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Cooking

  • Many fixes can be found for common cooking mistakes

    From time to time, we all have allowed food to become burnt, overcooked, over-seasoned or just simply allowed to go bad before even using it. For most of us, mistakes do happen. Sometimes we just pitch the results and start all over again. Other times, we’re just stuck with whatever is currently smoldering in the pan, but all is not lost.

  • Browning meat is an essential step when preparing a stew

    Many years ago when I was single, I thought I knew everything about cooking, so I attempted to make my first beef stew.
    I had friends coming over in about an hour or so and I was short on time. The recipe said to brown the meat, a messy and time-consuming step, so I thought.
    I decided to ignore this instruction and just skip to the next step, just dumping the raw beef chunks into the stewing liquid.

  • There are many choices when it comes to outdoor grilling

    Gas grills are still the most popular when it comes to barbecuing. Many of the newer units include an infrared searing zone, charcoal pans to convert to charcoal grilling and built-in smoker boxes with dedicated burners for those who want to try their hand at smoker cooking.
    In addition, you can also use stainless steel griddles to cook complete meals on your outdoor gas grill. The griddles can be used to make pancakes, eggs, barbecue or even Chinese stir-fry right on top of the grill.

  • A toast to summer: Make it fruity and bold with a splash of fun

    The sunny season is here, so why not raise a cool one with friends on your patio or by the pool? It’s time to relax in the comfort of our home and enjoy the summer season as long as it lasts.
    Some of the most refreshing drinks are those made with fresh fruit. The fruity drink you choose may be a berry-flavored vodka creation, a blender drink using fresh fruits or even a little twist on the always-popular lemonade.

  • Pay attention when using your outdoor grill this summer

    June is the annual observance of National Safety Month, originated by the National Safety Council in an effort to promote public awareness and ultimately decrease the number of injuries and deaths.
    Whether you are cooking outside on the grill or inside in your kitchen, it is important to pay close attention to what you are doing. Disaster can strike without warning no matter if you’re using a charcoal grill or a gas grill. Observe these key grilling safety tips:

  • If one food really captures the essence of summer, it’s salad

    Anything can be a salad in the summertime. When fruits and vegetables are at their peak of the season, you don’t really have to do anything fancy…just toss them into a salad bowl and enjoy their natural goodness.

  • The difference in barbecue depends on your region in the state

    Regardless of what a lot of “outsiders” may say, in North Carolina, barbecue means pulled pork. The word “barbecue” is used as a noun, not a verb or an adjective. When you ask for a plate of barbecue around here, you’re going to get a plate of steaming pulled (or chopped) pork, along with some coleslaw and hush puppies, as well.

  • Corn on the cob is plentiful and available at our local markets

    Even though it’s available year round, I really love that first ear of corn in late spring or early summer, when they are at their peak.
    Like tomatoes, corn is best when grown locally. Check out our local farm markets and farmers markets. Usually, the corn sold there has been picked that morning, unlike corn sold in the local super markets. Corn loses it freshness very quickly.

  • Preparing your catch-of-the-day could take a little thought

    Memorial Day weekend on the South Brunswick Islands signals the beginning of a new season of various beach activities, fishing, golfing and cookouts or just relaxing at home, soaking up the sun and taking it easy.
    For the many fishing enthusiasts in this area, it also means, “What do I do with my catch-of-the-day once I return home?” The first part is easy: cleaning and filleting the fish. The next part takes a little thought.

  • Fried shallots bring some of their own flavor to the party

    Instead of the using the traditional onion rings, why not garnish your next dish with some fried shallots? They are highly versatile, lending themselves to a variety of preparations and cooking methods.