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Easy Breakfast Casserole

Easy Breakfast Casserole

You’ve probably heard the saying, “breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” If the morning rush in your house means grabbing a toaster pastry or skipping breakfast entirely, it’s actually easier than you may think to refuel the body, energize the mind and spend some family time around the table. Find more breakfast […]

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The Fire In Us: Why Do We Love To Barbecue?

I’ve pondered this question for some time. Those I’ve questioned simply thought I had a particular fondness to the flavor of the sauce or the meat I consumed. Others have pontificated on the cooking process (this plays a major roll). But something in the back of my head told me it went a little deeper […]

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The Social Aspect of Barbecue

The Social Aspect of Barbecue

For many of us, the obsession of Barbecue begins at an early age. Usually it starts from a Family or Friends BBQ Party. That first tast of the grizzle on a steak, the sear on that burger or the grill marks on that dog.   The Social Aspect of Barbecue If we are lucky enough, […]

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The At Home Flavored Water Trend: Chlorophyll Zest Cooler Recipe

The At Home Flavored Water Trend: Chlorophyll Zest Cooler Recipe

The latest Trend sweeping Hollywood and all of America is Flavored Water At Home. Adding fruits or vegetables to your filtered water, along with any liquid vitamin supplements or protein powders and off you go! Quick, easy and healthy for your Summer Adventures! Here is one Recipe taking the Nation by Storm Chlorophyll Zest Cooler […]

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How To Use A Charcoal Grill

How To Use A Charcoal Grill

So you have decided that you want to start Barbequing. What more, you have done your research and decided that a charcoal grill is the right type of grill for you. So now you have to pick out the charcoal grill that suits you best. One of the first things to consider when purchasing your […]

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Simple Rustic Recipes with Chef Laura Vitale

Simple Rustic Recipes with Chef Laura Vitale

Bring Tuscany to the Table Take time to slow down and experience the pure delight of great-tasting food with family and friends. Savoring the moment is at the heart of Tuscan-inspired entertaining, where everyone has a seat at the table to enjoy simple and delicious dishes that boast authentic flavor and incorporate quality ingredients. Simple […]

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Different Types of Barbecue Grills

Different Types of Barbecue Grills

Summer is here, which means that it is time to begin grilling and preparing awesome Barbecue parties. The only problem is you have not bought your BBQ Grill yet. When purchasing your first Grill you will find that you have a large array of options available to you. It may seem overwhelming at first due […]

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Cooking Gourmet Style

Cooking Gourmet Style

Going from standard cooking to gourmet may require some culinary training. You need some amount of talent and skill to enter this world of gourmet dining. Those who eat from gourmet restaurants are intensely picky and precise on what they like. They are willing to pay the big bucks for their gourmet dinner and will […]

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Forget ‘Wine Rules’: 4 Unconventional Wine Pairings for Guys

Forget ‘Wine Rules’: 4 Unconventional Wine Pairings for Guys

Have you ever looked at a wine list and wished it actually told you what the wine tastes like? Have you ever wanted wine connoisseurs to stop swirling and sniffing, and just take a big sip? Well, you’re not alone. And American craft wine, The Federalist, and Dan Dunn want to do something about it. […]

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Get your Fall / Autumn Swing on with these Simple, Easy 30 minute Meal Ideas. 

Get your Fall / Autumn Swing on with these Simple, Easy 30 minute Meal Ideas. 

Back-to-school season means busy schedules filled with extracurricular activities, homework and carpools. It can be challenging to find quality time to spend with loved ones, let alone get a wholesome, homemade meal on the table. A simple way to create more moments with your family and still serve up nutritious and delicious dinners is to […]

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Recipes to make this School Year

Recipes to make this School Year

The school year is underway once again and for you the race is on. If you’ve been down this road before, then you know these nine months feel like a full-blown sprint where you are constantly running from one obligation to the next. And that doesn’t leave a lot of room to prepare meals and […]

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BBQ Review: Dickey’s – Laurel, Mississippi

BBQ Review: Dickey’s – Laurel, Mississippi

For a chain restaurant, Dickey’s does a pretty good job of keeping it real. Real barbecue. Walking in, you’re greeted with the savory smells of smoke. There’s the first test passed. I felt the menu from which to order was in a slightly incoherent order, but that has nothing to do with the food.

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How to Sound Knowledgable at a Barbecue

How to Sound Knowledgable at a Barbecue

Now that Barbecue Season is beginning, invitations from friends and family will flow to attend a few grilling sessions. You may even be a newbie starting out with your first grill. You want to appear knowledgeable and an old experienced hand, when assisting those friends or chatting to your own guests. Here is a list […]

Health Benefits of Elderberry

Health Benefits of Elderberry

Sambucus nigra is a species complex of flowering plants in the family Adoxaceae native to most of Europe and North America. Common names include elder, elderberry, black elder, European elder, European elderberry, and European black elderberry. It grows in a variety of conditions including both wet and dry fertile soils, primarily in sunny locations. Elder […]

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Proper Smoking Without a Proper Smoker

Proper Smoking Without a Proper Smoker

Nothing is quite as mouthwatering as the smell of a meal on the smoker. The extra time spent smoking versus grilling is well worth while. You may be asking, what if I do not have a proper smoker? No problem. A smoky meal is obtainable from a gas or charcoal grill as well. You may […]

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5 Steps to the Perfect Veggie Kebob

5 Steps to the Perfect Veggie Kebob

Burgers, brats, steak, chicken, pork chops and all the flavors of fresh meat get all the love on the grill, but a well-rounded meal calls for sides and veggies. Before you plan your next backyard barbecue, incorporate tasty vegetables – peppers, asparagus, onions, tomatoes, zucchini and more – for an all-out blitz of fresh-grilled flavor. […]

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Authentic Old Fashioned German Potato Salad

Authentic Old Fashioned German Potato Salad

Potato salad is believed to have originated in Germany, spreading widely throughout Europe and later to European colonies. American potato salad most likely originated from recipes brought to the U.S. by way of immigrants during the nineteenth century. American-style potato salad is served cold and often includes  mayonnaise, herbs and vegetables which is actually a simplified form […]

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Autumn Vegetarian Delights

Autumn Vegetarian Delights

One of the best-kept chef secrets to hosting the most memorable at-home parties is keeping the food simple and adding small details to make it special. After all, a host who isn’t hard at work in the kitchen is a host who can spend more time with guests. One way to make every minute in […]

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A Creamy Complement for Summer Steaks

A Creamy Complement for Summer Steaks

When it’s time to fire up the grill this summer for an all-American classic, you can take steak to the next level by pairing it with a creamy sauce that delivers a kick. This Horseradish and Chive Sauce is the ideal complement for juicy steak; try making a day in advance to allow the flavors […]

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Cranberry Strata Recipe: Delicious Layered Dessert

Cranberry Strata Recipe: Delicious Layered Dessert

Did you know that strata is Italian for layers?  So you’ll be happy to know that this “strata” is packed with delicious layers, so be ready to sink your teeth into cream cheese, cranberries, cinnamon and french bread.Make this recipe the night before to allow it to chill over night and then pop it into […]

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A BBQ Menu made for Summer Indulgence

A BBQ Menu made for Summer Indulgence

Taste of Summer A summer weekend isn’t complete until you fire up the grill, but flame-kissed steaks are just the start to an unforgettable meal that celebrates all the best of the season. To create the perfect main dish, start with high-quality protein. If you’re opting for burgers, elevate your menu with flavorful accompaniments like […]

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Health Benefits of L-Theanine

Health Benefits of L-Theanine

L-Theanine is an amino acid found in tea. It is also found in some mushrooms. It is similar in structure to glutamic acid, another amino acid. The Health benits of L-Theanine include: Improves Cognitive Function and Mood Reduces Stress, Anxiety, and Schizophrenic Symptoms Supports The Heart Has Antioxidant Properties Has Antihistamine Properties Improves Immune Function […]

Flavorful Foods for Outdoor Family Fun

Flavorful Foods for Outdoor Family Fun

  Collaborated Content Summer can be jam-packed with camps, family reunions and more, and people can sometimes miss opportunities to enjoy time together. This summer, savor and celebrate those simple yet memorable backyard moments with friends and family that make the season unforgettable. Soak in the warm weather and try fresh and flavorful recipes al […]

5 Tips for Stress-Free Outdoor Entertaining

5 Tips for Stress-Free Outdoor Entertaining

Good food, great company and the beauty of the outdoors: Dining al fresco with family or friends is the perfect way to enjoy beautiful weather. For many people, though, the job of outdoor entertaining can feel somewhat intimidating. But it doesn’t have to be. With these simple tips, you’ll end up hosting a memorable, stress-free […]

Focus on Nutrition: 5 ways to add more nutrients to your lifestyle

Focus on Nutrition: 5 ways to add more nutrients to your lifestyle

5 ways to add more nutrients to your lifestyle Collaborated Content A nutritious diet is crucial for overall health and well-being. While it’s OK to indulge from time to time, it’s important to make sure you’re providing your body with appropriate nourishment. There are many ways to help you add more of the essential nutrients […]

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Are You Getting Enough Protein in Your Diet?

Are You Getting Enough Protein in Your Diet?

Fewer calories, more protein is a winning combo for weight loss and healthy aging. Do you pay attention to how much protein you eat at each meal? A new study suggests that when it comes to weight loss and healthy aging, getting enough protein at mealtimes is important. Duke University researchers found obese women who […]

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Big Side Dish Ideas for Big Family BBQ Gatherings

Big Side Dish Ideas for Big Family BBQ Gatherings

  Collaborated Content Family gatherings like reunions, picnics and potlucks can bring fun, the chance to reunite with family and, of course, food and celebration. While catching up with family is most important for many, food typically comes in a close second. Tried-and-true favorites are welcome, but so are new additions. This starter duo of […]

Must-Have Recipes for Your Summer Soirees

Must-Have Recipes for Your Summer Soirees

  Collaborated Content Summer is all about enjoying the warm weather with family and friends, but even with the longer summer days, the season can feel short for many. That’s why it’s important to make the most of summer by maximizing your fun in the sun with some of the best memories being made while […]

Five Special Sauces for Barbecue Steak

Five Special Sauces for Barbecue Steak

Admittedly, if you Barbecue on your Grill a quality piece of meat, then it should be able to stand on its own and not get smothered in sauce. The Trend in Restaurants today is to serve sauces as a side dish to the steak. With the improved quality of meat available to the pit master, […]

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It’s Tailgating Time!

It’s Tailgating Time!

It’s Tailgating Time! Tailgating Grill Your grill sees a lot of action during the summer, but it’s not time to put it away yet! As every football fan knows, tailgating season is really where the grill shines! Skip the sugar-heavy sauces and nitrate filled hot dogs for clean AND flavorful food with these tailgate approved […]

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Blend Your Way to a Nutritious Meal

Blend Your Way to a Nutritious Meal

Creating a nutritious family dinner doesn’t have to mean sacrificing favorite dishes. For a healthier take on a traditional ethnic meal, these Blended Tacos involve blending ground beef with mushrooms before adding your desired toppings. Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe! Blended Tacos Recipe courtesy of the Mushroom Council Yield: 12 […]

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Go Beyond Pecan Pie this Holiday Season

Go Beyond Pecan Pie this Holiday Season

When deciding which dishes to serve this year at holiday gatherings, consider going beyond traditional recipes and use beloved seasonal ingredients in new ways. For example, while pecan pie is top of mind for many dessert-makers, it’s also a perfect time to make new pecan dishes , also known as The Original Supernut. Naturally sweet […]

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Pitmaster and the Cook Would LOVE Your Feedback!

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A Lemony Summer Treat

A Lemony Summer Treat

Lemon is one of many popular tastes of summer.  Enjoy a citrus burst with every bite of these Glazed Lemon Cookies. Find more recipes at Culinary.net. Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe! Glazed Lemon Cookies Recipe courtesy of Milk Means More 1/2       cup unsalted butter, at room temperature 3/4       cup granulated […]

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New Orleans Barbecue: Stews and ‘Que

New Orleans Barbecue: Stews and ‘Que

New Orleans is home to a vast array of food traditions, but it is best known for Creole cooking. At one time, it may have been possible to say that Creole cooking was the fancier cooking of New Orleans with more European influences and Cajun cooking the simpler food of the country folk, but this […]

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Pineapple Pork Kebab Recipe

Pineapple Pork Kebab Recipe

Nothing brings people together like a barbecue, and these Pineapple Pork Kebabs can help make you the hero of your grill this summer. Using high-quality, versatile Smithfield Prime Boneless Fresh Pork Loin, sweet onion, red bell pepper and pineapple chunks, they’re perfect for nearly any gathering with family and friends. Find more summer grilling tips […]

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Four Simple Ways to Tune up your Nutrition and Live Healthier Longer

Four Simple Ways to Tune up your Nutrition and Live Healthier Longer

Just about everyone feels like they could use a little extra pep in their day, that surge of energy to get things done and enjoy their favorite activities. This is especially true as we age. However, very few people actually feel as if they have the energy they need. The stress of modern life, poor […]

Add Some Spice to your Life and BBQ

Add Some Spice to your Life and BBQ

Warmer weather may mean finding ways to cool off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring bold flavors to the gathering you’re hosting with family and friends. Whether it’s a barbecue bash or a casual pool party, there is a flavorful blend perfect for nearly every occasion. When the sun is shining, it’s time to […]

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Savory Dishes Featuring Pesto

Savory Dishes Featuring Pesto

One of the best times of each day is gathering with family members to enjoy home-cooked meals. Using fresh and versatile ingredients, adults can be at ease that everyone is eating right with a nutritious dinner and kids are eating something delicious and relaxing each evening. Pesto can be used as an ingredient in many […]

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Make the Grade with Back-to-School Lunches

Make the Grade with Back-to-School Lunches

Collaborated Content Back-to-school time means it’s back to being busy before, during and after school, so it’s time for parents and kids to create new routines. From early wakeup calls to shuttling kids to school and activities, ease the morning mayhem by incorporating a simple meal-planning strategy. As a parent, look for fresh, make-ahead options […]

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Patriotic Themed Recipes

Patriotic Themed Recipes

There’s no time like a hot summer picnic to let your patriotic spirit show. These all-American snacks featuring a classic favorite fruit – watermelon – are the perfect solution for nearly any summertime celebration. Watermelon is a patriotic picnic staple for countless reasons, not the least of which is that it’s a beloved treat that […]

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Living Lavishly Outdoors with Latest Trends

As many families prepare to ramp up their time spent outside, it can be helpful to keep the latest trends in mind while planning for outdoor living spaces. According to research from the International Casual Furnishings Association, many people use outdoor rooms for things they can do indoors – from using cellphones for calls and […]

Spoon Up Tradition

Spoon Up Tradition

Collaborated Content When cooler temperatures call for something to warm you up, good, old-fashioned soups and stews may be just what you need. You can create delicious, steaming pots that taste like they’re straight out of mom’s kitchen with flavorful, convenient ingredients such as Aunt Nellie’s Pickled Beets and READ Salads to help streamline preparation. […]

Red Pepper Cranberry Sauce

Red Pepper Cranberry Sauce

The Perfect Sauce to Pair with a Roast Creating a crowd-pleasing holiday centerpiece starts with choosing a flavorful, tender cut of meat. Shop your Butcher’s Isle for Holiday Sales, or if you are interested in trying a gourmet meat Selection, order an Omaha Steak Collection. Omaha steaks have been around for over a 100 years […]

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ValenQue: Date Night For The Smoking Chef – Smoked Elvis Bacon Banana Split

ValenQue: Date Night For The Smoking Chef – Smoked Elvis Bacon Banana Split

You’ve got the Grill down. You’ve mastered the Smoker. Now you are looking for Recipes that can Impress that special someone. Every Date Night should be a ValenQue. Ready for this masterpiece? The Elvis Bacon Banana Split Recipe What You will Need: 2 whole Banana’s 1 container of your favorite Ice Cream (we used Vanilla […]

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Thai Barbecue Recipes

Thai Barbecue Recipes

Are you bored of the ever repeating steaks or chicken drumsticks on your grill? Why not try something new with an Asian twist. In particular the Thai cuisine is famous for its grilled dishes. We will show you two Thai Barbecue Recipes that you can easily do at home with great results.  The first one […]

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Common Mistakes to Avoid When Gas Grilling

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Gas Grilling

Like any other type of cooking, outdoor grilling is an art. You learn the basics, and after that, your skills and creativity are what make you stand out. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your gas grilling. Keep Your Grill Clean Keeping your grill clean minimizes chances of constant […]

8 Recipes to Take Summer Gatherings to the Next Level

8 Recipes to Take Summer Gatherings to the Next Level

The summer months offer seemingly endless opportunities to enjoy the warm weather with friends and family. Serving crowd-pleasing foods and drinks can go a long way toward a successful gathering, whether you’re hosting a brunch, relaxing by the pool or throwing a backyard bash. Grilled Avocados with Vegetable Relish – Boost a favorite summer flavor […]

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A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings

A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings

Gearing up for a big crowd at your holiday festivities can provide moments of excitement, stress, fun and plenty of other emotions as the big dinner draws near. This year, avoid any nagging feelings of doubt with this step-by-step guide to prepare for large gatherings. A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings Plan in advance. Even […]