The first time I ever tried to use our outdoor barbeque grill, I thought I was going to stroke. I had watched my parents – especially Dad – BBQ for years, and thought I knew what I was doing. Well, I found that barbecuing is not as simple as it seems. To a novice in the art of barbecuing it can be downright confusing and frustrating.
It felt like it took me forever to finally get myself together and give barbecuing a try. Step by step I tried to remember what my Dad did next. I finally fixed a reasonably good steak, but not without a few problems. Note that the task of cooking meat on a grill can be really tricky. It takes a lot of patience and know-how to be able to come up with a really great barbecue dish. Continue reading
Tired of going through the hassle of making coal and charcoal that you use for barbequeing ignite? Have you tried everything that your human powers can conjure up? Since the dawn of man’s early encounter with fire, he was fascinated with the idea that he no longer needed to eat anything raw. Since then he kept the fire burning. But then one fateful day fire went out and man’s society was in total chaos and darkness. So far fire has kept him warm, safe and with food that is appropriate for him to eat. And when the fire went out he had no recollection of how it started. Continue reading
Not everyone likes the taste of turkey or wants the hassle that baking a turkey and dressing can involve on a special holiday such as Easter or Thanksgiving Day. Many enjoy a tasty, baked ham as an alternative on a special holiday that is typically known for turkey and stuffing. This easy recipe will show you how to bake a ham and have you and your family dining on a terrific meal without all of the hassle. Continue reading
It seems like every year there are literally hundreds of barbecue grills on the market. In fact, some manufacturers launch new models every month to provide the consumers better options. To remain competitive, they have to come up with new features and new technology.
However, no matter what new technology barbecue grills have right now whenever someone heads out to buy a new grill, their buying decisions still comes down to the basic features. Continue reading
Many families head out early in the morning on Easter Sunday to attend sunrise services often skipping breakfast in the process. When they return home they are more than ready for a delicious morning feast. In order to help you plan ahead so that you can quickly feed your hungry family, we suggest these Easter brunch menu ideas so that you can enjoy a quick and easy meal together.
Plan to serve as many foods as possible which can be prepared ahead of time. By preparing the food a day or two before it is needed, you’ll be able to take it out of the refrigerator and serve it right away. Here are some possible items to have on your Easter brunch menu: Continue reading
The humble macaroni, basically made of flour and water, and sometimes eggs, is a mainstay at many picnics. Pasta now comes in all shapes and sizes including ribbons, bows, strings, rings, tubes, spirals, and shells allowing for a variety of colorful salad choices. The smaller shape of macaroni lends itself to salads and casseroles. Continue reading
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Tagged Bell pepper, Cook, Home, Italy, Labor Day Picnic, Macaroni salad, Mayonnaise, Pasta, picnic, Salad, Summer Salad
Many busy families have trouble preparing healthy meals either during the week or when there are games and other activities on the weekend. Trying to eat food that is good for the whole family becomes quite a challenge. One of the easiest and quickest ways to eat a healthy meal is to have homemade soup on hand. Soup is tasty, filling, and good for you anytime, but especially on a cold fall or winter day. Continue reading
Five cup salad has been a favorite recipe of mine for many years. I cannot tell you how many times I have made this easy recipe for holiday meals, summer picnics, family reunions and church potluck suppers. Not only is it a favorite of mine, but many people have asked for the recipe throughout the years. Continue reading
Jelly beans have been popular with children of all ages for decades. Although no one knows exactly where jelly beans came from, their creation was a process that occurred over time. The jelly bean itself is known for its chewy center and semi-hard shell, and comes in more colors than the rainbow. Here is a brief history of this delicious Easter favorite.
Although no one knows exactly where jelly beans came from, historians believe they were created in Istanbul, Turkey in the late 1700s. Called Turkish Delight, they had the chewy center, but were coated with a powdered sugar-like substance. They were also often flavored with rose water and lemon, and coated with minced nuts. Continue reading
When I was growing up we seldom had homemade pancakes unless it was a special occasion. Our typical breakfast was usually some kind of cereal or oatmeal. But, when we did have company or it was a holiday with a late breakfast, we enjoyed the homemade pancakes our mother fixed for us. Continue reading
Halloween will soon be here and that means there will be trick-or-treating, I really mean “treating”. You can’t take all the candy out of Halloween because it just isn’t going to happen, you wouldn’t want to spoil the holiday for your entire family. Continue reading
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Tagged Candy, Halloween, Halloween Treats, Holiday, Holidays and Special Days, Kids and Teens, People and Society, Pumpkin, Trick-or-treating
Children of all ages enjoy a very special treat that is easy to make. The treat? Easter cupcakes. They can be made in a variety of ways: from scratch, using a cupcake mix, or purchased from your local grocery store bakery. However you choose to make the cupcakes, you will want to get your children involved so that they can get in on the creating and decorating fun with you. For some reason, cupcakes taste much better when you and your kids can make them together. Continue reading
When I think of S’mores I think of a campfire, a slim tree branch sharpened on one end to use as a skewer (or a straightened wire hanger), and a delicious treat to enjoy after a long day in the great outdoors. Apparently, so did the Girl Scouts who first introduced us to them in a 1927 publication called Tramping and Trailing with the Girl Scouts. They have become so popular that they are now honored every August 10th on National S’mores Day.
While the original campfire classic was created with just three ingredients, many more versions have appeared over the years. We will start out with the basic; then give you a couple of options if you are looking for a change of pace. Continue reading