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What Emeril Has to Say About Grilling

We know who Emeril is, and every word that comes out of his mouth regarding cooking is surely a hit. Here’s what he has

Emeril at the Grill - A Cook Book for All Seasons

to say about grilling:

“No matter what season you’re in, for any season, and whatever grilling tool you’re using, grilling should be fun be it outdoors or indoors.” If you agree with me, some or most of us consider grilling outdoors a lot much better than grilling indoors. Perhaps we’re thinking of the inconvenience as the smoke fills the whole house, the charcoal mess and all that. But Emeril’s right, perhaps it’s high time that we consider grilling as something to be treated a great adventure be it inside or outside the house.

Emeril’s second tip is to grill like you’re using a stove: “Half of it should be medium-high heat, a third of it should be medium or medium-low and a third of it should be low… and you should rotate things so that everything you cook is not charred and burnt and not properly cooked internally. And invest in a meat thermometer — they’re cheap.”

Emeril Grills

Here’s a full video coverage of Emeril on the grill.

Grill Pans from Simple Eggs to the Hot Romantic Recipes

If you don’t have a grill pan yet and still using your old skillets for pancakes, aren’t you going to give yourself a break? Own a grill pan now. If you get one, you will be amazed how the designed ridges have to do with your cooking and your meals. You may find it a bit difficult to clean but cleaning up is always a part of healthy cooking, take note, and I guess it’s only constant that to love cooking, cleaning up is constant.

You can have fun with your grill pan from the simplest egg meals and grilled vegetables to puffy pancakes and hot spicy romantic recipes!

A Grill-Panned Bonefish with Asian Sauce

Chicken Fajitas in a Ridged Grill Pan

Maybe I’m speaking by experience since I have a round and rectangular grill pan that allowed me to do just about everything that comes out of my mind.

Try this Jerk Chicken Recipe

What’s a better thing than showing someone that you love them enough to prepare deliciously healthy foods? Yes using grill pans is healthy because you get all the fat and oil pooling on the ridges so no need for them to go along your food.

What to Do When Your Tilapia Flakes During Grilling

One of the my favorite fish to grill is tilapia. I love the white flavorful meat still oozy hot for dinner. But I never thought tilapia would flake so easily and would fall off the grates, that’s often the problem with this fish. If I only had one entire tilapia fish that keeps falling off the grates as it cooks, I wonder what would happen to the fish the moment I serve it. 🙂 Tilapia is a tender fish with meat that is firm enough to get a nice grill without flaking – that’s what I know!

Now that we know that tilapia can be delicate when grilled, it’s just ideal to always brush a little oil (sesame oil is best) around it before putting on the grill, or grease the grill properly to prevent the flesh from sticking into the grates.

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I also have began putting my tilapia in a foil before grilling. This way, you’re 100% sure the fish will come out whole and will be served intact.

Enjoy!

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.

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!

 
 
 
 

Pan-Roasted Tuna with Tarragon Recipe

To begin with, pan roast technique means searing a fish steak such as tuna, swordfish, or halibut at high temperature for a couple of minutes on each side to seal in the juices and form a crust on the outside.  Then you can complete the cooking process in an oven set at 400° F until the steak reaches your preferred stage of doneness. Find how pan-roasting fish steaks make among the most fantastic fish meals.

Probably professional cooks pan roast fish fillets routinely as a way to intensify their flavor, but I discovered the benefits by accident after buying a gorgeously fresh cod filet that turned out to be very thick in one area and quite thin in another.

Ingedients:

  •  2 tuna steaks, about 1- to 1 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 cup chopped tarragon leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chopped Italian parsley leaves
  • 1/2 tablespoon minced garlic
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 1 tablespoon regular olive oil

Directions

Pat dry the tuna steaks with paper towels.  In a bowl, mix lemon juice with tarragon, Italian parsley leaves, and garlic. Add a pinch of salt and a few rounds of ground black pepper. Marinate for 30 minutes.  Heat pan for 1 minute, pour in olive oil, and continue heating pan for 2 more minutes.  Pan-fry tuna steaks for 3 minutes. Then transfer to a plate and serve with strawberry tarragon relish.

To make the relish:

Combine 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, and 1 teaspoon soy sauce. Add 2 tablespoons chopped fresh tarragon. Toss in 12 to 15 strawberries (quartered). Chill and serve with your steaks.

The Healthy Benefits of Grilling Vegetables

When grilling vegetables, you will get the best results when using veggies with a low water content. These are the cabbages, bell peppers, mushrooms, onions, asparagus. It is fun wrapping these vegetables in tinfoil before putting them on the grill, although it is also fine to put them directly on the grill.

What I love about wrapping them is the no need for anything like fat or seasoning. Grilling to me is the best way to preserve the nutrients present in your vegetables.  Boiling rids them a lot of their nutritional value. Frying soaks them up a lot in fat… so grilling is the healthiest way to prepare vegetables.

Eating a diet, which is rich in vegetables and fruits, can reduce the risk for cardiovascular diseases, type 2 diabetes, and stroke. This makes eating vegetables the best thing.  Orange and dark green vegetables are higher in cancer-preventing antioxidants and nutrients than other types.

Vegetables are also low in calories and fat but high in fiber, so they can help you to lose weight by making you feel full. You find potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and folate (folic acid) in vegetables. Dietary fiber can reduce the blood’s cholesterol levels and helps with good bowel function.

Potassium keeps blood pressure at a healthy level. Folate helps in the production of red blood cells. Vitamin C is good for the teeth, gums, wound healing and iron absorption. Vitamin A is good for the skin and eyes. Vitamin E protects vitamin A and essential acids in the body from cell oxidization.

Secrets to Wonderful Grilling Marinades

There are thousands of marinade recipes, but how come not all of them renders wonderfully marinated meat or fish? Have you ever asked yourself why other people get very tasty grilled foods? Have you ever wondered if you too could do the same?

Try these secrets.

Typical blends of vinegar, wine, oil, salt, and seasonings make terrific marinades that boost the flavor of food. The natural acid in the liquids along with salt tenderize tough fibers, while the oil acts as a flavor enhancer. Always use a non-reactive container such as glass, ceramic, or even plastic bowls. Aluminum containers react with the acid in your marinade and will begin to corrode, causing off flavors in the marinated food.

When using pineapple, papaya, yogurt and kiwifruit, marinate for not more than 30 minutes. These ingredients tenderize by enzymatic action, so limit the amount of time that foods soak in the marinade to avoid mushy marinated foods. To avoid tough marinated foods, remember to go easy on the acid in the marinade, which can toughen the proteins in food. To add flavor to food through marinating, simply add large amounts of highly-flavored seasonings and ingredients to your marinades.

Marinades made with red wine, oil, garlic and herbs like rosemary and thyme are suitable for beef and lamb. Yogurt or buttermilk is suitable for poultry so definitely great for your turkey, while beer and hard cider make good marinades for pork. Generally, fruits and fruit juices make the most wonderful marinade ingredients. Lime or lemon juice, pineapple juice, tangerine juice, passion fruit juice, or even tomato juice make the best liquid for your marinades.

Marinating in a Dutch Oven

After your savory grilled dish, think of a wonderful side dish for a more gratifying dinner.

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Ideas for a Good Side Dish for Any Roast

Any idea would do, it’s what you like, it’s what you’re going to serve. For as long as you know it tastes good then go for it. I like applesauce with pork roast. I have made this with frozen peas, carrots, and roasted brussel sprouts. You can also roast or saute’ some of your favorite veggies together, it’s all up to you… it’s your side dish.

For something different, you can try fresh pesto in addition to potatoes, or basil and goat cheese for some complexity. These vegetables would also come very nice with bits or lobster and shrimp mixed in. Let us have a look at some pork roast side dishes.  Snappier peas, crunchier carrots and better-tasting grains, pasta and potatoes will always be quick and delicious side dishes.

I suggest on anything Mediterranean, or Spanish artichokes in many ways. Baby artichokes are particularly popular and tender and combine well with seafood and garlic.

A Mediterranean side dish

BBQ side dish

Just steam them then stuff with garlicky brandy-sauteed shrimp and mushrooms. Potatoes fried in virgin olive oil at home are a delicious dish that cannot compare to any fried potatoes at a restaurant. Learn how to prepare this very typical and flavorful side dish to eat with almost any main course in Spanish cuisine.

If you want something really exotic, go spicy.