Browsing Archive: January, 2016

Easy Meals - From Freezer to Crockpot

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 29, 2016, In : Cooking 

Dinner in a rush?

It is 6 p.m., you just got home from work, you have 1 hour to feed your family and get back out the door to a practice/game/recital/meeting and you have no idea what's for dinner.

Does this sound like a common story in your life? I admit, it happens to often in my life as well. What a difference it makes when you have a meal figured out, even better - have it already prepared and ready to eat!

I received in the mail this week an ad for a meal prep business. It i...


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Is Smoothie Sabotage Ruining Your Diet? Avoid These 4 Biggest Pitfalls

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 29, 2016, In : Cooking 

Fruit smoothies are often advertised as a great healthy way to lose weight, or to supplement your diet with a nutritious drink. However, if you're not on the lookout for smoothie sabotage, these fruity drinks can do more harm than good. Fortunately, if you learn the right way to blend with this article, smoothies can remain an easy, tasty, AND healthy option for any meal of the day.

Smoothie mistake #1

The blender is NOT a calorie eliminator:

The biggest mistake people make with s...


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Deep Fried Turkey Instructions

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 29, 2016, In : Cooking 

Fried is a nationwide popular concept that originated in the southern states of the USA, ideal for barbecues, block parties, holiday feasts etc. Other than the pleasure one has from eating it, making it is quite enjoyable too. For a fun and wonderful deep frying turkey experience resulting in delicious end results, follow the steps below:

Ingredients:

11 Lb turkey that has been dried both in and out

2 Tbsp seasoning

High smoke point oil (peanut, corn oil, refined canola or sunflower)...


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How to Make Desserts Organic

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 29, 2016, In : Cooking 

Fresh fruit and veggies are organic sources of meals that you can enjoy without feeling guilty when you crave something light and refreshing as desserts. Depending upon age and gender, consuming 1 to 2.5 cups of fruits per day is highly recommended for us as stated by The U.S. Department of Agriculture. An adult male requires slightly higher portions of fruit and vegetables than a young girl does. In addition, The National Cancer Society advised that everyone should consume fiv...


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Top 5 Reasons For Home Canning and Preserving

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 29, 2016, In : Cooking 

There are a number of practical reasons for home canning and preserving but I'd like to share with you my personal top five reasons why it is a good idea to can or preserve food at home. These are in no particular order, but are chosen simply because I think they do a great deal of explaining why I enjoy home canning. They also will tell you a little more about the inspiration I use to keep me filling my pantry with home canned goods.

Reason #1 - I Can Get Creative

It may seem a...


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Easy Ways to Be Creative With Those Thanksgiving Leftovers

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 28, 2016, In : Cooking 

What could be a better? Post-holiday-dinner, you have a bonanza of food that's already cooked and ready to be combined into various tasty dishes, some for the days immediately ahead, others awaiting your summons from the freezer

Turkey - The star of the show can shine in countless encores. From celeb chefs to home cooks, there's consensus that this "mild-mannered meat" can happily partner with a larder full of ingredients and seasonings. It can chase chicken out of a Cobb salad...


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How To Chop Ingredients

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 28, 2016, In : Cooking 

One thing that I have gotten better at since I've started cooking is chopping my vegetables, and cutting meat. By no means am I the best at it yet but I have improved my skills. I want to show you how to hone your knife skills and get on the road to better chopping. Like any skill cutting ingredients takes time to learn and master. Start slow so you learn at an upward curve, and so you do not harm yourself. I see professional cut themselves all the time on TV, so even the pros ...


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10 Food Myths You Probably Believe

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 28, 2016, In : Cooking 

1. Some foods are calorie-negative

By calorie-negative, we mean that your body actually consumes more calories than it receives when you eat them. So, in theory, these would make the ideal diet - you can keep eating and eating and you actually lose weight. It's such an appealing idea that it's no wonder that this myth is so prevalent. However, that's all it is, though - a myth.

Several foods supposedly boast this wonder characteristic, but celery is often heralded as the "King o...


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Simple Ways To Perfect Your Cooking Skills

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 28, 2016, In : Cooking 

You must not go to a cooking school to perfect your culinary skills. There are numerous small and easy things you can perform anytime you cook to acquire more professional results, and cook much better. Below are some tips which will improve your cooking.

Begin with excellent ingredients.

Use imported Parmigiano-Reggiano contrary to domestic parmesan as it is much better. There is no comparison between the two ingredients. Additionally, packaged crumbs and fresh homemade crumbs d...


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Cooking Basics

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 28, 2016, In : Cooking 

One thing I love to do is cook. I love cooking indoors and outdoors. Around my house I am called 'The King of Sling'. You know why because I can work with anything we have in the cabinets and refrigerator and make a tasty meal out of it. I very rarely work with a recipe. I guess I just have a feel for what it takes to make something tasty. And it rarely doesn't come out right. So, I'm going to reveal some of my EPIC 'secrets'.

STAPLES

First of all always keep around some basics l...


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Catering to the Masses: Six Foods That Please Everyone

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, In : Cooking 

Most catered events rely on six staples capable of pleasing every partygoer. If you've ever wondered what your preferred hors d'oeuvres says about you, we have the answer. Is your favorite on the list?

1. Mini quiche. Usually available in a variety of flavors, mini quiche is pie for the anti-social. You don't want to share. Your date backed out at the last minute. You want to cower in a corner and enjoy your mini quiche smorgasbord. A good catering company has your lonely heart ...


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Easy Dinner Ideas - Time to Impress Your Guests and Family Members

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, In : Cooking 

Planning dinner is the toughest job to accomplish. Especially, when you are having guests in your home. After work, it is very hard to cook something delicious and sassy. At this point, we always look for those recipes that can be made in a single skillet and within a short time period. And most importantly, it should be appetizing and healthy too. This is one of the best ways to impress your guests.

Struggling with dinner ideas that what would excite your family? Offering your ...


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How to Deep Fry Seafood In The Best Way

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, In : Cooking 

If you are into deep-fried fish and are on the lookout of a good deep fryer recipe, you can find lots of simple yet important tips in this article. Deep-friend seafood, especially fish is crispy, hot and flavorful. Besides, it makes a delicious lunch and dinner for the entire family. If you like, you can deep fry a shrimp, a baby octopus, a squid or whole fish.

You can top up your seafood with a batter. For a classic finish, you can go for a water and flour batter. For a light ...


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The 4 Major Guidelines to Bake a Perfect Cake

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, In : Cooking 

Do you ever feel the wish to bake cakes all by yourself by referring to a recipe? If you are a pro at it, there is nothing to worry, but if you are an amateur and are still learning to gain perfection, you need to keep trying until you master it. Every time you bake, you get to learn something new. The experiments that you perform may or may not hit the bull's eye, but it teaches you to improve your skills or makes you realise the fact that you are slowly gaining perfection.

Th...


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Four Ways to Keep Your Food Safe

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 27, 2016, In : Cooking 

There is an old English saying "Food cooked with passion and served with love tastes divine." Trust me, it is true even today! Every food enthusiast (like you and me) is well aware that the soul of any good recipe resides in the right blend of spices and fresh natural ingredients. But we might sometimes miss upon an even more important ingredient while cooking food, and which more often than not tampers with the soul of our recipe. Yes, I am talking about food safety & hygiene...


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Don't Get Burned: Advice for First Time Grill Buyers

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, In : Cooking 

A woman asking if I had any suggestions for a first-time purchaser of a gas grill recently contacted me online.

Having been in the grill business for well over 10 years-and a long time grill aficionado before that-I can sometimes be guilty of forgetting not everyone standing over a grill experiences the same rush of euphoria I do. In fact, for anyone new to grilling, the sheer amount of options available can cause the uninformed to break out in a cold sweat.

In this article, I of...


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Grilling Accessories

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, In : Cooking 

The BBQ/Grilling season has arrived. Time to clean up that grill and fire it up if you're not a year round Grill Master. So, let's take a look at some conveniences, basic tools of the trade and some handy gadgets.

To start off, what would really make the BBQ/Grilling experience easier? A third hand! O.K. now it's not possible to grow a third hand, however having a table or some sort of work surface near the BBQ Grill is very convenient. Having that spot to place food, dishes, s...


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How A New Technology Has Created A 50% Juicier Steak

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, In : Cooking 

It's hot. You've been grilling outside all afternoon. You take a minute to go inside and grab a cold drink, and when you come out you realize disaster has struck. Those steaks you were cooking are now hard as a rock and the grill is on fire.

This has probably happened to all of us at least once. But now Char-Broil has come up with a new grill that creates a 30 - 50% juicier steak. Not only that but it also eliminates flare-ups, which can save not only your grill but your house ...


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Lighting a Charcoal BBQ Grill

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, In : Cooking 

Summertime is when family and friends gather around the backyard BBQ Grill for delicious food and making happy memories. To ensure that those memories are happy precautions need to be taken when lighting the Charcoal in the backyard Grill. There are three ways of starting that fire. There is with Charcoal lighter fluid, a Charcoal Chimney and Electronic Ignition.

Let's start with Charcoal lighter fluid. When using lighter fluid you should always follow the directions that are p...


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Summer Grillin'

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, January 26, 2016, In : Cooking 

Everyone knows that summertime means one thing: it's grillin' season. BBQs are the perfect way to get out of the house and meet some of the neighbors in your town. It is also a different way to cook which means you will not be stuck on the stove for the rest of your life. This summer is supposed to be a hot one, meaning that people will probably be out on their grills almost every day. If you do not own a grill, this is the perfect time to buy one. There are a few tricks to buy...


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Outdoor Cooking and Picnics

Posted by Tom Aikins on Monday, January 25, 2016, In : Cooking 

This summer everyone enjoys being outside and grilling their favorite foods. Hot dogs, Burgers, and steaks are just a few that will be sizzling on the grill this season. During the summer people may get confused on which food is the best to grill for a party they are about to have. Maybe choosing the right seasoning and spices can become difficult for anyone that hasn't grilled before. This article can help you get ready for a long summer of grilling and by the end you'll be an...


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The Braai Recipes That You Have Been Searching For

Posted by Tom Aikins on Monday, January 25, 2016, In : Cooking 

There is nothing better than celebrating the summer months with a braai outside in the beautiful sun. Now the only thing that can complete this scene is, of course, the perfect braai recipes. But how do you choose the perfect recipes for a braai? After all, you want to make sure that you have got the best variety and that means cooking several types of meat in different ways. If you are preparing the braai meal, you should have at least three different types of meat on offer, a...


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Food Safety Tips for Your Next Barbecue

Posted by Tom Aikins on Monday, January 25, 2016, In : Cooking 

We often talk about the health of foods in terms of their nutrient content and how their nutrients and phytochemicals can prevent diseases and help manage your weight. But you might often forget about the importance of food safety as necessary precautions that should be taken to keep you in good health.

This summer, as you host your weekend barbecues, keep in mind that even some of the healthiest foods could cause you and your guests illness if proper food safety isn't followed...


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How to BBQ Chicken to Perfection

Posted by Tom Aikins on Monday, January 25, 2016, In : Cooking 

First, soak your chicken in a salt water (brine) solution. Do this for at least 1 hour, but if possible soak it overnight. The salt water breaks down the fat deposits under the skin and once you wash it off, leaves the meat firm. It also removes moisture from the meat locked up with the fat and sets your chicken up to receive moisture back in once you begin cooking.

Once you've soaked your chicken adequately, make sure you season it well. If you're lacking time or experience in...


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Why You Should Marinate Your Meat Before You Grill

Posted by Tom Aikins on Monday, January 25, 2016, In : Cooking 

The summer is in full swing which means you are likely putting your outdoor grills to work as you cook up some of your favorite grilled meats. We all know that when grilling meat, fish or poultry, it's all about the marinade. You may think that the sole purpose of marinating your meat prior to cooking is to enhance the flavor, but there are actually health benefits associated with marinating your meat that go beyond satisfying your taste buds.

So here is what you do know. A mar...


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Tips For Grilling With Kids

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 22, 2016, In : Cooking 

Kids may drag their feet when asked to help with dinner inside but it's a whole new ballgame when "helping" means they get to work side-by-side with mom or dad on the grill! Follow these tips and suggestions and soon you'll have your own "mini-me" grill master standing eagerly beside you.

Set age appropriate tasks. Younger kids can assist with tasks like brushing marinades onto meats or helping to assemble kabobs. Older kids can actually work the grill, with your supervision.

Sa...


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Top Marinade Recipes for the Ultimate Braai

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 22, 2016, In : Cooking 

There is nothing better than sinking your teeth into a deliciously flavoured, tender piece of meat. One of the best ways to achieve this taste sensation is by using a succulent marinade. You can use any one of these top marinade recipes for your next braai.

Having a braai or barbeque is a fantastic way in which to bring together close family and friends. It is also a time for you to test out some of you braai marinade recipes on your guests. You can give their taste buds an adv...


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Dirty New Orleans Voodoo BBQ Sauce Recipe

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 22, 2016, In : Cooking 

This sauce is dirty, down and dirty, meaning we got down to the bottom of things, to the true ingredients of what a sauce should be. In New Orleans people may move slowly, but no one has the time to play around.

The world is full of things these days added to our food that aren't dirty but are downright ungodly. Gmo monstrosities, high frack-toes corn syrup, pesticides, it's a wonder our bodies aren't in even worse shape. A few years back I began to make some difficult changes ...


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How To Roast Chicken Breast In Your La Caja China Roasting Box

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 22, 2016, In : Cooking 

We don't eat chicken solely because it is delicious but also it provides a lot of health benefits. First of all, it is rich in protein which makes it excellent in aiding weight loss. Chicken meat is also a natural anti-depressant; bone loss preventer and metabolism booster when taken in the right amounts. Most of all, chicken is among our children's favorite food items! There's just no telling why but kids are just so into them. And do you know what the most nutritious part of ...


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Tips For Cooking Ribeye Roast On The Grill

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 22, 2016, In : Cooking 

I have some friends who get frustrated whenever they cook ribeye meat on the grill. What do they complain about? Well, they say that their dishes don't taste or look like the ones served in restaurants. And I tell that's not a problem at all. Chefs have exhausted a lot of years just to learn and perfect the art of cooking ribeye steak (among many other dishes) on the grill and there's no reason to compare. Now I'm not saying that we have to enroll in a culinary school just to b...


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Succulent Seafood Braai Recipes

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 21, 2016, In : Cooking 

The only way to truly experience a hot summers day, is with an ice cold beer and braai food. The question is how can you spice up your normal braai? You should consider trying out different foods. Succulent seafood braai recipes is just what you need to get the best out of your summer party.

There are so many different options when it comes to seafood braai recipes that you are truly spoiled for choice. A lot of people tend to stay away from cooking fish on the braai because it ...


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The Barbecue Master's Guide On Cooking Prime Rib

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 21, 2016, In : Cooking 

The prime rib isn't called "prime" for nothing. It's among the most expensive and the most flavorful cuts of beef that you can buy. And while it is a popular dish many restaurants use to attract customers, it is also an equally delightful meal served at home to celebrate holidays, birthdays and other special occasions. However, many home cooks say that cooking this cut of meat isn't easy at all and rather challenging especially for newbies who are just starting out in the kitc...


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Tips On How To Serve The Best Roast Turkey For Thanksgiving

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 21, 2016, In : Cooking 

Thanksgiving is fast approaching and I'm pretty sure that you're now getting ready for this annual event. There is indeed no reason why one should not exert effort in prepping up for this holiday that gets the family together. Imagine all the fun, the laughter and of course, the food that's going to be served on your dinner table. Think about that oh-so-delicious roast turkey that you'll so meticulously stuff and cook to perfection. So just to ensure that this much-awaited get...


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Grilled Thanksgiving Recipes: Grilled Sweet Potatoes

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 21, 2016, In : Cooking 

Create Your Favorite Thanksgiving Feast Sides on the Grill!

Sweet potatoes are a Thanksgiving meal staple. While candied yams and sweet potato casserole are some of the more traditional ways to prepare this delicious side dish, have you ever thought about throwing those sweet spuds right over the open flame for a truly unique and enjoyable flavor? Grilling vegetables and starches gives them a unique flavor and can add a new spin on some of our old Thanksgiving Day staple dishes....


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5 Hot Tips for Grilling in Cold Weather

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 21, 2016, In : Cooking 

If the weather outside is frightful, there's no reason the grilling can't still be... well, yeah. You know.

In fact, there's something invigorating about braving the elements to deliver a delicious, juicy meal hot off the grill to those (wimpier) friends and family members who chose to remain inside during inclement weather. Today's grillers know no boundaries when it comes to firing up the grill. Check out the "5 Hot Tips For Grilling In Cold Weather" below to get the most out ...


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The Home Cook's Handbook On Choosing Among BBQ Grills For Sale

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, In : Cooking 

According to a 2010 research conducted by the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association, approximately 82% of American households own a grill and about half of these homes barbecue as frequent as one to two times a week during summer. It cannot be denied that we love grilling and that may be attributed to several reasons. First of all, barbecuing is not so difficult and in fact delivers hot, delicious dishes faster than some other cooking methods. Of course, an exception is when you...


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Feeling Adventurous? 4 Delicious Yet Unusual Toppings for Burgers

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, In : Cooking 

Have you ever thought about putting a spin on a classic recipe? Those who are fans of burgers are often purists, insisting on traditional toppings like ketchup, mustard, lettuce, and tomato. Have you ever thought it would be fun to try something new and different? Here are some out-of-the-ordinary toppings you might want to try out the next time you light up the grill:

Tropical Salsa

Tropical salsa as a topping for burgers is a great way to put a summer spin on a classic meal. I...


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Braai Ideas That You Need to Know About

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, In : Cooking 

There is nothing better than being able to relax with your friends around a braai. However, you might want to spice things up a bit and re-inspire the good old fashioned way of doing things which is why these are the braai ideas that you need to know about.

Most people enjoy hosting or attending a really good braai. When the sun's out, the swimming pool is at the perfect temperature and you have the best selection of meat and drinks, it can lead to the perfect day. What you may...


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Basic Barbecuing Tips

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, In : Cooking 

When it comes to barbecuing there are a few things that can help improve your barbecuing experience. I would recommend a propane barbecue because I think using charcoal is much more of a hassle and a bit more difficult. With propane when you open the valve on the propane tank it opens the flow off propane and then when you turn the knobs on the barbecue the propane gets released into the grilling area and depending on how much you turn the dial the more propane will be released...


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Super Bowl Party Recipes: Baby Back Ribs

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 20, 2016, In : Cooking 

The Perfect Ribs Recipe for Your Super Bowl Get Together

When you need an excuse to make delicious, fall-off-the-bone ribs, the Super Bowl can be the perfect time to bring out an amazing recipe. While dips, pizza, and wings can make a great spread for this event, sometimes hosts and hostesses want to add a little bit more flavor and flare to their party cuisine. When something smoky and messy to eat is required, this baby back ribs recipe can be the perfect solution.

Ingredients...


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Super Bowl Recipes: Stuffed Burgers

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, In : Cooking 

The Perfect Slider Recipe for the Big Game!

The biggest football game of the year is the Super Bowl! While you begin to think about what teams might be playing, who you will be inviting over to watch, and what the day's outcome might be, it is also time to start thinking about what food will be served to your guests! Burgers are a huge trend in the food world right now and there are so many possibilities and combinations, they make a great addition to any party spread! Here is ...


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Great Homemade Barbecue Sauce Recipe

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, In : Cooking 

BBQ sauce is something that everyone in America is familiar with and it would be unfair to NOT mention that there certainly is a time and season for BBQ dinners. Yes, we are talking about the great season of summer. The thing is, many don't realize (especially those in the Midwest or northern states) that there are several ways to integrate easy barbecue sauce recipes during the cold season as well. With that in mind, you will find some of the best barbecue sauce recipe tips he...


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Cuban Hog Roast Menu Ideas For Your Backyard Party

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, In : Cooking 

Who can ever say no to a crispy, tender, flavorful and mouth-watering Cuban pig roast? If you're planning for a backyard party this weekend, a perfectly roasted hog will truly make the event memorable. But do you know what will make the affair even more spectacular? An enjoyable menu that will compliment the star of the buffet! If you are in the blur and don't know what to cook, try these suggestions.

A. Sauces For The Hog Roast

1. Chimichurri Sauce

The chimichurri sauce is perfe...


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Tips For Preparing BBQ Wholesale

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, In : Cooking 

If you're a BBQ caterer, sometimes you will receive requests to deliver BBQ wholesale for an event. Whether you're already a grilling veteran, or just received your first request, here are some relevant tips to guide you on how to prepare the BBQ appropriately:

Keep Your Meat Clean

Safety should be at the top of your agenda as you plan to prepare your BBQ. Keep the meat clean and cold until it is cooked and ready to be served. The essence of good food, safety, and preparation sho...


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Texas Style Brisket

Posted by Tom Aikins on Tuesday, January 19, 2016, In : Cooking 

Let's take a quick look at how we do brisket here in Texas. For the sake of this article I am assuming you are cooking in your backyard smoker. I see articles all the time about making "Competition Style Brisket" and I disagree. First off, the folks winning these competitions are NOT going to teach you their tricks. Secondly, if follow my exact instructions, we still will have two very different products in the end. You just have to put your own touch on it and make it to your ...


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Grilling 101: Top 5 Tips Every New Griller Should Learn

Posted by Tom Aikins on Monday, January 18, 2016, In : Cooking 


Every part of the grilling process is important - from choosing the right tools to use to serving your grilled dishes. A good thing about grilling is that you can choose what to use or cook depending on your personal preference. For example, you can choose to use a gas or charcoal grill depending on what fits your needs.

Through right time and practice, grilling can be easy even for first-time grillers.

Here are 5 expert tips every grilling beginner should learn about:

1. Choose what type of cha...
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The Top 5 Most Essential Grilling Tools That Every Beginner Needs

Posted by Tom Aikins on Monday, January 18, 2016, In : Cooking 


Along the way, you will want to add a few more accessories of your choice to achieve your desired barbecue dishes but a few reliable grilling tools will help you get started. Of course, these tools are not only for cooking, but also for your protection while in front of the grill.

So if you have a new grill, here are the top 5 grilling tools that you'll need to get started:

1. Grill gloves

When it comes to grilling, safety should be your top priority as you will be exposed to extreme heat and so...
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Grilling on a Budget: 5 Effective Ways to Save Money While Grilling

Posted by Tom Aikins on Monday, January 18, 2016, In : Cooking 


You'll have to shell out money for expensive meat cuts, repeatedly visit the grocery or market for ingredients, regularly buy charcoal and so on. But the truth is, there are many ways how you can work around this. There are certain tips you can follow if you're grilling on a budget, so that you can enjoy a backyard barbecue dinner more often whether you're cooking for yourself or for a crowd!

Here are 5 effective ways how you can save money while grilling:

1. Go easy on the meat

You don't have t...
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Grilling 101: 5 Common Grilling Mistakes That Beginners Should Avoid

Posted by Tom Aikins on Monday, January 18, 2016, In : Cooking 


There are plenty of things to consider and many common mistakes to avoid to achieve, say, a perfectly grilled steak. As a beginner, it's important to learn what these grilling mistakes are and how to avoid them. This way, you'll be on the right path to becoming a grilling pro in no time!

Here are 5 of the most common grilling mistakes that beginners should avoid:

1. Using poor tools

One of the most common misconceptions about grilling is that you need fancy, expensive tools and equipment to achi...
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Grilling 101: The Best Types of Fish to Grill

Posted by Tom Aikins on Monday, January 18, 2016, In : Cooking 


If you are in the mood for something lighter and want to take a break from heavy barbecue dishes, what you need to do is to start grilling fish. However, not all types are made for the intensity of the grill. More delicate types such as cod, flounder and tilapia are best cooked indoors as they will likely just break apart and fall through the grates when cooked in open flame. On the other hand, firmer and more hearty types of fish cook best when grilled, so be sure to know which ones taste be...
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3 Fun and Unique Grill Recipes to Try For Your Summer Barbecue

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 15, 2016, In : Cooking 


So for your upcoming backyard barbecue, prepare these fun and unique grill recipes that everyone will surely enjoy:

Cheesy Grilled Spaghetti Sandwich

What you need:

    2 cups cold cooked spaghetti
    1 cup spaghetti sauce
    8 slices mozzarella cheese
    1/4 cup butter, melted
    2 hoagie rolls
    Garlic powder to taste

Combine melted butter and garlic powder in a small bowl. In a bigger bowl, mix pasta and spaghetti sauce. Set aside. Cut a small slice of the crust off from the top and bottom of...
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Grilling for Beginners: 8 Easy Marinades for a Delicious Barbecue Dish

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 15, 2016, In : Cooking 


Flavor is what defines whatever you cook on the grill. The longer you marinate your meat, the more flavorful it will be. Keep in mind that chicken is ideally marinated for a minimum of 20 minutes and a maximum of 12 hours, beef, pork and lamb for a minimum of 3 hours and a maximum of 24 hours while fish and other seafood will be most flavorful if marinated for a minimum of 10 minutes and a maximum of 20 minutes only.

So whether you're in the mood for just a classic steak or something more fest...
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3 Fun and Easy Grilled Pizza Recipes Perfect for Beginners

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 15, 2016, In : Cooking 


Cooking pizza on a grill will give it a delicious smoky flavor that cannot be achieved when cooked in a regular oven. Pizza is easy to grill and inexpensive, too!

Here are 3 easy and delicious grilled pizza recipes perfect for beginners:

All-Veggie Pesto Pizza

What you need:

    1 regular-sized refrigerated pizza crust
    1 small zucchini, sliced
    1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded and thinly sliced
    1 large Portobello mushroom, sliced
    1 cup bite-sized broccoli florets
    1/4 cup cho...
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Vegetables On The Grill

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 15, 2016, In : Cooking 


The grill is your friend this summer. You can create whole meals on this simple piece of equipment and make delicious food.
When you grill you use high, direct heat to cook food. This create the nice char and the delicious smoky flavor. But, (always a but) that isn't so healthy.

The charred pieces have carcinogenic compounds. Meat produces more, but veggies have their own. Plus, like all cooking, you lose juices and vitamins with heat.

It's not all bad news. Grilled vegetables taste delicious. T...
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Hot Off The Grill - Tips for Making Summer Grilling Safe and Healthy

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 15, 2016, In : Cooking 


Summer is almost officially here and it is the time of year when getting outside to cook and eat can be great fun. You may be a regular at grilling, but would like to make it more interesting, or you may be a novice who doesn't feel comfortable or has heard grilling may not be a healthy way to cook.

Wherever you are there are simple tips that can help you get started or continue grilling safer while eating healthy and delicious food. We often think of meat as the only food to cook on a grill. ...
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Smoke Your Meats And Embrace Your Inner Caveman

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 14, 2016, In : Cooking 


As I am writing this I can smell the fragrant goodness of mesquite and hickory wood mixed with country-style pork ribs and the heady meatiness of sirloin tip roast. My Masterbuilt electric smoker is billowing clouds of white smoke into the suburban grid and I'm annoying my neighbors with the aroma of freshly smoked meat. Today is a celebration of meat.

Meat. I love it. A luxurious and delicious benefit of the frontal lobe. Man is smarter than the other animals, therefore he will fashion a spea...
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Are You a BBQ King/Queen or Another Pretender to the Throne?

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 14, 2016, In : Cooking 


With summer here, the air should be awash with the smell of BBQs cooking up a range of treats and delights. Make sure you don't miss out on a great BBQ this summer - and become a BBQ King/Queen by following the advice outlined below.

The BBQ - Make the Right Choice:

BBQs come in all shapes, sizes and with various price tags, so it is important to make sure you get the right one for you. When selecting a BBQ think of it as an investment.

It's recommended you ditch the disposable, these may seem p...
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Barbeque Catering: The Hot Favourite Option in This Wedding Season

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 14, 2016, In : Cooking 


Since there are various catering companies available, choosing the perfect one can be a difficult task. In the case of weddings, there is no compromise on the food and services offered because they are the factors which help in making the wedding a memorable affair. The selection of the perfect caterer will make you feel confident enough on your most important day. Barbeque catering is the latest trend which is gaining a lot of popularity in this wedding season.

Make Your Event Special with Ba...
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3 Fun and Unique Grill Recipes to Try For Your Next Barbecue Night

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 14, 2016, In : Cooking 


While most guests would get excited over the classic burgers, hotdogs and steaks, they would surely be more excited to try something new off the grill. Trying new barbecue dishes not only adds variety to the food you serve, but also helps you improve your grilling skills:

Here are some unique grill recipes to try the next time you host a barbecue night:

1. Mac N' Cheese BBQ Pizza

What you need:

    3 small boneless and skinless chicken breasts
    1 10-inch pizza crust
    1 1/2 cups cooked instant...
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Smokin' Sandwiches: 3 Must-Try Summer Barbecue Recipes

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 14, 2016, In : Cooking 


What's good about owning a grill is that you can take your own spin on an ordinary kitchen dish and add a delicious smoky flavor to it. Sandwiches are not an exception - even the usual peanut butter and jelly sandwich can become extra fulfilling when made using your grill. So whether you're craving a light sandwich for a snack or one that you can eat for dinner, make them extra special with your grill!

Here are 3 summer sandwich recipes you surely won't be able to resist:

1. Cheese and Pesto Gr...
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Getting in One Last Summer BBQ Before the Autumn

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, In : Cooking 


We all know how unpredictable the weather can be at this time of year. I was recently enjoying a coffee in my hometown with my Italian friend, Eleanora, who suddenly exclaimed that she hates the weather in my country.

I must admit that I found this a little strange considering that the sun had just started to come out after a dark and damp morning. I then realised that she was wearing a thick duck-down jacket with a scarf tightly wrapped around her neck to protect her from the cold air.

While S...
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Lobsters and Beer On The Beach - A Caribbean Dream

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, In : Cooking 


Christopher Columbus was aware of the existing competition between the European kingdoms for trade routes to the East Indies and the spice trade. He believed he could reach the East Indies by sailing westward. He made several proposals to European monarchs and eventually the expedition was financed by King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.

On his first voyage in 1492, instead of reaching the East Indies, he landed on an island in the Bahamas and did more than he expected to. Columbus disc...
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Are Electric Barbecue Grills Any Good?

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, In : Cooking 


The short answer is Yes! But we ought to have a look at the reasons why, so that you can reach your own decision.

If you live in the United Kingdom, as I do, you will be very familiar with the vagaries of our climate. Rain and wind is very common, and weather predictions are often more optimism than fact. This can make planning a leisure time barbecue a bit tricky.

I think that the main real benefit of the electric barbecue grill is that unlike charcoal and gas BBQ's, electricity does not produ...
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An Updated Review of the Andrew James Red Electric Barbecue Grill

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, In : Cooking 


The Andrew James Red Electric BBQ Grill Is a really smart, and very fashionable piece of kit. It is also very versatile, it can be used on the supplied stand for outdoors use, or off the stand if you prefer to use it on a base of some sort.

The grill is not a low end cooker, and as such it is a bit more expensive than some others. Some of the features that make it worth the extra include the fact that it has a domed hinged lid with an easily read top mounted integral thermometer. The domed lid...
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Vitamin Sea: 3 Easy Grilled Seafood Recipes Your Dinner Table Needs

Posted by Tom Aikins on Wednesday, January 13, 2016, In : Cooking 


Seafood is a healthier option than pork or beef when it comes to meat. They're packed full of nutrients and low in fat. They're light but can still fill a big appetite. But most of all, seafood generally has a shorter cooking time as compared to other types of meat. So whether you're grilling fish, squid or shrimps, you can expect to have a delicious, filling dinner tonight!

Here are 3 grilled seafood recipes you can try cooking with your grill:

1. Tropical Garlic Shrimps

What you need:

    12-15...
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Just How Good Are Electric Barbecue Grills and Where Can They Be Used?

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 8, 2016, In : Cooking 


These are good questions and I'll do my best to answer them. My first observation is that an electric barbecue grill will never produce the amount of heat that a decent charcoal or gas grill will produce. This is not necessarily a bad thing, and in fact can be an advantage particularly to anyone that's new to the art of barbecue.

If you are a hardy soul, one who enjoys outdoor cooking regardless of the weather, and wouldn't even consider grilling indoors, the tool for you has got to be a charc...
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3 Unique Grilled Chicken Recipes That You Might Have Been Missing

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 8, 2016, In : Cooking 


Grillers love to cook chicken because the meat is versatile plus it's less expensive compared to other types of meat. Grilled chicken is delicious whether you only season it with salt and pepper or go all out with any herb, spice, sauce or marinade you desire. If you're in the mood for something more than the usual with your barbecue chicken, here are some unique recipes you definitely must try:

Creamy Tangy Barbecue Chicken

What you need:

    2 3/4 kg. whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
    1 cup ...
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3 Awesome Barbecue Dishes You Can Make for Halloween Weekend

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 8, 2016, In : Cooking 


Barbecue parties are also very common during Halloween so if you're planning a party in light of the holiday, take it out in the yard and get ready to light up your grill for a more festive feel.

Try these easy-to-follow barbecue treats that guests of all ages won't surely forget!

Spooky Bat Barbecue Wings

What you need:

    2 kg. chicken wings
    2 cups dark brown sugar
    1 cup teriyaki sauce
    1 cup honey hickory barbecue sauce
    1 cup dark soy sauce
    A few drops black food coloring

In a la...
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Mature Seasonal Gifts For People Who Love to Barbecue

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 8, 2016, In : Cooking 


With rare exceptions, winter may not seem to be the best time of year to light the barbecue grill, certainly not here in the UK anyway! However, during the winter months we all wait for the day when we can look forward to being out in the open air having a barbecue party with friends and family again.

There is a way that you can 'gift' the essence of barbecue to your family and friends even when there is snow on the ground and it's blowing a gale outside! Read on and let me elaborate.

Modern el...
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5 Awesome Homemade Barbecue Sauces That Every Grill Junkie Will Love

Posted by Tom Aikins on Friday, January 8, 2016, In : Cooking 


Imagine that you are hosting a barbecue and you're serving a variety of grilled meat. One type of sauce for all dishes is a big no-no. This is where the beauty of homemade recipes come in - use different sauce recipes for different types of meat for a variety of flavors and textures. Remember, sauces can make or break any grilled dish. So if you're aiming for better flavor and freshness, skip the store-bought kind and make something homemade.

Here are 5 awesome homemade barbecue sauces that an...
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3 Fun Ways to Prepare Grilled Chicken Breasts

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 7, 2016, In : Cooking 


Perhaps the biggest reason why chicken breasts are popular is because of their versatility. Aside from being easy to prepare, they're packed full of protein which can be satisfying to the appetite. But if not prepared right, chicken breasts can be dull and boring to the taste.

Here are 3 flavorful grilled chicken breasts recipes that you surely won't call boring:

Grilled Fruit and Herb Chicken

What you need:

    4 boneless and skinless chicken breast halves
    4 slices fresh lemon
    3/4 cup apri...
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Try BBQ Catering to Bring a Change in Your Conventional Party

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 7, 2016, In : Cooking 


Are you disinterested in the same old formal way of conducting a corporate lunch or a party dinner? If yes then, why don't you try the unique way of the BBQ catering? The alluring dishes along with the well-mannered caterers will make your party the talk of the town. You will get fabulous food and amazing atmosphere at a time. As such your can enjoy thoroughly with the company of your friend or peers, while relishing the tastes of the chosen dishes.

7 Essentials to Make a BBQ Party Bloom!!!

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Amazing Barbecue Recipes to Try This Holiday Season

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 7, 2016, In : Cooking 


Most people associate grilling only with the summer season, but the delicious smoky flavor of barbecue can be enjoyed any time of the year - including winter. Make this year's holiday season more special by whipping up warm grilled dishes that everyone is sure to enjoy.

Here some easy-to-follow barbecue recipes that will make your holidays more memorable:

Sugar-Glazed Grilled Lamb

What you need:

    4 lamb chops
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    2 teaspoons ground ginger
    2 teaspoons dried tarragon
    ...
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3 Quick and Easy Barbecue Sauces For the Grilling Beginner

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 7, 2016, In : Cooking 


Raw meat and seafood as well as fresh vegetables will be no good on the grill without flavor. Even a simple seasoning of salt and pepper will go a long way. You can either go simple or go all the way with marinades, sauces or rubs depending on your mood. Here are some quick and easy recipes perfect for grilling beginners:

Spicy Raspberry BBQ Sauce

What you need:

    1 1/4 cups raspberry preserves
    1 cup honey
    1 cup dill pickle juice
    1/3 cup red wine vinegar
    1/4 cup brown sugar
    1 bo...
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Climate-Friendly Grilling

Posted by Tom Aikins on Thursday, January 7, 2016, In : Cooking 


The 2015 United Nations Climate Change Conference, held in Paris, France from November 30 to December 12, 2015, negotiated the Paris Agreement; a global agreement designed to reduce climate change by limiting global warming to less than 2 degrees Celsius (°C) compared to pre-industrial levels. The agreement calls for zero net anthropogenic greenhouse gas emissions to be reached during the second half of the 21st century.

In the adopted version of the Paris Agreement, the parties will also try...
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