Where There’s Smoke, There’s Flavor Smoking Foods On Gas Grills

Today’s grillers are hungrier than ever for more flavorful foods, as evidenced by the steady increase in the sales of wood chips and wood chunks over the last several years (according to the Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association). “When you add particular kinds of wood smoke to your food, you are taking advantage of a technique that most people associate with charcoal. Actually, it’s just about as easy to control wood smoke with a gas grill, and the results are fantastic,” says Chef Jamie Purviance, author of “Weber’s Real Grilling.” As one of the country’s top grilling and barbecue experts, Purviance offers consumers useful tips when smoking meats, fish and vegetables on gas grills: Choosing a Smoking Flavor. “The world …

Cooking Is An Art

There’s more to cooking than putting food in a pot and then eating it. Cooking can be an art. For those who really love to cook it becomes a real pastime for them. They are able to come up with new variations of old recipes and put their own special touches on them. Preparing for a gathering can be something of a joy for them. While some find cooking a time to be stressed out, other engulf themselves with the task of creating something truly special for their guests. When preparing a meal for their loved ones it becomes an extra special motivation to ensure their family gets the best of what you have. It may not be a daily …

Cooking Indian Food at Home – Where to Start?

If you read my article, Curry – A Journey, published on the Curry page of this site, you’ll know that my first experiences of the dish were of the generic variety which the British invariably cooked and ate when living abroad a few decades ago. You’ll also know that I then discovered “real” Indian cookery and decided that as I couldn’t afford to eat out that much, I needed to learn how to cook the stuff myself. My first stop then, was a local bookshop, where the choice of books on Indian cookery was somewhat limited. However, I struck lucky and discovered a book called Indian Cookery by Madhur Jaffrey – what a find. Written in simple language but with …

Chef John Folse On How To Cook Delicious Shrimp

Famous Louisiana Chef John Folse is a man with a deep, warm voice. And when he speaks about Louisiana food, there’s no doubt where his heart is. “Eating in Louisiana is a religion; it’s not just about nutrition,” Chef Folse says. “It’s an in-gathering; it’s celebratory; it’s a prayer of thanks for all we’ve been blessed with from the swamp.” John Folse grew up just east of the Atchafalaya Swamp and lost his mother as a young boy. His father raised six boys and two girls as a single parent. One of the things Mr. Folse felt he needed to teach his children was to be good cooks. And their first lesson was that only the freshest foods yield their …

Looking for something a little different to send as a gift this year?

Instead of looking thorough the various options in traditional flower arrangements you might want to consider Cookies by Design. This company merges the best of both worlds. You not only have a beautiful presentation that will be admired, you also have an edible treat to enjoy at your leisure. The general concept is to bring together edible treats with visually appealing bouquets. While many of us like to receive fresh flowers, nearly everyone loves to receive fresh baked goods. The Cookies by Design Company arranges the baked goods to give the feel of a real bouquet. It just doesn’t get better than that. Cookies by Design has a ton of ideas for your special occasion. There are traditional cookie arrangements …

Tips For Cooking The Best Fajitas

Fajita is generally beef, chicken, pork or shrimp grilled and served on a flour tortilla with condiments. The chicken is worked with onions and bell peppers. Fajita is served to the table sizzling loudly on a metal platter with tortilla and condiments on the side. Making your lips watery? Texans would love to take credit for giving the world fajitas but the honor goes to south of the border, Vagueros, who learnt the art of cutting tough beef into skirt steak. Fajitas are basically Tex Mex dishes. Nowadays Fajita is almost anything cooked and wrapped in a flour tortilla. Only true fajitas are skirt steak. The preparation of Fajitas starts with marinating the beef using limejuice to tenderize at least …

Which Culinary School Is Right For You?

Are you fresh out of high school, and appreciate good food? The United States has many culinary schools and the job market is booming, so if you have ever been curious about the possibility of turning a natural love into a career, read on. At the very least, you will have fun choosing which culinary school would be perfect for you. 1. Art Institute (AI) This institution’s culinary program is excellent. They are actually one of the leading institutions for students who are looking for not just a culinary school but a place that greatly specializes in the creative arts. Culinary programs of the Art Institutes are top-notch education and training in the following culinary fields of expertise: culinary arts, …

What do you really need in cookware and crockery

Cookware is always a rather contentious subject. I have seen chefs turn up to even the simplest of cooking jobs carrying more than it would take to maintain your average oil tanker (though maybe this is not the best use for your cookware), when all that was really needed was a knife and something to sharpen it with. So what are the real ”cookware essentials”, the things that you really can’t do without? Well surprisingly you actually need only a very small amount of things to get you going. Probably considerably less than you have already. All the cookware you actually need is a good knife, a means of sharpening it, a chopping board and a couple of pans. You …

Recipe For A Successful Barbecue

Take the barbecue itself – if it’s seen better days then maybe it’s due for an upgrade? Do you want the precision, efficiency and convenience of a gas barbecue or would you prefer the hands-on theater of a traditional charcoal-burner? Gas can be a real time-saver, assuming you remember to check the level of the gas bottle and don’t have to make a dash to the local garden center to re-stock in the middle of the party. But charcoal fans will tell you that nothing imparts the smoky barbecue flavor like the real thing – even if you do set your hair and the neighbor’s fence on fire in the process. It’s all down to personal taste, but with dozens …

It’s Only An Oven

If you have ever tried to sell your house, you know that there is a feature found in the kitchen that can make or break the sale. We are not talking about spacious cabinets a farm sink or a glorious pantry; rather we are referring to the oven. People are extremely loyal to the types of ovens they are used to and I am sure that more than one couple has absolutely loved a house but failed to make an offer because the wife refused to consider a house with an electric oven. While there are a few other cooking options out there, the two most popular choices are an oven run by natural gas or electricity, so what is …

How To Prepare Your Culinary Masterpiece

First thing is first. So you want a culinary masterpiece? Be careful and to follow these instructions to become great. Prepare Your Food Lists Do you have any ingredients in supply? Do you have enough for your recipe? Are the ingredients still fresh or have they spoiled? List what you’re missing and how much you need. If you’re just cooking for one or two, don’t get the family packages of perishables unless you can freeze the extra and use it up before it gets freezer burn. Most dry spices keep quite a while, but can lose potency if stored in warm, damp areas. Check the grocery ads See what’s on sale. There’s no sense in paying more than you have …

Make Grilling A Healthy Experience

Without a doubt there is something very relaxing and pleasurable about cooking and eating grilled food. There are countless ways you can turn your grilling not only into a flavorful and enjoyable way to cook, but there are also many healthy and tasty alternatives. Like anything else in life, what you put on your grill is a choice. Grilling healthy first means that you have decided to eat healthy. Cooking on a grill can be a great way to reduce fats on while adding wonderful flavor however we must also be careful when grilling as there can be certain risks if precautions are not taken. Eating healthy always begins with choosing healthy foods that are low in fat and using …

Motivational Wisdom From A Chef Rat – Part II

Welcome to Part II of “Motivational Wisdom from a Chef Rat” where Disney movie Ratatouille’s star and uber management guru, Remy the Rat, shares his motivational wisdom and inspirational insights: > BE REAL – BE YOURSELF When Anton Ego, France’s most notorious food critic who can make or break a restaurant with a single review, makes his appearance at Gusteau’s, Remy’s culinary talents are finally put to the test. But instead of preparing a fancy delicacy worthy of Gusteau’s esteemed patrons, Remy chooses to make a homily Ratatouille (a vegetable stew made of eggplant, tomatoes, green peppers, and squash). It’s a common folk meal fit “for peasants” the assistant cook declares. Remy ignores this slight and goes with his heart. …

Decorating Xmas Trees With Cookies and Candy

Decorating xmas trees with cookies and candy is a great way to give your tree that personal touch. It is creative and the results can be astounding in terms of their creative impact. Decorating an artificial tree with baked goods is one way to make it look more homey and real. A slim christmas tree really looks great with decorations made out of slim wrapped candies. The snowy color of shortbread confections also plays off nicely against any color of tree including the artificial white christmas tree. Decorating xmas trees with food goes back to the times before Christ was born. Offerings of food were often placed along sills and windows to feed the good spirits and protect from the …