Cool, Refreshing, Healthy 4th of July Recipe

Enjoy the Fourth of July with Your Family

Arizona Wholesale Supply will be closed next Monday, July 4th so that our associates can enjoy the Holiday with their families. Here's a great recipe for your celebration on the Fourth from Chris Scheuer that I came across while browsing our supplier websites.

Chicken-Nicoise-Salad

This recipe caught my eye because, I'd been thinking of grilling vegetables as part of our menu on the 4th. I love grilled vegetables. I keep them crunchy, but get some nice grill marks on them, and they make a really colorful, and flavorful addition to the protein of choice. In this recipe, hamburgers or hot dogs are replaced with chicken for a lighter, healthier approach:


Grilled Chicken Nicoise Salad

Makes 4-6 servings
INGREDIENTS
For the chicken
1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
2 tablespoons kosher salt
1 tablespoon sugar
4 cups water

For the dressing
1 cup fresh basil leaves, tightly packed
Finely grated zest from 1 medium lemon
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 medium clove garlic, crushed
2 teaspoons anchovy paste
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup extra virgin olive oil

For the salad
1 pound small red potatoes, cut in bite-size pieces
3/4 pound long, thin green beans
3/4 cup Nicoise or Kalamata olives, drained
4 medium Roma tomatoes, halved, each half cut in quarters
4 large hard boiled eggs, peeled and halved
1 large head bib or butter lettuce, leaves separated, washed and spun dry

DIRECTIONS
For the chicken, combine 4 cups cold water, 2 tablespoons kosher salt and 1 tablespoon sugar. Stir until the mixture is clear and all salt and sugar have been dissolved, about 30 seconds. Add the chicken and place in refrigerator for at least 1 hour and up to 4 hours.

While the chicken is brining, make the dressing. Combine basil leaves, lemon zest and juice, garlic, anchovy paste, Dijon mustard, sugar, salt and pepper in the bowl of a blender or food processor. Blend/process till the basil is finely chopped. Slowly add the oil while continuing to blend/process. Stop when all the oil has been incorporated and the dressing is smooth. Transfer to a glass jar or container with a tight fitting lid. Set aside. Dressing can be made up to 24 hours in advance. Shake well before serving.

Place the potatoes in a medium-sized saucepan. Cover with water and add 2 teaspoons kosher salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a steady simmer and cook for 8-10 minutes or until potatoes are fork-tender. Drain well and transfer to a bowl. Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil and toss to coat. Season lightly with kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper. Set aside.

Place the beans in a gallon sized plastic zippered bag. Add 1 teaspoon of water and close bag, leaving a small opening for steam to escape. Place bag in microwave and cook on high power for 3 minutes or until beans are crisp and tender. Drain the beans and place in a bowl. Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt. Toss to coat.

Preheat your Gas Grill to a medium-high heat.

Lynx-Grill

At about the same time you start the grill, remove your chicken from refrigerator, drain and pat dry with paper towels. Drizzle the chicken lightly with extra virgin olive oil and sprinkle lightly with kosher salt and generously with black pepper.

Brush and oil the grill grate of your grill. Arrange the chicken on the grates and grill for 3-4 minutes per side or until light golden brown and an instant thermometer registers 160˚F. Remove from the grill and drizzle with a bit more olive oil and tent with foil for 5 minutes. Slice and serve warm or at room temperature.

To serve, line individual plates or a large platter with lettuce leaves. Arrange the chicken, potatoes, green beans, and remaining salad ingredients over the lettuce. Serve with dressing on the side.


If you're in need of a new gas grill, whether built-in or freestanding, Arizona Wholesale Supply has a great selection of premium grills for you to check out. Call one of our three locations today to make an appointment with one of our consultants.

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The Death of Black Friday

How Black Friday Committed Suicide

not with a bang but a whimper – T.S. Eliot

While the term Black Friday is traced back to 1961, the practice of retailers opening early on the day after Thanksgiving goes back even further. It's quite simply the beginning of the Christmas shopping season. Retailers have regularly used “doorbuster's” to lure customer's on Black Friday. These limited offers are accompanied with lines and pushing and shoving, but they do attract shoppers eager to cash in on a low price item. Of course, retailers want the shoppers to visit their store for the doorbuster and hang around to complete their holiday shopping.

Eventually, one retailer broke the early 8:00 AM openings by opening at 7:00 AM, followed by a competitor at 5:00 AM and the craziness began. Now, we have Gray Thursday with major retailers opening on Thursday afternoon. How's that working?

* The 2014 Gray Thursday sales were, in general, a failure, as overall sales for the holiday weekend fell 11% compared to the previous year despite heavy traffic at the stores on Thanksgiving night.

The whole thing has turned into a mess. Retailers have to pay all the costs of being open on the holiday, labor costs, extra advertising expenses, and etc. It's all because each one wants to get the jump on the other. For what? Shoppers are purchasing whatever they're going to purchase. Spreading it out over an extra sale period accomplishes nothing.

In the case of appliances, the big brands officially started Black Friday pricing back on November 4th, and will be running their specials through December 2nd. For those who must leave the Thanksgiving table before dessert to get their early shopping fix, check out this all-in-one appliance package at your local discounter. Quantities are strictly limited. 🙂

Of course Arizona Wholesale Supply will be closed both Thursday and Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. We'll be open for business as normal on Monday.

*Wikipedia


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Arizona Wholesale Annual Holiday Event Thurs. Dec. 5

Please RSVP to Patti Wells if you can attend:

480 596-0092

or builder@awsco.net

AZ Wholesale Holiday Event

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AZWSC Holiday Party

On Thursday, December 6th over 300 guests and employees of Arizona Wholesale Supply gathered at their Scottsdale showroom to share in the festive spirit of the holiday season. Suppliers chipped in with sumptuous food items, and much appreciated beverages, and everyone had a wonderful time.

Among the many food courses BSH – Bosch, Thermador, and Gaggenau brands provided the first course. Here are just two of the delicious menu items their chefs prepared. An excellent salad and a tasty fruit compote.

 

A lovely culinary expert from the Westye Group – Sub Zero and Wolf supervised the bar – not a Martini bar, but a Potato-tini bar with mashed potatoes and yummy toppings such as roast beef and gravy.

The party began at 4:30 and while the fire pit below on the patio seems lonely, as the sun set in the West….

….the party began to heat up in the East.

Did we mention that Jenn-Air chipped in for the beer and wine and also baked some delightful desserts? Thanks Rob! Not to be outdone, Milestone Distributors – Viking – also had yummy desserts AND a Margarita bar. Brad King of B&B Marketing was drawing cold beer for thirsty guests from a Perlick Kegerator. Do you think there were enough beverage choices???

Steve and Marci from CDW appliance installation enjoy the evening near the fire pit.

Bruce Cadger from R&B Distributing visits with guests on the patio, and brought his own guest from SouCal. Mica Rains from AGA Ranges.

Yolanda Ramirez of Arizona Wholesale Supply and Art Johnson hang out in front of the patio fire pit and the Scottsdale Design Center Sign…

…while inside, Mike Foley appears to have set up a kissing booth.

L. to R. Lisa Long from Luxe Magazine, Mike Foley Westye Group, and Annette from Donna Decker Interiors. Below Lisa and Mike.
Of course, Scottsdale showroom manager, Kent Greenhalgh just can't stay away from business as he reviews a quote with Lorena Blend of Rysso Peters Cabinets.

…satisfied with the great deal they made, they smile for the camera.

Nearby, J.C. Abbey of Dacor takes a break to check for messages. J.C. and the Dacor chef always prepare something special for the guests. Everyone loved the pork tenderloin crostinis and the delicious desert.

Home building professional Larry Turner and friend below. Notice the luxury French La Cornue Range in the background.

 

Guy Paul from Gem Surfaces along with Nancy Hugo, Designers Circle.

Nick Tsontakis from Tsontakis Architecture and Robert Bulthaup.

The evening was a smashing success. Arizona Wholesale Supply thanks all the suppliers and guests.

For all your appliance and flooring needs this holiday season visit the experts at Arizona Wholesale Supply:

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Arizona Wholesale Holiday Party

Thursday December 6th, Please RSVP

AWS Holiday Party

Don't miss out. This is THE Big Holiday Party of the Year!

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Holiday party at Arizona Wholesale Tucson

Arizona Wholesale Supply Holiday Party Gives Thanks.

AZ Wholesale Tucson Showroom

Arizona Wholesale Supply in Tucson celebrated the holiday season and gave thanks by adding a food drive to their holiday celebration during a festive evening of fun and food. The Beatles weren’t available, but Karaoke was. Some folks left their voices at home, and chose instead to join the fun at the photo booth. Here’s AZ Wholesale’s own Rebecca Granger pretending that she’s a chef for the camera.

Suppliers were on hand to demonstrate their products and provide some yummy treats for guests. Special thanks to Marty Sanchez of Milestone Distributing (Viking), and to the Westye Group (Sub Zero and Wolf) for the hot food:

Viking Oven

Marty Sanchez makes Tri-Tip Sliders

Mashed Potato Martini Bar

Mashed Potato Martini Bar

Westye Group (Wolf, Sub Zero) delicious mashed potato martini bar starts by filling a martini glass with a choice of mashed or sweet potatoes and topping it off with your choice of roast beef, ham, cheese, sour cream, and a host of other condiments.

Customers enjoyed the company and their favorite beverages (thanks for the wine and beer Jenn-Air). BSH (Bosch, Thermador, and Gaggenau) provided deliciious desert items.

Sylvia and Frank DellaCioppa
Sylvia and Frank DellaCioppa from Del Mar Homes in front of an extensive display of flooring samples
Mike Vogt and Beth Underwood

Mike Vogt from United Way and Beth Underwood of Tierra Antigua Realty enjoying the party.

Suppliers shared their latest products and enjoyed visiting with customers and guests:

Whitney Williams and Tam Newell

Whitney Williams from the Westye Group (Wolf and Sub Zero) and Tam Newell from Affinity Kitchens

Greg Rarden and Bill Parks

Greg Rarden from Shaw shows some flooring samples to Bill Parks of Arizona Wholesale Supply

Arizona Wholesale Supply Tucson staff were on hand to host the party and answer questions:

Arizona Wholesale flooring expert and outside sales, Steve Mitchell.

Rebecca Granger of Arizona Wholesale with Larry Gillihan from Authorized Technical Service.

Manager and host Larry Gibbons of Arizona Wholesale signals his approval.

Tucson native and Arizona Wholesale design expert Crystal Rinder catching a breath as the activities wind down.

Standing in for Arizona Wholesale appliance expert, Gail Saucerman, is her granddaughter entertaining the crowd and stealing the show. Grandma (pictured below) didn’t mind a bit. 🙂

Gail Saucerman

A good time was had by all.

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Holiday Party at Arizona Wholesale Supply in Tucson

REMINDER

Giving Thanks


Arizona Wholesale Supply Holiday Party in Tucson:

Thursday, Nov. 8th
5pm-7pm
2986 W. Ina Road, Suite 110
RSVP: Rebecca Granger 795-4663 or rebeccag@awsco.net

bring a non-perishable food item for the Marana food bank

 

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Arizona Wholesale Giving Thanks Holiday Party

 

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Arizona Wholesale Tucson Holiday Party

 

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Happy Holidays!

 

It may only be July, but it’s never too early to start thinking about the winter holiday season.

We want to help make your holiday season as wonderful as it possibly can be, so don’t forget to put the Arizona Wholesale holiday party on your calendar now! It will be taking place on December 6th, 2012 from 4:30 PM to 7:30 PM.

We’re so excited to announce the official date for our annual holiday party, and we hope you can come out and celebrate with all of us as well! Keep your eye out for additional information.  There will be an invitation to follow.