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Become the Master of Your Domain – Grill Master Edition

Here at The Strange Team, we hope you’re gearing up for a great 4th of July holiday weekend!  One of our favorite parts of this fantastic celebration is the BBQ!

Check out these great tips from Food and Wine magazine for a delicious grill experience every time!

 

1. Grill over wood

Forget about the gas-versus-charcoal debate: Wood is the only fuel that adds real flavor to food. If possible, use whole hardwood logs in a wood-burning grill. The next best option is to burn hardwood chunks in a regular grill. (Light them in a chimney starter as you would charcoal.) As a last resort, toss some wood chips onto the coals of your charcoal grill—you use hardwood charcoal, right?—or in the smoker box of your gas grill just before you begin grilling.

 

2. Keep your cool

You don’t need to bring steaks to room temperature before grilling: There’s no appreciable difference in cooking time. Steak houses keep meat refrigerated until they’re ready to cook it—for reasons of convenience and food safety—and so should you.

3. Line it up

Align the food on your grill in a neat row with soldierly precision. This helps you keep track of which foods went on the fire first, so you can turn them and take them off in order. Plus it looks more professional— and looking professional is half the battle.

 

4. Flip just once

You can’t get killer grill marks (the signature of master grillmanship) or accurately gauge cooking time if you’re compulsively turning over your steak every 10 seconds. To lay on a handsome set of crosshatches, rotate the steak 90 degrees after a couple of minutes of grilling.

5. Season before grilling

You might have heard that salt “bleeds” the juices out of raw meat: It doesn’t. Instead, it helps steaks form a savory crust as they cook. Just before putting the steaks on the grill, sprinkle on a generous amount of coarse salt and freshly ground black pepper.

6. Keep the grate hot, clean and oiled

This is the grill master’s mantra. Following it will prevent food from sticking and give it excellent grill marks. Before grilling, scrub the hot grate with a wire brush, then rub it with a tightly folded paper towel dipped in oil. Scrub the grate again when you’re finished cooking.

7. Grill your veggies

The dry heat of a grill intensifies a vegetable’s natural sweetness. Grill tender, watery vegetables, such as bell peppers and onions, directly over the coals. Grill dense or starchy vegetables, such as sliced potatoes and eggplant, using indirect heat, as far away from the coals as possible.

8. Grip, don’t stab

Use a pair of tongs—not a barbecue fork or, worse, a knife—to turn meat or move it around on the grill. Forks and knives poke holes in the meat that can allow precious juices to drain out. If you must cut and peek to check doneness, make a small slit with a knife.

9. Know when it’s done

For steaks, chops and chicken, poke the meat with your finger: If it feels soft and squishy, it’s rare; yielding, medium-rare; only slightly yielding, medium; firm and springy, well-done. For large cuts of meat, use an instant-read meat thermometer (even barbecue pros use them). Just don’t let it touch any bones, or you’ll get a false reading.

10. Let it rest

When you grill a piece of meat, its muscle fibers contract and drive the juices to the center of the cut. Meat served right off the grill will taste tough and dry, but a post-grill rest allows the muscle fibers to reabsorb the juices, resulting in a tender and succulent cut. Larger pieces of meat, like leg of lamb and pork shoulder, need to rest longer than steaks and chops—for approximately 15 minutes.

For recipes  –  http://www.foodandwine.com/articles/10-easy-ways-to-master-the-grill

 

Interested in looking into a new domain to master?  Let us help you and contact The Strange Team today!

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Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!

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July 4th Fireworks – Town by Town!

July 4th 2015 is upon us!  BBQs, family gatherings and of course — FIREWORKS!  Check out the guide below to see when and where you can catch your local fireworks this weekend! (brought to you by our friends at 7News Denver)

ARVADA – Events start at 4 p.m. at the Lutz/Stenger Sports Complex, entrance at 58th Avenue and Oak Street.  Apex Park & Recreation District, Arvada Festivals Commission and KOOL105 will provide free entertainment and a variety of food will be available for purchase. Fireworks cap off the evening. More: arvada.org

BRIGHTON

  • Adams County is hosting a NEW fireworks event in Brighton. The Stars and Strips fireworks event will kick off at 4 p.m. with an opening ceremony honoring military and first responders  at the Adams County Regional Park, 9755 Henderson Road, Brighton.  A massive fireworks display is scheduled to start at approximately 9:45 p.m. Immediately following the pyrotechnics, visitors are invited to enjoy a screening of the film “Top Gun.” Learn more atAdcoGov.org
  • The Concert, Fireworks and laser show begins at 2 p.m. Fireworks will go off in Carmichael Park at dusk. More info: brightonco.gov

BROOMFIELD –  The Great American Picnic celebration begins at 5 p.m. with a bike parade, pony rides, inflatables, free concerts, and fireworks display at dusk. Bring your picnic dinner or enjoy a dinner from our vendors at the park. Charcoal grills are not permitted. Celebration will be at Broomfield County Commons, 13200 Sheridan Blvd. More info: broomfield.org

COMMERCE CITY — Colorado’s Major League Soccer Club, the Rapids, play the Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club at 7 p.m. at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park. Fireworks close out the evening.  Learn more at ColoradoRapids.com

DENVER — 

  • Civic Center Park (Colfax & Broadway) Free community concert, light show and fireworks display on Friday, July 3, 2015, at Denver’s Civic Center Park beginning at 8 p.m.  Lawn seating will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Attendees are welcome to bring their own picnics; food truck concessions will also be available on-site. The event will take place rain or shine. Learn more at CivicCenterConservancy.org
  • Sports Authority Field At Mile High  Check out the biggest Post-Game Fireworks Show in Denver! It will be at the Outlaws July 4th Game! Denver Outlaws vs. Boston Cannons at 7 p.m. Get tickets  at DenverOutlaws.com
  • Elitch Gardens — Fireworks on July 4. Learn more: https://www.elitchgardens.com
  • Check out a full list of July 4th events happening in Denver at denver.org

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ERIE —  On July 3, visit the Colorado National Golf Club at 2700 Vista Parkway in Erie, CO 80516. Festivities begin at 5 p.m. Fireworks will conclude the evening at dusk. Admission to event & fireworks show are FREE and open to the public! Children’s activities will include bungee trampolines, inflatable bouncy land, mechanical bull rides, obstacle courses, climbing walls, clowns, games and face-painting! Learn more at ErieCo.gov

THORNTON — A spectacular fireworks show follows a parachute jump at  9:30 p.m. Families can watch from Carpenter Park Fields at 108th Avenue and Colorado Boulevard. Learn more at CityofThornton.net

WESTMINSTER – Join us for the annual 4th of July Celebration. Celebration at City Park from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m., At 7 pm enjoy a concert by Daddy Blue followed by a spectacular fireworks show at 9:15 pm. Parking is VERY LIMITED at City Park so take advantage of the FREE shuttles from many locations in Westminster and Hyland Hills. Visit http://www.ci.westminster.co.us/ParksRec/SpecialEvents.aspx for a shuttle schedule.

Have a safe and Happy 4th of July !

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Summertime Activity Series – Erie, CO

Summer is finally here Colorado!  While we do enjoy thriving during the winter months with the endless amount of things to do in our amazing state, summer is really the time CO shines!  The kids are out of school, the weather is hot; it’s a great time to check out what some of our great communities have to offer in the summer months.  Each week, The Strange Team will showcase one of the fantastic towns we proudly feature when we list properties.    This week we’re looking at Erie, CO and here are some great activities this town hosts –

Erie 1No need to go all the way to Coors Field in Denver to have a good time at the ballpark.  On Tuesday, June 30, 2015 the Dallas Charge and Akron Racers of the National Pro Fastpitch League (NPF) will face off in Erie during the Triple Crown Sparkler Tournament – the largest softball event in the country! The game will take place at the Ballpark at Erie and will be televised live on the CBS Sports Network.

Game Information
June 30, 2015 @ 6:00 p.m. – Akron Racers vs. Dallas Charge
Ballpark at Erie located in Erie Community Park
450 Powers Street Erie, CO 80516
View ticket information here.

Erie Air Fair August 8th  Hosted at the Erie Municipal Airport this family friendly festival gives you an up close look at unique aircrafts, local vendors and live music.  Plenty for kids to do with children’s activities throughout the day.  You can even schedule a helicopter ride over Colorado!  Check it out hereerie 2

 What’s better than camping?  Camping with all your friends and neighbors!  Check out The Great Erie Outdoor Adventure!  This is an outdoor and nature-based event where participants enjoy overnight camping in the Erie Community Park, plus other activities such as a climbing wall, kayak tanks, mountain bike course/demo, mobile ropes course (new this year!) and a variety of environmental education vendors. You can also enjoy a community dinner, outdoor movie, erie 3and many fun contests, too.

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Interested in homes in Erie?  Check out our newest listing 574 Holbrook St.  A wonderfully redone ranch with all new updates throughout!

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14153 Kahler Place in Broomfield, CO – New Listing with The Strange Team


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Welcome to your new home in Broomfield, Colorado’s exclusive Broadlands neighborhood.  Situated on a quiet cul-de-sac titled “The Enclave” this beautiful home offers the perfect combination of luxury and functionality.  The grand exterior of the home is surrounded by beautifully manicured landscaping in both the front and back yards.  Lovely stone detailing decorates the exterior around the entrances and spacious three car garage.

Enter through the solid wood door to find a luxurious foyer.  Beautiful, rustic hard wood floors span the spacious floor plan. French doors lead to a quaint office or den that looks out the front of the home.  A beautiful formal living room with tile surround gas fireplace opens to the elegant dining room.  Envision yourself hosting your family and friends for countless holidays and special occasions in this beautiful space.  The expansive cathedral ceilings span throughout the main level drenching this home in natural light all through the day.  Immaculate attention to detail can be seen all through the home with crown molding and custom built-in shelving.

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The gem of this home is the gourmet eat-in kitchen and adjoining family room.  The vast kitchen features tile detailing and gorgeous cabinetry that offers generous amounts of storage including a walk-in pantry.  The stainless steel appliances include an incredible gas six-burner stove top and double ovens.  Eat right at the marble island or in the lovely breakfast nook that looks out into the lush backyard.  Custom hanging lighting offers a warm glow as your cook a meals or entertain friends.  The family room offers plenty of space for entertaining with a cozy fireplace with stone surround to keep you warm through the Colorado winters.

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The main floor master bedroom will serve as your own personal sanctuary.  Tucked away from the main rooms, this spacious bedroom features a superb master bathroom includes beautifully lit his and hers sinks, glass stall shower and a tile surround tub fit for a king.   A walk-in closet completes the suite.  This master suite is the epitome of a comfort and luxury.

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Finally, up the grand staircase you will find two spacious bedrooms, a beautiful full bathroom and a vast loft space.  All with plush carpeting, these rooms would be the perfect space for your children or guest rooms.  The loft space offers an infinite number of possibilities for use.

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The backyard completes this wonderful home.  A lovely yard with beautiful landscaping and room for a garden.  Stones surround the cement patio with a stone pathway and wall raising it up.  Enjoy your summer nights privately in this fenced in area.

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For more information or to schedule a time to see this incredible home contact The Strange Team –

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Getting to Know Your Neighborhood : Reunion in Commerce City

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Our majestic state of Colorado has become one of the most desired places to live, work and play in the country.  New communities and neighborhoods are popping up and growing all over the place.  Reunion, one of the premiere neighborhoods in Commerce City, is a shining example of a beautifully well thought out community.

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A unique 52-acre neighborhood park, Reunion has tons of wonderful features.  There’s a 21,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art rec center that includes a high tech fitness center and pool.  Those that love the outdoors will appreciate Reunion’s lakes, athletic fields, trails and picnic areas.  Fantastic Commerce City location, with many up and coming restaurants and shops in the area.

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The Strange Team has helped to sell a number of properties in this area and has a current new listing at 10121 Telluride St.  Please contact us at The Strange Team for more information about this listing or how we can help you buy or sell a home!

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Win Movie Tickets and Play The Strange Team’s March Madness Game!

Your ELITE 8 for some Movie Tickets!

Tell us which property lasted the longest on the hot market right now!  Choose from the properties below and enter to win movie tickets.  A tie breaker will be based on guesses of days, hours and minutes on market.

 

We must receive your choice by 8:00pm on March 31st, 2015 to be a valid entry.

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