Archive | December 2011

Christmas Grilling Stories

Have you heard of grilled alligator?

It’s just one of the most unusual grilled recipe for Christmas. One girl from New Orleans shared her family’s menu – grilled alligator, sauteed shrimp and mushrooms and salad. Here’s more – salad, raw oysters with cocktail sauce, grilled scallops and her own dish – creamy-less broccoli. Sounds different?

Grilled Gator

Another story is the 12 days BBQ celebration. Rod and Sheri have spent years perfecting the art of barbecue and are ready to teach their their secrets. The two day Pellet Envy Competition BBQ Class will take you through their entire competition cooking process and end with you tasting some of the best Que in the business and truly having the knowledge to reach the point in years to come where you have forgotten more about barbecue than most ever knew.

Among the most important tool in any cook’s toolbox is a great knife. For pitmasters few things are more important to their craft than an affordable and reliable slicing knife to use when cutting slabs of ribs or slicing brisket. High-carbon stainless steel blade with an edge to prevent food from sticking and meets both requirements of affordability and reliability.

So even if you’ve stretched your shopping till the last minute that you don’t have time for elaborated cooking, hit the grill and make any special menu for the Christmas celebration.

How to Throw a Holiday Grilling Party

It’s tradition everywhere that holiday meals should always come extra special. So you set the dinner banquet table with all the tray of fruits, vases of flowers and little candles to dazzle up the whole scene. Others simply don’t care for the standard dishes that are usually on the holiday dining table. If this rings true for you, then maybe you should consider trying something new out of the olden tradition – throw a holiday grilling party!

Grilling the usual chicken or turkey can top your list, but why not consider grilling out a nice piece of pork or beef instead? You’re throwing a grilling party so you want your guests to enjoy the outdoors too. Aside from the same chicken breasts on the grill, a nice beef or pork tenderloin is another favorite everyone will enjoy. Don’t forget the holiday herbs and spices, of course. Have thyme and rosemary ready so you’re sure they stay in tune with your theme.

Even if it’s a chilly night, you can still have a good time with it. It’s your party so you can create your own style to make it fun. Tell your guests you’re taking it outside so they should be ready with the right gear. Remind everyone to bring coats, scarves and mittens, and you can always invite them to stand around the grill to keep warm.

Cold is not a hindrance

Who would not love this!

Sounds impossible? It’s not! It only takes courage to believe you can do it and let everyone know there is no limit when it comes to grilling:-)

BBQ Grill – Best Gift Suggestion for Men

Not just for the summer cookout, bbq grills also make wonderful winter and Christmas gift for men! In fact, with premium grill accessories they sure would want to be grilling year-round. Because whether they’re serious about all things cooking or just love to barbecue, grills make the perfect gift for men like no other.  Plus, if you’re inside the store, you’ll find everything from skewers to smoke boxes, cutting boards, thermometers and much more – things that you too would find useful for your own grilling escapade.

Cast Iron Round Grill Pan - Your Smart Kitchen

If your family enjoys kabobs, then a grill fits the menu… and if you’re searching for something for a real foodie, you won’t be disappointed either. There are also cedar grilling planks perfect for infusing men’s favorite meat or fish dishes with an unbeatable all-natural smoky flavor.

Cedar Grilling Planks - Fire and Flavor

I suggest that you choose personalized grill tools for him from online stores. Shopping online has a lot more to offer than going to department stores. It can make a unique statement with accessories he will savor using every time he hits the grill. These make great gifts for grandparents who enjoy sentimental gifts, culinary items, and grilling in general.

The next thing you’ll be thinking would be a unique gift wrapper to surprise him!

HAPPY HOLIDAYS! 😉

What to Cook for the Holidays – Tips to Newly-Weds

Families get together during Christmas eve, it’s a tradition done every year where Christmas dinner is celebrated by millions of families throughout the world. Some cooks find it the best season to show off their best recipes and the most delicious desserts. Depending upon your sense of cooking adventure and time constraints there are many recipes for Christmas dinner.

If you’re the beginner cook, or the newly-wed, a traditional seafood meal can make your first Christmas eve more romantic and flavored. Shrimps, calamari, scungilli, baccala, mussels, clams and some delicious fish can make you a wonderful meal together. Don’t worry too much of complexity, simply prepare any of your choices in the manner you two would enjoy. Grill them, cook them on a clay terracotta and serve it right from the stove on your terracotta, or bake them in the oven with lemon wedges.

Don’t forget a good roasting rub for a taste that’s so savory. Simply roast vegetables with colorful bell peppers in a pan with 1 tsp. of olive oil and sea salt to serve with the main course.

Think of any dessert along with your favorite wine. But see to it the dessert should not be sweeter than wine. It still pays a lot enjoying both your wine and dessert.

If you want to put some challenge to your holiday cooking, a roasted monkfish is a good beginning. The wonderful taste of the fish will make things all flavorful. You can enhance it with balsamic for olive sauce, or a plain lemon mash. I tell you, it will not be your last.

Bring that love to ooze on the holidays. Goodluck!

 
 
 
 

Grilling Tips – How to Grill Fruits

Fruits are among the most wonderful foods to grill. Aside from that, they are also very healthy. Firm fruits like apples, pears, and pineapple are to me the most delicious and easy to grill. Softer fruits like peaches, mango, papaya, and nectarines are also fun but require special attention since they cook quickly, and if overcooked, will render mushy results.

When grilling softer fruits, they only need to be heated and not “cooked.” To make sure you don’t get them mushy, grill them in their skins. Fruits like bananas, pineapples, peaches, plums, apples, and pears can be cut in half, pitted or cored, and grilled. Oranges and other juicy fruits do best cut into thick slices. In general, leaving the skin or peel on the fruit helps it maintain its structural integrity as it cooks. Simply place large pieces directly on the grill and smaller pieces on skewers or a grill pan. To prevent their sticking to the grill, baste items very lightly with melted butter, a non-stick vegetable oil spray, or an oil-based marinade.

Grilling fruit is an excellent way to bring out their natural sugars. Their wonderful taste when grilled makes among the best side dish burgers, hot dogs and other grilled meat dishes. Wash the fruit before grilling. A helpful tip is to slice the fruit in half or into large chunks and to leave skins on to help hold the fruit together as it cooks. 🙂

 

 

 

 

The Most Delicious Wood Chip Fragrance for Your Smoking

Wood chips are tiny pieces of coarse-cut hardwood that provide a quick burst of natural flavoring or smoke to the food you are cooking. Old folks grill food to impart natural flavor of wood into their meats and poultry. When chips of wood are added to the heat, smoke begins to develop. This process allows the food to capture all the natural flavorings produced by the smoke.

  • Alder brings the most distinctive nutty and heavy taste and best for meat and tofu.
  • Apple comes lighter but really fruity and nutty that works well for fish
  • Cherry is also lighter and fruity that you can use for fish, poultry and vegetables
  • Hickory is not very smoky but is best for wild poultry, and turkey too
  • Maple has the woody aroma and its light tobacco note is fabulous for seafood like shrimp and lobster
  • Mesquite is the southern favorite with a heavy taste that is mostly used for spare ribs
  • Oak can be spicy and the best for smoking salmon and dark meat fish
  • Pecan is nutty with light coffee flavor and the best option for long smoking
  • Beech is similar in flavor to Oak. It is considered a medium to bold flavor best for all kinds of meat

To make it fun and easy, get professional smoker bags. It has been endorsed by celebrity chef, Emeril Lagasse as another way to achieve great smoke-cooking without any extra work and equipment. The bags already have the wood chip flavorings inside so preparation of your meal is a snap. Simply add your meat, poultry, fish, tofu, or vegetables and place on your grill, campfire or in your oven. It’s convenient there’s no cleaning-up required.