Tomatoes: The ultimate summer vegetable

Right now, at the height of summer, we dream of picking tomatoes that are still warm from the sun, slicing them, putting them on a plate with their juices flowing and enjoying them straight up.  They’re that good. Of course, make just a little more effort and your...

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Grilling is for side dishes, too

This summer, we’re serving up three great side dishes. They’re going to look kind of familiar, but each is deliciously distinct from its traditional picnic ancestor. What makes these sides the next generation of outdoor dining goodness? It’s simple. The main vegetable...

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Great BBQ Gifts for Dads With Attitude

Grilling gifts are the gold standard for the Father’s Day holiday. So as you shop, check out this menu of ideas.   Keep those summer beers cool Corksicle Chillsner Beer Cooling Sticks come in a 2-pack. Just insert into long-neck beer bottles and, well, chill....

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Wood Pellet Burger Grilling Tips & Burger Trends

Get a new take on that griller’s favorite, the burger. Look at what’s popular in the burger world right now, and learn how to cook the perfect burger on your wood pellet grill.   Layer the smoked flavors When you’re using a wood pellet grill, great smoky flavor...

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Spring cleaning for your wood pellet grill/smoker

So it’s spring, and time to give your grill/smoker a serious cleaning to start the outdoor cooking season right. Cleaning your grill makes for better flavors. No, that build-up of smoke and soot really does not add anything tasty to your food. The experts agree: you’d...

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Menu planning 2: mix and match your menu items

If everything in your menu is the same flavor profile, the same texture, and the same temperature, it’s not exactly a menu. It’s more like meal-in-a-pot. We don’t object to one-dish suppers, but they’re not as exciting as menus with multiple dishes that celebrate...

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Grilling and Smoking Classic Easter Entrees

Lamb or ham? That is the question.   Does your family put a leg of lamb at the center of the Easter table every spring? Keep up the tradition but update it, too, by grilling your leg of lamb.   Methods of cooking lamb Many top chefs strongly encourage boning...

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BBQ Menu Ideas 1: Make A Plan, Work The Plan

We’ve all been there. You head to the kitchen late Saturday morning, excited to start on that special BBQ meal you’re planning for the evening.  And then you open the recipe in the cookbook or magazine or on your tablet and look up ‘marinated flank steak’ or ‘cooking...

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Whatever the weather: winter grill and smoker tips

From the fine Floridians at Grill Junkie, here’s a whole lot of hot info on grilling and smoking in cool spells. Yes, even in Florida, wind and weather can challenge the outdoor cook. You need to make adjustments to help ensure success. Read this excerpt, check the...

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