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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

True Cooks

  There is a very clear, yet unspoken language among cooks. Call it a familiar handshake. Most definitely a lifestyle. But it is not a secret society. Instead, it is a very public honor among thieves sort of thing, emblazoned with stitches, burns, inspired food, dark-ringed eyes and tobacco-stained fingers. And a declaration across the front of a shirt.  Much like the pride of belonging to a gang, or wearing a Pirates’ baseball hat, a Star Wars jacket or displaying a Rise Against bumper sticker, there is a certain feeling in belonging by showing an association.  At... read more

Passion of a chef

Passion of a Chef   With the advent of the internet, food channels, cooking shows, and celebrity chefs on TV, cooking has suddenly become some sort of glamorous. Out of the blue, culinary schools are springing up like mushrooms, packing to the brim with eager-eyed youngsters looking for a quick and easy road to fame and money.           But is it really that easy?   Passion of a Chef – Starting Out These youngsters started out excited and raring to go. But after some time in the killer restaurant industry, reality hit them hard when they... read more

Cast Iron Dutch Oven Basics

This is something I wrote a few years back for a now defunct forum with Camp Chef. Why the name Dutch Oven? There are different versions of why the name Dutch Oven. One is that it derives from the Pennsylvania Dutch who cooked in them. Another is that a Dutchman invented the casting method by which such ovens then became best known. A third is that the better ovens were imported from Holland and so you'd prefer a Dutch Oven over other similar ovens. There is no definitive answer. How do I season a cast iron dutch oven? Generally the most asked... read more

Why I Cook: A Chef's Manifesto

To start, I think we have to answer a more fundamental question: why do we eat?  The most basic of answers is a simple biological necessity.  If you don't eat, your body starves, shrivels up and dies.  But there is of coarse more to it than that.  If not, then why not just "evolve" food into a nutrient rich paste from which we can all derive our sustenance?  Why then did Homo erectus start using fire to cook food?  The answer lies in our love of food.  I don't think anything else could be far more rudimentary and primal than a love for food.  I mean, who does not have... read more

Top Ten Cooking Myths

  • by PeteModerator

  Myths and misinformation abound in the cooking world. From old wives tales to supposed anecdotes, much of what we have been taught is just downright wrong. Many myths just lead to added steps and time to your food preparation, and in the long run, an inferior product. Although most of this information can be found all over the internet, it bears repeating as these myths just don’t seem to go away. Not only do I hear this misinformation repeated back to me time and again from novices and home cooks, but many of these myths are still held as gospel by many... read more

How To Make Spring Rolls

by: Chef Jim Berman Springtime is sensational for reinvention. All around us there are new vegetables poking up there first little leaves of the season. The gift wrapping is an early morning shower, shrouding the plantings in a damp haze. There are wonderful fruits hitting the market from closer rather than further away. Different specimens of ingredients are afoot. With invention comes innovation. And improvisation. So, with so many delicious components for our meals, it is meaningful to play with your food rather than simply prepare it. Look at those lime-green... read more

Why You Shouldn’t Be Using Commercial Equipment in Your Residential Kitchen

The dancing flames of a large open gas burning commercial range seem to beg for a pot or a pan to be used, to create a scrumptious dish that will leave your family and friends ooh-ing and aah-ing. Perhaps a fabulous outdoor kitchen set up is part of your dream house, and a large piece of commercial equipment would complete the look. Or maybe, you want to upgrade your refrigerator or freezer to something with more oomph.   Think again.   Commercial kitchen equipment is not made for residential use. Let’s take a look at why:   Your home fire insurance... read more

How To Choose The Right Knife

Every Cook Needs a Good KnifeKitchen gadgets are supposed to make our busy lives simpler but there are still only two really essential pieces of equipment a cook needs (other than a heat source, of course): a good pan and a high-quality chef's knife. The knife, though, is really most important; there is no other tool in the kitchen that is as useful as the chef's knife.  Sure, other things may look good on a shelf, but all the chrome-plated garlic presses, cobalt blue mixers, and three-speed immersion blenders combined do not compare with the importance of the humble... 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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