How to Chop an Onion

The easiest way to chop an onion, hands down. When I started cooking, one of the things I hated most (aside from dicing raw chicken) was dicing up an onion.  For years I would slice it into rings and chop those rings up one by one and it took forever.  Once I learned this handy trick, my prep time was cut down considerably. To be … Continue reading How to Chop an Onion

Hack Your Gas Grill: Use it as a Smoker

If you’ve got a gas grill, you can still turn out some truly amazing, authentic BBQ.  Here’s how. I know there are those people out there who are going to hate this post.  Trust me, I understand.  But ultimately, I’m about results – And if the technique yields sound results, then it’s a sound technique.  I have a BBQ smoker, and I love it – … Continue reading Hack Your Gas Grill: Use it as a Smoker

Cooking 101: Using Heat

Cooking is about heat.  Being able to control heat , understanding how heat enters food, and what happens to food when it does, is a fundamental skill to master if you want to learn to cook. Fortunately, once you’ve got an understanding of what’s going on, it’s not that hard to figure out. If you’ve cruised around this website much, you’ve probably gotten the picture … Continue reading Cooking 101: Using Heat

BBQ Chicken Quarters with ‘Bama White Sauce

Served with an authentic but lesser-known Alabama White Sauce, this BBQ chicken is succulent and tender on the inside with crispy, bite through skin on the outside.  Daintily eat with knife and fork, or gnaw off the bone caveman style.  Your choice. Time: 120 Minutes Level: Intermediate Cost: $2-3/plate (chicken only and sauce only) Serves: 4-6   I think one of the reasons people don’t … Continue reading BBQ Chicken Quarters with ‘Bama White Sauce

The Secret to Perfect Beef Roasts and Steaks

Anyone can cook a hunk of meat.  But doing it to perfection?  That’s the tricky part.  So what’s the secret? I’ll always remember the first time I saw The Matrix my junior year of high school.  The special effects, the amazing “bullet-time” cinematography, the unprecedented martial arts and the gripping plot.  But there was something else in that movie that stuck with me all these … Continue reading The Secret to Perfect Beef Roasts and Steaks

8 Tips for Making the Perfect Burger

And If I’m in luck, it’s broiled hockey puck… (Tom Lehrer, “She’s My Girl”) Ah, the glorious hamburger.  So delicious.  So simple.  Or is it? We’ve all been there.  At least I have.  Burgers that are either still frozen in the middle, or turned into broiled hockey pucks.  Over the years, I’ve come up with a few techniques that will ensure you get the perfect … Continue reading 8 Tips for Making the Perfect Burger