Recipe: Ultimate Chocolate Brownies



Well I thought I’d pass along another recipe for those wanting to spend more time in their new, or remodeled kitchen enjoying their granite countertops. After reading the blog, Chocolate: Fact & Fiction, that stated that according to a Harvard medical study chocoholics have a longer life span, I decided I needed to share another favorite chocolate recipe. This one is for the all of the brownie lovers out there. After making this recipe, I guarantee you’ll never buy box brownies again. It’s easy to make and they are definitely delicious. Enjoy.

Ultimate Chocolate Brownies

3/4 cup Hershey’s cocoa
2/3 cup butter melted
1/2 cup boiling water
2 cups white sugar
2 eggs
1-1/3 cup cup flour
1 tsp. vanilla
1/2 tsp. salt
6 oz. chocolate chips

Preheat over to 350 degrees. Grease a 13 x 9″ cake pan. In bowl, combine cocoa & baking soda. Blend in 1/3 cup melted butter. Now add 1/2 cup boiling water to that mixture. Stir until mixture thickens. Stir in sugar, eggs & remaining 1/3 cup melted butter. Stir until smooth. Now add vanilla, flour & salt. Blend completely. Stir in chocolate ships. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Frost with chocolate frosting when cool.

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Barbara Rodgers

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Posted in Cooking in your kitchen on April 30th, 2007 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Builders Product and Service Show A Success



iconThis years Builders Product and Service show, sponsored through BATC, proved to be another successful event. The show was held, Wednesday, April 25th from 3:00 to 9:00 pm at the Minneapolis Convention in Minneapolis, MN. The show was open to builders and remodelers throughout the twin cities area who were able to browse various booths and see the latest products.

We were able to visit with many of our existing customers and also had the opportunity to make some new contacts by exhibiting our colors and products. The Builders Product and Service show is always a great place to visit and enjoy some great conversations. Following are some photos of the event I wanted to share.

 

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Barbara Rodgers

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Posted in Business, Company, Granite, Industry News on April 27th, 2007 by Barb | | 2 Comments



Interesting Take On Competition



I recently read “Addressing Your Competition: It’s Not Who You Think,” an article in the April 2007 Qualified Remodeler magazine that had an interesting take on competition. qualified RemodelerThe article basically stated that our competition is not the contractor, or granite fabricator down the street selling granite countertops, but time. Most small businesses and business owners have unending daily demands on them and time is something that is limited. There are only so many hours in a day.

The article went on to say that in order to compete effectively, you truely need to think about your presentation. What makes you stand out from your competition? It is always important to let your customers know your expertise and any positive comments from past customers, feature projects, etc. Check out our Testimonial page to hear what some of our customers are saying about Paramount Granite Company and Customer Service, Quality, Lead-Time, Product and Professionalism.

 

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Barbara Rodgers

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Posted in Business, Company, Granite on April 26th, 2007 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Multi-tasking—Friend or Foe?



In today’s world, we are constantly distracted by e-mail, the internet, cell phones, text messages, etc. Most jobs, including those at Paramount Granite Company, require a person to be a multi-tasker, juggling between several different things at once. While multi-tasking is often necessary and beneficial, it can also create stress and sometimes cause your head to feel like it is spinning. With so many things going on all at the same time, it is sometimes hard for people to slow down and just relax.

I recently came across an article titled, “Overworked & Overbooked,” in an October 2006 issue of Prevention magazine, which listed some tips and suggestions for slowing down after so much multi-tasking.

Prevention

Following are some of their suggestions:

  • When you’re stressed out, get a change of scenery. Go outside and breath in the fresh air. Take a walk. See the beauty in nature.
  • Meditate for 20 minutes every day.
  • Listen to some easy listening music.
  • Reach out to loved ones. Give them a hug.
  • Write down things you need to remember before going to bed to help ease your mind and allow for a peaceful night of sleep.

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Barbara Rodgers

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Posted in Business on April 25th, 2007 by Barb | | 0 Comments



Quality & Customer Service Does Matter!



Yesterday I was paging through the April 2007 issue of Stone World magazine and came across a Fabricators Roundtable article discussing various issues related to increased competition in the market place. One of the questions presented was, “Does quality still matter and are people willing to pay for it?” I was anxious to read how other fabricators around the country responded because this has been a very hot topic.

When we started Paramount Granite Company over 10 years ago, there were maybe 10 fabricators, or so in the state. Today I’ve heard there are around 80, or so. I’m really not sure of the exact number. I don’t even keep track anymore. I know which fabricators are reputable and can do a good job. I know of some others that are considered “hack” shops, and I know of others who will almost give their stone away just to get some work. I also know that this is common in any industry and happens when there is increased competition and the market becomes saturated.

What bothers me is when customers sacrifice quality just to save a couple bucks. I have to admit, it is sometimes hard to take when you hear about a customer who has been with you for awhile and leaves because a competitor knocked on the door offering a way cheaper price. What is nice though, is when that same customer comes back after a short period of time and admits they miss the quality and customer service they got from Paramount Granite Company.

It was nice to see that other fabricators in different areas of the country agree for the most part that many people are willing to pay a little more for quality work and good customer service. Paramount Granite Company has a reputation for quality workmanship and when there is a problem we address it in a reasonable amount of time. For those that need to price shop for the lowest buck,  remember the saying “you get what you pay for.” We’ll still be around doing a quality job and providing good customer service if you decide to return.

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Barbara Rodgers

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Posted in Company, Granite, Industry News on April 24th, 2007 by Barb | | 0 Comments



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