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The Valley Breeze & Observer 06-25-2020

The Valley Breeze Newspapers serving the Northern Rhode Island towns of Cumberland, Lincoln, Woonsocket, Smithfield, North Smithfield, Pawtucket, North Providence, Scituate, Foster, and Glocester

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12 SUMMER 2020 | THE VALLEY BREEZE 12 12 420 Mendon Road, Cumberland (401) 333-5855 Fast, Knowledgeable & Friendly Auto Body & Repair Auto Maintenance YOUR BEST DECISION AFTER A COLLISION Joseph Domenico, DPM** FACFAS Brad Ciano, DPM**FACFAS Blackstone Valley Foot and Ankle, Inc. 345 Armistice Boulevard Pawtucket, RI 02861 401-725-5576 • Foot & Ankle Surgery Sport Medicine Diabetic Foot Care Wound Care Management Custom Orthotics On-Site X-Rays Vascular Testing Ultra Sound Therapy Regenerative Injection Therapy *Diplomates, American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery® *Fellow American College of Foot and Ankle Surgeons Treating all aspects of foot and ankle pathology Authorized Supplier of Dr. Comfort® and SureFit™ Diabetic Shoes Now Accepting New Patients Taking all Covid-19 precautions with face to face appointments Offer Telemedicine for qualifying patients EMILY FORTE, an employee at Depault Ace Hardware, stands beside one of the store's popular grill models. (BREEZE PHOTO BY NICOLE DOTZENROD) GRILLING From Page 10 there's been an uptick in sales of other cuts. "Necessity is the mother of invention," he said. Just recently, said Dadekian, he helped someone pick out an eight-pound brisket for the first time. "The rise of the pel- let smokers" is definitely coin- ciding with increased interest in backyard smoking of meats, he said. Dadekian was tempted to join such a smoker, particu- larly after seeing his friends at GottaQ have success with a commercial grade version, but figured he probably shouldn't add to his collection of three grills and a smoker. The appeal of a smoker is "you set it (at 250 for six hours) and forget it," he said. Casual consumers can pick up a pellet smoker for under $500, he said. Trial and error has really become an avoidable process, said Dadekian, with so many resources out there such as laying out the science of BBQ and grilling and guiding people through the right steps. As people work from home and avoid large social gath- erings, staff at Depault Ace Hardware say grills and smok- ers have been some of the hot- test items of the year so far. Ace employee Emily Forte said she's seen a definite increase in the number of grills, smokers and griddles the store has sold in recent months. "One person came in yester- day and bought two griddles," she said. The griddles are a popular item, allowing people to turn their backyard patio into a professional kitchen area. Smokers are also increas- ing in popularity, Forte said, and customers often have fun playing around with different flavor wood chips, which come in flavors such as cherry, pecan and apple. "These are big right now," she said. "People are investing more money into their yards, and are planning more stayca- tions this summer." The decision on what to buy for cooking can be difficult, but employees said it helps to weigh needs. A smaller grill, such as a portable charcoal grill, might be better for a first-time griller and apartment dweller, who might later work their way up to a full-size smoker. Another factor to consider is the size of one's family. Forte said brands such as Weber, Traeger and Green Egg are the most popular, but if a customer has their heart set on a specific model not currently in stock, Depault's staff will do their best to order it for them.

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