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Roast chicken in a dutch oven

Roast Chicken in a Dutch Oven

Spicy Roast Chicken
I did something similar to this some months back on a turkey, and it was remarkable. My full family loved it. It’s a very extremely simple dish. It only takes a little while and some ingredients to prepare it ( once the chicken itself is unfroze ). All you do is prepare a rub ( more of a spice and flavoring paste, really, and cover the chicken in it. Naturally, the results taste far from basic. I am particularly proud of this one. More than anything, I am happy about it because it is my very own combination.
Dutch Oven Spicy Roast Chicken
one Onion, sliced
Tbsp Cayenne Pepper
Tbsp Cumin Powder
Cup cut Fresh Cilantro
4-5 green onions, sliced
Zest of one lemon
Juice of one Lemon
Olive Oil
OK, here’s how you do it! Follow these steps in this chicken recipe and you’ll really stun them on how talented of a cook you really are!
One thing I love to do with birds is to take a fork or pointy knife and poke holes in the skin, to allow more of the spice flavor to seep into the meat. I put the chicken, breast side up, in the bottom of the 12′ deep dutch oven. I didn’t check, to be honest…
Then I took the onions and the green onions and scattered them around the sides.
While the coals were getting hot, I took a little time to make the spice rub/paste. It’s simple to do, actually. I just mixed all the ingredients in the second set, except the oil. You can adjust them to taste. If you like yours to be a little hotter, with more bite, add more Cayenne, etc…
Then, I took a fork and smeared that paste all overboard surfaces of the chicken.
Then I put it on the coals. Now, you have to keep a side fire going, some additional coals. The ones you commence with on your dutch oven are going to go out long before the chicken is done. So, about every 20 minutes or so, you add another 5-10 coals into the side fire. These catch fire from the ones that were in there, still burning before.
This chicken took around an hour and a half to get to the internal temperature of about 180. I just employed a thermometer stuck in the breast. It is the simplest way to tell if it’s done.
Since it’s done in the Dutch Oven, it comes out wet and steamed. The spices seep down in, and man, you will find out real quick why dutch oven cooking is so great! Likely my favorite roast chicken recipe ever! Follow the directions laid out for you and then make sure we know how you liked it!

Some successful tips for cooking with kids

Some Successful Tips For Cooking With Kids

Children are often enthralled with the idea of cooking, often at an early age. All of the toy kitchen utensils and foods that they love to play with serve to fuel this interest because of their uninhibited imaginations.
There are lots of mini toy kitchens to be found, along with cute little plastic imitations of everything you’d find in a normal kitchen. You’ll see just about anything, from frying pans to kettles, and condiments to hamburgers. Pretending to cook is a great learning experience for little ones who enjoy the culinary arts in their mini kitchens. For more help go to www.cajuns-recipes.com .Nothing makes cooking more fun and fascinating than an Easy Bake oven. Girls (and boys) for several generations have been able to create all sorts of yummy treats in the comfort of their own rooms.
Giving mom or dad a hand with dinner isn’t usually a chore for kids. Actually, cooking with the additional helpers can be very rewarding for the parent. There are lots of ways to let them help out, and if you’ve been baking, you can reward them by letting them lick the mixing bowl when you’re done.
Lots of kids like to play around in the kitchen occasionally. Yet there are some who seem to have a natural affinity for cooking at a young age, well beyond the ability to sprinkle colored sugar on top of iced cookies.
You can make cooking simple and fun for these future chefs. Frequently, they want to create an entire meal, not only the dessert. They might find that taking up cooking is even more enjoyable than playing computer games or watching TV.
Why not have your child decide what’s for dinner that night, and help him along in the preparation. There are a lot of cookbooks and instructional videos available today that are targeted to kids, and they’re loaded with simple, fun recipes. Don’t be surprised if you find that many of these yummy recipes are actually quite good for you. For more help go to www.apples-recipes.com .It’s essential that you are very aware of what your kids are up to in the kitchen. A stable stepping stool is a better option than the kitchen chair if your little one wants to see what’s happening on the countertop. An adult needs to be in charge when dishes and pans are placed in the oven and when they’re removed, and also when anything’s being cooked on the stovetop.
Be sure your kids learn that there is always the possibility of harmful accidents in the kitchen. They not only need to know safety procedures, they must be taught what to do when an accident causes injury. Always err on the side of caution when it comes to your kids’ safety in the kitchen.

Learning the two simple methods of cooking couscous

Learning the Two Simple Methods of Cooking Couscous

One of the best alternatives for traditional pasta, couscous is a special type of wheat that is commonly used in dishes that originated from North Africa. Many people agree that this wheat goes well with delicious fish viands, as well as dishes that have hot and spicy flavors. In addition, everyone can eat couscous for breakfast by adding milk and other fruits to the wheat. However, to those who are health conscious they can always add delicious and nutritious salad dressing to this wheat to improve its taste. For individuals who have interest in exploring other uses of the wheat, it is best that they try these two sumptuous couscous recipes, namely Plain Couscous and Couscous With Olive Oil.
Learning the Basics in Cooking Plain Couscous
The easiest way of cooking couscous is by preparing and serving it to people very plainly. When cooking plain couscous, it is important to prepare a tasty and savory sauce that will be mixed with the wheat, since the sauce will be the only source of flavor in this dish. Combine couscous and sauce in a pan and boil for several minutes. The heat must be turned-off when the mixture reaches boiling point to avoid couscous from becoming over cooked. Before letting the mixture stand for another five minutes, it is important to cover the pan to prevent the wheat from being contaminated. Serve the dish immediately.
Knowing the Steps for Cooking Couscous with Olive Oil
Another simple way of cooking couscous is by preparing it with olive oil. Pour at most two tablespoons of olive oil in a pan. Heat the pan in a medium low fire for several minutes. As an alternative for olive oil, it is best to use vegetable oil. Put couscous in the pan and sprinkle with salt to improve its taste. Constantly stir the wheat. When the color of couscous appears to be golden brown, pour boiling water. Before turning the fire off, provide a cover for the pan. Let the dish stand in the pan for at most ten minutes. Transfer the dish in another bowl and serve immediately.
Important Tips in Cooking Couscous
For individuals who have interest in cooking couscous, there are some important tips that they should consider. Instead of boiling the wheat in plain water, they can use juices, chicken stock, and beef stock as alternatives. Additionally, to those who like to prepare couscous with olive oil, they can always add pine nuts to enhance the flavor of the dish. Furthermore, the use of some herbs such as rosemary, basil, oregano, marjoram, and thyme is encouraged to improve the taste of the wheat. Finally, when it comes to preserving excess couscous, they should always place it inside a container and put in a refrigerator to retain its freshness.
Cooking couscous is very easy and simple. In addition, it is not time consuming, which means that everyone can prepare couscous dishes. By following the procedures in cooking these two recipes, people can add new flavor and taste to the traditional way of preparing this special kind of wheat.

A taste of the middle east turkish cooking

A Taste of the Middle East — Turkish Cooking

Turkish cooking reflects its geographical position set as it is half way between Asia and Europe. It is also influenced by history — the Ottaman Empire once extended from the borders of Germany as far as Bagdad, as far north as the edge of Poland and as far south as the islands of Greece.
It seems to me though that it shares much in common with many other Middle Eastern cuisines rather than a strong European influence, despite the fact that it is probably about to join the European Union.
Breads and salads are always served, so see below some classic examples of Turkish cooking.
Pita Bread
Most bread is allowed to rise before being shaped. These little loaves defy that rule. I f the yeast is allowed to do most of its work in the oven then good pockets will form ready to fill with all sorts of goodies. It takes about 1 ½ hours, but most of that is waiting time.
475 mls ( 16 oz) hand hot water
I packet of instant yeast
½ teaspoon of granulated sugar
2 teaspoons of salt
800 grams ( 1 ¾ lb ) of strong flour plus a little extra.
Pour the warm water into a large bowl and sprinkle in the yeast. Add the salt and sugar to the flour and mix. Gradually add most of this to the yeast mixture stirring to make a smooth dough. Work in the rest of the flour by hand kneading until the dough looses it stickiness. Turn out onto a clean surface and knead for 5 minutes. Shape the dough into a rectangle and divide — this will make 24 small loaves or 12 large ones. Shape each portion into a ball shape, place on a lightly floured surface. Now roll out each ball to form a circle about ¼ inch thick. They will be about 5 inches across for small ones and 8 inches for larger ones. The secret is supposed to be now flipping them in order to produce bigger pockets, but that may be just a myth. Let them rise in a warm place for about ¾ hour. If it is very warm cover them with a slightly damp cloth so that they do not dry out. Preheat oven and grease free baking trays at 240C, 475F, Gas 9. Bake near the bottom of the oven in batches until puffed and light brown. This should only take 3-4 minutes. If this seems rather a lot to make at once they freeze well. To use frozen pitas just remove from freezer, sprinkle with a little water and place in warm oven for a couple of minutes. To use split and fill pockets with meat, salad etc.
This is bulgar salad with lots of uses — as an appetizer, a topping, a filling for pitas and so on. For 4 people you need 175g ( 6 oz) of bulgar which you should cover with cold water and let soak for about 20 minutes .Drain and squeeze out excess water. Fluff it up with a fork to separate the grains. Combine with tomatoes, onion, parsley or cilantro and mint. A dressing can be made from olive oil — about 100mls ( 4 fl oz) to the juice of a lemon or lime with salt and pepper. Some people like to include a little cinnamon or mixed spice. Place dressing ingredient sin a screw top jar. Replace lid firmly and shake. Pour over salad and toss to mix.

Learn how to use a smoker and how to smoke meat like the professionals

Learn How To Use A Smoker And How To Smoke Meat Like The Professionals

Smoker grills are to the serious backyard barbecue enthusiast what power tools are to Tim «The Tool man» Taylor. Your backyard barbecues will become the talk of the neighborhood once you learn how to smoke meat the right way. Your hickory smoked chicken or mesquite smoked steaks will be not only in everyone’s satisfied stomachs, but on everyone’s lips come Monday morning at the water cooler. Forget the standard steaks, hot dogs, hamburgers and chicken on the grill top. Put smoked salmon on the menu and look out. We are talking about taking how to smoke meat to a whole new level.
If you can, get a combination grill, one that will let you grill your food the boring, traditional way, and give you the choice to smoke your food too. Traditional means grilling your meat over an open flame, using charcoal or a gas fire. But if you are going to learn how to use a smoker, you are going to have to heat up the fire box, put on your favorite wood — hickory, oak, cherry, mesquite, to name a few — and get to it.
These hardwoods, in the form of chips, are placed into the smoker’s firebox. When burning, they produce specific flavors when absorbed by the meats being smoked. This not only gets your mouth salivating, but the flavor cannot be bested by regular grilling methods. What’s nice about it is when you learn how to smoke meat; you learn that the fire never reaches the meat when it is being smoked. The downside of this aspect of how to use a smoker is that it takes longer for the meat to be ready to serve, but the upside is that none of the meat juices will cause fire bursts to reach up and blacken the meat, and your barbecuing reputation. The process of smoking generally takes about 3-5 hours for most meats, and up to 12 hours for larger cuts.
Another angle when learning how to smoke meat is that the heat from the smoker is lower. This means that you not only learn how to smoke meat, you can learn how to steam vegetables. What you end up with are vegetables that not only taste superb, but vegetables that keep all the good stuff in. All the nutrients stay with the vegetables. Good taste, and healthy for you to boot. When you learn how to smoke meat and vegetables, then you can move on to the more exotic eats like hickory smoked chili.
Part of learning how to smoke meat is learning how to choose the right smoker for your needs. There are several manufacturers, so you have many makes and models of smokers to choose from to learn how to smoke meat. They may not be low cost, but the investment in healthy eating, and tasty eating, is well worth the price you will pay to get just the right kind of smoker to learn how to smoke meat and vegetables, and anything else your healthy heart desires, all with less fat and cholesterol than with other grilling styles.

Creative ways to use ice cube trays

10 Creative Ways To Use Ice Cube Trays

Are you one of those people who ‘think’ that ice cube trays are just for making ice? What I have learned over the years is…those plastic trays are much more valuable if you use them for other things.
Here are some ideas that I would like to share with you.
1. Fudge — Mix up your favorite fudge recipe. While it’s still hot (but not boiling), pour mixture into ice cube trays. Refrigerate until firm. If you find sticking a problem, run a butter knife under hot tap water, then around each fudge square to loosen them.
2. Fruit Flavored Ice Cubes — Pour your favorite fruit flavored drink into the tray. Freeze until firm. Use the flavored cubes in your favorite beverages. Example: I freeze lemonade in ice cube trays and then use in our ice tea.
3. Popsicles — Purchase popsicle sticks and cut them in half. Pour your favorite fruit juice into the ice cube trays. Place in freezer for 30 minutes. Remove and insert sticks; place back into the freezer until firm.
4. Chocolate Lollipops — Purchase some chocolate squares. Follow package directions for melting the squares in the microwave. Pour into trays. Insert lollipop sticks when chocolate is semi-firm. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes until firm.
5. Gelatin Jigglers — Make your favorite gelatin (jello) jigglers recipe. Pour gelatin into trays and refrigerate until firm. To loosen squares from tray, run a butter knife under hot tap water.
6. Freezer Pudding Pops — Make your favorite box of instant pudding. Pour into trays, refrigerate for 30-45 minutes until semi-firm. Remove from refrigerator and insert popsicle or lollipop sticks. Place in freezer for 2 hours until firm.
7. Broth Cubes — Freeze your left-over chicken or beef broth in your ice cube trays. Once frozen, pop them out and place into zipper closure bags. Label the bags and freeze. When you need broth for your recipes, easily remove the amount of broth cubes that you need.
8. Gravy Blocks — Freeze left-over gravy. Once firm, remove from the trays and place in a zipper closure bag. When you need gravy for your recipes, thaw just what you need.
9. Cereal Snacks — Make your favorite snack bar recipe that uses cereal. Lightly coat the trays with non-stick cooking spray. Press the cereal mixture into the cavities. Once firm, remove the cubes from the tray for the perfect little snacking blocks.
10. Iced Coffee Cubes — Do you like drinking iced coffees but hate the watery taste when you use conventional ice? Freeze some left-over coffee in your trays. When you are ready for an iced coffee, pop out 2-3 cubes.

A weber gas grill cover will protect your investment

A Weber Gas Grill Cover Will Protect Your Investment

The debate whether the charcoal or gas grills are better started in the ‘60s, and there are no signs it will end soon. Charcoal gives meat a special flavor, but its use can be more complicated than a gas grill. Gas grills are becoming more and more popular, and Weber is the best brand for barbeques: Weber grills can be really expensive, so if you decide to buy a gas grill, it is wise to protect it with a Weber gas grill cover.
There are three series of gas grills at Weber: Spirit is for the young people on a budget. The Genesis series are more advanced and stylish, and the top is the Summit series, featuring the latest technology available today. It is good to include in the budget for your Weber gas grill a Weber gas grill cover, especially if you will leave the equipment out in your backyard. This way snow and rain will not harm your grill.
Generic covers are much cheaper than a Weber gas grill cover, but the difference in price shows in the quality: no-name covers are not made of the best materials. If you decide to buy a Weber cover, you should visit the Weber home page: at the Gas Grill Accessories section you can find the special covers for each grill series.
Weber gas grill covers are made of high quality vinyl, meaning that these covers are waterproof and very durable. The price of a Weber grill cover is between $40 and $60, and the manufacturer will usually deliver it within 3-5 business days. The price tag may seem expensive, but user testimonials make it clear that it is worth every penny.
A Weber gas grill cover fits tight, but it is easy to put on, and it never sticks on the grill under wet conditions. It can be folded and put under the grill, and because of its tough vinyl material, it can last for ages.