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Sensational Salads

Sensational Salads

Add fruits, veggies to meals for plant-forward nutrition Adding more fruits and vegetables is one of the simplest ways to make at-home meals healthier for your family. Focusing your plate on more of the good stuff – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, plant-based proteins, lean animal proteins and fish – can help you cut […]

Celebrities Love to Barbecue Outdoors, sometimes in their Underwear!

Celebrities Love to Barbecue Outdoors, sometimes in their Underwear!

Ask any Foodie, seeing images of Food lusciously sitting on a plate, with the right lighting, the juices and sauces flowing just the right way…garnished just right – could actually “turn you on” in a weird sort of way. These lovers of Food coined the Term – “Food Pr0n”. To keep it clean. Food “porn” is […]

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Are you Good Enough for a Cooking Contest?

Are you Good Enough for a Cooking Contest?

Are you the type that likes to cook and loves a good competition; then a cooking contest might be something you’d like to consider doing? There are literally hundreds of cooking contests done annually. Competition types depend on the area they are taking place in a lot of the time. Some competitions are based on […]

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Cinnamon-Apple Crostata

Cinnamon-Apple Crostata

Cinnamon-Apple Crostata Pie Pastry (we used Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts) Filling 1/2 cup sugar 4 tsp. cornstarch 2 tsp. cinnamon 4 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples (4-5 medium sized) 1 tsp. sugar (for sprinkling) 2 tbs. chopped pecans Heat oven to 450°. In medium bowl mix together 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon.  Stir […]

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Top 2020 Food Trends

Top 2020 Food Trends

A new year always brings predictions about what trends will rise to popularity, and when it comes to food, there are plenty of trends already underway that will no doubt continue to surge over the next several months. The good news is both your taste buds and your health will likely benefit from the latest […]

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For Foodies by Foodies: Naturally Shamrock Shaped Foods Garnish

For Foodies by Foodies: Naturally Shamrock Shaped Foods Garnish

One of the best parts about our little Blogging Hobby is scouring Social Media for NEW Food Trends and Ideas. There are Writers, then there are creative Food Designers. Here are some Great Articles we found for the Upcoming Holiday of St. Paddy’s day. Naturally Shamrock Shaped Foods! Ditch the cookie cutter and green dies […]

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Host a St. Patrick’s Day Party with Style

Host a St. Patrick’s Day Party with Style

It may be a celebration in honor of a patron saint of Ireland, but you don’t have to be Irish to join the revelry that marks each St. Patrick’s Day. This year, gather some friends for a party that brings a bit of luck o’ the Irish to all. Host a St. Patrick’s Day Party […]

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Warm Up Fall Meals with Wine

Warm Up Fall Meals with Wine

Fall is the perfect time to welcome warm, robust flavors to your kitchen as well as your wine glass. With its bold, spicy, dark fruit flavors, cabernet sauvignon is a perfect wine for crisp fall weather. Warm Up Fall Meals with Wine Cabernet sauvignon is more versatile for pairing than some believe. It pairs well […]

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One Pot Meals on your BBQ Barbecue

One Pot Meals on your BBQ Barbecue

There are so many delicious dishes that you can prepare and cook on your grill. Have you considered using cast-iron pots and conjure up an “all in one pot” meal? Tantilize your guests with the delicious smell that surrounds your coal pit whilst the food is simmering in a pot . This is a very […]

Expert Tips for the Perfect Holiday Roast

Expert Tips for the Perfect Holiday Roast

Wondering what to cook for an upcoming holiday gathering? A beautiful beef roast is a feast for the eyes and the stomach, sure to impress guests of all ages. With a few expert tips and tricks, you’ll be sure to serve a perfectly cooked roast packed full of flavor. Expert Tips for the Perfect Holiday […]

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St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

St. Patrick’s Day Recipes

Saint Patrick’s Day is a very important day in the year for Irish people. On 17th March is a celebration of the Christian missionary and bishop in Ireland. Which is why there are many recipes that Irish people make for this day, but there are some that have been a tradition for centuries. Recipes for […]

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Throw a Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day Party

Throw a Shamrockin’ St. Patrick’s Day Party

With Irish Classics and Green-Tinted Treats. Recipes for St. Patrick’s Day (St. Paddy’s / St. Patty’s) It doesn’t take the Luck o’ the Irish to throw a great St. Patrick’s Day party. These tips and recipes will help you throw a festive celebration you’ll enjoy as much as your guests — including make-ahead corned beef […]

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Benefits of Beef Dinners

Benefits of Beef Dinners

Hosting dinner for a special occasion can be stressful. Whether you’re gathering with family for the holidays or making something new for friends, you want to deliver an entertaining evening and impress your guests with a pristine meal that everyone enjoys. A delicious beef cut is the focal point of a dinner that will treat […]

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Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

Health Benefits of Ashwagandha

Withania somnifera, known commonly as ashwagandha, Indian ginseng, poison gooseberry, or winter cherry is a plant in the Solanaceae or nightshade family. The root and berry of the ashwagandha plant are a traditional Ayurvedic medicine in India. Ashwagandha is used as a tonic (it is sometimes referred to as the “Indian ginseng”) to improve physical […]

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Bringing the Indoors Out: 2020 Outdoor Living Trends

Bringing the Indoors Out: 2020 Outdoor Living Trends

2020 Outdoor Living Trends are all about enjoying your backyard alfresco — but with the comfort and ease you expect from your indoor spaces. Today’s outdoor spaces are transforming into an extension of the home. The current outdoor design also takes into account the look and feel of your entire home, including the interior and […]

Hottest Kitchen Trends from KBIS 2020

Hottest Kitchen Trends from KBIS 2020

Kitchen Trends Today’s home chefs want — and expect — more from their kitchens than ever before. To optimize their culinary and entertaining skills, they seek exciting new ways to push the boundaries of what they can do at home. These forward-thinking cooks also aim to prepare meals efficiently, using the best high-tech advances available. […]

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Choose Chili ! Some Like it HOT.

Choose Chili ! Some Like it HOT.

Love it or hate it you simply cannot ignore the chili pepper! It is not an addictive ingredient, but it gives the body an endomorphic boost which if you can stand the heat leaves you with a feeling of euphoria. Choose Chili ! Some Like it HOT. What is a Chili Pepper   It is a fruit […]

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Pumped Up Bloody Mary with Bacon and Pierogees!

Pumped Up Bloody Mary with Bacon and Pierogees!

Ditch the celery stick and compliment your spicy Bloody Mary with cheese filled pierogies and BACON! Turn Cooking and Food into FUN! ….Barbecue? Check! We got it! Comfort Food? Check! We got it. Game Day? Yup! Home Entertaining Ideas? Uh-Huh.. Visit Pitmaster and the Cook for Recipes. Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE! Pumped Up Bloody Mary […]

Great Grilling Tips and Tricks of the Pros

Great Grilling Tips and Tricks of the Pros

Across the country as weather heats up, so do the grills. You don’t need to be a Pitmaster to enjoy the fresh flavors that only come from grilling. A few simple tips and creative tricks will help you perfectly grill foods so juicy and delicious, you’ll impress even the pickiest of palates. Great Grilling Tips […]

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Famous Pitmasters

Famous Pitmasters

From the earliest of days, man has Cooked over Fire. Visit any City in the US and the Locals will tell you who their Pitmaster’s and Grillmaster’s are. They’re easy to find, just follow the Billowing Smoke Signals. Outlined below, you will find some of the Worlds Best Pitmaster’s! If you Smoke It, they will […]

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Your First Charcoal Grill

Your First Charcoal Grill

Perhaps you have just moved into your first place or you decided that you wanted to broaden your horizons and try new things. Maybe you went to a Fourth of July Barbecue party and tasted the beautiful smoked flavor and decided you wanted to try to replicate it. After doing your research, you decided that […]

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Appetizers to Grill on your Barbecue

Appetizers to Grill on your Barbecue

What is an appetizer? It’s best described as a small dish or drinks served before the main meal to stimulate the appetite. The perfect appetizer will tease your guests’ palates and leave them wanting more. It should also not fill them up, so that there is still plenty of room for the main course!Use your grill […]

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Cranberry-Beet Bundt Cake with Orange-Walnut Glaze

Cranberry-Beet Bundt Cake with Orange-Walnut Glaze

Cranberry-Beet Bundt Cake with Orange-Walnut Glaze Prep time: 50 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Servings: 16 1          jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Sliced Pickled Beets, drained 2 1/4    cups granulated sugar, divided 1 1/4    cups dried sweetened cranberries 2 1/2    cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2    teaspoons baking powder 1          […]

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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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Tips For Making The Perfect Grill Marks

Tips For Making The Perfect Grill Marks

Nearly everyone likes to see those picture-perfect grill marks covering their meal. It doesn’t matter if it’s meat or vegetables, the look is almost as important as the taste. For some of us, there’s the obligatory social-media picture that follows because we simply must show off our culinary prowess. For others, it’s been a life-long […]

Top Selling Amazon BBQ Gifts

Christmas is almost with us. In a few days, you will be placing those stockings next to the fireplace hoping that Father Xmas will fill it with all sorts of goodies. Are you are looking for Xmas Barbecue Gifts? Or maybe you want to treat yourself, then have a look at a few gift options […]

Behind the label: Decoding certifications in the shopping aisle

Behind the label: Decoding certifications in the shopping aisle

When we visit the grocery store, we’ve become accustomed to a dizzying array of options. There are food labels touting everything from food safety to environmental and ethical standards. Making the best decision for your family, your health and the good of the planet is important, but how can you possibly keep track of what […]

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

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

Make every date night a memorable one. Smoked Banana and Ice Cream Topped With Smoked Walnut Dust Recipe Buckle up friends, have I got a treat for you! I’m very excited to deliver a great dish to everyone today. If you’ve got a smoker, and a particularly sweet significant other that you’d just love to […]

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Snack like a Pro this Football Season

Snack like a Pro this Football Season

7 Ways to Snack like a Pro this Football Season (BPT) – Football season is quickly approaching, which means it will soon be time for tailgating or watching the big game on TV. For many of us, this time of year is tough on our diet and exercise plans, but it doesn’t have to be, […]

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Kid Friendly Snack: Mini Corn Dog Bites

Kid Friendly Snack: Mini Corn Dog Bites

Mini Morsels for a Kid-Friendly Snack Rally the family together to make and eat these bite-sized versions of corn dogs for an enjoyable, kid-friendly activity and snack.  Parents will enjoy them, too, because they’re easy to make, easy to eat and clean up is a snap. Watch video to see how to make this delicious […]

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The Science of Marinades

The Science of Marinades

When encountering a less than stellar piece of meat, we have always leaned on a bit of chemistry to help enhance it—the marinade. Marinating is a Science. But if you are anything like me, the how and the why of something is interesting. This article will be a quick reference on what is really going […]

35 Fun Food Facts

35 Fun Food Facts

According to the Urban Dictionary Fun Food is a certain type of food that, when eating it, is the equivalent of having fun. It may make you recall past fun times or inspire future ones. Eaten socially with someone you know you can have a tremendous amount of fun with. Kids play with their Food. […]

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Best Barbecue Shows on TV

Best Barbecue Shows on TV

It all started in the 1950’s with the introduction of the Home Grill. We all started the same way. Learning to build a fire using charcoal, and grilling our meats fast, creating a gorgeous sear and tender juicy inside. The smell surrounding you as you cooked. These are the Traditions our parents and grandparents showed […]

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Hey! Is this a Barbecue or a Cookout? The Votes are In:

Hey! Is this a Barbecue or a Cookout? The Votes are In:

This has been an ongoing debate amongst Pitmasters and Outdoor Grillers alike. We came across this article from Eater.com It asked: “If an outdoor event with a grill serves meat, but no smoked barbecue, is it still a barbecue? The answer to that might depend on where you live. In parts of America, the word […]

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Spruce Up for Summer

Spruce Up for Summer

Make your backyard the perfect outdoor space. To make the transition to summer season effortless, there may be some backyard upgrades and prep to be done to ensure your outdoor space is in tip-top shape. From your pool and patio to the grill, these tips can help get your backyard summer-ready. Overhaul the Patio Patios […]

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Trendy Twists on Sushi: Beefshi Recipes

Trendy Twists on Sushi: Beefshi Recipes

An innovative sushi-style concept, “beefshi” features convenient beef products like pastrami, roast beef, summer sausage, hot dogs, corned beef or bologna prepared in rolls with rice and vegetables. Because recipes like Reuben Roll, Taco Maki, New York Deli Roll and Muffarolletta can be enjoyed individually as appetizers or grouped together for a full meal, these […]

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Classic Pork Loin: Slow Cooker Recipe

Classic Pork Loin: Slow Cooker Recipe

Whether you’re looking for a family meal or a dish to feed a different type of crowd, taking advantage of kitchen tools like your slow cooker can help take the effort out of preparation. Flavored using cranberries and oranges, this Cranberry-Orange Pork Loin Recipe is a classic pork dish that’s perfect for entertaining any type […]

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Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes Recipe

A Stuffed Tomato Snack Whether you need a quick appetizer for your party or something to snack on, these Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes make for an appealing bite. Try this: Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes Recipe Watch video to see how to make this recipe! Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes Recipe 24-48   cherry tomatoes 1          package (8 ounces) cream […]

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Create a Trendy Twist on Sushi: Beefy Cali Roll Recipe

Create a Trendy Twist on Sushi: Beefy Cali Roll Recipe

An innovative sushi-style concept, “beefshi” features convenient beef products like pastrami, roast beef, summer sausage, hot dogs, corned beef or bologna prepared in rolls with rice and vegetables. You can beef up your menu with a trendy twist with a recipe like this Beefy Cali Roll that includes corned beef, avocado and cucumber. Create a […]

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NEW Batch BBQ Barbecue Rubs! Opening Season

NEW Batch BBQ Barbecue Rubs! Opening Season

It’s that Time of Year again. The time where our Friends and Family get to try the Old Rubs we have been working with AND our Time to OPEN Our New Season up with NEW Rubs! Every Year on March 1st, we open up our Next Batch of BBQ Rubs we Want to Try. We […]

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Heart Healthy: Greek Cucumber Walnut Bites Recipe

Heart Healthy: Greek Cucumber Walnut Bites Recipe

While heart disease is a leading cause of death for both men and women in the United States, many of the risk factors associated with the condition can be controlled with dietary and lifestyle changes. By centering your meals around better-for-you ingredients and recipes, you can show your heart some extra love. Consider walnuts, which […]

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A St. Patty’s Day Sandwich: The Reuben Sandwich Recipe

A St. Patty’s Day Sandwich: The Reuben Sandwich Recipe

In honor of the day when everyone is Irish, welcome family and friends to a traditional St. Patrick’s Day lunch with this Reuben Sandwich recipe. Watch video to see how to make this recipe! Reuben Sandwich Recipe Servings: 2 2          tablespoons butter, softened 4          slices rye and pumpernickel swirl bread 4          slices swiss cheese 6          […]

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Wood Pellets – Gaining in Popularity

Wood Pellets – Gaining in Popularity

Wood pellets form when sawdust compresses under extreme pressure. This pressure heats the wood and binds it together. They become a form of fuel to use when smoking and grilling. They bring a unique smoked flavor to meat and vegetables. They are easy to use and are gaining in popularity. Here’s why: Wood Pellets – […]

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Kitchen Survival Recipe Guide

Kitchen Survival Recipe Guide

You open the cookbook and see a recipe title or a photo that tempts your tastebuds. Then you start to read the recipe, realizing the preparation is more difficult than you first thought, and put the book back on the shelf. Sound Familiar? Well here’s a simple guide to help get you started: 1. Abbreviations […]

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Cherry-Glazed Duck Breast Salad Recipe

Cherry-Glazed Duck Breast Salad Recipe

Add Sizzle to Summer Salads During the warm summer months, salad makes for a refreshing lunch or convenient dinner option that can be delicious and nutritious. With a variety of salad options available, they don’t have to be boring or monotonous. For example, greens can instantly transform into a unique meal when you add creative […]

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Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living

Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living

Hot Ideas for Outdoor Living Create the backyard retreat of your dreams Livable space may be traditionally confined to a home’s interior, but the growing popularity of outdoor living design suggests that homeowners are broadening the definition to make the most of a home’s total footprint. An outdoor patio is a natural extension of the […]

More You Tube BBQ Barbecue Pitmasters

More You Tube BBQ Barbecue Pitmasters

Ah, the ease of Learning Online. There are so many excellent You Tube Barbecue Pitmasters these days that will show you how to grill, which equipment to use and recipes to follow – all on line visually. Following on from the last piece from Pitmaster and the Cook, this article focuses on five further Barbecue […]

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Enjoy Your Outdoor Kitchen All Year Long

Enjoy Your Outdoor Kitchen All Year Long

Building an outdoor kitchen is a significant investment that can be rewarding for years to come. It’s important to take advantage of nice days and temperate seasons as much as possible, no matter in which part of the country you live. However, with proper planning and preparation, you can fully maximize the enjoyment of your […]

Homemade Bread from your Food Processor

Homemade Bread from your Food Processor

Making bread at home in your Food Processor is as easy as 1,2,3 using this Quick Recipe. Homemade Bread from your Food Processor. What you will need: 3-3 1/2 cups Flour 2 tsp. Sugar 1/2 tsp. Salt 1 pkg. Fast Rising Yeast 1 cup Warm Water 2 tbs. Oil Method Combine all the dry ingredients. […]

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Dreary Day Comfort Food recipes

Dreary Day Comfort Food recipes

Hearty dishes for cold, dreary days On crisp winter days when the wind blows cold, warming up from the inside-out with hearty comfort foods can feel like a worthy solution. From chili to cornbread to dumplings, flavorful and filling foods prepared without an overload of ingredients certainly can provide a feel-good boost on chilly evenings. […]

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