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

New Mexico Style Chicken Chili Verde

I’ve been making this for 20 years – it was the first thing I ever learned to make.  I hope you enjoy it as much as my family, friends and I do. I was inspired to figure out how to make this on a high school trip to New Mexico.  Being from New England, I was used to a lot of “beef-and-potatoes” – fairly bland … Continue reading New Mexico Style Chicken Chili Verde

Arugula Salad with Lemon and Olive Oil

This is my go-to salad for serving alongside barbecued or grilled meat.  The pepperiness of the arugula, combined with the jolt of fresh acidity from the lemon juice and the sharp flavor of freshly grated Parmesan cheese is the perfect compliment to a smoky savory piece of meat or poultry fresh off the grill.  And it couldn’t be simpler. Time: 5 minutes Ingredients 10oz fresh … Continue reading Arugula Salad with Lemon and Olive Oil

Paella: How to Make an Edible Art

“If you really want to make a friend, go to someone’s house and eat with him… the people who give you their food give you their heart.” – Cesar Chavez   One of the things that I love about Paella is that it is a social dish.  It’s built – layer by layer – in one pan and served at the table in the pot … Continue reading Paella: How to Make an Edible Art

Classic BBQ Rub

A Classic BBQ Rub for Beef, Poultry, Pork, Burgers, and anything else… While I am often not a fan of complex rubs and marinades – largely because I like the meat to speak for itself – this BBQ Rub is fabulous on just about anything and doesn’t detract from the flavor of anything you might put it on.  It is especially good on burgers and … Continue reading Classic BBQ Rub