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A Chef Shares The Biggest Mistake Beginners Make When Grilling Steak

First-time or first-in-a-long-time grillers may find it challenging to whip up a flavorful, seared steak on their first try. To make things easier, Food Republic asked expert CJ Jacobson, chef partner at Aba and Ema restaurants, for his advice. "Grilling is a direct, high heat cooking technique, so the most important thing is to be able to get a grill hot," he said. "Once a steak has proper char marks on each side, I like to cook a steak on a cooler part of the grill to bring the center up to th

Anthony Bourdain's Controversial Opinion On Frito Pie

If you're not a New Mexican or a Texan, your first introduction to the Frito pie may have been when Anthony Bourdain panned the dish on national TV. Bourdain visited Santa Fe's Five & Dime General Store for a taste of the food on his show "Parts Unknown" in 2013. Newcomers may have learned about the basics of the pie: It's made by slicing open a small bag of Fritos Original Corn Chips lengthwise and ladling chili sauce, shredded cheese, and diced raw onion on top. Viewers also left the televised

Why Andrew Zimmern Never Trims His Brisket

Why Andrew Zimmern Never Trims His Brisket

The magic of homemade braised brisket is in its meltingly tender flesh and rich sauce. Those experienced in brisket know that achieving a juicy, soft texture requires a slow cook. What many may not realize, however, is they're making the job harder when they fully trim their beef before cooking it.

That's why chef and former "Bizarre Foods" host Andrew Zimmern advocates on behalf of the fat cap, the layer of white fat attached to the top of the briske

How To Cut Up A Watermelon To Make A Stunning Cake

How To Cut Up A Watermelon To Make A Stunning Cake

Fruit salad is about to become the main event at your next party. Social media has reimagined the dessert side dish into a glamorous layer cake. Although we'll never fully retire the classic bowl of cut-up melons and berries — or the handy pre-made grocery store version — we're eager to cut a slice of watermelon cake.

To make one of these stunning desserts at home, you'll first have to decide if you want multiple layers or a single tall round.

Why Boiling Corn With The Husk On Is A Game Changer

Why Boiling Corn With The Husk On Is A Game Changer

No matter how hard you try, shucking raw corn always ends up making a mess. The annoying corn silk goes flying everywhere but inside the trash can, and, despite your meticulous efforts, you somehow still end up with strands in your teeth. It doesn't have to be like this — a game-changing approach to shucking corn makes the whole prep process easy.

Instead of sitting down with a paper bag loaded with cobs and going to work, heat up a large pot

The Viral 4-Ingredient Cheez-It Dupe That Looks Even Better Than The Real Thing

The Viral 4-Ingredient Cheez-It Dupe That Looks Even Better Than The Real Thing

Home cooks itching for a project should consider taking on the beloved Cheez-It. The cheesy, salty snack is delicious right from the box, but the food is surprisingly easy to make at home. All you need is cheese, butter, flour, and salt. Best of all, a mere eight-ounce block of cheese and one cup of flour will yield anywhere from 60 to 180 of the bites, depending on how thinly you roll the dough.

The homemade dupe

The Trick Ina Garten Uses When Grilling Oysters

The Trick Ina Garten Uses When Grilling Oysters After a long summer day, a briny chilled oyster can whet the appetite and kick off a sunset meal. Some diners think of the aquatic creatures as a happy hour treat, since many restaurants will offer by-the-shell deals. However, hostess and expert chef Ina Garten prefers to offer the bivalve as a barbecue appetizer hot off the grill. She takes a more sophisticated modern approach, opening the fresh seafood and adding heaps of garlic, butter, citrus,

Andrew Zimmern's Favorite Hot Sauces Really Pack A Punch

When a famed chef with 150 hot sauces in his possession dishes on his family's favorite bottles, we listen up. And when these spicy recommendations come from former host of "Bizarre Foods," Andrew Zimmern, we know he's not about to wax poetic about generic brands like Tabasco. Zimmern has taken to the internet to offer fans a glimpse at two pleasantly piquant condiments that have charmed the chef and his family.

Zimmern first showcases a bright orange Portuguese hot sauce called Mazi Piri Piri.

Peel Rhubarb Into Ribbons For A Sweet Twist On A Nostalgic Candy

Peel Rhubarb Into Ribbons For A Sweet Twist On A Nostalgic Candy Happy rhubarb season to all who celebrate. This is the time when electric pink and green stalks flood the farmers market, and bakers begin breaking out their favorite early summer recipes. Yes, the vegetable that grows so fast that you can hear it actually adds tartness to pies, cocktails, jams, and even a can't-miss burrata dish in Chicago. The pretty vegetable shines when pickled and baked, but there's another creative way to pre

The Worst Milk To Use When Attempting Beautiful Latte Art, Per A Barista

The Worst Milk To Use When Attempting Beautiful Latte Art, Per A Barista Latte art is, in some ways, the final frontier when it comes to brewing espresso at home. After amateur baristas nail the espresso pull (or the button push on an instant machine), they're left facing down the milk steamer. A latte will taste good no matter how it's presented, but since we eat with our eyes, a beautiful bit of foam art can elevate the experience. It takes practice to get the hang of a perfect pour, but it he

What Temperature Should Fully-Cooked Turkey Burgers Be?

What Temperature Should Fully-Cooked Turkey Burgers Be? Usually, we're all for a medium-rare burger with a bright pink center — that is, unless it's made from poultry. When it comes to turkey burgers, the cooking process requires more caution. It's essential to keep a close eye on the patties and their internal temperature so you can grill them completely, yet without drying the meat into sawdust. The ideal temperature for ground turkey is 165 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the USDA. Once the

Are Sugar Cubes Or Simple Syrup Better For An Old Fashioned? A Mixologist Weighs In

Are Sugar Cubes Or Simple Syrup Better For An Old Fashioned? A Mixologist Weighs In

An old fashioned showcases the beauty of simplicity. With a handful of ingredients, whiskey's many facets are able to shine. The straightforward, timeless recipe also encourages experimentation in the pursuit of perfection. Bartenders and drinkers around the world constantly quest for the 'best' version of the drink, making minute tweaks to match their tastes.

Food Republic took a closer look at one of the stap

The Steakhouse Red Flag Chefs Look Out For

The Steakhouse Red Flag Chefs Look Out For

The dimly-lit ambiance, cushy seats, and indulgent entrées at a steakhouse should be a recipe for a luxurious evening. But if you skip out on going to one of the best steakhouse chains and decide to visit a new establishment, it can be hard to tell if the meal will live up to expectations, or if you'll pay a high price for a semi-decent steak with ho-hum sides and appetizers. To discern hidden gems from the duds, Food Republic asked Sean Thompson, exec

How Strawberry Soda Became A Traditional Drink For Juneteenth

How Strawberry Soda Became A Traditional Drink For Juneteenth Juneteenth marks the day enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, learned about the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation. This happened on June 19, 1865, two-and-a-half years after the law went into effect, freeing 250,000 people. Theirs was the last community to learn of the news, and the historic event sparked an annual celebration. Not every community observed Juneteenth specifically — many cities, like Washington, D.C., observed E

Salt Is The Secret Ingredient That Keeps Ice Cream Frozen In A Cooler

Salt Is The Secret Ingredient That Keeps Ice Cream Frozen In A Cooler After a long day in the sun at a cookout, a sweet frozen treat is a uniquely satisfying refreshment. However, keeping ice cream perfectly frozen even after you've set the table, polished off the burgers, and the emptied the drinks can be a challenge. Insulated coolers, are helpful as they are, aren't always a foolproof solution, and you need to pack them wisely to keep ice cream from going soft. To stave off dessert disappoint

Bacon Jam Is The Sweet And Savory Ingredient Your Deviled Eggs Need

Bacon Jam Is The Sweet And Savory Ingredient Your Deviled Eggs Need

Spotting a deviled egg at the picnic table is a treat in and of itself. However, when creamy egg yolks work in harmony with smoky bacon jam, the hors d'oeuvres become something to fight over. Let your appetizer steal the spotlight at your next gathering by inviting the sweet-savory relish to the party.

Incorporating the porky topping is easy. All cooks need to do is add a dollop on top of each prepared egg. A small scoop, roug

What Makes West Virginia Hot Dogs Unique?

In West Virginia, a hot dog is a well-rounded meal. Sadly, despite its long history, the grab-and-go bite — or sandwich, if you prefer to call it that — that holds a special place in the hearts of residents is less known to outsiders. Nonetheless, the special assortment of toppings gets a hearty celebration at the annual West Virginia Hot Dog Festival where visitors indulge in speed eating contests and wiener dog races. The hot dog begins with the usual bun and weenie, as they call it. Then, loc

The Best Kind Of Black Tea To Use When Making Iced Tea

The Best Kind Of Black Tea To Use When Making Iced Tea

Tea aficionados and Southerners alike know that iced tea is an art unto itself. Although the beverage contains minimal ingredients, it allows a great tea to shine. However, most tea drinkers who are willing to experiment with their leaves often focus on hot brews rather than iced versions. That's a shame, because black teas offer rich and varying flavors that shine when left to chill.

To elevate this thirst-quenching drink to new and gourm

Boxed Mac And Cheese Powder Belongs On Popcorn

By now, many home cooks know how to elevate a box of mac and cheese. The delicious and quick meal is easy to make and satisfyingly savory. However, if you're willing to set aside the elbows and shells, there are many more starchy options to combine with the rich seasoning. The orange and white powders are practically made for flavoring popcorn. It even works in a pinch when all you have is the microwave or stovetop stuff. True snacking pros add a drizzle of melted butter as well to fully embrace

Jet Tila's Method For A Scrambled Egg Sandwich Makes Breakfast A Breeze

A BEC, or bacon, egg, and cheese sandwich, holds a special place in the hearts of many New Yorkers. Not only is it a classic bodega offering, but the grab-and-go meal also has entire restaurants dedicated to what has become an art form in a sandwich. For busy parents and those who dwell outside the five boroughs, Chef Jet Tila has a straightforward method to prepare this scrambled egg breakfast sandwich at home. All you need are eggs, cooked bacon, cheese, and a bagel. Tila starts by browning th

How To Turn Oreos Into An Easy 3-Ingredient Mug Cake

Packaged chocolate chip cookies, like the dry and crumbly Chips Ahoy, also make a sweet base for a mug cake. This approach requires additional ingredients, such as flour, to fully bind the ingredients and ensure proper rising. Although some bakers have given the packaged snack, as well as other grocery store staples like Milano cookies, the Oreo-style mash-and-microwave treatment, the mixture benefits from the added structure and rise provided by the wheat. Other cooks supplement a glob of Nutel

How White Bread Became An Essential Southern Barbecue Pairing

How White Bread Became An Essential Southern Barbecue Pairing Tucked amid the glorious red sauces and glistening browned meats, it's easy to pass over the plain slice or two of white bread that accompanies a tray of barbecue. Despite its ho-hum appearance, the carb is actually loaded down in history. And regardless of how it features in your BBQ plans, the bread's presence is a visual reminder of the meal's humble roots. Some diners may assume the side is no more than an edible napkin, but many

Season Your Hot Dogs Before Grilling Them And Thank Us Later

Season Your Hot Dogs Before Grilling Them And Thank Us Later

A flavorful, savory hot dog is a blank canvas for pretty much anything you can dream up. Global cuisines have their own ways of spicing up a frank, ranging from pizza sauce to sauerkraut, but rarely do cooks consider dressing up the dogs before they hit the flames. They're meant to be in draped toppings anyway, right? Actually, if you try flavoring your franks before grilling them, they'll end up so tasty that you won't want to drown

Ditch The Grocery Store And Start Cooking Rotisserie Chicken On The Grill

Ditch The Grocery Store And Start Cooking Rotisserie Chicken On The Grill

Rotisserie chickens are a cherished part of many household meal rotations because of their savory flavor and succulent meat. Yes, many people pick up a bird from Costco for $4.99 for the ease and convenience of a pre-made main, but it's the taste that keeps people coming back. As the summer season begins, there's no better time to consider making your own version of the grocery store item using your grill.

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