loudly or play music with vulgar lyrics that could offend the nice neighbor who just shared their mustard with you.

Play Games

Not everyone in your party will be content just sitting around drinking and discussing their predictions of that days’ game, so have fun games available to play. Bring a football to toss around, a Frisbee or even a deck of cards for card game.  Anything to keep your party busy will make them happy, and happy people are the key to a successful tailgate.

Dress Appropriately

Check the weather beforehand and dress accordingly. It will be a long day outdoors and you don’t want to be caught over or under dressed. If you know it’s going to be chilly early in the day, bring a sweatshirt with you. If there is a chance of rain, bring a rain jacket.  There is nothing worse than sitting through an entire game and then a ride home in wet clothes.

Have Spare Chargers

In the digital/social media world we live in, it’s going to be very hard to have a day without using technology. On a busy tailgating weekend, your phone and tablet hours may double. You will also find that your battery life drains quickly when your phone or tablet is constantly searching for service. Be sure you have your devices charged and get a spare charger for the car in case you run low.

Clean Up

You want to start breaking down and packing up at least 30 minutes before you plan to head into the stadium. Put all your garbage in a garbage bag and all bottles in a separate bag.  The parking lot trash bins may be full, so it is important to bring hefty duty garbage bags that seal odors in case you have to travel home with your trash. Make sure all food you are traveling home with is sealed shut as well.

When it comes to charcoal, coals can stay hot for hours and they need to be disposed of properly. A good trick for this is using the aluminum pans that held your burgers, hot dogs and other food you came with. Discard the remaining coals into the aluminum pans then take the melted ice from your coolers to pour over the coals. After the coals have cooled you can throw them in a garbage bag as well.

Whatever you do, do not leave trash, food or bottles lying around the parking grounds. When it comes to tailgating the same rules apply as if you were camping… you should take out everything you bring in.

Don’t Forget Your Camera

Not only will you want pictures of yourself and your tailgate party, but you are going to see some interesting things while you are there. Tailgating is a huge event! You will most likely see people decked out in team spirit with their faces and bodies painted, decorated vehicles and crazy blow ups…well, who really knows what you will see, but trust me you will want to capture those memories!

These are all the tips we are willing to share, everything else you will have to learn on your own like the rest of us had to! Follow our advice, be safe, have fun, and nobody will realize you are a rookie on game day. Happy tailgating!


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Safety Tips for Using a Portable Generator



If you really want to be prepared the next time the power goes out, a portable generator is the way to go! A portable generator can be a life saver when the power goes out… You’ll have the lights back on in no time at all! Portable generators can power most, if not all of your home’s power needs. If you plan on using a portable generator here are the dos and don’ts to operating your generator and keeping you and your family safe.

What to Do:

·         Buying a generator. When choosing the right generator, you need to first figure out what you will be powering in your home. Will it be your lights, appliances, or other household equipment? Once you know that then figure out how much power they require and total it up. You will need to purchase a generator that produces more power than what will be drawn from your home’s equipment.  If the equipment in your home draws more power than the generator can produce, you may blow a fuse on the generator or damage the connected equipment. If you can’t determine the amount of power that will be needed, ask an electrician to determine that for you.

·         Storing your generator. Always store your generator in a dry, clean area that is easy for you to get to. When the power goes out you don’t want to be tripping over things in the dark trying to get to your generator.

·         Use a ground wireUse heavy duty, properly grounded extension cords to plug appliances into the generator.  Without proper grounding you could be electrocuted.

·         Check all cords. Make sure to check all cords that are to be plugged into the generator for frays and exposed wires.

·         Maintain your generator.  Always use fresh gasoline when possible. If a generator is likely to sit for long periods of time before being run again, use a gasoline stabilizer. You should start your generator at least once a month and let it run for a few minutes. If it has a battery, trickle charge the battery from time to time to ensure it is ready to go.


What you shouldn’t do:

·         Do not run your generator indoors.  Never run portable generators inside your home or in your garage. Gasoline-powered generators produce carbon monoxide, and the fumes can be deadly. Keep your generator away from your home’s windows and doors as well.  To be on the safe side invest in a CO alarm with battery backup for your home; if gas from the generator has entered your home the alarm will sound to warn you.

·         Do not run your generator unprotected in rain or snow. In bad weather keep your generator in a shed, under an overhang, or a portable shelter if possible. It is very important to keep your generator dry when operating. Never touch a generator with wet hands, you could be electrocuted.


·         Do not connect your generator directly to your home’s main fuse box or circuit panel.  The only recommended method to connect a generator to house wiring is by having a QUALIFIED ELECTRICIAN install a power transfer switch. Never try and do this yourself.

·         Do not refuel your generator while it is running. Shut off your generator first and let it cool down, gasoline spilled on hot engine parts could ignite and start a fire.

·         Do not overload your generator. Use your generator only when necessary. Turn it off when you are asleep or away from your home to avoid a possible fire hazard.

When using a portable generator always remember, safety first! If you have any doubts about how to properly use your portable generator, contact the manufacturer or a licensed electrician for assistance.


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How to Prepare for Power Outages


prepareWeather can be unpredictable, and we need to keep ourselves and loved ones as safe as possible during a bad storm. There are basic things you can do to prepare your home for loss of power in either the summer or the winter months.

Don’t get caught in the dark

o   Keep a few emergency automatic power failure night lights plugged in. Plug in emergency night lights in dark hallways, bedrooms, common areas, basements, and garages.  Emergency lights can last from 6-20 hours depending upon what you purchase. These can come in handy the first couple of hours during a power outage, especially when you are trying to make your way around a dark house.

o   Always keep a number of flash lights and an emergency lantern with fresh batteries in your home. Make sure to keep your flashlights, lantern and additional batteries in a location that you can get to easily with little or no light.

o   Have candles and plenty of matches as well.  Make sure you keep your candles away from anything flammable, such as drapes.

Food Safety – What to do when power remains out for over 4 hours

o   Invest in a cooler and ice packs. Keep the cooler in a convenient location inside your home and ice packs in the freezer.  When power is out do not open your refrigerator if you do not have to, unless the power outage lasts longer than 4 hours. After 4 hours get your cooler and ice packs and pack items from your refrigerator into your cooler. Throw away any food that has a temperature of more than 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

o   If your freezer is half full, it will hold safely for up to 24 hours. A full freezer will hold safely for 48 hours – do not open freezer door if you can avoid it.

o   Get the right foods before you lose power. Keep at least a 3 day supply of nonperishable foods such as crackers, whole-grain cereals, and canned food. Don’t forget a manual can opener!

Things to do before a power outage:

o   Be prepared for injuries. You should have an emergency kit at your home that is fully stocked with bandages in various sizes, sterile dressings and gloves, hand sanitizer and antibiotic towelettes, a thermometer, pain medicines, tweezers, and scissors. Make sure you purchase or build your own first aid kit that is large enough for your family

o   Stock up on bottled water. Water purification systems may not be working when the power goes out.

o   Purchase a battery operated or hand cranked radio to stay tuned in to news and emergency information when power is out.

o   Fill up all your vehicles’ tanks in case gas stations lose their power as well. Remember if you are using a generator they require roughly 12-20 gallons of gas per day. Store all fuel away from the house.

o   Have car chargers for cell phones and keep a corded phone as well. Cordless phones require AC power. Keep in mind cell phones may be more reliable than landline phones when local service is disrupted.

o   Be prepared for special needs. Tell your utility and local fire department before a storm if someone in your home uses an oxygen concentrator, ventilator, or medical bed, as power may be restored to you sooner. Always keep a one month supply of medication on hand.

It is important to plan ahead and be prepared you never know when a bad storm will hit. Sudden power outages can be frustrating and troublesome, but being prepared can eliminate some of that stress. For prolonged power outages, it may be wiser to seek shelter with friends, family, or a hotel.  Stay safe!


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Deep Fryer Tips for Safe and Perfect Frying

deep fryer

Football is back and so is deep fried food! Along with barbecue, deep-fried food is a game day favorite. There are lots of fun and delicious recipes, but before you start experimenting with various foods you can fry, read these basic tips for safe cooking and perfect fried food!

Picking the right cooking oil

Deep frying requires an oil that has a high ‘smoke point’, which means the oil will not breakdown at deep frying temperatures.  Peanut, safflower, sunflower, and canola are good choices and they have high smoke points. If you chose peanut oil make sure you’re not preparing food for someone who has a peanut allergy.

Some sources say that you can reuse the cooking oil after you have cooked with it, but for the best frying it’s better not to. The oil has already begun to break down from the heat, and undesirable compounds like trans fats have formed. Let the oil cool completely, then discard safely. Once the oil is dumped you can clean your deep fryer and store it away until you need to use it again.

Maintaining the Temperature

The best temperature for frying is between 350°F and 375°F. Frying at this temperature will help keep oil absorption to a minimum, which cuts back on fat and calories.

The oil temperature can rise quickly between the smoke point and the flash point. A majority of oils reach their flash point at about 600°F. If oil continues to be heated to higher temperatures it will reach its fire point, causing a full-blown blaze.

Hot oil is nothing to mess with, so a quality deep-fry thermometer is an essential piece of equipment. Use it to accurately gauge and consistently maintain the temperature of your oil. If you do reach a fire point, turn heat off immediately and cover with metal lid. If you do not have a large metal lid, baking soda will work on flames as well. DO NOT USE WATER. Pouring water can cause oil to splash and spread fire.

Cooking Tips

  • Before you start dropping your food in the fryer, preheat your oven to a low setting. You can keep your already fried foods warm on the rack in the oven, while you are cooking the next batch
  • Water and oil don’t mix. Believe it or not adding water to hot oil can actually cause an explosion. Keep your cooking area clean and dry. Do not keep water around or on a shelf above your deep fryer. All foods should be patted dry with a paper towel before they are dropped into the hot oil. If you are using a wet batter, such as for onion rings, be sure to shake off any excess batter before frying to guarantee splatter-free success.
  • Do not fill your fryer more than halfway with oil. This will ensure that there will be no dangerous bubbling over when your food is added. Overloading your deep fryer with food can also cause it to bubble over. Not only will you risk your fryer bubbling over, but the extra food causes the temperature to drop as well, leaving you with greasy and soggy food. Deep fried food must be surrounded by hot oil at the correct temperature for the best results.
  • Salt is an essential ingredient in any deep-frying recipe; however, timing is everything when it comes to seasoning. Never salt a food before deep-frying it, as the salt will draw moisture (remember water and oil don’t mix) to the food’s surface and cause the hot oil to splatter. Salt also lowers the smoke point of oil, which in turn breaks down the oil molecules much quicker. Always salt a food immediately after removing it from the hot oil, when it has the best chance of sticking to the food.


I hope you found these tips helpful. Enjoy frying up your food and remember safety first when you are cooking. Now go drop some wings in the fryer before the game starts!


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DSLR Cameras vs. Point-and-Shoot Digital Cameras


Not sure whether to purchase a DSLR (Digital Single Lens Reflex) camera or a point-and-shoot digital camera?  Typically, if you’re a casual shooter, you’ll probably want a point-and-shoot. If you’re serious about your photo taking skills, you’ll probably want a DSLR. Are you somewhere in the middle?  If so, read on to learn the benefits of both cameras…. then decide which suites you best!

Benefits of Using a DSLR Camera:

Image Quality

DSLR cameras typically have much larger image sensors. Having a big sensor helps to capture more pixels and results in better image quality.


Generally DSLR cameras are fast when it comes to start up, focusing, and shutter lag. They are capable of capturing 10 frames per second.

Optical View Finder

DSLR cameras have a reflex mirror, which means you look through the lens, instead of a see-through hole in the camera. What you see is generally what you get.

Manual Controls

 DSLR cameras are made in the belief that the photographer wants to have the ability to control the settings. Once you learn how to use those controls, you can quickly change settings as necessary.

Good Investment

DSLRs do not get upgraded as often as point-and-shoot cameras, so they hold their value. You don’t have worry about getting the latest model. However, if you do choose to upgrade later the lenses you buy are compatible with other DSLR camera bodies.

Various Lenses

There is a wide array of lenses that can be mounted and used on DSLRs, from super wide angle to telephoto, depending on your needs. Not being limited to just one lens can open a whole world of possibilities.

Depth of Field

You are in control of isolating foreground from background or bringing everything in focus through aperture control of the lens. Some portrait and telephoto lenses can really isolate your images and create a creamy and beautiful background blur, also known as “bokeh”

Weather Sealing


Forget about using a point-and-shoot in challenging weather conditions. While point and shoot cameras are suited for normal use, higher-end DSLRs can withstand dust, moisture, rain, snow, and severely cold weather. If you enjoy taking photographs of nature and landscapes, this may be something to keep in mind.


Benefits of Using a Point-and-Shoot Digital Camera:


Size and Weight


Most point-and-shoot cameras are slim and light. You can easily slip these cameras into a pocket or a purse and carry them anywhere. They are perfect for travel.


Fixed Lens


All point-and-shoot cameras come with fixed lenses. There’s no stress changing lenses or figuring out which lens to use.


Auto Mode


The quality of images produced in point-and-shoot cameras vary, but for the most part auto mode works very well. Point-and-shoot cameras are pretty well optimized for this type of shooting.


Depth of Field


 Point-and-shoot cameras typically can’t separate foreground from background, bringing everything into focus and making the entire scene look sharp. Whether this is good or bad is subjective depending upon the photographer.


LCD Screen


Point-and-shoot cameras have an LCD Screen which will display the entire frame that sensors will capture. Optical viewfinders in other cameras will only display 90-95% of the image. Causing you to lose a small percentage of the image as you look through, but with the LCD Screen of a point-and-shoot,  you don’t lose anything.




Point-and-shoot cameras are cheaper, but then again, if you buy the top quality point-and-shoot camera on the market you will be spending about the same as you would on a DSLR camera. Point-and-shoots also tend to be upgraded more often than DSLRs, so it’s important to take into consideration how often you may want to purchase a new camera.



I hope this helps you with the decision making process. If you still have more questions on DSLR cameras and point-and-shoot digital cameras stop into a P.C. Richard and Son Superstore and one of expert sales representatives will be happy to help you. Happy snapping!


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Home Theater 101: How Do I Position My Surround Sound Speakers?

Polk Theater SetEach speaker has a specific role to play in your surround sound system. Understanding what each speaker does will help you shop smarter.

Center Channel Speaker

The primary purpose of a center channel speaker is to produce movie sound the director positioned in the center channel. When watching a movie more than 50% of the soundtrack, including almost all dialogue, is delivered through the center channel speaker. Since a great deal of action comes from this speaker, a good center channel speaker is crucial for a well-balanced home theater system.

Keep in mind a center channel speaker is best placed just below the TV, so make sure your speaker is an appropriate size for the intended placement. Most experts recommend getting 5 perfectly matched speakers for surround sound including the center channel speaker, but today many speakers will allow you to adjust the volume of each speaker separately making it easier to integrate a non matching center channel speaker.

When choosing a center channel speaker consider the other speakers in your surround sound system. Compact subwoofer/satellite systems usually use smaller center channel speakers, while tower speakers require a larger center channel model to maintain a balanced surround sound effect.

Front Left and Front Right Speakers

The front left and front right speakers provide a wide range of sounds that blend with the video to create a more realistic and exciting movie experience. The front speakers handle most of the special effects, which move back and forth between the two speakers in sync with the images on the screen.

In addition, front speakers also handle the sound of things happening off-camera, such as a car that is approaching but hasn’t come into view yet. Front speakers are also very important for music listening; they do all the work when it comes to stereo music reproduction.

When it comes to front speakers there are 3 types you can choose from:

Surround Speakers

The surround speakers produce atmospheric, ambient sounds – such as rain drops, the rustling of a newspaper, splashing in a pool, or footsteps. These atmospheric sounds and special effects are what make you feel like you’re actually in the middle of the action that’s taking place on screen.

The surround speakers are best placed to the left and right of your listening position. If side placement isn’t possible, place your surround speakers behind and above your listening position. Correct surround speaker placement is important for quality sound. Look for surround speakers that you can easily angle towards your listening area. Pivoting mounting brackets and speaker stands can help do the trick as well.

Consider where you will put your surround speakers and whether they will need to be stand-mounted, wall-mounted, or even placed in-wall or in-ceiling. For well-balanced sound, you should strive for your surround speakers to have the same performance capability as your front left and front right speakers.
A 5.1-channel surround system, with only one pair of surround speakers is the most common setup. If you have a larger space you may want to consider buying additional speakers to use as “back surrounds” in a 6.1 or 7.1-channel system.

Powered Subwoofer

A home theater system should include at least one powered subwoofer. Most movies, as well as TV shows and video game soundtracks, provide a dedicated channel for deep bass.

The bass is what makes your windows rattle and your house shake, during special effects like thunder or explosions. Most speakers can’t deliver that level of bass on their own; this is why a subwoofer is needed.

Since the deep-bass frequencies reproduced by the subwoofers are non-directional it is very difficult for our ears to actually pin-point the direction in which the sound is coming. That’s why we can only sense that the thunder or explosions seem to be all around us, rather than coming from a particular direction. As a result, the subwoofer can be placed anywhere in the room. However, placing a subwoofer near a wall or in a corner can increase bass impact noticeably. Experiment by placing your subwoofer in different locations; then choose the location that sounds the best to you. One subwoofer is the norm, but if you want to ensure even and smooth coverage, add a second subwoofer.

Need more help in deciding what speakers are best for your home theater system? Just stop into anyone of our P.C. Richard and Son Superstores and one of our expert sales representatives can help you find exactly what you’re looking for!


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