Winter Grilling Tips

At our test kitchen we’re always working out of season. That means that we develop turkey recipes all summer for winter publications and then grill all through February for summer magazine articles. (In the picture above that’s recipe tester Rob Heidenreich and test kitchen manager Sabrina Falone’s arm cooking up summer recipes last week).

After years of shovelling snow off the patio to spend the day grilling, we’ve become savvy and safe cold-weather grillers. Here are our tips for cold-weather grilling success:

  1. Gas grills with higher BUT ratings heat up quickly even when it’s very cold so if you’re purchasing a gas grill and know that you want to use it in cold weather, opt for a unit with a BTU rating per square inch that is higher than 125.
  2. If you haven’t used the grill recently, check all gas lines, burners and jets for possible blockages. Insects such as spiders may pick these places to build cocoons for the winter and their homes will prevent fuel from flowing freely to the burners.
  3. Avoid wearing scarves or wide-sleeved jackets that may dangle into the flames and catch fire. Instead, opt for snugly fitted sleeves

Hamdog

The story made me think about other incongruous food combinations. Salads used to be simply lettuce with salad dressing. Over time, other raw vegetables made their way into salads. Now, people commonly put meat in their salad. Thus, we have tuna salad, chicken salad, fish salad, and we also have fruit salad. But “hamdog” seems to have crossed some line of respect. It is a presentation of two different critter meats. I say two, but who really knows what critter is in a hot dog?

Would you go to a fine restaurant and order “lambkin?” That would be lamb with chicken. How about “horsenpfeffer” (horse meat and rabbit stew)? They do eat horse meat in some countries. There is no reason why a meat-on-meat culinary creation cannot come to America from any country if the Australians can send us “hamdog.” In fact, the possibilities of what critter meat is in a hot dog expand greatly when you consider what Australian critter meats might be put in one of those.

My mom likes to eat fried chicken livers. Could “hamdog” inspire the combining of organ meats from different animals? If you are a vegan you may puke

Rooftop Grill

If that describes what you’re looking for, you should consider the Cobb Premium Portable Grill. The Cobb does everything I’ve just described, and even more. It’s a great little grill that others have called a complete cooking system, and a “kitchen-in-a-bag.” I can give you some more information.

The Cobb is light, just under nine pounds, and very compact, fitting in an area just a little bigger than one square foot. Think about all the tiny corners you could store a grill like that in, and still leave enough room for all your other gear! When it comes time to get the Cobb out (or put it away!), there’s no lugging a heavy, cumbersome grill around. If a rooftop grill is what you need, the Cobb should be your grill of choice.

But what about what you buy a grill for in the first place… cooking? The Cobb Premium Portable Grill shines there, too. With just one or two of the Cobb’s available accessories, like the griddle, the roasting rack, and the frying dish/wok, you can use your Cobb for everything from roasting a whole prime rib or pork loin, to steaming some fresh beans or

Roast Beef

Choose a cut that is perfect for roasting

The best joint for roasting is rib of beef. There should be plenty of fat on top of your cut, and preferably throughout as well. Even if you don’t like to eat the fat (which I find very strange but each to his own), it will greatly improve the taste and texture of the meat, making it juicy and rich.

Take the joint out of the fridge well in advance

Beef must be around room temperature before you stick it in the oven. Take your joint out of the fridge well in advance – at least 30 minutes, but preferably an hour or two (depending on how big it is). You can spend this time admiring it and thinking how wonderful it will be once cooked!

Season well

Season your joint just before cooking – I use a simple mix of salt and pepper, just rubbed all over the meat. This complements the flavour of the meat.

Seal the meat

The first step to roasting beef is to “seal” the meat so that all juices are kept inside while cooking. Some people advise

Types of Barbecue Grills

A hectic week at work gives you enough reason to throw a barbecue party at your place, where, besides your family even close friends are invited. Opting for a barbecue get- together is as much about playing the perfect host as it is about de-stressing and relaxing.

But behind all the enjoyment lies the basic joy of cooking which remains incomplete if the wrong kind of cooking equipment is used. When you decide to throw a barbecue party, there are different types of barbecue grills that you can choose from. Initially, the sheer range of barbecue equipment might confuse you. This is precisely why you should have a fair idea about all possible types of barbecue grills.

On average, the market for cooking equipment offers five different types of barbecue grills to choose from. These types of barbecue grills are charcoal grills, smoker grills, propane grills, natural gas grills and multiple fuel grills. All the mentioned types are adequately suitable to be set up in your backyard. But if you are looking for something inexpensive then you should probably opt for a charcoal grill.

The large variety can demand greater investment, but the small ones

Choose A Place To Eat

If you are eating with someone for the first time it is unlikely that you will know all of, or any, of their dietary needs. Are they vegetarian, vegan, fruit eaters, Hindu, Jewish, Muslim, Rastafarian, Sikh? Do they need food free of dairy products or gluten, low salt or fat, without nuts and suitable for diabetes sufferers?

Are you looking for somewhere new that is close by, in the country or the city centre? How do you intend to travel to and from the venue? Is there public transport, or satisfactory parking facilities?

If you are so lucky the meal might be funded out of and expenses claim, but they have limits and it is likely that your boss will not pay for a top priced meal because you did not realise that the eating place was three star Michelin. Set a budget.

Check that it is possible to make a reservation, and if there are any restrictions and limitations depending upon the number in your party. Do they expect some form of payment in advance, how is the booking confirmed by both you and them, by email? What are their cancellation terms both in

Steel Cut Oats vs Rolled Oats

Steel cut oats, or Irish oats as they’re often called, are made when the groats are cut into smaller pieces. That’s it. There is no other process. Unlike the rolled variety, which are further processed, these oats look similar to rice and have a more grainy texture when cooked. They are also more chewy and have a nuttier flavor. Some people, however, prefer the mushy taste of rolled oats instead.

Steel cut oats are definitely the best choice for consumers who are more health conscious. They contain no additives and nothing artificial and are usually sold either in tin cans or boxes. They are 100% whole grain, high in fiber, and very nutritious. A popular brand that is sold in the United States is McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.

One of the advantages of steel cut oats is they have to be cooked longer than the rolled brands. This can make them very inconvenient for those of us who are often in a hurry in the morning and need a quick breakfast. While regular oats can be prepared in just a few extra minutes, steel cuts oats often take thirty minutes or longer to fully cook.

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Avoid Bones when Eating Seafood

A few years ago I dined with a business associate who ordered Whitebait as a starter. Whitebait are the tiny pencil thin fish coated in milk, seasoned flour, deep fried and eaten whole. My colleague decided to fillet all the fish. It took him a while, to concern the waiting and kitchen staff who were wondering how long it would before serving the main course.

His expectation of a boneless piece of fish was a little extreme. With most people the concern is to remove the hidden, lurking throat assassin – the small pin bone. Ask help from your fish supplier to remove them, and state your concerns about any remaining in the fish you buy. If on your return home you still find a bone in the fillet then try another fish supplier next time.

If help is not at hand then complete the task on your own. You can easily find the bones. They are usually either in the stomach wall or down the length of the fish in the centre of the fillet. Gently feeling around will find them. Using a set of tweezers will remove the smaller bones, with a small filleting

Balcony Grill

If you want a balcony grill that does all of that, and even more, you should consider the Cobb Premium Portable Grill. The Cobb is a wonderful little grill that is really a complete cooking system, a “kitchen in a bag.” Here’s some more information about it.

Weighing in at just under nine pounds, with a convenient carry bag, the Cobb Portable Grill takes up a little more than a square foot of space, so no matter where you keep it, there will be lots of room left for the rest of your gear.

Because the Cobb burns very little fuel – up to 3 hours on just eight to ten briquettes – you can get away with keeping a tiny supply of charcoal in your closet or spare room. Whether you do your grilling on a balcony, terrace, patio, or rooftop, the Cobb makes the perfect balcony grill.

No matter what kind of cooking you like to do – smoking, grilling, pan frying, or roasting – the Cobb Premium Portable Grill does it easily. The Cobb is available with accessories – like a frying dish/wok, a roasting rack, a griddle, and a frying pan/skillet

Basmati Brown Rice Pulav

It is the healthy gluten free option which will help you meet all your nutrition requirements without compromising on taste and diet.

Just removal of the outer hull of the rice kernel gives is this variety of rice which has a layer of bran.

Over the few years, It is gained popularity and have a designated place on the shelf in many kitchens. It has become a great pick for those who are health and fitness conscious. However, cooking brown rice is time consuming process. And moreover, people assume that being a healthy option, brown rice has a boring taste.

In today’s fast paced world, where people run on the ticking clock, regular brown rice that takes 60 minutes to cook makes people skip it. It cooks quickly can help in lot many ways and can be a time saver by just cooking in 15-20 minutes.

However, it is slightly differs from Basmati brown rice in certain other ways too. It is long, fluffy when compared to the mushy texture of regular brown rice.

It is grown in Himalayan foothills, have a distinct texture and nutty flavour. These tiny long grains are more