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…

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:…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Deciding to Cook: A Leap of Faith into the Culinary World

It takes some chutzpah to decide you’re going to learn how to cook. There’s always the dread of screwing up – of serving a piece of meat or chicken that’s burnt to a crisp on the outside and still gelatinous raw in the middle; of embarrassing yourself and your guests as both you and they…