Grilling has 2 seasons:summer and football. Now is the time of year where backyard grillers become parking lot chefs at tailgate parties coast to coast. Before you buy a grill for this tailgate season, here are some things to consider…
Preparing & Cooking Food
Want to be the grill master at home? Here are some of the best tips for getting the most from your grilling experience. Lots of little-known secrets from the pros!
The $2-$3 you pay for a bag of processed hash brown potatoes can be replaced with this more satisfying, better tasting, homemade potato dish. It only costs pennies to make — especially when you buy your potatoes in bulk 20-lb bags! Here’s how we make our own breakfast potatoes from scratch.
Should you use a pressure cooker? Or should you use a crock pot? A crockpot is also known as a slow cooker. The pressure cooker claims speed similar to a high power microwave, the crockpot insists low and slow but ready by supper time is the better way.
I’m so glad I found this amazing step-by-step guide to bread making on Epicurious! You CANNOT make bread wrong when you follow these thorough instructions
Here are the top 10 food websites people are searching to find something to put on the table.
I personally love my crockpot and use it at least 2 or 3 times per week. As a freelance writer who works from home, using my crockpot makes it possible for me to be able to stay at home and eat healthy, rather than eat all those convenience foods which aren’t so good for you. Here are the best reasons for using a crockpot over other methods of cooking, or eating out…
The best part: everything from meats and vegetables to desserts can be made in a pressure cooker. In the end, your food is cooked in one-third the time, and it’s much frsher tasting than microwaved food.
The Guy Grub Guy has a kitchen that looks more like a hardware store. He cooks in a shop apron and wears a hard hat. And he uses the tools you have in your garage in his kitchen when preparing recipes. That’s what most of his videos are about too: how to use things like pliers, saws and hammers as cooking utensils. Don’t miss this!
Fix My Recipe is where regular, everyday home cooks can submit to the website recipes they may have once had right, or recipes that might have been handed down from a relative, but when they cook them now they come out all wrong. You know you have a few of those. Chef Billy Parisi then turns your recipe into a cooking video!
Homemade egg drop soup is one meal that is both satisfying and tasty. At the same time, it will help keep your blood glucose monitor reading well within the safe range if you are diabetic. Here’s how I made my own egg drop soup recipe.
I like to get creative with recipes and ham is such a great meat, you can add it to just about anything and have it taste good. Here are some fun things you can do with leftover ham, including lots of great and tasty ham recipes.
Here are LOTS of ways to improve on the traditional Campbell’s green bean casserole recipe. More variations and modifications than you can imagine — to make this year’s green bean casserole even better!
Here are some ways to use leftover turkey in creative, fun, and appetizing ways… Lots of turkey recipes that will put your leftover holiday turkey to good use!
The answer is more complicated than you might think. It depends on where you live, and the kind of power you use for your home, believe it or not. For example, if you use gas to cook with, then cooking with a crockpot may not make much of a difference, since in many cases gas is quite inexpensive.
Here are some fun ways to flavor plain popcorn and keep it healthy, plus lots of flavored popcorn recipes that are also healthy.
Making really good pancakes from scratch is very easy, takes only a matter of a few extra minutes and creates no more of a mess to clean up than making them from a mix.
The latest new artificial sweetener goes by the name of Splenda. According to all the hype, it is made from sugar and because of that it is safer. But is it? The following information will make you think twice about using Splenda and other artificial sweeteners!
Chicken soup warms you inside and out — especially during the colder winter months. Plus, when it comes to feeding a group, chicken is about the most cost-effective meat you can buy. You have some choices with this recipe… Do you want soup? Or do you want stew? And dumplings are always a family favorite.
Taco salad can be one of the most unhealthy dishes around when it comes to the fat content alone. But once I applied the following tips to my own taco salad recipe, I not only felt better, but when applying the same principles to other recipes I also began to lose weight — a real plus for me!
How to make an informed choice when choosing a kitchen cutting board. Here are the pro’s and con’s of using plastic cutting boards, wood cutting boards, Corian cutting boards, and glass cutting boards.
See how to stop wasting leftover food. In addition to all of these ways of saving money on your grocery bill, it is also wise to make the most of your leftovers — and to be more careful with meat and produce — in order to prevent waste.
We like these glazed carrots so much, we’ve been eating them practically every day for a couple of weeks now! You can’t eat too many carrots, can you? I mean, your skin doesn’t start to turn orange or anything, does it?
Tonight, I wanted to make spaghetti, but I didn’t have any spaghetti sauce. I also didn’t have all the things I needed to make it. So, I put together some things I did have and came up with a pretty good dinner. It is gluten free, and low in fat and sugar, so it was good for both of us.
I learned to prepare lots of Mexican and Tex-Mex dishes when I was living in south Texas. I also learned to love the chipotle flavor there. Chipotle is a fully ripened and smoked jalapeno pepper, so adding it to your food gives it a warm, smokey flavor. Here is my recipes for homemade gluten-free enchiladas using Knorr Mini Cubs Chipotle Seasoning.
Here is a list of ingredients that you can mix & match to make a variety of different fruit Smoothies.
I’ve been watching Rachel Ray on The Food Network a lot lately. And I tend to agree with much of what she says… and lots of the ways she does things… including the whole ‘garbage bowl’ concept. Well, to an extent…
Food recipes are meant to be tried, experimented with, and enjoyed… the way YOU like ’em! And Rachel Ray helps tremendously with this! Here are some of Rachel Ray’s special touches that make cooking FUN…
My aim is to remove the intimidation factor I associate with cooking simply by making the recipes adapt to my pantry …rather than making my pantry adapt to the recipes. Here are some websites that help you find recipes based solely on ingredients.
Looking for universal lids for bowls, pots and pans? Martha Stewart recommends these: Kuhn Rikon Magic Covers.
Here are all the best cooking tips I’ve acquired through the years. Enjoy!
Unless you ‘season’ your cast-iron pans first to seal the pores of the iron to prevent rust and any possible food reactions. Here’s how to season cast iron properly.
Usually when I peel potatoes (such as when making mashed potatoes), I just use a potato peeler and skin them in the kitchen sink. Then, boil the peeled potatoes in hot water, and so on. But, by the looks of this video, there’s an easier way to peel a potato. Check out this video.
If you’re looking high and low for Plochman’s Chicago Fire mustard — with tabasco hot sauce — you’re not alone. We first found it at Kroger, before they ran out last year. Finally, we found Chicago Fire mustard at Publix! Here’s our little tribute to Plochman’s hot chicago fire mustard…
Some of the best little-known cooking tips and food prep hints from Martha Stewart… and myself.
I have concluded that Blenders do ‘blendering’ things best and Food Processors do ‘processering’ things best, and the two shall not be confused ever again in my mind. Here’s why we chose the blender we did…
The best tips for preparing, cooking, and eating corn-on-the-cob!
Various points of view on whether you can safely boil water in the microwave or not.
After picking strawberries last spring, we became addicted to strawberry fruit smoothies! They’re extremely easy to make. And somewhat healthy too. Here’s how to make a smoothie…
In keeping with the Caribbean theme going on in my house this weekend, I dug deep into my memory bank to come up with an all-new, low-cal (and fat-free!) refreshing beverage. Actually, it was lunchtime, and we were all out…
FACT: A BLT by any other name is still the same. I had a BLT sandwich for lunch, and it got me thinking… What’s in a BLT sandwich? I know, I know, they’re SUPPOSED to have bacon, lettuce, and…
Decided to make some homemade chicken soup… for the first time ever. It turned out REALLY good. And it was REALLY easy! Here’s how I did it:…