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Cooking

  • Cooking pasta is as easy as boiling water, but requires care

    Few of us have the time to make fresh pasta at home, except maybe for a special occasion. Most of the time, it’s just commercially prepared dry pasta out of a box. But when properly cooked, good quality commercially prepared pasta can taste just as good as making it at home.
    Cooking pasta is as easy as boiling water, but it does require a little care. Use about a quart of water per quarter pound of pasta, or six quarts per pound. The pasta will be become slightly gummy if you don’t use enough water.

  • Providing a little background on my unique slant on cooking

    I was born and raised in Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Growing up in northeastern Ohio, I soon learned there was only one sport played in that area—football. From the sandlots, to Pee-Wee League, to Junior League, to high school, to college, to pro football…football was and still is king.
    My wife, Karen, and I were married in May 1966 and we (she) raised two football players (what else?), Sean and Aaron, and called Akron, Ohio, our home until retiring to southeastern coastal North Carolina in 2001.

  • Preparing Steak Diane at home for a classic show-stopping dish

    Steak Diane was popular back in the ’50s and ’60s at most of the fancy restaurants, but this fabulous dish can easily be made at home.
    I prefer using strip steaks pounded down to about one-half inch thick, if needed. If you prefer, tenderloin also works well.

  • Eye of round roast is the easiest roast you’ll ever cook

    This week, I thought I would post some of my favorite recipes and one that seems to be a favorite, or at least the most requested, by readers.
    Even though it’s a relatively easy recipe with few ingredients (only one, if you don’t count salt and pepper), the baking temperature and time still seem to be a puzzlement. We’re talking about cooking a beef eye of round in the oven.

  • Chinese take-out dishes are easy to prepare at home

    Whenever you can’t think of what to prepare for your evening meal, do you instinctively grab the phone to order some Chinese take-out food? If you do, why not try making some Chinese take-out at home? It’s a lot easier to prepare than you might think.
    You don’t need a lot of special cookware or fancy ingredients to prepare some great Chinese food. Just use items you already have in your pantry. You don’t even need to own a wok. Just use any frying pan (the deeper the better). If you do own a wok, all the better.
    Use items in your pantry

  • 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: