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Hurricane season officially runs from June 1 through Nov. 30, with its peak from mid- August to late October. We talked about hurricanes in an article last year, but I am bringing it up again because that is how important I think it is. While preparing for your family’s safety takes top priority, here are a few ways to prepare yourself for hurricane season financially . First, make sure you have adequate insurance coverage, including homeowners and flood insurance. Talk to your agent and be sure to mention the value of any high-end furniture, artwork, etc. that you own. Note: Insuring expensive artwork may require an appraiser. Second, spend 10–15 minutes walking around your house videotaping your contents. Make sure to capture expensive items, even those hidden in cabinets. If you have time, create a written log of any items that would be difficult to replace. Finally, make a note of your policy number and the insurance company’s phone number and keep that information in your phone. If you have any questions on these topics or any other related topics, feel free to call me at (985) 590-6182.
There’s nothing quite like firing up the grill in the middle of summer. Whether you’re having a Fourth of July barbecue or just grilling up some dinner after work, you can’t beat the classic sizzle as meat and vegetables hit those hot grates. It’s a feast for all the senses. If you’re like most people, one thought has probably crossed your mind: “How can I be a better griller?”You might have your burger game down, but what about everything else? Do you get the most out of your grill and turn out unforgettable meals every time? It doesn’t matter if you use a charcoal, a gas, or even an electric grill. Anyone can unleash their inner grill master with a few easy tips. Don’t Walk Away When you’re grilling, you never want to walk away from your grill once you’ve put the food on the grates. When your attention is pulled elsewhere, you risk ruination. All it takes is a few minutes of distraction to ruin a perfectly good steak. When the meat goes down and you watch it — and keep an eye on the internal temperature — the results will speak for themselves.
Speaking of monitoring internal temperatures, TV chef and personality Alton Brown, best known for “Good Eats” and“Cutthroat Kitchen,” recommends keeping a digital instant-read probe thermometer on hand to check on those internal temperatures, which is a must for meats like chicken and pork. Chicken, for instance, should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F for dark meat and 160 degrees F for white meat. Pork should hit a minimum of 145 degrees F. Branch Out If you really want to step up your grilling game, put away the burgers, hot dogs, and steak and say hello to … pizza! You can technically grill just about anything. Just think of your grill as an outdoor oven. While the primary heat source may be below the grates, when the lid is closed, heat circulates through the entire grill space, effectively cooking or baking whatever you have inside. Pizza is a great example of what you can cook in a grill, and it’s very easy. Start with your own homemade dough or buy some at the grocery store. Roll it out to fit your grill space
I wish us all a tame and safe hurricane season!
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