The Tag Team Loves Sauce!

The Tag Team loves pasta, and you can’t have pasta without a good sauce! Catheryn is very excited and proud to be a backer of the Kickstarter campaign for I Made Sauce! 

I made sauce

Something you may not know about Tag Team President, Catheryn, is that she is a life long fan of The Manhattan Transfer! Catheryn has been attending every local concert since she was a teenager! The entire Tag Team were able to attend this year’s Manhattan Transfer Christmas Concert, what an amazing experience!

Our very own Tag Team President, Catheryn (age 16), with Tim Hauser at a Manhattan Transfer concert!
Our very own Tag Team President, Catheryn (age 16), with Tim Hauser at a Manhattan Transfer concert!

Tim Hauser founded The Manhattan Transfer over 40 years ago and is still singing with them today!  

Along with his passion for music, Tim has a passion for Italian food! As the tag line of his Kickstarter campaign states: Jazz singer turned chef, Tim Hauser of The Manhattan Transfer wants you to try his premium tomato based Italian style pasta sauces! And we can’t wait to try them! Learn a little more about Tim and his love of Italian food in the video below!

Now is your chance to be a part of this amazing new sauce! Become a backer on the I Made Sauce Kickstarter today!! The campaign is almost funded, you can be the one to put it over top! 

Contribute to TIM HAUSER’S “I MADE SAUCE!” Kickstarter Campaign 

Follow I Made Sauce on Twitter @IMADESAUCE

Like I Made Sauce on Facebook @IMADESAUCE

Tag UR It! Inc. has so many things to be thankful for this Thanksgiving! …Including PIE! Easy as Pie, Pie Recipes!

The Tag Team is very thankful for all the amazing things that have happened for Tag UR It! inc. over the last year!  We have all been busy engraving, making name tags, and putting together recognition awards everyday! Business is booming, and the entire Tag Team truly enjoy coming to work each day!! 

Of course Thanksgiving is a time of giving thanks for all we have in our lives.  Its a time to spend with friends and family.  It is also a time to enjoy some amazing food!! This year, its all about the PIE!! Sometimes, simple is best! I will be making some simple, traditional Thanksgiving pies to brings to dinner this year!

When I think of fall deserts, I immediately think pumpkin pie, apple pie, and pecan pie!

I’m all for an easy traditional pumpkin pie! I’ll be making a version of Pillsbury’s Easy Pumpkin Pie this year! The recipe is so simple and it tastes amazing! I always believe you eat with your eyes first, so a beautiful pie is just as important as how it tastes! This year, I am going to have some fun with pie dough! Nothing says November like some festive fall leaves!

Photo from “Share Alike Cooking”

Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 1  1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 can (15oz) pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
  • 1  1/4 cups evaporated milk or half and half
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 pre-made or frozen pie crust

1. Heat oven to 425°F. In large bowl, mix filling ingredients. Pour into pie crust.

2. Bake 15 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350°F; bake 40 to 50 minutes longer or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool 2 hours. Serve or refrigerate until serving time. Store in refrigerator.

I also love a classic pecan pie! Growing up, the only pecan pie I knew and loved was the recipe from the back of the Karo Syrup bottle.  To this day, I use a variation of that recipe to make a simple, traditional favorite!!

Photo from KaroSyrup.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Karo® Light OR Dark Corn Syrup
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon Spice Islands® Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1-1/2 cups (6 ounces) pecans
  • 1 (9-inch) unbaked or frozen pie crust

1. Preheat oven to 350°F.

2. Mix corn syrup, eggs, sugar, butter and vanilla using a spoon. Stir in pecans. Pour filling into pie crust.

3. Bake on center rack of oven for 60 to 70 minutes (see tips for doneness, below). Cool for 2 hours on wire rack before serving.

RECIPE TIPS: Pie is done when center reaches 200°F. Tap center surface of pie lightly – it should spring back when done. For easy clean up, spray pie pan with cooking spray before placing pie crust in pan. If pie crust is overbrowning, cover edges with foil.

I am just as much of a purist when it comes to apple pie! I love the look of a golden brown lattice topped apple pie! Last year, Catheryn made a beautiful apple pie with a lattice top and cut pie crust fall leaves over the top of the pie! I can’t wait to see what she is able to do this year! My apple pie recipe is pretty traditional with a few extra little additions that I always remember my grandmother adding to her apple pie!

Photo from Bonappetit.com

Ingredients 

  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • a pinch of ground allspice
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • a pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a splash of apple cider
  • 3 pounds of crisp good cooking apples (I love Granny Smith) peeled, cored, and sliced 1/4-1/2 inch thick
  • **2 pre-made, refrigerated pie crusts
  • **(1 large egg and 1 tablespoon cream for egg wash)

1.Heat oven to 425°F. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom.

2. In large bowl, gently mix filling ingredients (except those with **); spoon into crust-lined pie plate. 

3. Roll out second dough disk on floured surface. Cut into twelve 1-inch-wide strips. Arrange 6 strips across pie. Form lattice by arranging 6 strips diagonally across first strips. Gently press ends into crust edges.

4. Brush lattice with egg wash and top with decorative pie crust leaves if you wish!

5. Bake pie 10 minutes.  Reduce oven tempurature to 375°F. Continue baking until juices bubble thickly and crust is deep golden, covering edges with foil if browning too quickly, about 1 hour 20 minutes. Cool on rack 1 hour.

Leave a link to your own Thanksgiving recipe blogs in our comments! Comment and tell us about you own favorite Thanksgiving deserts!!

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving everyone!

www.TagURItNameTags.com

 

Tag UR It! Inc. has a secret…. We know The Secret Baker!

Tag UR It! Inc. has recently been working with an amazing new company, The Secret Baker! Tag UR It! Inc.‘s talented Art and Graphics Tag Team members have been working with The Secret Baker in order to design and print materials for their delectable baking kits.

The Secret Baker sells complete kits for making all your favorite treats.  You can make Chocolate Covered Oreos and Cake Pops like the pros!  Their kits include the highest quality ingredients, tools, and step by step instructions to create delicious pieces of art! 

Now, you too, can be a Secret Baker! Your friends will be amazed when you share such professional, delectable treats!

Although you may usually see the Tag Team working away on name tags and recognition awards, we are always up for a creative, exciting project!  This amazing new company has been a pleasure to work with and we are so excited to show our readers what The Secret Baker has to offer! Check out their website and order your Cake Pop or Chocolate Covered Oreo complete kit today! I know we will be trying out a kit soon! 

www.TheSecretBaker.com 

Great Name Tag Sales! Its all good, like CHEESECAKE!

This month, Tag UR It! Inc. has quadrupled its sales compared to the sales of July 2011!  People really do love our high quality products at great low prices! …. And you know what?? Its all good, like cheesecake!

Speaking of cheesecake….

It’s NATIONAL CHEESECAKE DAY!

OK, so I will be the first to admit that this blog post has nothing to do with name tags, engraving, recognition awards, or anything else Tag UR It! Inc. is well known for…. But here is a little known fact about me, Sara, Tag UR It! Inc.’s Director of Sales and Marketing.   I LOVE cheesecake! When I realized that today was Nation Cheesecake Day, I couldn’t help but share a few of my favorite takes on cheesecake with the our wonderful blog readers!  Here are a few of my favorite variations of your classic cheesecake!

  • Cheesecake Stuffed Strawberries: What could be better than these little bites of heaven!! A fresh sweet strawberry is a delectable dessert all on its own, but adding a cheesecake filling and graham cracker crumble makes for an irresistible bite sized treat!
http://blog.scodal.com/09/14/2011/cheesecake-filled-strawberries/
  • Red Velvet Cheesecake: Red Velvet has made a come back and is the hottest dessert out there right now! A perfect combination of rich chocolate tones in the red velvet, the slight tang of buttermilk, and a perfect classic cheesecake layer, this Red Velvet Cheesecake hits all the right notes!
http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/red-velvet-cheesecake-10000001023804/
  • Cheesecake Brownies: Now this is a decadent dessert! A gorgeous swirl of creamy cheesecake through rich fudge chocolate brownies. I cant imagine a pan of these lasting very long around me!! I can almost smell the amazing aroma of sweet cheesecake and chocolate just looking at this photo!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/galacticdreams/4133689823/
  • Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake Squares: Who doesn’t love the combination of chocolate and peanut butter?!? Now add a little cheesecake into the mix, and you have yourself a fabulous trio of flavors!  
http://www.pipandebby.com/pip-ebby/2011/8/14/reeses-cheesecake-brownies.html
  • Classic New York Style Cheesecake:Last, but never ever least, is a classic New York style cheesecake.  I love all takes on cheesecake, but the classic will always be a winner with me. Add a few strawberries on top and I am in heaven!  I tasted me first slice of cheesecake in college and could not believe it took me that long to discover the incredible treasure that is cheesecake! It will forever be my favorite dessert!
    http://www.bbcgoodfood.com/recipes/2869/new-york-cheesecake

    A few years ago, I created my own little saying…. “It’s all good, like cheesecake”

    It will forever by my motto in life, because life sure is great, just like cheesecake!!

    Happy National Cheesecake Day everyone!

Have my cake, and eat it too!

When I see a product I haven’t seen before, I just have to try it!

 Today I noticed Duff’s cake decorating supplies at Michael’s Crafts.  Of course I was drawn to the beautiful teal colored cake tattoos and icing immediately! Not only is teal the Tag UR It! inc. color, it happens to be my favorite color as well!

Long story short… I played with fun colored icing and decorated a cake! Duff’s cake tattoos are a super cool product and I had fun playing with my food!! I would definitely recommend Duff’s entire line of decorating products. Of course the Tag UR It! inc. logo was the perfect decoration for my masterpiece!

And it tastes even more fabulous than it looks!!