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Arena Charcoal Grill By Barbecook

When it comes to summertime cooking just about everyone heads for their outdoor grill. For most that simply means turning a dial and hitting an igniter switch to light the propane fuel of their gas grill. While you surely can't beat the convenience of the gas grills available, it is hard to compare the flavor of foods cooked over gas to that of food cooked over charcoal.   Although cooking over charcoal offers a superior flavor compared to gas, it not only requires more time but also a greater degree of cooking skill (in my opinion). This makes the idea of grilling... read more

Kauai Coffee Company

If you were asked to name a commodity of Hawaii, you might likely respond with pineapple, or maybe even cane sugar.  However, with few exceptions, pineapples and sugar cane have not been widely grown commercially on the islands for years.  There is one item, however, that is not only growing, but thriving on the Hawaiian islands—coffee.    Hawaiian coffees are nothing new.  In fact, Kona coffee has enjoyed such storied success that it is synonymous with “Hawaiian coffee.”  Unfortunately, this generalization leads many to conclude that Kona coffee... read more

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Burgatory - Behind the Burger

Behind the Burger: Burgatory, Pittsburgh by Jim Berman CCI     Is the twelve-course degustation menu going by way of Baked Alaska and Tomatoes in Aspic? Perhaps, so. Perhaps the local movement will embed and hang tough; the way we ate 200 years’ ago is new again. Bold plates of quality ingredients is the rage. Only this time around, it is because we want to, not just because we have to; going back to our roots, as if we ever are able to abandon them, if you will. Roots, by definition, provide footing, vital life-giving juices and at the end of the day, a... read more

Mexican Food Recipes Ceviche

by: Ruben Urias For a cold snack on a hot summer day, ceviche hits the spot! The chilled mixture of fresh seafood and produce will satisfy your hunger and cool you down. Many variations of ceviche exist around the globe, each highlighting favorite local ingredients. For the basic Mexican version that follows, you will get a refreshing mixture of fish, shrimp, lime juice, and fresh vegetables. MEXICAN CEVICHE INGREDIENTS: 8 oz. Fish fillet(s), 1/4-1/2 inch cubes 4 oz. Bay shrimp, cooked 1/2 cup Lime juice 1/2 cup Red onion, fine... read more

Zojirushi Home Bakery Supreme Bread Machine

  • by NickoAdministrator

  You will likely face weeping and gnashing of teeth by serious bread makers at the mention of the word bread machine. And most will say it takes the fun out of making bread all together. True, it probably does but it does allow the masses who are looking for a convenient way to produce a simple loaf of bread without all the chemicals and the big time commitment.     The idea of a kitchen appliance that just produces a loaf of bread started in the late 80’s and caught on very quickly with just about everyone that wanted easy bread at home. Now almost... read more

Sweet Potato Pecan Pie

Thanksgiving is the perfect time for soul food to shine, and one Southern chef has refined the traditional Sweet Potato Pie with another soulful seasonal favorite. Since Chef Teresa Thomas launched her restaurant called Southern Caviar in 2008, diners around Myrtle Beach, S.C., have been thrilled with her upscale versions of down-home Southern cooking. She learned her craft classically at Johnson & Wales University when it was still in Charleston, and then her Southern senses were honed at Charleston's famed soul food Mecca called Jestine's Kitchen. Now her signature... read more

Broccoli

Super Sprouts It's interesting how a person's taste changes from childhood to adulthood, what they like and don't like. Personally, my tastes were like most kids when I was a child (you couldn't have gotten me to eat a vegetable for anything). As a teenager I thought that I was eating enough vegetables if I ate a hamburger that had a leaf of soggy iceberg lettuce on it. Ditto for the celery that came with chicken wings. Adulthood of course brought a more discerning view of vegetables. Their healthful properties go without saying, and as a professional cook I also enjoy... read more

Krups Km 8150 12 Cup Programmable Coffeemaker

  Krups KM 8150 12-cup Programmable Coffeemaker   Donated by EverythingKitchens.com   Reviewed by: Brook Elliott   About 45 years ago came a revolution in American coffee making habits. Melitta made a big splash with its drip coffee making system.   It was a simple concept. Hot water would slowly ooze through a cone of ground coffee, steeping instead of boiling. This produced a clear, clean brew, with no muddiness or bitter oils.   Until then, most Americans made coffee in a stovetop percolator. A small minority, who’d been exposed to European... read more

How to, What To, When To Sear

How to, What to, When to Sear Jim Berman CCI       Searing is profoundly necessary in the contemporary kitchen. Quick hits of serious heat can be a formidable technique for the right ingredients. And you can get some outlandish results. So why does searing prove elusive to even some otherwise competent cooks?   Fundamentally, the searing experience should start with a screaming hot sauté pan and a trace amount of high temperature-tolerant oil. The pan, preferably steel or cast iron should be dashed with a coating of fat. I stay away from the non-stick... read more

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