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Getting Grilled: Guaranteed Ways To Thicken BBQ Sauce
Feb 22

Getting Grilled: Guaranteed Ways To Thicken BBQ Sauce

By Rose | Condiments , Sauce

If you go outdoors and smell the delicious aroma of sizzling food cooking on the good ole’ grill wafting through the summer air, then you can be assured that the BBQ season has well and truly arrived. And we all know what that means: a jolly good time with friends and family. It’s great to see the children playing by the pool while the adults chat and soak up the beautiful summer sun. And of course, let’s not forget the fantastic meat being served up in the backyard. Nothing beats this. It does not matter which part of the world you live in, everybody, from all walks of life, loves a good BBQ party.

What really excites me is getting the grill all fired up so that I can cook up a wide array of meat with some of my seriously delicious BBQ sauce. We all know the quality of the meat is very important, but so is your BBQ sauce. A good slather of sweet and tangy BBQ sauce will turn you into a grilling legend in the eyes of your loved ones.

The secret to making a good BBQ sauce is its thickness. In fact, the thicker the BBQ sauce is, the more flavor it will give to your meat. A good coating will stick better to whatever you are cooking, give a caramelized crunch to your ribs, and a bolder, deeper flavor to your meat.

After all, there is nothing quite as disappointing as a watered down BBQ sauce. It’s really tough to see fantastic cuts of meat being wasted by a sub-par sauce. I swear a thousand butchers weep every time a piece of meat is grilled with watery BBQ sauce, so I have written this article for all the butchers and aspiring grillers out there! I want to share these five guaranteed ways to thicken BBQ sauce with you all.

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Feeling Crabby: How To Cook Fantastic Imitation Crab Meat Easily
Feb 16

Feeling Crabby: How To Cook Fantastic Imitation Crab Meat Easily

By Rose | Seafood

Have you ever taken a bite out of a California roll and tasted a bit of crab in it? Well, the chances are you’re eating a tiny piece of sliced imitation crabmeat. This scrumptious piece of meat is sweet and tastes almost exactly like the real thing. However, you might be shocked to know that imitation crab contains absolutely no traces of real crab in it.

I have an overabundance of imitation crab stored in my freezer. While most of you will know his is a staple in sushi creations, I use it in a myriad of other dishes. For example, I’ve just had an excellent hotpot dinner with some fish cakes, thinly sliced beef, and imitation crabstick last week. I also use this ingredient as a topper for my fresh Thai papaya salad, and you can add it to sandwich spreads for a delightful seafood inspired sub.

Today, I am going to discuss how imitation crab meat can be turned into a star dish. While this sounds like a tall order, there are actually various ways you can use it to create a fantastic lunch or dinner. But before we go into all of this, let me first give you a quick glimpse into the history of this unique and mysterious ingredient.

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Taco Life: The Best Low Carb Mexican Recipes You Will Ever Have
Feb 08

Taco Life: The Best Low Carb Mexican Recipes You Will Ever Have

By Rose | Special Cravings

Ask a bunch of people what their favorite food is and the chances are you will hear the word “Mexican” a lot. That will come as no surprise to those who have sampled the wonderful cuisine created by our friends south of the border. I mean, do you know anyone who does not have a story about Mexican food? Whether its a fantastic crunchy fish taco or a bad burrito that’s sent them scurrying to the bathroom, Mexican food has been a massive part of nearly everyone’s culinary journey. The rich history and culture of Mexican cuisine is further complemented by its symphony of flavors and eye-popping colors.

However, as good as Mexican food is, this cuisine is not without its critics. Not so much because of its taste, but because there are some people who deem it to be on the unhealthy side. But to be honest, most of these critics’ experiences of Mexican food have been limited to trips to Taco Bell and their local burrito parks. While it is true that Mexican food is not the healthiest of cuisines out there, there are still plenty of recipes that are as good for the body as they are for the gut.

One of the main problems is that Mexican food is heavily reliant on scrumptious carbs, which as we all know, are leading enemies of serious dieters. Since the main staples of Mexican food are rice, beans, and tortillas, it can be difficult to eat this cuisine without eating some serious carbs. But fear not fellow dieters, losing a few pounds does not mean that you need to part with your favorite enchilada. I am here to tell you that there are a lot of low carb Mexican recipes for you.

So put on your most festive sombrero and let’s cook some low carb Mexican dishes that are sure to shed some pounds for you.

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A Saucy Surprise: How To Make Heavenly Benihana Garlic Butter Sauce
Jan 26

A Saucy Surprise: How To Make Heavenly Benihana Garlic Butter Sauce

By Rose | Sauce

If you are craving a meal with a bit of a theatrical flair, then Benihana might just be the first thing that pops into your mind. While playing with your food is a big no-no, the chefs at Benihana restaurant ignore this rule and toss and flip the meat and rice right in front of you on their piping hot teppanyaki grills.

Personally, I can’t count the number of times that I’ve had a meal at Benihana. With over 116 branches across the nation, it is really hard to miss them. It is also a very common after office destination. Who hasn’t sipped a cold exotic cocktail from a tiki mug there after a long and tiring day at work? Thinking about it makes me want to hop in my car and storm to my local Benihana joint like a Viking marauder.

A lot of people will have different views as to what is their favorite Benihana dish. My college buddy from years ago can’t get enough of Benihana’s Hibachi chicken. I’m still amazed how much of it he consumes every time we hang out at Benihana’s. My aunt, on the other hand, eats a busload of Vegas rolls at each visit. As for me, my all-time favorite dish is their chicken fried rice. The way those flavors dance around my tongue is a delightful culinary experience.

After trying to replicate their chicken fried rice recipe a couple of times, I’ve found out what it is that makes this dish extra delicious. And that top secret is their garlic butter sauce. This sauce is what gives the shrimp and chicken its flavor. Mess it up and you will just have a bland bowl of chicken fried rice.

So hold on to your spatulas, because today I am going to show you how to make a big scoop of Benihana garlic butter sauce.

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What Is Stromboli And How Is It Different From Calzone?
Jan 04

What Is Stromboli And How Is It Different From Calzone?

By Rose | Special Cravings

There is a variety of Italian foodstuffs that you can savor and enjoy. They all have different textures, tastes, and modes of preparations. Of course, many of these delicacies have amusing, tongue-twisting names, as I found during my last visit to Naples in 2015. I went to multiple pizza joints there and was really taken aback by the vastness of their cuisine.

It is wonderful and beguiling but you can also get confused and baffled, especially if a dish seems like a lot of other Italian delicacies. One good example of this is stromboli and calzone, which are always confused with one another. So how is stromboli different from calzone?

These questions intrigued me so I consulted a seasoned Italian chef to discover the truth and found the nuances of these delicacies quite uplifting. Here is a breakdown of what I discovered.

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