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The Best Hamburger Recipes for Any Occasion

If the only hamburgers you are familiar with are greasy ones from fast food outlets or lackluster Frisbee-like disks from the freezer, you have been missing out. Homemade hamburgers are really delicious and, better still, they are easy to make, even for novice home cooks.

New Heavenly Hamburger Ideas

Everyone enjoys cheeseburger recipes but have you ever thought of adding the cheese to the patty mixture, rather than topping the patty with a slice of cheese? How about using different toppings for your burgers, like grilled onions, pineapple rings, sliced jalapeno, or sautéed mushrooms. You do not have to use beef to make hamburgers either. Ground turkey, chicken, pork or lamb can be used instead. There are also recipes for fish burgers and bean burgers.

Here at RPN we have taken the content of our old dedicated hamburger site and integrated it into all the other great stuff we do here. You will find tips on how to prepare the best patties and how to cook them to perfection, whether you want to use the grill, the oven or cook them in a pan. Continue reading

Since Memorial Day traditionally marks the beginning of the cookout season, one thing that an awful lot of us will be doing on or shortly before the long holiday weekend is to get to work cleaning barbecue grills to prepare them for the holiday’s – and the season’s grilling.

While most serious barbecue enthusiasts will clean their grills after every use, your grill is still going to need a thorough cleaning before you fire it up for the year’s first big cookout. Of course, if you tend to start a little earlier, then you may have already done some sort of cleaning, but even so, it never hurts to do a good job of it; the cleaner your grill, the better your food will taste. Keep reading for a few barbecue grill cleaning tips to help you get everything ready for your big cookout season kickoff: Continue reading

Asparagus makes a popular side dish; although it is surprising how many home cooks shun this vegetable because they are unsure exactly how to cook it.

Actually asparagus is very simple to prepare. You just need to chop an inch off the end and then boil, steam, bake, or pan-fry it until you can slip a knife through easily. There is nothing more to learn than that. Toss the cooked asparagus with melted butter or olive oil, salt and black pepper, and serve it hot alongside your meat, poultry, or seafood.

Asparagus has a lovely fresh flavor and it is also versatile. You can add it to stir-fries, curries, stews, soups and more. If you are looking for new asparagus ideas, then what about making an asparagus gratin, quiche or kabobs? The worst thing you can do to asparagus is overcook it, because then it goes mushy, but it is easy to check (with a knife or fork) when it is crisp-tender, and then you know your asparagus is ready to serve. Continue reading

Spiral hams are usually already cooked, so they just need to be reheated in the oven. Check the packaging to make sure. You will need to heat the ham in a warm (not hot) oven, so it does not dry out. You can then serve it with your favorite Easter food side dish recipes.

Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F and remove your spiral-sliced ham from the packaging. Put it face-down in a roasting pan, unless you are using a whole ham, in which case put it on its side. Cover the ham tightly with aluminum foil and heat it for twelve to fifteen minutes per pound. Let the ham rest for ten minutes before you carve it.

Approximate Cooking Times

A quarter ham will take about one and a half hours, a half ham will take about two hours, and a whole ham will take about three hours. It is very important not to use a higher heat or overcook the ham, else it will be dry instead of succulent. Continue reading

As well as the usual Superbowl foods like chicken wings, hot dogs, pizza, sandwiches, and chili, there are plenty of more unusual dishes you can try. It is a good idea to limit your Superbowl recipes to those which are easy to make, since nobody is going to appreciate elaborate food while the game is on. Save those recipes for your next dinner party, and focus on good, wholesome, hearty, easy-to-eat Superbowl snacks.

What about making some shish kabobs on an indoor grill? You can alternate chicken, beef, lamb, pork, or fish with chopped veggies and serve the kabobs hot with your favorite dipping sauce. Marinate the meat first, to give the kabobs plenty of flavor. Kabobs can be eaten with the fingers, especially if you use the smallest size skewers for them.

Do not forget about sweet foods either. You might want to make some deep-dish brownies or tasty muffins to finish off your delicious Superbowl spread. A few extra bags of chips, popcorn, or pretzels are also a good idea, just in case you run out of snacks. If you do not run out, then these staples will keep in the pantry for a long time. Continue reading

Although many people try to avoid potatoes because of the carbs, potatoes actually have many great nutrients and are a low calorie and filling addition to your meal. Of course, it is important that you cook them in a healthy way to get the best of potatoes. They are a great addition to many meals and they are very versatile and cheap to purchase as well. If you would like to start serving up some tasty potatoes as part of your meals, here is a look at some exciting ways that you can cook and serve them for a wonderful dish that everyone will enjoy.

Mashed Potatoes

One of the most common ways to cook and serve potatoes is to boil them and then mash them for delicious mashed potatoes. This is a pretty simple side dish that goes well with many main dishes. To make this dish, peel the potatoes and then cut them into cubes. Boil them until they are tender and then drain. Add some milk, butter, and salt to the potatoes to taste and then use a mixer or a masher to mash them up. Serve hot.

Oven Roasted Potatoes

Another great way that you can cook and serve up your potatoes is to roast them in the oven. Roasting them in the oven provides a lot of wonderful flavor. They will turn out crispy on the outside and soft and tasty on the inside. Usually it is best to roast them at about 425 degrees F. You do not need to peel the potatoes but you should cut them into large chunks if they are large. Toss them with some olive oil and season to taste. Then roast in the oven for an hour, leaving uncovered. Continue reading

You can enjoy cooking vegetables in many different ways. However, one very tasty way that you can enjoy your veggies is by roasting them in the oven. This provides a nice roasted flavor with a crispy exterior that is wonderful. If you have never roasted any vegetables before, here is a look at some simple tips you can use to ensure yours turn out crisp and tasty.

First, if you are a beginner at roasting veggies, you will want to start with simple vegetables that work well for beginners. This includes potatoes, carrots, mushrooms, tomatoes, peppers, zucchini, squash, and even eggplant. You will also want to cut them up into chunks before roasting. However, keep in mind that as they roast, the chunks will get smaller, so keep this in mind when deciding how large to make your chunks.

It is a good idea to toss your vegetables in some oil before you go to roast them. Olive oil is one of the best oil choices. Make sure you add enough olive oil so the veggies do not end up sticking to the pan. However, you do not want to add to much oil either. It is a good idea to add a bit of oil and to toss until all the veggies have a bit of a sheen. Then you can add any seasonings you like to the mix and roast. Continue reading

Whether you have served a crowd at a big dinner party or you simply cooked a dinner for your family, chances are you often have leftovers. Do not throw away those leftovers. Throwing away food is like wasting money. The great thing is that you can turn those leftovers into a variety of different tasty dishes. Get creative and come up with new ideas and have some fun coming up with ways to use those leftovers. Here is a look at some tasty ways to use the leftovers that accumulate in your refrigerator.

Ensure the Leftovers are Not Too Old

While you do not want to throw away food, you need to make sure that the leftovers are not too old before you use them. Some foods are fine for several days while other leftovers may go bad in only a day or two. Always make sure you food is still good because you do not want to serve your family foods that have gone bad.

Combine Items

Take a look in your refrigerator and see what leftovers have accumulated. You may have a main dish in there as well as various veggies. Maybe you have some leftover roasted chicken and several tasty vegetables. Try to come up with a meal that will incorporate the various leftovers you have so you can use them up at one time. Continue reading

One of the most popular Mexican dishes happens to be Mexican rice. This tasty dish is slightly spicy with the rich flavors of garlic, tomatoes, and onions. Of course, many different recipes exist for this tasty rice dish. Maybe you are wondering how you should make this dish for the best results. Here is a look at some excellent tips that you can use to make sure that you get the perfect rice dish every time you make it.

Cook In Oil

The first tip to remember to get perfect Mexican rice each time you make it is to cook the rice in some oil. Usually the rice is cooked in the oil until the rice looks brown and toasted. Then it is time to steam the rice. Leaving a bit of the oil in the rice is fine, but you do not want to leave too much oil in the dish. Strain off the excess and allow just a bit to go in the pan to boil the rice.

Spice According to the Main Dish

Another important tip to remember if you want great Mexican rice is to spice according to the main dish that you are making. Think about what you will be serving alongside the rice so you know how you want to spice. You may want to keep it mild or you can add in some hot chili peppers to give it a nice spicy kick. Continue reading

Are you looking for ways that you can add more antioxidants, nutrients, and fiber into your diet? If so, it is time to start adding in dishes with veggies to your diet. Of course, if you are not familiar with many vegetables, sometimes it can be tough to know how to buy and then cook these foods for the best results. One excellent veggie to add to your diet is green beans. They are tasty, full of nutrients, and can be cooked in many ways. Here are some important tips to help you start enjoying green beans as a part of a meal.

First, it is important to know how to choose the green beans when you are purchasing them. If you are purchasing fresh ones, you will want to look for the ones that are thin, small, and firm. If they have brown spots on them, they are not a good choice. Of course, you can also find canned and frozen beans if you are not able to find fresh ones.

Before you can cook the beans, there is a little bit of prep you need to do. First, you always should wash the fresh beans. You also need to snip off the ends to get rid of the stems. Then, you can cook them whole or you can cut or break them into smaller pieces as well. Continue reading

Many people think that eating healthy foods is a luxury. However, it is possible to eat healthy meals while still on a budget. You do not have to have exotic fruits or the newest diet food out there to eat healthy. Even on a budget you can easily shop to find healthy ingredients you can use for tasty meals that the whole family will enjoy. Here is a look at some budget friendly tips that will help you to eat healthier while saving money.

Tip #1 – Eat Foods That Are In Season

One of the best things you can do to eat healthier while saving money is to eat foods that are in season. Different fruits and vegetables come into season at different times of year. When new harvests come in, you can enjoy tasty, healthy foods at low prices. Eating foods that are in season will save money and will also help you to consume more fresh foods. Look for in season fruits and veggies at your local grocery store or visit local farmer’s markets to buy whatever is in season.

Tip #2 – Invest in Proper Food Storage Options

Another thing you can do to save money and eat healthy foods is to invest in proper food storage options. When you purchase in season and sale foods, often you can buy in bulk to save even more. Of course, you do not want the food to go bad or it is a big waste of money. This means you need to properly store the food. It is important to have the right way to store foods, such as freezer bags and sealed containers. It is nice to have a big freezer so you can freeze items to store them and a nice pantry or cellar allows you to store other foods without a problem. Continue reading

There is no shame in admitting it – we have all made this mistake before. Whether due to a measuring error, opening the “pour” aperture on a black pepper or cayenne pepper canister rather than the “sift” aperture, or having the top of your pepper shaker come off at the least opportune time, everyone has put too much pepper in a recipe at some point or another. If you have been wondering how to correct adding too much pepper to a recipe, there may well be hope. Today, we will cover what to do when you find yourself facing a dish where far too much of this spice has found its way in.

If you have just had your pepper disaster, the first thing to do is to grab a spoon and carefully scoop out as much of the surplus pepper as you can. With soups, powdered spices will tend to float on top of the broth briefly, so you may have a small window of opportunity to put things right. If you’re lucky and move quickly enough, this may be able to correct adding too much pepper to your recipe and you can breathe a sigh of relief and resolve to be more careful with your pepper shaker the next time around.

However, simply scooping out the pepper is not always possible; when this happens, it is a little more difficult to fix the problem, though there are a few things which you can try. When you cannot actually remove the pepper from the dish, the goal is to balance out this flavor rather than removing it. Continue reading

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

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