Maybe you’ve heard of tamales from friends or seen them on your local Mexican restaurant’s menu, yet you’re not quite sure what these are, exactly. Well, tamales are typically made of corn dough and filling, wrapped in steamed corn husks or banana leaves. Tamales originated in Mesoamerica, as the area between North and South … Read more
Chicken pot pie is one dish that comes to mind when you think of comfort food. It’s almost a complete meal in itself, having tender chicken, fresh veggies, savory gravy, all topped with a flaky crust. It can be hard to figure out what to serve with chicken pot pie. It has everything … Read more
We grew up hearing over and over that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Well, that lesson sank in. We don’t take breakfast lightly. The most well-loved breakfast recipes we often choose from include waffles, eggs, pancakes, and of course, granola! Granola is a nutrition-packed cereal rich in fiber, protein, and micronutrients … Read more
Sure, you love hummus. It’s delicious and healthy and trendy, too. We’re sure you’ve tried lots of different store-bought types of hummus, but have you tried making your own yet? If you haven’t, then you’re definitely missing out on some great stuff. We share our favorite, best hummus recipe in detail so that you can … Read more
Mac and cheese is, without a doubt, in the top ten of everyone’s favorite comfort food list. We can never say no to its creamy and cheesy sauce melded together with the soft and chewy macaroni. The best part is, you can choose to make it from scratch or purchase a boxed version of … Read more
Everyone loves applesauce, from babies to great-grandparents. But it tastes even better when you make it yourself in your own kitchen. Homemade applesauce has a rich flavor and can be as sweet or tart as you like it. It almost tastes like that all-American apple pie filling that we love. Store-bought applesauce simply cannot hold … Read more
A sloppy joe isn’t just a sandwich for most people. It brings back memories of school lunches and how much fun it was eating this messy but delicious meal. Alongside those sloppy joe memories are baked beans, macaroni salad, and potatoes in different forms. Then and now, these are the classic side dishes that … Read more
If there’s one item in the pantry that we quickly run out of regularly, it is definitely powdered sugar. Since we bake a lot, powdered sugar is the one thing that is always on top of our grocery list. We use it every single day to make our coffee (yum!) and add to sweet recipes. … Read more
Making homemade pickles couldn’t be easier. A little prep work with pretty basic ingredients can yield very tasty results. Some of you who are not new to making pickles know that you can end up with some disastrous results when pickling cucumbers for the first time. Pickles can easily turn out too soggy, too sour, … Read more
If there’s one well-loved food that never gets old, steak is surely on top of the list. No matter where you are in the world, steak is prepared in various ways, and the taste never disappoints. Whether served on a special occasion or for just a weeknight family dinner, steak is typically the special dish … Read more
You and your family love enchiladas, but do you find it kind of hard to figure out what to serve with them? You are not alone. Enchiladas are surely one of everybody’s favorite recipes to prepare for a special gathering or just a simple everyday meal. The most typical challenge with enchiladas is finding the … Read more
If you look for a dish that has protein, carbs, veggies, and lots of flavors combined, then you must find out more about jambalaya. Jambalaya is a rice dish consisting of meat and vegetables in rice. The meat usually includes sausage, pork, chicken, and seafood. The vegetables follow Cajun’s “holy trinity”: onion, celery, and green … Read more
If there is one French dish that we should include more often in our meal plans, quiche is undoubtedly it. Quiche is a savory French custard made with eggs, milk, and cream with a flaky crust shell. However, you can include tons of add-ons to make it even more delectable: ham, cheese, tomatoes, spinach, spices, … Read more
Perogies are delicious stuffed dumplings that have a classic filling of white cheese (or cottage cheese), mashed potatoes, and fried onions. They can also be stuffed with sauerkraut, mushrooms, spinach, cabbage, and meat. Pierogies are boiled and once cooked, they float to the top. Some like to pan-fry them with a little butter … Read more
If there is one Mexican food that I simply can’t resist, it has to be fajitas. The combination of meat, veggies, cheese, caramelized onions, and spices is simply irresistible. Since they are a meal on their own, though, it is sometimes hard to come up with what can you serve with fajitas. Here … Read more
There’s no meal more comforting and that reminds us of home more than meatloaf. What you can serve with meatloaf isn’t much of a problem either, since it pretty much goes with anything. But if you’re tired of the same old, same old side dishes, you’ve come to the right place. Here are … Read more
With a filling that’s a combination of grains, meat, veggies, and cheese, stuffed peppers can stand on their own as a meal. But as delicious and balanced as stuffed peppers are, they look lonely on a plate by themselves. This timeless, classic entrée needs a tasty side dish to complement its savory flavors. So, what … Read more
Chicken cordon bleu combines three of the favorite foods of many people–chicken, ham, and cheese. The result is an unbelievable depth of flavors that one cannot get enough of. There is only one thing that can make chicken cordon bleu even better than it already is, and that’s to add side dishes that … Read more
Trying something new for dinner tonight? Chicken piccata i s a great, tasty, different entrée–but what can you serve with it? Below are 12 quick and easy to prepare side dishes you can serve with chicken piccata. As you will see, they are just as classic and well-loved as the main dish itself. … Read more
Dumplings are a versatile and fun food to make: you can use them as an appetizer, entrée, or even dessert, and you can stuff dumplings with almost anything you have in the fridge! But what if you’re inspired to make some Japanese dumplings or chicken and dumplings and realize you have no baking powder in … Read more
Some fish may be cheaper than others, but that doesn’t mean it’s less healthy than more expensive seafood. Cheap seafood can also be very beneficial for your health, since it often contains high amounts of protein and high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, as well as being rich in calcium. Fresh fish is usually … Read more
Making your instant pot freezer meals at home is a whole new experience. While it takes more effort and time, when you finally get to dig into the food you have made, it is the best thing ever. However, the issues arise when you are unable to reheat the instant pot freezer meals … Read more
Whether it’s a dollop of cream with apple pie or a white swirl in tomato soup, cream makes any food taste decadent and delicious. Just seeing the fluffy white goodness on your food can spark a feeling of joy and warmth inside you. There are many different types of cream with the key difference lying … Read more
We all have a few kitchen appliances that we believe are only made to serve one purpose and hence, they remain underutilized. A rice cooker is one of them. In addition to helping you cook the perfect rice, every time, the electrical pot can be used to prepare a wide variety of foods that can … Read more
If you didn’t know about grilled desserts before, then you’ve been missing out on some of the tastiest food on earth. The tastiest grilled desserts on this earth can go toe to toe with the best non-fried non-heated, cold desserts out there. You just need to find the right ones. Grilled Pineapple Sundaes This looks … Read more
Barbecued baby back ribs are a legend, but many shy away from making them out of fear. Roasting them in the oven makes the process long, but it is really as simple as making sugar bread (buttered white bread with sugar). Rib meat is tough, so a long cooking time is essential to … Read more
“There’s nothing new under the sun.” This sage wisdom applies to just about everything, and that includes pizza. In 500 BC, Persian soldiers were baking flatbread on their shields in the field, topped with cheese and dates. There’s evidence tracing pizza back to everyone from the ancient Egyptians to the Greeks, depending on your definition. … Read more
Nothing you put on the grill says lush, decadent, buttery better than lobster. But, these delightful, 10-legged crustaceans weren’t always the delicacy we consider them today. Native Americans on the Northeast coastline often used lobsters as fertilizer. Colonial Americans regarded them as fit for children, the poor, and indentured servants. In fact, by the 1800s, … Read more
You’ve got to be loving it: the sweet smell of grilling pork chops, the tender, juicy, mouth-watering taste when they’re piled on the plate in front of you. But there’s a lot of you who are afraid to grill pork chops, and that’s just not right. Grilling pork chops is no more difficult than grilling … Read more
There’s a lot of us who answer “salmon” to the question, “What’s your favorite fish,” and that’s because of its unique buttery flavor, the tenderness, the intense color…. Well, we could go on and on, couldn’t we? You can bake salmon, pan fry it, poach it… …but one of the best ways to cook it … Read more
There are some people who are afraid to grill a whole pork loin. I know you’re out there. You cut it up into slices, grill the outside, and then shove it in the oven to finish. No, no, don’t hide, come right out. Today is your day. There are, of course, some secret tips to … Read more
Some people think champagne is just any old sparkling wine. And while a very good sparkling wine may taste almost exactly the same, the term “Champagne” designated to those from the, you guessed it, Champagne region in France, where it is produced under a very strict procedure. Champs and Apps Champagne is usually a … Read more
Hors d’oeuvres are perfect for parties, no matter what size. They satisfy your hungry dinner guests until the main dish that’s still cooking, while demonstrating your chef’s prowess. There are so many hors d’oeuvres options, some very difficult and some quite easy, all shapes and sizes of delicious bites. Depending on your dinner party, your … Read more
Pork is one of the most widely consumed meats around the world. There is a very good reason for this—it’s because pork is delicious! Whether it be in the form of bacon or sausage for breakfast, deli ham for lunch, or a roasted loin for dinner, pork can be eaten morning, noon, and night. Many … Read more
On a warm summer’s day, what’s a more romantic way of impressing a new date than taking them to your favorite spot for a picnic? Accompany them to a high point with a good view, secluded but not isolated, and impress them with your homemade spread of delicious foods. It’s a sure way to move … Read more
When winter strikes, there’s always the inevitable cold, accompanied by the infamous sore throat. You’ll spend a week or so miserable, croaking away to your friends about how your particular cold is far worse than anyone else’s. When you stop receiving sympathy and start receiving disgruntled looks each time you wince or bring up your … Read more
Picture this scene. The weekend is looming, you have a dinner party to prepare. Of course, you want to impress your guests. There is just one problem. Life is busy and you have no time for extravagant cooking. I have the solution for you—sous vide (pronounced ‘soo veed’) cooking! What is cooking sous … Read more
Salmon has come full circle in the last few hundred years, from a cheap and plentiful source of protein that needed to be preserved, to a high-priced delicacy, and now a food that can be bought at any supermarket. Salmon is certainly here to stay and, whether paired with scrambled eggs for breakfast or caviar … Read more
A good grill or barbecue should be more than just good times and meat. A balance of flavors is important at any meal. Some of your friends may even be vegetarians (not that there’s anything wrong with that). So, while you are slow cooking a prime piece of brisket (see my recipe for a great … Read more
There has always been a certain romance associated with salmon. Whether as part of a Christmas breakfast and served with scrambled eggs, or as the main course at a lavish banquet, there’s something special about salmon. There is an old Irish story that recounts a legend of a salmon who possessed all the knowledge of … Read more
Everyone knows that a smoked brisket is only as good as the rub that seasons it. To really achieve the most flavorful and tender meat, it’s important to select a rub recipe that hits all of the major flavor profiles without masking the wonderful flavor and texture of the meat itself. Throw caution to the … Read more
Whether it be roasted, grilled, or pan-fried, chicken is one of the most widely consumed and tasty meats available. Its flexibility in recipes is a huge draw, making it a popular choice of protein. That being said, there’s really only one way to get the best flavor out of your chicken. From wings at your … Read more
It’s not a surprise that almost all of us love bacon. No matter what day or time it is, week day or weekend, we’re always delighted to see bacon on our table. The next time you make bacon, if you feel curious and want to experiment with how else you can prepare bacon, why not … Read more
There isn’t anything more American than the Super Bowl. And, when I think about the hot competition on the Gridiron, my mind wanders a bit to other hot iron. CAST IRON. Our Founding Fathers settled this land with their wagons loaded up with provisions and cast iron. Let’s honor them this Sunday by using some cast iron.
I love pizza. Or, pretty much anything that has most or all the components of pizza, such as a calzone. Today, I will be sharing my experience making calzones on the grill and some reasons why you might want to do this. About 50% of the time, you can see a ball of dough in my refrigerator resting, slowly rising, and developing great sourdough like flavors, waiting to be kneaded (pun intended).
I might bake a loaf of bread, na’an, pita, pizza, or flatbread. Once, I even made some cinnamon rolls with Nutella spread over the top. The recipe for the dough that I make varies slightly but our cast iron pizza recipe has a good one to start with.
Do you want to make some homemade pizza but you don’t have the “required” pizza stone?
Just make a Cast Iron Skillet Pizza instead.
There are a few alternatives to help you get your pizza fix without having the requisite pizza stone and we’ll discuss how to use a cast iron skillet or griddle.
One of the best ways to cook a steak if you can’t make it out to the grill is on a cast iron skillet. You can’t beat the sear from the massive surface area that the skillet provides.
It is really nice to cook over a live fire, whether is charcoal or a real stick burner, but if you’re limited and must stay indoors this method is the way to go. In fact, this method might be the preferred method if you’re in a pinch for time.
And, I would say this cast iron steak recipe would beat out a gas grill – sorry!
But you may as well broil your steaks if you’re going to use a gas grill (in most cases anyway), and there isn’t anything wrong with that but the point is that a gas grill is not ideal.
Get some fresh Colossal Sea Scallops (more information below on selecting the right scallops).
Remove the scallops from the refrigerator, unwrap them, rinse them in very cool tap water and allow them to drain on a fresh paper towel. Gently dry the scallops and set them on a plate, leaving space between each scallop.