How to Clean & Maintain Your Grill

Your grill works hard all summer long and could use a good scrubbing before another season of grilling. Here are some quick tips on how to clean and properly maintain it.

Note: This type of cleaning should be done after every 8-10 uses.

Step 1: Prep

Before you start, make sure your grill is off and cooled down. If you have a gas grill, make sure to disconnect the propane tank. Fill a bucket or pan with warm, soapy water and place the grates inside to soak.

Step 2: Remove Ash & Residue

If you have a charcoal grill, remove the coal grate and brush out the insides. If you have a gas grill, remove the briquettes, lava rocks, or … Read more...

Tri-Color Pasta Salad: A Simple Side Dish for Summer Cookouts

Hosting a cookout and not sure what to make for a side? This delicious tri-color pasta salad is an easy-to-make recipe, so you can spend more time outside with family and friends instead of in the kitchen. It’s the perfect side to complement food off the grill, and your guests will be going back for seconds! Check it out:

Servings: 8 

Preparation time: 30 minutes 

Ingredients

  • 1 box of tri-color pasta 
  • 1 can of black olives, halved 
  • 2 cups of cherry tomatoes, halved  
  • 1 can of quartered artichoke hearts 
  • 1 cup of shredded Parmesan (or mozzarella) 
  • 2 tbsp of olive oil  
  • 1 tbsp of parsley flakes 
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper 

Directions

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Bose Headphones for All Your Summer Adventures

Bose headphones are made for music lovers. In fact, many Bose engineers are also musicians with a passion for music. So, when you wear Bose headphones, you’ll experience deep bass and incredible sound made by those who love music, too. They’re lots of different options of Bose headphones to choose from, and there’s something to fit everyone’s lifestyle. Whether you’re planning on traveling or just chilling in your backyard this summer, there’s a pair of Bose headphones that’ll keep up with whatever your plans are… even if you’re running a marathon! Not sure which ones are right for you? Here are some features that might help you decide: 

SoundSport Wireless Headphones 

SoundSport® wireless, sweat-resistant headphones are designed for those on … Read more...

Grilled Corn Black Bean Salad: A Healthy & Tasty Summer Dish

Grilled corn on the cob signifies summer’s here, and it’s a total must-have at cookouts. In fact, it’s so delicious that you should mix a bunch of grilled corn pieces right into a salad… everyone will love it! This healthy recipe is perfect to serve as a side dish or pack for a picnic. Plus, it’s easy to make. Check it out: 

Preparation time: about 40 minutes

Servings: 8 

Ingredients:

  • 10 oz of romaine lettuce 
  • 3 ears of grilled corn
  • 1 can of black beans
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1 cucumber, chopped
  • 1 avocado, peeled and sliced
  • 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Sea salt
  • Pepper 

Directions

Cook three ears of corn on your grill, and add some … Read more...

P.C. Richard & Son’s Mobile Installation Centers: Take the Ultimate Road Trip This Summer

Whether it be upstate NY, Florida beaches, or you’re traveling across the country… the possibilities are endless. Wherever you’re going on a road trip, you’ll have a blast with mobile upgrades that’ll make your journey extra fun and memorable. We’ve got you covered at our Mobile Installation Centers with everything from adding new speakers to a video system. Here’s some ideas to help you plan the ultimate road trip this summer:

Car Audio 

We have car stereos, car audio accessories, car speakers, subwoofers, and many more car audio options.  

What’s a road trip without amazing music? Having an up-to-date car audio system is essential if you’re heading out on the open road. Your car stereo could make or break the … Read more...

Adding a Smart Home Hub: Amazon Echo

Adding a smart home hub such as the Amazon Echo to your place is great way to connect and expand the capabilities of home automation devices. Seamless control from a central hub adds convenience and maximizes the features for each device you own.  

The Amazon Echo is controlled through voice commands and can perform tasks on its own right out the box, without additional costs. It works off an Amazon cloud-based system called “Alexa,” and to use it, simply speak the activation word “Alexa” followed by a command or question.

The Echo has seven built-in noise cancelling microphones to pick up commands in loud surroundings or when music is playing.

What does Echo do?

Amazon Echo can play your favorite playlists … Read more...

Generator Safety Tips: Dos & Don’ts You Need to Know

If you really want to be prepared the next time the power goes out, a portable generator is the way to go! You’ll have the lights back on in no time at all. Here are the dos and don’ts to operating your generator and keeping you and your family safe.

Portable Generator Safety Tips

  • Choose the generator that’s right for you. When choosing the right generator, first consider what you will be powering in your home. Will it be your lights, appliances, or other household equipment? You’ll need to figure out how much power they require and total it up. You’ll need to purchase a generator that produces more power than what will be drawn from your home’s equipment. 
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5 Delicious Grilling Ideas for Vegetarians and Vegans

Grilling isn’t only for hamburgers and hot dogs. When you’re a vegetarian or vegan, sometimes you need to get creative when it comes to summertime cookouts. You don’t need to be left out if you don’t eat meat… there’re plenty of meatless options to cook on your grill! Plus, even if you are a carnivore, these healthy and nutrient-filled ideas are great if you just want to add some extra veggies to your diet. If you’re vegan, just read the labels on all of the ingredients you use to ensure they fit your diet restrictions. 

1.) Grilled Veggie Skewers 

Use your imagination and add all different types of vegetables to your skewers. They can be seasoned with spices like paprika, … Read more...

8 Things People Forget to Add to Their Wedding Registry

Whether you’re planning to attend friends’ events or have your own, you’re probably thinking a lot about the best wedding gifts. To help you put together your registry, we’ve compiled a list of things couples really appreciate receiving, but forget to add to their list!

1. Coffee Maker/Espresso Machine

A cup of coffee in the morning is the perfect way to start the day, and it’s a staple to offer guests who come to visit. Every home needs at least a basic coffee maker, and if you want to get a bit fancier, Keurigs and espresso machines are great additions.

2. Lawnmower

This is one of those things people often regret not including in their registry. If you have a … Read more...

10 Ways to Beat the Heat Without an Air Conditioner

Keeping cool isn’t always about air conditioners. Here are some additional ways you keep comfortable in the heat:

1. At night, open your windows and turn on any ceiling fans so they’re spinning counter-clockwise to circulate the air. In the morning, close the windows to trap the cooler air inside while it lasts (especially during peak heat times of 10am – 2pm). Closing your blinds and curtains will help the cooler air last longer, especially on the south or west sides of your home where the sun beats most.

2. Avoid caffeine close to bedtime, as it raises body temperature.

3. Turn off the computer, stereo, TV, desk lamp, or any electronic that generates heat when not in use.

4. … Read more...