Wednesday, December 30, 2015

New Years Eve: Bacon Mac & Cheese Bites

Makes 18 hors d’oeuvres

1 tbsp (15 g) butter for greasing tins
1 cup (140 g) tiny elbow macaroni
3 tbsp (45 g) butter
2 tbsp (15 g) flour
1 cup (240 ml) milk
1/4 tsp (1.25 ml) cayenne pepper
1 tsp (5 ml) salt
1 minced garlic clove
freshly cracked pepper
1 cup (240 ml) sharp cheddar cheese + ½ cup (120 ml) mozzarella for topping
1/2 cup (120 ml) cooked bacon, chopped
1 egg
2 egg yolks
1/3 cup (40 g) flour
¼ cup (60 ml) chives

Preheat oven to 375F (190C) 13-15 mins.

Grease a mini muffin tin lightly with melted butter and set aside.

Boil pasta according to package instructions.

Cook bacon in skillet or in microwave. To microwave line a plate with paper towel, place bacon on top, and then place more paper towel on top. Microwave on high for 6 mins until browned and crispy. Allow to cool on towel, and chop into a rough chop.

Then in a large skillet prepare the cheese sauce, melt 3 tbsp butter, add flour and whisk and cook for 1 minute then slowly whisk in milk, whisking all the while, a smooth sauce will develop. Add cayenne, salt, garlic and pepper.

Then add cheddar cheese, and whisk until smooth. Remove from flame and allow to cool slightly.

Drain pasta and transfer it into a large bowl. Add cheese sauce and stir to combine. Then add egg and egg yolks, flour, and bacon. Stir to combine.

Using a mini ice cream scoop portion out into muffin tin, and top with the mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 13-15 mins until golden brown and cheese has melted. Allow to cool to set up and become stable.

Place on platter and top with freshly snipped chives. Serve with champagne! Enjoy!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Huge Tax Victory for Small Business

This week in small business (12.18.2015), Congress made small business expensing (Section 179) permanent at $500,000, indexed to inflation. This huge victory for small business owners allows them the certainty they deserve when investing in their business: Congress also passed the spending bill this week, addressing a handful of labor issues.

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Last Minute Christmas Cake Recipe - SORTEDfood

A traditional Christmas cake can take months to perfect... you need to start in about September to leave enough time to dowse in booze. Not this one though. Ours you can do in less than a day!

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Friday, December 18, 2015

'Twas The Night Before Christmas By NFPA

The holidays are upon us and NFPA wishes you and your family a very joyous and safe season! To celebrate this special time of year, NFPA's president, Jim Pauley, takes a moment to relax and read one of our favorite holiday stories - with a fun NFPA twist, of course! We hope you enjoy it as much as we did when he read it at our recent holiday breakfast get together!

Monday, December 14, 2015

List of New Employment Laws Affecting Businesses in 2016

The California Chamber of Commerce today released the list of new employment laws scheduled to take effect in 2016 or earlier that will have an impact on businesses in California.

CalChamber also released the latest CalChamber Capitol News Report, which features Erika Frank, CalChamber vice president, legal affairs, and general counsel, and Jennifer Barrera, CalChamber policy advocate, calling attention to the many challenges California employers face—including juggling news laws involving gender pay equality, employee time off for school or child care, and another hike in the minimum wage.

Friday, December 11, 2015

Economy Still Struggling + a Health Insurance Reminder

This week (12.11.2015) in small business, NFIB released its monthly report on Small Business Optimism, which dropped 1.3 points during the past month. NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkleberg calls the economy "lackluster" and says that the small business sector has no expansion energy whatsoever. An NFIB member testified before Congress this week, relaying the negative impacts of the administration's regulatory overreach. And finally, December 15 is the deadline to sign up for a health insurance policy that takes effect on January 1.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Renters Insurance

Your landlord probably has insurance to cover the house or apartment building that you live in, but if your bicycle or television is stolen, that's your problem. Landlord Jim Eury says his insurance covers his property only. It does not cover his tenant's belongings nor does it cover them in case there is a lawsuit against them. Renters insurance will replace your property if it is stolen or destroyed in a fire. It also provides liability coverage in case you are sued. Before buying, estimate the value of your belongings. Bill Bailey, Insurance Information Institute says insurance policies have limits on coverage for expensive items such as jewelry, furs, and computers. You will need a special floater for these items to be fully covered. The price for renters insurance varies by company. For more information, check with your agent or company representative.

For more information about insurance, go to the I.I.I. Web site at

Friday, December 4, 2015

Deck the Halls with Fire Safety

Create a beautifully decorated room for the holidays and keep it fire safe. NFPA’s winter holidays tips give you the guidance you need to create the holiday atmosphere you love, and the security of knowing you’re keeping yourself and your family and friends safer from fire.

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Understanding Trees and Insurance

This video is from the Insurance Information Institute. For more information about insurance, go to the I.I.I. Web site at