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How to Make Garlic Infused Cooking Oil

For dipping hard breads or cooking with garlic flavor in every bite, garlic infused oil is easy to make at home. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Cook a Brisket in a Conventional Oven

Bake and Broil a Brisket Indoors in a Conventional Oven

One of my favorite types of meat is brisket. I love going to BBQ joints and ordering sliced brisket with a tangy sauce, then eating some later for leftovers as brisket sandwiches on breads and buns, or to chop it up and making chopped brisket with sauce. There are so many ways to serve brisket once it’s been prepared.

Brisket, per pound, isn’t an expensive cut of meat compared to steak and sirloin cut meats, but because it’s so big, many people shy away from buying it. Also, because brisket is typically a smoked and grilled meat, most people don’t even know how to cook a brisket in the oven. With proper packaging, a large an oven-cooked brisket can provide enough meat for a family for several weeks or a month, and save money on grocery bills for meat. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Roast Garlic

Oven or Pan Roasted Garlic is Easy and Tastes Great

Garlic is one of the most versatile cooking spices, able to be used in most cuisines and complementing various dishes and other spices well. While garlic can be purchased in jars already minced or in powder or salted versions dried and ready to sprinkle into and on foods, the best garlic comes from fresh garlic that has been pressed at home and then properly roasted either with a dish or separate to use on a dish.

Depending on the type of dish and how much garlic is required, how to roast garlic can vary. This article looks at some easy but creative ways to roast garlic, both with and without an oven. Read the rest of this entry »

Fruit and Vegetables: Is “Organic” Really Better?

What Does “Organic” Really Mean?

One of the things I told my friend I wanted to do when visiting the Houston / Galveston area was to visit some of the farmer’s markets and some of the organic supermarkets in the area. Where I live, in the desert of West Texas, beer and steak are staples, and buying organic food is impossible (hard to find) or difficult (super expensive).

Does Organic Taste Better? Read the rest of this entry »

Foods that Fight Depression: Eat Your Way to Happiness

Can Food Really Make You Feel Better Emotionally?

Time and time again, we’ve seen the female lead in a romantic comedy drown her sorrows in a bucket of ice cream. There’s long been the running joke about women and chocolate improving PMS symptoms and improving mood. It’s been said the enzymes in chocolate can mimic an ‘in love’ feeling.

There are foods considered aphrodisiacs that can increase sexual arousal and desire. With all this ‘evidence,’ it seems clear people believe food can and does alter body chemistry and thus influences mood. If this is the case, it makes sense that some foods can trigger depressive moods while other foods might actually help fight depression. Read the rest of this entry »

Save Money by Grilling This Summer: Grilling Tips & Techniques

BBQing This Summer Saves Money Over Eating Out and Tastes Better!

by Michelle Devon

Down the street from my house and around the corner is a small neighborhood meat market. Every Monday, they get their fresh shipment of butcher meats in, and the first thing we do is go down and buy one of the freezer meat packs. With prices like $59.99 for over 40 pounds of different types of meats, including chicken, pepper bacon, porch chops, ribeye, T-bone, sirloin and roast, you can’t beat buying the freezer packs and tossing them in the deep freeze.

So once per week, on a Sunday afternoon when the weather is nice, we’ll fire up the grill, spend the afternoon outside while working in the yard and playing basketball and fetch and Frisbee, and cook up a week’s worth of grilling meats in one session. We’ll then package these mostly-cooked meats in foil and/or plastic and stick them in the fridge. This way, all during the week we have char-grilled meat with the flavor of outdoor and all we have to do it reheat it in a pan. Read the rest of this entry »

How to Grill Shrimp: Shrimp Grilling Techniques and Tips

Grilling Shrimp in Creative Ways Adds Flavor to Traditional BBQ Ideas!

by Michelle Devon

Seafood is one of my favorite foods ever: crab, lobster, shrimp, fish, you name it. I even like octopus! Shrimp, though, by far, is my most common seafood cuisine, because where I grew up, seafood was not common (I lived in a desert). Because of this, seafood was expensive and usually made it to us frozen. Shrimp was about the only good thing we could find, but even then it was tough and often small.

I still loved it, even so, but it did cause me to learn more creative ways to cook shrimp, and one of my favorites is to grill or BBQ the shrimp on an outdoor grill, the same outdoor grill used to cook steaks and hot dogs or burgers. Read the rest of this entry »

Grilling Fruit: Outdoor Grilling Classic with a Fruity Twist

How to Grill Fruit on an Outdoor Grill for Dessert

by Michelle Devon

If you’ve read any of my other recent articles, you’ll know I’m on a grilling kick! I love summer and good temperatures and swimming pools and most of all: outdoor cooking!

I love grilled meats, grilled vegetables and shrimp, and I adore grilled fruit! That’s right – grilled fruit!

Okay, if you’ve eaten ‘Hawaiian’ things, I’m sure you’ve had a kabob with some pineapple on it, but I bet most of you never thought about grilling other fruit. You can grill anything on the BBQ you want, but there are some fruit that work better on the grill than others. Read the rest of this entry »

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