Ready, Set, Grill

Today’s backyard chefs are exploring all that backyard cooking and patio cuisine have to offer, grilling breakfast, lunch and dinner outdoors. They are using new and improved grills, new grilling tools and new techniques, all designed to keep up with this lifestyle shift outdoors. If you’re in the market for a new grill, consider how often you will use it, storage space and fuel type. A portable charcoal grill may be the best choice for someone who will tailgate or occasionally barbecue at the beach or the park. Someone who plans to grill on the patio several times a week may need an easy-to-use propane or natural gas grill with temperature control. Electric grills are the right choice if you …

Raining Outside? Try Indoor Barbecuing!

Yes, there is such a thing as indoor barbecuing. But hey, indoor barbecuing doesn’t mean using your ever-reliable wood or gas grill. First of all, that’s illegal in most places because it’s a major fire hazard. Second, it could kill you since these types of grills produce large amounts of carbon monoxide. What you need to know is that there are two basic types of indoor grills – the open grill and the folding contact grill. Indoor Barbecuing 101 An open grill is pretty much like the electric version of the wood/gas grill. It provides you with the outdoor barbecuing feel as you occasionally turn the meat while cooking and even produces flavor closer to the outdoor variety. . On …

Quick and Easy Lunches for the Cooking Challenged

Let’s face it, cooking is not a top priority in the lives of every man, woman, or child on the planet. In fact, far too people have made learning to cook a priority in their lives. This means that we often exist on convenience foods and boxed mixes rather than taking the effort to prepare healthy meals for our families and our own personal enjoyment. The same holds true for lunches when we often resort to a can of soup or box of macaroni and cheese or some other such product rather than putting our creative efforts into making a quick and easy yet delicious lunch. You will see many ideas in this article and the hope is that these …

Do you ever think about the impact of what you say to your children?

When I was parenting I tried to use techniques that were healthy and promoted good communication with my children. I did not feel that I bribed the children to do things. I felt that I gave them choices and let them pick the option that the wanted. My son, who is now twenty years old, was telling his new girlfriend that I used to bribe him to stay at the mall shopping. My son brought his girlfriend to the house to meet us. They were sitting at the kitchen counter visiting with me as I was making lunch for us. I took out a new platter that I had bought recently and my son commented that he had not seen …

More Than Just Tips On Cooking Healthy Food

Cooking healthier food doesn’t mean that you should intake only odorless and tasteless food. Today with the availability of numerous cook books and recipes on healthy living, anybody can prepare a tastier and healthier food in the comfort of their home. The choice of right kind of food ingredients is very crucial while preparing a healthy food. You can give a slight modification to your favorite recipe by including certain nutritious and healthier ingredients and alter here and there without compromising on taste and health. Just ensure that you reduce the calorific value and remove the fat content. Cooking is not required from the basics. You can go to some restaurants and get a ready made recipe of your choice …

Modern Pressure Cooker

Cookers are no more simple cooking utensils of the yesteryear where there was not an iota of safety element built-in. Cookers have come a long way since the World War II and in addition to having countless safety features, they are also aesthetical and eye pleasing plus user friendly, not to mention their functionality and utility. Before we proceed, cooker also means the name of a software product called as ‘Mandriva Linux©’ which is naturally out of the scope of this discussion. Ever since man discovered cooking was delicious than eating raw, cookers began commanding kitchens across the globe. Modern cookers come in a huge variety of designs and safety features. Still others like the solar variety sport the smart …

Mexican Family Night Menu

Chicken Enchilada Casserole Recipe This is a Tex-Mex casserole dish that will be eaten up so fast. It is petty simple to make. It is assembled just like a Lasagna dish. Only differnece is that we use Corn Tortillas. Happy Cooking! Ingredients: * 10 – 7 inch corn tortillas * 1 lb. chicken, cooked and shredded * 1 lb. Cheddar cheese, shredded * 1 pt. sour cream * 1/2 cup chicken broth * 1 packet taco seasoning * 1 cup mayo. * 1/4 green onions, chopped (garnish) * 1 can Rotel, drained (garnish) Instructions: 1. Preheat oven to 350 2. Cook chicken, shred, and cool. 3. Mix shredded chicken, sour cream, chicken broth, taco seasoning, mayo, 3/4 of cheddar cheese, …

Mess-Free Cooking With Slow Cooker Liners

Good news for anyone tired of soaking and scrubbing a slow cooker. New liners make cleanup a snap. Simply line the slow cooker bowl and cook. The liners, which fit round and oval cookers, provide a barrier between the inside of the slow cooker and your food. Once the slow cooker has cooled, simply toss the liner. Slow Cooker Liners make even messy recipes easy. Try this cheesy Slow Cooker Baked Ziti. Add all the ingredients together before you head out for the day and by evening, dinner will be waiting for you. SLOW COOKER BAKED ZITI Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 6 hours Makes: 6 to 8 servings 1 Reynolds® Slow Cooker Liner 1 pound ground beef 1 …

Messes Make Memories

Want some good family fun? Make a mess. “Kids love a good mess and a mess is often a sign of a good time,” says award-winning author Donna Erickson. Simple activities like playing in a big pile of leaves or splashing in puddles after an afternoon shower become family traditions that kids remember. Families can enjoy endless indoor fun, too, without giving messes a second thought. Erickson’s favorite activity this time of year is making apple-cinnamon clay. Adults and kids can stir up this unusual concoction to make decorative, aromatic ornaments or cool jewelry. When hands get sticky, Erickson suggests using Kleenex Moist Cloths to make clean-up fun. It’s the next best thing to washcloth clean, she says. Apple-Cinnamon Clay …

Mary Kay Meet Pampered Chef

We are all looking for a great business opportunity or at least a way to make some extra cash on the side. Our options may vary from the simple at-home daycare to the complicated get-your-degree-online-first method. The typical MLM business opportunity often allows the average Joe to start his own business from home with minimal financial risk. Many wonder, however, after reading negative comments about the typical MLM business, what makes for a great MLM business opportunity? Quite honestly, the best MLM business opportunity has already passed up the majority of people. Those at the top of the business, the CEOs who took the risk, have the best position in the entire company. The minions below who work hard to …

Pleasure Cooking

Far too often we get caught up in the necessity of cooking in order to eat and forget the absolute joy that can be found through the act of cooking. Of course this isn’t limited to stovetop cooking. There are many men and women around the world who find baking to be an extremely pleasurable pastime in addition to traditional stovetop cooking or even barbecuing on a grill. The main distinction occurs in how you perceive your cooking projects. How Do Your View Cooking? While this question is asked somewhat rhetorically, it is a question you should ask yourself and answer. Do you view cooking as a chore or duty or do you view it as a project? There is …

Planning Helps Make A Party Perfect.

Keep dinner simple. Heat frozen vegetables and precooked smoked sausage together for a complete meal. Parties and family gatherings are popular this time of year. Whether you’re celebrating an anniversary, a birthday, graduation, a holiday or the start of your favorite sport’s season, entertaining can be quick, simple, affordable and fun if you plan ahead. • Stock your pantry, refrigerator and freezer with essentials such as precooked, hearty smoked sausage, assorted frozen, refrigerated or boxed side dishes, a variety of vegetables (frozen, fresh or canned), canned or refrigerated soups, and grated cheese for delicious meals in minutes. • Choose recipes you can prepare ahead to spend more time with guests. • Last-minute party? Quick and easy solutions are available to …

pH miracle diet cooking tips

Adopting the pH miracle diet way of life means changing your approach to eating and cooking. Many people make the transition easily, but for others the pH miracle diet makes them enter the foreign territory of fresh vegetables and vegetarian protein sources. There is an endless supply of alkalizing recipes in the pH miracle diet books and online. You will never be out of meal ideas if you take the time to look for new recipes each week. Although at first the meals and methods may be unfamiliar, they will become second nature with practice. Many people who start out on the pH miracle diet way of eating do not know where to start. Their diets used to consist primarily …

Party Cooking And Entertaining

We typically enjoy attending parties and gatherings as well as take pleasure in hosting one as well for our friends and relatives. Whether it is an assembly of only a few number of people like maybe four or six or a larger crowd like maybe a dozen more, planning, preparing, cooking and entertaining for it can be quite a feat especially if you are doing it all by yourself. You don’t want to be at the kitchen making last minute preparations most of the time when you need to be with your guests enjoying the party as well. It is imperative that when you will be having a party, you need to plan for it accordingly. Have a clear decision …

Parsley: A Cook’s Best Friend

A cook’s best friend, Petroselinum crispum, commonly known as curly parsley, is used in myriad ways in the kitchen. Often discarded by diners as ‘just a garnish,’ parsley has many valuable nutrients including bet-carotene, calcium, iron, and Vitamins A and C in easily assimilated form. Parsley has a pleasant flavour and is often used as a breath freshener particularly after eating raw garlic and onions. Parsley is a hardy biennial or short-lived perennial and grows 10 –12 inches (24 – 30 cm) tall. Cultivation requirements: fairly rich, moist soil, full sun or partial shade, water well during dry periods. In the second year, yellowish-white flowers are produced. Parsley can be treated as an annual for cooking purposes, as the first …

Parabolic Solar Oven

Mention solar power to someone and they immediately think of solar panels. A parabolic solar oven, however, has a much more practical use when it comes to feeding ourselves. Parabolic Solar Oven While searching for ways to reduce the use of nonrenewable resources, you might encounter solar power. Solar power, or solar energy, is the use of the sun’s rays to either create energy (electricity), charge a battery, heat water or other fluids, passively heat homes through glass windows, or even cook foods. When solar power is used to cook food it’s often in the form of a solar oven, which can be used in place of firewood and other fuels in order to cook meals. One popular type of …