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
Whether you are serving your eggs as they are, making a deviled eggs recipe, or boiling eggs so you or the kids can decorate them, you will need to know the answer to “how do I boil Easter eggs?” Boiling eggs is very easy. You simply need to add the raw unpeeled eggs to boiling water and simmer them for the correct amount of time, then let them cool, unless you are serving them hot.
Eggs which are several days old are easier to peel, so you might like to buy your eggs several days in advance. Hard-boiling farm-fresh eggs means they will be harder to peel. If your boiled eggs are difficult to peel then refrigerate them for several days before trying to remove the shells and they will come off easier. Boiled eggs will keep in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Hard-cooked eggs have firm yolks and these should be simmered not boiled. If the water is boiling too fast, the white will toughen and you might see a greenish ring around the yolk which is harmless but not nice-looking. 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
Colored hard-boiled eggs are always popular at Easter, along with chocolate eggs. Baked ham with a brown sugar glaze is a traditional Easter food in the United States. Meat was slaughtered during the fall years ago before there was refrigeration, and any fresh pork not eaten during the winter months was cured for the springtime. The curing process took a while and the first hams were ready around the time of Easter, which is why ham made a natural choice for an Easter meal.
Roast lamb is another Easter food idea, especially in the UK, and this tradition goes back even earlier than Easter, to Passover, a Jewish holiday. The sacrificial lamb was roasted and eaten with bitter herbs and unleavened bread. Hebrews converted to Christianity and brought their traditions with them. Since Christians refer to Jesus as the Lamb of God, the Jewish traditions merged with the Christian ones.
There are many appetizers and side dishes which go nicely with roast ham, including baked or roasted potatoes, green beans, candied yams or sweet potatoes, or something chilled like a delicious strawberry and spinach salad, or some kind of chilled soup. Scalloped potatoes, grilled asparagus, potato salad, broccoli gratin or broccoli casserole, and deviled eggs are more ideas. Continue reading
This delicious dish, known as ‘country style’ or ‘peasant’ potatoes in Romania, is a popular side dish there. The recipe varies from region to region and the original dish was cooked over a wood-burning stove or open hearth. The potatoes should be a little crispy on the outside but very soft inside. A lot of recipes add onions and not much else, but the following recipe includes ham and a little garlic, which you can leave out if you prefer.
Bacon could also be used as an alternative to the ham. Throw in some fresh thyme and rosemary if you have some. This delicious dish is hearty and smells amazing. Serve them with anything – meat, fish, poultry, seafood, or even as a standalone snack on a buffet table. You can imagine how good this dish is going to smell while you are cooking it. The ham or bacon and onion sautéing together smells divine, and once you add the potato slices to that mixture, the aroma is sure to make your mouth water.
Although this is a peasant dish in Eastern Europe because it is made with basic, easily affordable ingredients, it has a sophisticated flavor because of how well the ingredients combine. Combining potatoes and onions with meat is a classic cooking technique. Perhaps you have some ham left over from your Easter meal and you are looking for recipe ideas for leftover ham, in which case making this the following day is a great idea. If you have enough dinner guests, ingredients and a large cooking pot, you can double or triple this recipe easily enough. Continue reading
Cupcakes make a great snack and they are a much-appreciated treat. You can enjoy a cupcake without guilt, since their diminutive size keeps them light. Have you ever made your own cupcake recipes? It might surprise you to discover just how easy cupcakes are to make yourself. You can use a cake mix to make them, or you can make your own cupcake recipes from scratch, using a few basic ingredients you might already have in the refrigerator and pantry.
Cupcakes come in many types and flavors. You can get double chocolate ones, a simple vanilla cupcake with buttercream frosting, fruit-topped cupcakes, filled ones, and so many more, and there are lots of recipes to whet your appetite at DecadentDessertRecipes.com where you will also find all the best cupcake articles and cupcake cooking tips. Continue reading
Valentine’s Day is not just for the grownups. Kids love to play a role as well. So how are you going to get your kids involved this Valentine’s Day? One way they could be helpful is to assist you in the kitchen, if you are planning to make a special valentine dessert or a batch of valentine cupcakes.
Perhaps you want to make something special to surprise your partner, and giving a special homemade gift from you and the kids is sure to delight your other half. Cupcakes are always a good idea because there are lots of different cupcake recipes to choose from. Also, it is easy to find valentine type decorations at this time of the year, so you can make a pink frosting for your romantic cupcakes and get the kids to help you with the chocolate candies or heart-shaped jellies you use for the decorations.
If you want to make a Valentine’s Day treat for your kids, to remind them of how much you love them and how special they are to you, then you could make some cute cupcakes for them, or you could even make something else. Continue reading
Are you considering a Valentine dessert recipe this Valentine’s Day? The following Valentine cupcake recipe is a great one to choose if you want to make something easy yet delicious and impressive. The fluffy little vanilla-flavored cupcakes melt in the mouth because they are so light and flavorful. The cupcakes are topped with creamy frosting and a red heart-shaped candy. Although you can buy valentine cupcakes, nothing says true love quite like homemade cupcakes, and making cupcakes is a lot of fun.
They do not take long to make, but cupcakes only keep for a few days (else they dry out) so make them the day before you need them, or even on Valentine’s Day itself. This Valentine dessert recipe will make your partner’s heart skip a beat, because they are so cute. Do you want colored frosting? Well you can make the frosting as light or as dark as you want, using pink or red food coloring. A couple of drops will turn the frosting pale pink. Add more for mid-pink, or more again for deep pink. Add a couple of drops at a time though, because if you add too much you cannot lighten the color. You could even make some in pink or red, and others in green, blue, or any other colors that have special significance to you and your partner.
This recipe makes forty cupcakes, but you can halve it if that is too much. You might like to present a box of four or six to your loved one, perhaps tied up with a pink or red bow. This is a romantic gift and this Valentine cupcake recipe tastes every bit as great as it looks. This is a simple recipe so you can try it even if you are new to making cupcakes. Swap the vanilla extract for almond extract or another flavor if you want to change the recipe a little. This applies to the cupcake recipe as well as the frosting recipe. If you are using vanilla, then go for vanilla extract and not vanilla essence, since that is synthetic and not as nice. This recipe is baked in two batches (unless you have an enormous oven!) Continue reading
There are traditional food ideas for Valentine’s Day and more modern ones, so you can take your pick, depending what you want to make, how much time you have to spare, your budget, and what kind of food your loved one prefers. If you want to make something creative, you might prefer to consider cakes, cupcakes, and cookies.
You can choose from all kinds of different recipes and make something totally unique. Keep with the valentine theme by featuring pink or red frosting or decorations. There are easy cookie recipes and cake recipes, as well as more complex ones, so whatever your experience you can find a good recipe to suit your skills.
You can pick out some special decorations for your valentine cookies or cakes, and maybe even write your loved one’s name in frosting. This is perhaps more for advanced cooks than absolute beginners are, but you will get kudos for trying! Continue reading
Superbowl is not the time to be fiddling around with elaborate appetizers or anything too time-consuming. Rather it is the perfect time to make Superbowl finger food and simple Superbowl party food. Chips, dips, pretzels and anything hearty is what Superbowl calls for. You might like to make a pot of chili, some mac and cheese, or a spicy beef stew.
Crockpot pulled pork or barbecue beef sandwiches are always popular or you might like to make easy ham or tuna sandwich melts or barbecue beans. Most people like to make one pot of something hot and savory, and then accompany that with slices of pizza, sandwiches, dips, spreads, chips, and nuts, so there is something for everyone.
Watching the Superbowl with a crowd of friends is much more fun than watching it alone, so you will want to plan your Superbowl food early and buy the ingredients you need. You will not want to be running back and forth to the kitchen once the Superbowl has begun, so make sure everything is ready to serve, bring everything out to the table, including drinks and napkins, and then you can settle down to enjoy the game. Continue reading
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