The Right And Wrong Way To Grill Common BBQ Foods

The Right And Wrong Way To Grill Common BBQ Foods

1. Follow three simple rules to make your burgers happy.   1. Flip burgers only once and don’t use a spatula to flatten them out while they’re cooking. Handling the meat too much will make it tough and dry. 2. Push an indent into the middle of the raw beef patty. Burgers will bulge in the middle while they cook and this will help keep the thickness even. 3. Don’t cook your burgers directly over the flame. Keeping the meat in direct contact with the flame will result in...

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All-time top 10 BBQ tips

All-time top 10 BBQ tips

  It’s outdoor dining month here at Jamieoliver.com. The sun is out, as are the terrible T-shirt suntans, and that means one thing: barbecue season. Let’s face it – most of us are terrible barbecuers. If we’re not cremating sausages, we’re probably poisoning our friends. It’s strange that we pick the method of cooking that needs possibly the most concentration on days when all we want to do is kick back and have a beer. Cooking well over fire takes some skill, but...

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Here’s How To Bake With Booze And Nail It

Here’s How To Bake With Booze And Nail It

Drinks and desserts are both pretty great on their own. And together, they’re even better. With that in mind — a booze-infused cupcake line — in Washington, DC. We asked her for her tips on nailing the baking + booze combo, plus four original dessert recipes that you can easily replicate in your own kitchen.   1. Adding booze to baked goods is one of the easiest ways to amp up flavor. And it often works best when the alcohol you’re adding mirrors an ingredient that’s...

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Make Your Pie Even Better Using These Science Tips

Make Your Pie Even Better Using These Science Tips

If you want to make your spectacular pies even better, science is here to help. Letting your butter sit in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes can improve your crust.   When the water from butter evaporates from liquid to gas, it leaves little air pockets within the crust, giving it a flakier texture. The more air, the flakier the crust. The globs of fat also help prevent the proteins in the crust from binding tightly and making it too dense, an unsavory quality for the treat...

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HOW TO AVOID CHEESECAKE CRACKING

HOW TO AVOID CHEESECAKE CRACKING

Have you ever baked a cheesecake and at the end of it all, felt disappointed when you see cracks appearing on the surface, as it is baking or cooling? I know I have! Of course, you can cover up the cracks with a topping or decoration, but for you as the baker, you know there are cracks, and perhaps you are a perfectionist, or you have a sense of not wanting to be defeated by those pesky cracks!       Cracks do not, in any way, affect the taste of your...

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How To Cook Fish If You Hate Cooking

How To Cook Fish If You Hate Cooking

Wrap it inside parchment paper with some other ingredients and it cooks itself. Cooking fish can be intimidating. It’s messy, it has a tendency to dry out, and flipping it midway through cooking often makes it fall apart. Which sucks, because fish is delicious and good for you. But there is another way — a way that doesn’t ask you to even touch the fish during cooking and takes only 15 minutes. The method is calleden papillote in French, and translates to “in parchment...

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Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

Cooking Tips That Will Change Your Life

And save you lots of time. Time that you can spend eating!   1. Use two bowls to cut corn off the cob without getting kernels everywhere. Wrap a small bowl in a paper towel (to keep it from slipping) and set upside-down inside a big bowl. A bundt pan works great for this too, if you have it. 2. Instantly core a head of iceberg lettuce by slamming it down on a cutting board. 3. Pre-soak pasta and it will cook in about 60 seconds. Sounds weird, but it works! Soak the...

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Funnel Cake Fries

Funnel Cake Fries

Funnel Cake Fries with Marshmallow Fluff Dip!!!! My life is now complete. We love these SO much more than regular funnel cake because they’re so much easier to grab and eat without getting powdered sugar literally everywhere.     These are seriously so much fun. Treat yourself to Funnel Cake Fries this weekend!! 🙂     INGREDIENTS:   Making homemade funnel cakes from scratch is so easy. You only need a few ingredients, like flour, sugar, salt, milk,...

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Crunchy Taco Cups

Crunchy Taco Cups

How fun are these little Taco Cups made in a muffin tin?? Kevin LOVED them, and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to make tacos another way again! They’re layers of crunchy taco shell, seasoned beef, spicy tomatoes, and gooey cheese all in one perfect bite.     They were such a huge hit because, you see, I am a soft taco kind girl. But Kevin prefers crunchy tacos. So whenever we had taco night, we always had to make two different kinds. BUT. These tasty little taco...

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Chili Lime Baked Shrimp Cups

Chili Lime Baked Shrimp Cups

These are the perfect party appetizer. Wonton wrappers are baked in the oven until crisp, filled with arugula, a lime sour cream, and then topped with a big juicy chili-lime baked shrimp.     The shrimp are a little spicy from chili powder, the lime brightens everything up and the arugula keeps the whole thing fresh. You can make the wonton cups in advance, but assemble the cups with the arugula, sour cream and shrimp just before serving.     Wonton Cups...

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Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatballs

Perfect appetizers – meatballs stacked with all of the ingredients for a deluxe bacon cheeseburger!     That crazy busy time of the year is upon us.  Back to school,  with all of the craziness that entails, football and tailgating, then before you know it the holidays will be here.  Us busy parents need help.  Some easy recipes to get us through, some snack hacks!   I baked the Farm Rich Original Meatballs on a cookie sheet.  While they were baking I skewered...

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Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle

Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle

Caprese Skewers with Balsamic Drizzle are perfect bites of freshness. Enjoy this healthy appetizer recipe year round!   Mini mozzarella cheese balls skewered with tender basil leaves and juicy tomatoes, drizzled with tangy-sweet balsamic reduction will knock. Your. Socks. Off.     Each layered is loaded with bold-yet-fresh flavors that combine in a bite that is nearly indescribable. It is SO good!   INGREDIENTS:   1 cup balsamic vinegar cherry or...

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How to make the best BBQ marinade

How to make the best BBQ marinade

“Most marinades work by using an acid base (vinegar, wine or lemon juice, fruit: papaya or pineapple for example) to weaken the muscle tissue, this makes the meat feel softer and juicier in the mouth. Dairy products, like hung yoghurt and even greek yoghurt are traditionally used as a marinade in northern India. The yoghurt has special tenderising qualities in addition to their mild acidity, making it the perfect accompaniment to any BBQ dish. The best way to marinate...

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How-to Smoke Ribs on Your Gas Grill

How-to Smoke Ribs on Your Gas Grill

Serving up ribs at a backyard barbecue during the summer is one of the true joys of being a pitmaster. Everyone loves ribs (even if they don’t they sure do eat a lot of them when the platter is sitting out), and when they’re cooked right they will bring the masses to their knees. One of the problems we run into from time to time is a customer that has a nice gas grill but no smoker and doesn’t have the budget or want to spend the money to buy a standalone pit. If that’s...

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How To Build a Better Burger

How To Build a Better Burger

Many grilling enthusiasts take great pride in their hamburger grilling skills. However, for those new to grilling, getting the burgers to come out perfect every time can be a bit of a challenge.   Don’t worry – just grab a cold beverage and view our tips for building a better burger. You can also watch our Hamburger Grilling 101 video to see some of these techniques discussed in action. Happy Grilling!   For Beef Burgers, Use 80/20   The best lean...

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Making Chocolate Curls and Shavings

Making Chocolate Curls and Shavings

Use chocolate curls and shavings to decorate cakes and other baked goods or to garnish mugs of hot chocolate.   Chocolate Curls Slightly soften a 3 to 4-inch chunk of chocolate in the microwave on medium (50% power). Using a vegetable peeler, scrape the blade lengthwise across the softened chocolate to create pretty, delicate curls. Refrigerate the curls until ready to use.       Chocolate Shavings Use a vegetable peeler or knife to shave flat, thin...

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Muffin Basics

Muffin Basics

Muffins and quick breads can be savory or sweet; coffee cakes, crowned with a topping, usually star at the breakfast table. They’re simple to prepare because they rely on chemical leaveners, rather than yeast.   Understanding Leaveners To lighten their batters, muffins, coffee cakes and quick breads use a chemical leavener, such as baking powder or baking soda, and sometimes both, plus the actions of creaming and beating in air.Baking soda, also known as...

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How & Why to Tie Rib Roast (Beef, Lamb or Pork)

How & Why to Tie Rib Roast (Beef, Lamb or Pork)

This simple preparation will ensure that the roast cooks evenly, retains its shape and is easy to carve.     Step 1 Count the ribs on your roast.  Mine has 10.  This means, I will need nine pieces of string (one less than the number of ribs), each long enough to wrap securely around the roast and easily tie.  My lengths today are 18″.  Error on the side of a bit too long.   Step 2 The ribs on this pork roast are about 1″ apart, so, I arranged my...

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How to Cook Chicken

How to Cook Chicken

Grilling and Pan Frying Chicken breasts are the whitest and leanest part of the meat and are ideal cuts for grilling and pan frying with a little oil. Grilling is a super healthy way of cooking chicken as the grill rack keeps it above any fat, allowing it to drain away. If pan frying, remove the skin from the chicken first and use small amounts of oil.  Always drain on absorbent paper, like paper towel.   Stews and Casseroles The long slow cooking process of stews and...

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Slow cooker secrets

Slow cooker secrets

As a time-saving, convenient way to have food on the table at the end of the day, slow cookers are hard to beat. All you need are the right ingredients and some handy tips.   What meat should I use? The great thing about slow cooking is that the tougher (and generally cheaper!) secondary cuts of meat work the best. This is because they’re generally from the ‘harder working’ parts of the animal, so the meat tends to be tougher. They benefit from being cooked for...

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6 Cooking Techniques Everyone Needs to Know

6 Cooking Techniques Everyone Needs to Know

Technique 1: Slow Roast This hands-off method (the oven does the work) gets the most flavor out of vegetables and ensures an even, fork-tender finish on a large cut of meat. (Fast, high heat can dry out the edges before the center is cooked.) You’ll need time, but slow roasting can transform tough ingredients. Take tomatoes: Even not-so-great ones become irresistible as the low heat slowly removes water and concentrates their flavor. They’re excellent in a simple pasta...

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Gluten Free Blackened Fish Taco Bowls

Gluten Free Blackened Fish Taco Bowls

Blackening fish is a cooking technique that according to the internet originated with Chef Paul Prudhomme from Louisiana. It involves dredging the food such as chicken or fish in a mixture of herbs and spices and then cooking it in butter, usually in a hot cast iron skillet. I didn’t use butter of course, just some olive oil and got the same effect.     It produces a lovely seared effect on the surface of the food that’s not burnt although it may look like that....

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Thai Baked Salmon

Thai Baked Salmon

Ever since we went 90% organic, we are more aware of GMOs and coming up with a homemade version of Thai Sweet Chili Sauce was a must to keep enjoying our Thai baked salmon recipe. That sauce can be refrigerated for months and you can use it in so many other Thai dishes or simply with grilled chicken. If you are a fan of Thai Kitchen sauce, you gotta try mine – exact copy but healthier.     In our household we eat a lot of wild sockeye salmon – good quality fish...

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Trout with Garlic Lemon Butter Herb Sauce

Trout with Garlic Lemon Butter Herb Sauce

Trout with Garlic Lemon Butter Herb Sauce – simple and delicious way to cook fish, especially if you’re in a hurry!  The whole recipe takes only 30 minutes.  Italian herb seasoning, chopped fresh parsley and garlic give great flavor to the fish!     I have also made this recipe using the type of fish I’ve never cooked with before – Arctic Char. Arctic Char looks very similar to trout, and it’s closely related to both salmon and trout. Therefore, this recipe will...

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Grilled Black Sea Bass with Cucumber and Cilantro Salad

Grilled Black Sea Bass with Cucumber and Cilantro Salad

The technique sounds a bit intimidating, but it’s actually easy to master: Look for a black sea bass that’s big enough to feed two. Rub it all over with Sichuan peppercorns, garlic, herbs and tangerine zest.     Then cook it quickly on a hot grill. It’s so spicy and awesome and satisfying, you could easily cook this dish for steak enthusiasts. The key to success is picking a fresh fish, preparing it for a deep infusion of flavor and getting it...

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Pesto Stuffed Fish Wrapped in Bacon

Pesto Stuffed Fish Wrapped in Bacon

Pesto is a french provencal sauce, very similar to italian pesto, but without adding parmesan and pine nuts. It is prepared with a crushed mix of fresh basil leaves, garlic, olive oil and coarse salt. It is very easy to do it by yourself, maybe I’ll add a more detailed recipe in the future.     The biggest challenge is to prepare the tasty fish recipe. It is essential to make the taste more pleasant. I do not like, at the table, having to dissect a fish, find edges… it...

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Cranberry Orange Roll Pull Apart Bread

Cranberry Orange Roll Pull Apart Bread

This Cranberry Orange Roll Pull Apart Bread is amazing. It isn’t necessarily difficult, but I’ll tell you up front that it does require a time commitment, like all recipes in the yeast bread genre.     It’s hard to make pull apart bread with one hand. But I made it anyway because if the years are going to be short and time is going to pass and all the days come to a close in the end, I want some of them to include Cranberry Orange Rolls.      ...

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Cinnamon Roll Muffins

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

I am swooning over these Cinnamon Roll Muffins! Everything you love about a good cinnamon roll, but ready in a fraction of the time.     These Cinnamon Roll Muffins require much less of a time commitment, but one sweet bite and I think you’ll agree that they make a pretty impressive substitute for standard cinnamon rolls.   These are easy to make, but I have to tell you that it took me a few tries to get this recipe right. The first batch I delivered to my...

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Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple

Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple

This Easy Rum-Soaked Grilled Pineapple recipe is my flameless version of “pineapple foster”. It’s fresh, easy and crazy delicious. And it’s also perfect for entertaining!     Oh, and then top this heavenly grilled goodness with a big scoop of vanilla ice cream.  Reduce the rum+cinnamon+brown sugar marinade into a caramelized sauce, and drizzle it on top.  And then maybe even sprinkle on a pinch of cinnamon, if you’re feeling extra fancy....

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Banana Split Bites

Banana Split Bites

These Banana Split Bites place a fun and simple twist on your favorite summer treat. Just place Strawberries, Pineapple and Banana on a stick. Then add on some chocolate dipping and nuts! Bam! You have a fun summer time treat.     We are always on the hunt for fun treats to serve up to the kiddos after a fun day in the pool during the summer months. It can quite often be extremely challenging to find a snack that is not filled with junk. This simple treat idea...

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