Backyard parties are always a lot of fun. Friends and family get together to eat and drink and share talltales and gossip. But, mostly eat. Plans have to be made for the grill, what to put on it, how to marinate it, and finally how to cook it. Which means, somebody has to be in charge of the grill. While it may be rewarding to oversee a landscape of cooking meats and vegetables, the reality is with responsibility, sacrifices must be made. While all your friends are over there laughing and having fun, you're stuck making sure their food … Read more
Grilling season is never officially over. Unlike team sports or the weather, the grill doesn't cycle through calendar months, ticking off days, perpetually preparing for next season. While the use of the grill may be directly linked to sports and weather patterns, the fact remains that grilling trumps all. Two degrees above freezing in hockey season is still cause enough to bust out the grill, especially when there are new toys to play with.
For those who can stand the cold and wish for the fire, here is the Grilling Basket and Tray With Lidded Shaker Set available on Amazon. … Read more
Indecision can be a wonderful thing. When choices present themselves, there are times when it seems impossible to make a decision. In the kitchen, sometimes this waffling creates inspiration. Craving for more than one type of food can lead to experimentation when the answer is simply to have both. Spectacular combinations can be formed out of this alliance, from peanut butter and chocolate to fried chicken and waffles.
The Sanyo Indoor Barbecue Grill and Griddle combines two great cooking appliances and merges them into one. With 200 square inches of cooktop real estate, the combination appliance has ample room to … Read more
For as long as there have been kitchen counters, there have been manufactures eager to make stuff to put on top of them. Kitchens would just not be complete without a fair showing of gadgetry. Those gadgets can range from the useless to the sublime, but at their core they are designed to do one thing: inspire a person to cook. How well any particular appliance does this task is open to debate, but when it comes down to it, having a new toy to play with generally inspires.
I have come to really like panini grills. They suffer a strange fate, however, due simply to their name. Panini grills. I mean, paninis are nice and all, but really do we need a grill just for them? The answer, of course, is no, but the good news is they do so much more. This one, however, even looks good doing it.
Whether or not you enjoy the occasional panini is beside the point, because this DeLonghi Retro Panini Grill is handsome enough to always leave out on the kitchen counter. Capable of cooking more than pressed sandwiches, the grill … Read more
If you've been a reader for a while, you may remember the Cook-N-Dine teppanyaki-style cooking table, whose patented design allowed you to sear and saute meats and veggies on the same surface from which your guests eat. The trick to the Cook-N-Dine was in its reaction to being heated: the center of the table turns slightly concave when it's heated, trapping all of the juices in the center as the food cooks.
CDS, inventors of the Cook-N-Dine, have redesigned its patented line in this new family of indoor cook tops. The features that made hoards of customers fall … Read more
Sadly, grill season doesn't last forever. If you live in many parts of the country, you know well enough that at some point it's time to pack up the grilling accessories and call it a day (or season). Before the grill can get cold and lonely, jealous of the hot dogs and hamburgers nice and warm on the kitchen stove, consider that with a little preparation, grill season never has to end. If you're willing to brave some inclement weather for the reward of grilled meats and vegetables, you are already halfway there.
There is a certain way to eat hot dogs. Or rather, there is a preferred combination of ingredients that make for the perfect hot dog. What that particular combination may be, nobody can tell you. Sure, they can offer you suggestions; but it all comes down to enjoying hot dogs based on individual preferences. When that magical combination is found, then hot dog eaters tend to go back to it time and time again. No matter if you like them classic-style with onions, mustard, and maybe sauerkraut, or if you prefer a more pile-it-on approach and use all the condiments … Read more
It's not too late. Grilling season is still in effect. Perhaps you've been putting it off, too intimidated by last year's grit and grime. The residue left over from a season of hot dogs and hamburgers can certainly be off-putting, but it shouldn't stand in the way of a good time. There are only so many days left in grilling season; it's time you dusted off your favorite grilling utensils and joined in on the ritual searing of meat.
Before I get to the iPhone apps of the week, I want to share with you an interesting tidbit I read over at AppleInsider regarding the long-awaited Mac tablet. It's one of those cloak-and-dagger-type stories, where an unnamed, (possibly) credible source made a mysterious phone call to an editor about new hardware from Apple. It all sounds kind of fishy to me, but the source apparently described how he had been at a meeting with Apple and had handled what looked like an iPhone (touch screen, black back panel, home button, and all), except it had a 10-inch screen. … Read more