Shop Pudding

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No not shopping for pudding silly.  Making pudding at the shop. As those who know me can tell you, I can cook some good stuff when I put my mind to it. This was one of those times.

It was Valentine’s Day 2013. I wanted to do something special for Val and just dropping off a treat isn’t good enough.  I decided to make a dark chocolate pudding with an amaretto whipped cream on top.  The problem was, making pudding at home was not going to be possible and be able to surprise her at work during the day with it. To the internet!

After a quick search I find a nifty (yeah I typed nifty) recipe called Hasty Chocolate Pudding which uses a microwave to cook and corn starch as a thickener. The ingredients and recipe follows. I used Hersey’s Dark Cocoa instead of the regular stuff and it turned out really good. You want to make sure that after the first few minutes of cooking that you cook the mixture in short time intervals and stir to keep it from burning as it thickens.

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http://allrecipes.com/recipe/hasty-chocolate-pudding/

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup white sugar
1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
3 tablespoons cornstarch
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
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DIRECTIONS:
1. In a microwave-safe bowl, whisk together the sugar, cocoa and cornstarch. Whisk in milk a little at a time so the mixture does not have any dry lumps.
2. Place in the microwave, and cook for 3 minutes on high. Stir, then cook at 1 minute intervals, stirring between cooking times for 2 to 4 minutes, or until shiny and thick. Stir in vanilla.
3. Place a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the pudding to prevent a skin from forming, and chill in the refrigerator. Serve cold.

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That’s all there is to making pudding, and it much better than instant pudding especially if you’ve never had warm chocolate pudding made fresh.  The only thing left was to make the amaretto whipped topping.  You’ll have to tune in for that some other day!

Jeff Zieser

Does your mechanic repair or simply replace?

Back in the day, and actually before my time(I’m not as old as my fiancee tells everyone I am), the only way to get vehicles back on the road was to repair the part that was faulty.

As technology advanced, mass production made parts more available, and outsourcing made things cheaper, this practice became less popular than just swapping out new or re-manufactured parts. For the most part this is one of the great things about living in a more technologically advanced world. Some times though, the cost of swapping out parts is losing the ability to repair the parts that can be repaired.

As automotive technicians, our responsibility to the owner of the vehicle is to repair their vehicle to the best of our ability, with the lowest chance of repeat occurrence, and for the best price possible.

Recently I had the chance to help out a customer by repairing a power seat when the dealer wanted to simply replace the entire unit. Their estimate for the repair was a little over $1500.00, our final bill to the customer was a little over $89.00.

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With a little extra trouble shooting we were able to save this customer over $1400.00 and we were able to honestly pay ourselves.

I promise to never look at your vehicle as a way to make a quick buck. We will always address your personal needs and make sure you get your vehicle back with the best possible outcome for you.

Jeff Zieser

Welcome to our new website!

First off thank you for visiting our website. I am really excited about the new layout and what it can bring to you as a friend of Automotive Service Evolution.  I want this website to help make your automotive repair experience with us more streamlined and convenient for you. As the site  grows I will be adding how-to videos, preventative maintenance articles, and online scheduling among other cool features. I’d like to also thank you for giving us a chance to service your vehicle. A person’s car is their physical extension to the outside world these days. It is an important part of our daily lives. We feel lucky at Automotive Service Evolution that our passion in automotive repair can be a benefit to you in keeping  something that is so important to you in the best condition possible.

Jeff Zieser