Memorial Day — from Dale Carneigie’s Anita Zinsmeister — plus Shopping Tips

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This week we tap the Dale Carneigie newsletter.

By Anita Zinsmeister, President of Dale Carnegie®Training of Central & Southern New Jersey 

But FIRST: Tips for holiday shopping —

Here are four things you should not buy on Memorial Day. You won’t get the best prices, according to NerdWallet research. They are barbecues, pools, swimsuits and camcorders. And don’t let the sale-shopping mentality overtake common sense. Lots of products will be discounted, but not every discount will be a good deal. (Thanks to USA Today – May 24, 2015 for this.)

From everyone at Dale Carnegie® Training of Central & Southern New Jersey, we would like to wish you and your family a happy Memorial Day.

While enjoying time with your family and friends this coming weekend, take a moment to remember the heroes who have fought for our great country.


A Little About Memorial Day . . .


Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who died while in service for the United States of America.

Over two dozen cities and towns claim to be the birthplace of Memorial Day.  While Waterloo, NY was officially declared the birthplace of Memorial Day by President Lyndon Johnson in May 1966, it’s difficult to prove conclusively the origins of the day.

Grilling Tips For This Memorial Day Weekend:
  1. Preheating:
    Preheat your grill 15 to 25 minutes before you start cooking to make sure it reaches the right temperature (and to kill any bacteria).  A properly heated grill sears foods on contact, keeps the insides moist  and helps prevent sticking.
  2. How To Clean Your Grill Grates:
    Do you want to clean your grill grates this coming weekend?  Click here for a link to the website.  It’s filled with some easy grill cleaning techniques.
  3. Prevent Sticking:
    Reduce food sticking to your grill by oiling your hot grill rack with a vegetable oil-soaked paper towel: hold it with tongs and rub it over the rack. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)
  4. Marinating:
    This does more than infuse food with flavor; it also inhibits the formation of potentially carcinogenic HCAs, which form when grilling “muscle meats” like poultry, red meat and fish; marinating can reduce HCAs by as much as 92-99%.

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