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Quick and Easy Weeknight Meal Recipes

Quick and Easy Weeknight Meal Recipes

Moms pride themselves on serving their families wholesome, homemade meals. But here’s the reality: 60 percent of moms think that coming up with dinner ideas is more difficult than getting their children to go to bed on time. Moreover, 61 percent of moms frequently order takeout or go out to eat because they don’t have […]

Great Yards – Spring through Fall

Great Yards – Spring through Fall

As the weather starts to shift and the crisp air settles in, your first inclination might be to head indoors, cozy up with a blanket and save that deck and patio project you’ve been researching for next year. Not so fast. While home improvement stores sell spring and summer as the seasons for all things […]

Forget ‘Wine Rules’: 4 Unconventional Wine Pairings for Guys

Forget ‘Wine Rules’: 4 Unconventional Wine Pairings for Guys

Have you ever looked at a wine list and wished it actually told you what the wine tastes like? Have you ever wanted wine connoisseurs to stop swirling and sniffing, and just take a big sip? Well, you’re not alone. And American craft wine, The Federalist, and Dan Dunn want to do something about it. […]

Go Beyond Pecan Pie this Holiday Season

Go Beyond Pecan Pie this Holiday Season

When deciding which dishes to serve this year at holiday gatherings, consider going beyond traditional recipes and use beloved seasonal ingredients in new ways. For example, while pecan pie is top of mind for many dessert-makers, it’s also a perfect time to make new dishes with an ingredient like pecans, also known as The Original […]

Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining Tips

Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining Tips

The holiday season is meant for spending quality time with friends and family, not stressing out over hosting. With some simple tips, you can cut down on hectic preparations while creating a memorable holiday full of food and fun guests can savor. Consider these suggestions from the entertaining experts at Real California Milk: Plan Ahead […]

Watch what you Heat: 5 Kitchen Safety Tips

Watch what you Heat: 5 Kitchen Safety Tips

Cooking equipment is the top cause of home fires, and the second leading cause of home fire deaths, according to the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA). “Considered to be one of the more preventable types of fires, kitchen fires can be avoided by following a few common-sense guidelines,” says Tarsila Wey, director of marketing at […]

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5 Ways the Whole Family Can Eat Healthy

5 Ways the Whole Family Can Eat Healthy

People are understandably conscious about the foods they’re eating and where they come from. The human eating space has seen the rise of whole, clean and natural foods, and in the last couple of years, the trend has even moved into pet foods. Many pet parents who eat healthy and care about where their food […]

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Decking Contractor

5 Questions to Ask When Hiring a Decking Contractor

When it comes to tackling a backyard makeover, there is no time like the present to start planning. Unless you’re planning to build your own deck, one of the first items on your “to-do” list should be hiring a contractor. Quality deck builders can book up quickly and often have waiting lists by early spring. […]

3 Popular Eating Plans You’ll See in 2019

3 Popular Eating Plans You’ll See in 2019

If you’re thinking about revamping how you eat in the new year, you might want to think twice about the trendy dairy-free plans that crop up on your social media feed – as they could leave you missing out on nutrients you need. Three of the most popular and health-promoting eating plans of the moment […]

How a Healthy Gut can be Good for your Well-Being

How a Healthy Gut can be Good for your Well-Being

Whether it’s eating too many slices of pizza or constantly getting takeout, most of us have slipped on our good eating habits at one time or another. But is avoiding unhealthy foods enough to keep our bodies in top shape? While gut health is not something many people consider, Mayo Clinic experts agree that it […]

How To Find The Best Portable Grill For You

How To Find The Best Portable Grill For You

Fall is upon us and in most parts of the country, we will be seeing lower temperatures that lend themselves perfectly to grilling. From barbecues to tailgating, birthdays to camping, there are a plethora of wonderful opportunities for us to relish in the purest joy that is grilling in the great outdoors.   Now, we’re […]

5 Fantastic Energy-Boosting Snack Recipes

5 Fantastic Energy-Boosting Snack Recipes

Whether its back to school or marathon season, many people are focused on nutrition and training. Building up endurance is key, but you can’t do that without the fuel your body needs. Wholesome energy-boosting snacks are essential for keeping up the pace, whether you’re focused on a walk, 5K or full marathon. There are a […]

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Give Your Kitchen a Facelift

Give Your Kitchen a Facelift

Whether completely remodeling your kitchen or just looking for a few simple upgrades to make your cooking space shine, it can be difficult to know where to begin. A well-designed kitchen can incorporate both style and luxury, but it’s also important to upgrade in ways that make everyday tasks easier and your space more efficient. […]

4 Ways to Bring Classic Character to Your Kitchen

4 Ways to Bring Classic Character to Your Kitchen

In today’s stainless steel world filled with clean lines, sharp angles and sleek kitchen accessories, it may seem daunting to achieve the perfect antique style for your kitchen. While it’s true that blending looks from the past with modern-day functionality can be challenging, you don’t have to be a famous designer to create the kitchen […]

Fuss-Free Holiday Recipe Inspiration

Fuss-Free Holiday Recipe Inspiration

Hosting holiday dinners can be stressful, even for the most seasoned home cooks. Between gift giving, cookie baking, home decorating and more, there’s often little time left to think through a festive feast for a hungry crowd of family and friends. While the main entree and dessert are usually the first courses to be accounted […]

Simple Sides for Holiday Entertaining

Simple Sides for Holiday Entertaining

Preparing side dishes can be time consuming. Save those precious minutes to enjoy the holidays by using refrigerated, never-frozen options like mashed potatoes, mashed sweet potatoes, baked apples and even macaroni and cheese that can be heated in the microwave and ready to serve in minutes. Like many hosts, you are likely searching for perfection […]

Party Prep Pointers for Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining

Party Prep Pointers for Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining

Thoughts of hosting and entertaining during one of the busiest seasons of the year can be stressful. With so much party preparation for the holidays, from decor to drinks and appetizers to activities, it’s easy to see how even the most experienced hosts can get a little flustered. One way to make sure you get […]

Game Day Entertaining Tips

Game Day Entertaining Tips

Just like your favorite sports team, hosting a winning big-game party or tailgate takes planning, preparation and teamwork. To make your festivities fun-filled, remember these entertaining tips that are sure to score big with your fans. 5 Tips to Tackle a Tasty Game Day Menu Scatter the refreshments. Help direct movement and traffic flow by […]

Reviews

Barbecue Review: The Shed – Ocean Springs, MS

Barbecue Review: The Shed – Ocean Springs, MS

Hello friends! On a recent trip, I had the pleasure of going to one of my favorite barbecue haunts: The Shed in Ocean Springs, MS. This is the tale of the tasty treats that I experienced. My Barbecue Review. The main course I opted for two of their entrees. First, I chose their “Wangs”. The […]

Shop Our Store

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It’s always Barbecue time somewhere with Pitmaster’s Finest Merchandise! Cookbooks, Gourmet Food, Rubs, Spices, Grills, Smokers, Tshirts, Aprons, Sauces , Marinades and much more! We have great gifts for the barbecue and beer geek in your life, or maybe a little something for yourself! Please visit our Shop page to find everything your looking for! […]

New Orleans Barbecue: Stews and ‘Que

New Orleans Barbecue: Stews and ‘Que

New Orleans is home to a vast array of food traditions, but it is best known for Creole cooking. At one time, it may have been possible to say that Creole cooking was the fancier cooking of New Orleans with more European influences and Cajun cooking the simpler food of the country folk, but this […]

BBQ Review: The Smokehouse of Laurel – Mississippi

BBQ Review: The Smokehouse of Laurel – Mississippi

Like any Pitmaster in competition, you have good days and bad days, good recipes and great recipes. To Find more Barbecue in your area, check out the BBQ Directory at Pitmasterandthecook.com/home

Comfort Food Review: Estelle’s Southern Cuisine – Laurel, MS

Comfort Food Review: Estelle’s Southern Cuisine – Laurel, MS

There are two reasons this location is included in my review of great barbecue restaurants. First, the ribs are excellent and the offerings are buffet style, so it’s all you can eat. And second, the sides and peripherals are so varied and delicious that its’s worth going just to make a meal out of the veggies.  

BBQ Review: Stonewall Barbecue – Oakgrove, MS

BBQ Review: Stonewall Barbecue – Oakgrove, MS

The star of the plate was the smoked chicken. Wow, it was a perfectly smoked bird. The chicken was tender, moist, and delicious. I was a little saddened when I had exhausted all that was in my meal, and again, it was a full leg quarter. The rub added a good crisp to the meat’s juicy, succulent texture.  

Recipes

Soft Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

Soft Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites

Spend more time with family in the morning and less time making breakfast with these easy-to-make Soft Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites made with Pillsbury® Refrigerated Breadsticks. They are fun for the kids to make too!  For more recipes go to www.culinary.net. Soft Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel Bites 1 (11oz.) can Pillsbury Refrigerated Breadsticks 3 TBS cinnamon 2 TBS […]

Easy Comfort Food Recipes

Easy Comfort Food Recipes

  Potato, Turkey and Veggie Casserole Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 30 minutes Servings: 6 1          tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon, olive oil 3/4       pound extra-lean ground turkey breast 1/2       teaspoon dried thyme leaves 1/2       teaspoon garlic powder 1/2       teaspoon ground black pepper 1/2       teaspoon salt (optional) 1          can (15 […]

Power Up Breakfast Recipes

Power Up Breakfast Recipes

Fuel Up for a Busy Day While some may say being busy is good, it’s not always good for a healthy lifestyle. With less time to prep, the thought of planning nutritious meals and snacks may feel overwhelming, but with simple changes, you can power through your hectic schedule. This full menu of quick and […]

Switch Up Your Game Day Menu

Switch Up Your Game Day Menu

Was your Game Day a flop? a fail? or a success? Burgers and dogs may be typical game day grub, but a lineup that never changes can get tiresome a few weeks into the season. Infuse new energy and homemade favorites into your game day menu so you can enjoy great games and good eats […]

Game Day Eats and Treats Recipes

Game Day Eats and Treats Recipes

Score major points with delicious dishes If the crew is coming over to root for your favorite team, it may be time to spice up the menu. Whether you’re hosting the weekend get-together or watching the game after work, switch up your typical spread and serve something new to leave your guests cheering for more. […]

Hosting Ideas and Recipes

Hosting Ideas and Recipes

If the very notion of hosting has you feeling a bit overwhelmed, get organized with these simple ideas that can help you serve up a successful celebration. Entertainment: Ensure guests enjoy a good time by offering entertainment that is suitable for their personality types. If your guests are more drawn to energetic activities, choose light-hearted, […]

Outdoor Entertaining

Hosting Ideas and Recipes

Hosting Ideas and Recipes

If the very notion of hosting has you feeling a bit overwhelmed, get organized with these simple ideas that can help you serve up a successful celebration. Entertainment: Ensure guests enjoy a good time by offering entertainment that is suitable for their personality types. If your guests are more drawn to energetic activities, choose light-hearted, […]

Pumped Up Bloody Mary with Bacon and Pierogees!

Pumped Up Bloody Mary with Bacon and Pierogees!

Ditch the celery stick and compliment your spicy Bloody Mary with cheese filled perogies and BACON! Turn Cooking and Food into FUN! ….Barbecue? Check! We got it! Comfort Food? Check! We got it. Game Day? Yup! Home Entertaining Ideas? Uh-Huh.. Visit Pitmaster and the Cook for Recipes. Don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE! Bloody Mary 1 tsp. Tabasco sauce […]

Prepare your Yard for Spring

Prepare your Yard for Spring

If you love spending time in your yard, the end of summer can mark a period of sadness thinking about the colder temperatures and shorter days you must endure before getting back outside. One sure cure for the blues is looking forward to something fun. Get a head start on spring and use the time […]

5 Ways to Host a No-Hassle Holiday Celebration this Season

5 Ways to Host a No-Hassle Holiday Celebration this Season

The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, filled with warm memories of family and friends. When it’s your turn to host, however, the holidays can quickly turn into a stressful blur that involves cleaning, decorating and cooking all before the guests even arrive! Hosting loved ones doesn’t have to be this way. Try […]

Freshen Up Holiday Entertaining

Freshen Up Holiday Entertaining

Add tasty, crunchy grapes to seasonal dishes The holiday season is typically marked by gatherings of friends and family. Whether you’re hosting overnight guests, drop-in visitors or an important seasonal meal, taking a fresh approach to the menu can make the get-together more special. As you prepare for the festivities, consider recipes that feature healthy […]

5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting

5 Hacks for Holiday Hosting

It may feel impossible to fit even more into already jam-packed days, but when the holidays roll around, entertaining and celebrating always find a way. Fortunately, you can find some shortcuts when hosting that offer plenty of festive style while also helping you avoid stressing over every detail. This year, rely on some time-saving hacks […]

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Rustic Chicken with Ripe Olive Recipe

Rustic Chicken with Ripe Olive Recipe

Getting the whole family around the dinner table every evening can be hard. Feeding your family meals that incorporate high-quality ingredients and are also delicious can be even harder. Sometimes, though, that special ingredient you’re looking for can already be in your pantry. Consider including bursts of flavor from an ingredient such as California Ripe […]

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Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole

Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole

Jazz up your traditional sweet potato casserole with some nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, walnuts and crunchy cornflakes. The holidays never tasted sweeter! For more holiday recipes, go to culinary.net. Crunchy Sweet Potato Casserole • 5-6 sweet potatoes, mashed • 1/2 cup butter, melted • 1/4 cup sugar • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar • 2 […]

Gain Control with Protein Power

Gain Control with Protein Power

It’s a common scenario: no time for breakfast, so you’re snacking on something sweet in the break room at 9 a.m. Two hours later you hit the vending machine for something salty. The good news is there is an easy, healthy alternative to taking control of your appetite: protein. In fact, a growing body of […]

Breakfast Stacks

Breakfast Stacks

Start your morning with these delicious and simple Breakfast Stacks made with eggs, pancake batter and sausage. Your family will be begging for more! See video below of how to make this quick and easy recipe. For more recipes, go to www.culinary.net. Breakfast Stacks Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray 6 large eggs, lightly beaten 12 fully […]

Prepare la decoración festiva

Prepare la decoración festiva

Deliciosa comida, vino refinado, amigos y familiares. Estos son algunos de los ingredientes preferidos de la temporada festiva. Afortunadamente, es posible organizar una celebración innovadora con familiares y amigos sin gastar una fortuna. En ALDI, puede ahorrar hasta un 50% en vinos, y productos para cocinar y hornear.* Un menú con aperitivos encantadoramente presentados y […]

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