Happy First Day of Fall in SW Florida. If you are originally from the North, it sure doesn’t feel like it, does it? There are no frost-covered dewy early mornings and no trees showing off the brilliant bright oranges, yellows and reds. If you were up North right now, you’d be getting your furnace service performed. You might stop at an apple orchard to pick fresh apples. You might even be going through your sock drawer to see what you had on hand and what you needed to brace for the coming winter. But here in Florida we are still running around in flip flops to the beach and ducking in our favorite restaurants before season starts.
In Fort Myers, Naples and surrounding communities, it’s still air conditioning time. Even though you may be tempted to open up the house a little bit it’s still too hot and humid. Even though those slightly mildewy, moldy leaf piles up North are fun to jump in, you don’t want mold in your home.
Here’s a few Fall tips from your air conditioning company:
- We recommend that you still keep everything buttoned up and AC turned on so you keep the humidity and possible mold out of your home.
- This may be the time for you to get your AC system clean and checked if you haven’t yet.
- Change your filter if you haven’t in the last 30 days!
- Also if you need a new AC system, this is a good time to get it done before your air conditioning company gets super busy with season.
What Signs of Fall Do We Have?
We have the changing license plates instead of changing leaves. We have thickening traffic instead of thickening fog banks. Already we have some of our visitors back and we welcome them! Home-Tech is always excited to help our visitors with their appliance and air conditioning repairs and installations.
We have fall clothing in the stores, not that we may ever wear any of it. After all, who can pile on three layers of sweaters when it is still above 90 degrees everyday?
We have fall and Halloween decorations in all of the stores! Now this is something we can really sink our teeth into. Never mind that you can only leave your real pumpkin outside on your front entraceway for a couple of days before it rots. They made artificial everything now – pumpkins, gourds, leaves. You can throw on a scarf, spread your decorations around everywhere and pretend it’s 50 degrees outside!
We have football! Friday night high school games and rivalries are in full force. Yes, you might need to wear bug spray and sunscreen instead of mittens and a blanket but it’s still football. And of course there is NFL football, thank goodness. We know many of our customers love football so to celebrate the first day of Fall we want to share some recipes from the employee owners of your air conditioning company for your football parties.
Football Party Recipes
Here are few yummy recipes that have been either tried or originated by employee owners of Home-Tech.
Our Customer Service Manager, Kerri Bigelow says, “This dip is great with Triscuits and especially with baguettes!! Warm your belly right up!!
Our Service Operations Manager Pam Marino says, “This is a huge hit every time I make it. How can you go wrong with bacon as an ingredient? And, it’s good re-heated. Just add a little milk.”
Blue Cheese Bacon Dip by myrecipes.com
Steven Blasucci, our Warranty Administrator recommended these wings.
Sweet and Spicy Asian Wings:
3 lbs of cooked Chicken Wings (Fried, Grilled or Baked, your preference)
1 bunch fresh cilantro (plus some chopped roughly for garnish)
2 ½ cups of Sweet Thai Chili Sauce (Mae Ploy Brand is best)
¼ Cup Sambal Oelek (fresh chili garlic paste)
2 cloves fresh garlic
3 Tablespoons of Kikkoman Ponzu (lime or citrus)
2 Tablespoons of Rice Vinegar
1 Tablespoon fresh ginger
2-3 Dashes of Soy Sauce
Sriracha Hot Sauce (to taste, depending on heat level wanted.)
Pinch of sesame seeds (black/white/mixed for garnish)
Before cooking wings make the sauce:
Place all ingredients into a food processor (except chicken wings and sesame seeds) and mix until cilantro, garlic and ginger are incorporated fully and no large chunks remain. If you do not have a food processor, a large bowl and a stick mixer (immersion blender) works fine, but I would finely chop the cilantro, fresh garlic and ginger beforehand. If neither are available then diced the cilantro, garlic and ginger as finely as you can, and just mix the rest in with it by hand.
When the wings are hot, right after the come out of the fryer, oven or off the grill place in a large bowl and pour roughly ½ cup of the sauce over the wings and toss with tongs, or in the bowl if you want to risk some flying wings, haha. Transfer to serving platter, and sprinkle with some sesame seeds and chopped cilantro and enjoy!