Few words associated with food are as controversial as barbecue. However, in this debate it's not only about who has the better ribs, or what region makes the best pulled-pork sandwich, but what the definition of barbecue even is. Purists will say that unless it is slow-cooked over low heat, with the requisite amount of smoke, it does not qualify as barbecue. They cringe when they hear people say they are going to a backyard barbecue, knowing full well that the main fare will be hamburgers and hot dogs--not that there's anything wrong with that; it's just … Read more
Sometimes choice is not a good thing. For example, when presented with the opportunity to have a hot dog or a hamburger, choosing can be difficult. Perhaps location will come into play for the decision: hot dogs at the ballgame, burgers at the backyard party. Or maybe what condiments are on-hand would be the deciding factor. But for those times in the comfort of your own kitchen, with all necessary condiments in the fridge, the best option isn't either/or, but rather, both.
At least the question of how best to prepare hot dogs and hamburgers can finally be … Read more
Shopping for kitchen appliances can at times be tricky. A host of factors to think about present themselves, with each one vying for attention as the most important thing to consider. No matter how much the color or the material of an appliance may come into the equation, there are always two other things to consider, no matter what personal preferences may be: price and size.
For the budgetary-minded trying to pack a punch onto a small countertop, appliance shopping can be a challenge. With a price tag of just $29.99, the West Bend Nonstick Countertop Grill and Panini Press (model 6113), … Read more
The Tuscan Grill from Bella Cucina is based on an 18th century design, meant to be used for outdoor grilling or in a fireplace. It will fit comfortably in most fireplaces. By combining the Tuscan Grill and some firewood, you can add delicate smoky flavors to grilled meats and vegetables. This grill is hand-crafted by Tuscan metalsmiths and is designed to be functional. It is available in two sizes, the Originale (18.5 inches by 16 inches) and the Grande (25 inches by 18.5 inches).
With the Tuscan Grill, you can easily adjust heat by moving the grill plate … Read more
You know how it is when you're grilling: it's easy to lose track of time. While friends and family are over and the drinks are flowing, the simple task of cooking can turn into something of an adventure. All too often this means burnt hot dogs and overdone steaks. Standing guard over the grill isn't always an option, but with a little planning, being untethered doesn't have to mean ruined food.
Versatility is the name of the game when it comes to the kitchen. Appliances of all shapes and sizes fold, open, bend, attach, and otherwise conform to accommodate any and all cooking needs. Unfortunately, that doesn't always result in actual usefulness in the kitchen, but sometimes all that flexibility actually comes in handy.
The Wolfgang Puck Tri-Grill Panini Maker with Storage Drawer features interchangeable cooking plates designed for a variety of cooking. The indoor grill comes with an upper grill plate, a lower grill plate, and a lower griddle plate that attach to the two sides of the grill. (… Read more
We as a society have become so accustomed to foods looking a certain way that we rarely give many of them a second thought. Take, for example, the waffle. Delicious in all of its deep-pocketed glory, yes, but as far as originality goes they are pretty much all the same. Oh, sure, every waffle iron produces different waffles, as they all vary in size and shape, but when it comes right down to it, they are basically two-sided butter and syrup holders. Since any waffle known to man can only actually hold butter and syrup on one side at a … Read more
Cooking for a crowd is always a recipe for excitement. Somebody wants this another person wants that and all of them want it done a certain way. Luckily, backyard barbecues are all fun and games (or at least should be), and chances are the unpleasantness of an overdone steak will simply go unmentioned. However, if you're cooking for a crowd, and you want to keep an eye on all those steaks, a little help on the side can come in handy.
It may still be winter, but that doesn't mean that we can't have grilling on the mind. It could be the memory of the succulent taste of grilled meat on our lips (with sauce or without), or maybe it is the thought of a lazy day spent in the sunshine that attracts us to these considerations. Or perhaps we recall (and look forward to) grilling season because of the scent in the air. One thing is for sure: one whiff of the taste of grilling meat, and most people literally start licking their chops.
If you're looking for a filling food option that won't weigh you down, fish is a great choice. But just try to flip that fillet on the grill or in the pan; more often than not, it falls apart.
Try this fun new silicone fish spatula from Kitchen Friends. You can slide it under the entire fillet and keep the piece intact as you turn it. The bright red color and the funky fish cutout are just bonuses.
The spatula is 8 1/2 by 3 1/2 inches and heats safe up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, so … Read more