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Heart Healthy Menu Options

Heart Healthy Menu Options

Sometimes making small changes can have a positive impact on your health – including heart health – like drinking more water, taking the stairs instead of the escalator and adding nutritious ingredients to your snacks and meals. Incorporating nutritious ingredients is an easy way to step up your mealtime – for example, American Pecans can […]

5 Tips for Staying on Track: Diet Wise

5 Tips for Staying on Track: Diet Wise

While many people often wish maintaining good health was as easy as following an equation, health doesn’t have a start or end date. Once the allure of the new year wears off, it can be easy to let those resolutions go by the wayside. When you focus on making small, positive changes, you can move […]

Tail Gating Tips

Tail Gating Tips

Hut 1, Hut 2…Hike! Football season is one of the most exciting times of the year – from tailgates in the parking lot to cheering on your team in the stands to watching at home with friends and family, there are plenty of ways to enjoy the game. However, a great game day experience can […]

Clever Kitchen Upgrades

Clever Kitchen Upgrades

Fresh colors and textures for a functional kitchen style For avid cooks, seasoned hosts and busy families, the kitchen is likely the center of daily life and a place where both form and function are of the utmost importance. This high-traffic space generally influences the design of the rest of the house, especially if the […]

5 Steps for Game Day and Party Success

5 Steps for Game Day and Party Success

  Whether you have been planning for months or you’re inviting guests the day of, hosting a huge crowd on game day requires a bit more than RSVPs and a welcoming setting. Whether a “huge crowd” to you means five guests or 50, starting out with a plan can help make the day more enjoyable […]

Calling all Foodies: 4 Trends Shaping Home Cooking in 2019

Calling all Foodies: 4 Trends Shaping Home Cooking in 2019

Today’s chefs and home cooks alike are seeking more meaningful food experiences, with smart, intuitive technology that’s high-performing and saves time. This year, leading brands are changing the way culinary enthusiasts source and prepare their food, emphasizing a heightened level of respect for all ingredients throughout the process. The result? Delicious food and healthier lifestyles. […]

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BBQ Barbecue Festivals this Summer

BBQ Barbecue Festivals this Summer

So you’ve experimented in your backyard all year long. Now is the time to get your family out and about. But what to do? Barbecue of course! If you are looking for the Best BBQ in town, you don’t have to head over to Memphis in May or the American Royal. There’s great Barbecue right […]

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Gas Grilling

Common Mistakes to Avoid When Gas Grilling

Like any other type of cooking, outdoor grilling is an art. You learn the basics, and after that, your skills and creativity are what make you stand out. Here are some tips on how to get the most out of your gas grilling. Keep Your Grill Clean Keeping your grill clean minimizes chances of constant […]

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 […]

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Mission for Nutrition: Healthy Family Eating

Mission for Nutrition: Healthy Family Eating

Eating healthy as a family starts with a plan involving nutritious ingredients, and one of the easiest ways to incorporate them is through meal prepping. By organizing recipes and the ingredients you’ll need to make them ahead of time, you’re saving time in the kitchen and helping ensure your family members won’t go off-course. Dishes […]

Mexican Cheese is Hot Right Now: A Queso Primer

Mexican Cheese is Hot Right Now: A Queso Primer

Queso, anyone? With tortillas outselling hamburger and hot dog buns while salsa dethrones ketchup, Mexican food is more popular than ever in the United States – and cheeses are a key component of America’s favorite Mexican dishes. But are all cheeses created equally? Queso is not just that ubiquitous, neon cheese sauce you might sometimes […]

Simple Rustic Recipes with Chef Laura Vitale

Simple Rustic Recipes with Chef Laura Vitale

Bring Tuscany to the Table Take time to slow down and experience the pure delight of great-tasting food with family and friends. Savoring the moment is at the heart of Tuscan-inspired entertaining, where everyone has a seat at the table to enjoy simple and delicious dishes that boast authentic flavor and incorporate quality ingredients. Simple […]

Host a St. Patrick’s Day Party with Style

Host a St. Patrick’s Day Party with Style

It may be a celebration in honor of a patron saint of Ireland, but you don’t have to be Irish to join the revelry that marks each St. Patrick’s Day. This year, gather some friends for a party that brings a bit of luck o’ the Irish to all. Perfect Party Menu It’s just not […]

Fight the Cold with Better-for-You Comfort Foods

Fight the Cold with Better-for-You Comfort Foods

Few things go together quite like cold weather and comfort foods. However, those hearty dishes that are typically craved on blustery days are usually not classified as “healthy.” With the right approach, though, you can put a better-for-you twist on some of your favorite dishes that can keep you cozy and satiated during the winter […]

5 Deliciously Different Avocado Toast Toppings

5 Deliciously Different Avocado Toast Toppings

By: JoAnne Stein Food bloggers are going above and beyond to innovate with the ever-popular avocado toast. From interesting recipes to stunning Instagram photos that will make anyone hungry, this craze isn’t going away anytime soon. It’s easy to get creative and make something delicious by simply combining a few ingredients. Whether you’re having a […]

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

Shop Our Store

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

Pineapple Pork Kebab Recipe

Pineapple Pork Kebab Recipe

Nothing brings people together like a barbecue, and these Pineapple Pork Kebabs can help make you the hero of your grill this summer. Using high-quality, versatile Smithfield Prime Boneless Fresh Pork Loin, sweet onion, red bell pepper and pineapple chunks, they’re perfect for nearly any gathering with family and friends. Find more summer grilling tips […]

Fuel Your Morning with Protein-Packed Recipes

Fuel Your Morning with Protein-Packed Recipes

As you prepare to take on the day, one of the most beneficial ways to energize yourself each morning is by fueling your body with the proper nutrients, including protein. U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team High-Performance Dietitian Allen Tran works with top athletes and recognizes the key role protein plays in their diets. Developed by […]

Change Up Mealtime Favorites

Change Up Mealtime Favorites

While it can be easy to fall into a routine of cooking the same recipes week in and week out, getting creative with mealtime can be as easy as making simple swaps and trying new flavor combinations with fresh, high-quality ingredients. One of the easiest ways to shake things up in the kitchen any night […]

Heart Healthy Menu Options

Heart Healthy Menu Options

Sometimes making small changes can have a positive impact on your health – including heart health – like drinking more water, taking the stairs instead of the escalator and adding nutritious ingredients to your snacks and meals. Incorporating nutritious ingredients is an easy way to step up your mealtime – for example, American Pecans can […]

Marshmallow Crescent Puffs

Marshmallow Crescent Puffs

Take your crescent rolls to the next level with this recipe for Marshmallow Crescent Puffs. The flaky crust and sweet marshmallow filling will be a sure delight to your tastebuds. Marshmallow Crescent Puffs 1/4 cup granulated sugar 2 TBS all-purpose flour 1 Tsp cinnamon 2 cans refrigerated crescent dinner rolls 16 large marshmallows 1/4 cup […]

Easy Mango Salsa

Easy Mango Salsa

The warmer temperatures call for a menu that’s light and healthy, but with a uniquely tropical flavor. For an easy, casual entrée with a beachy feel, this easy recipe for Mango Salsa is sure to please. Mango Salsa 2 large ripe mangos, peeled, pitted and chopped 1/4 cup minced red bell pepper 1 tablespoon lime […]

Outdoor Entertaining

Top 2019 Outdoor Living Trends

Top 2019 Outdoor Living Trends

With busy schedules and on-the-go lifestyles, outdoor living spaces offer a chance to decompress, enjoy nature and connect with friends and family. Thanks to the impressive design and quality of today’s outdoor products, these spaces often rival the convenience, comfort and design of the indoors. As the heart of the home shifts outdoors, following are […]

Ideas for Getting Your Outdoor Space Ready for Entertaining

Ideas for Getting Your Outdoor Space Ready for Entertaining

  As the outdoor entertaining season begins, many homeowners dream about having a beautiful outdoor kitchen and patio area. No matter your budget, you can have the outdoor area designed for entertaining. Here are some ideas to help you get your outdoor grilling space ready for entertaining. Ideas for Getting Your Outdoor Space Ready for […]

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 […]

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Cranberry-Beet Bundt Cake with Orange-Walnut Glaze

Cranberry-Beet Bundt Cake with Orange-Walnut Glaze

Cranberry-Beet Bundt Cake with Orange-Walnut Glaze Prep time: 50 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Servings: 16 1          jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Sliced Pickled Beets, drained 2 1/4    cups granulated sugar, divided 1 1/4    cups dried sweetened cranberries 2 1/2    cups all-purpose flour 1 1/2    teaspoons baking powder 1          […]

Cranberry Strata Recipe: Delicious Layered Dessert

Cranberry Strata Recipe: Delicious Layered Dessert

Did you know that strata is Italian for layers?  So you’ll be happy to know that this “strata” is packed with delicious layers, so be ready to sink your teeth into cream cheese, cranberries, cinnamon and french bread.Make this recipe the night before to allow it to chill over night and then pop it into […]

Mini Marbled Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Mini Marbled Cherry Cheesecake Cupcakes

Individually portioned desserts are ideal for entertaining, and these smooth, creamy Mini Marbled Cherry Cheesecakes with vivid holiday color are a perfect single serving that is sure to brighten any dessert table. Find more recipes at culinary.net. Mini Marbled Cherry Cheesecakes 18        chocolate cookies with white filling 2          packages (8 ounces each) cream […]

Crowd-Pleasing Easter Brunch

Crowd-Pleasing Easter Brunch

Easter is a time to celebrate with friends and family. You can create a crowd-pleasing brunch with affordable, high-quality ingredients, wine and tablescape decor. Elevate your holiday brunch beyond an egg casserole with a Spiral Ham with Red Wine and Citrus Glaze as the centerpiece for your table. Finish the meal with a Mini Blueberry […]

How to Make Snowball Cookies

How to Make Snowball Cookies

When it’s cold outside and snow blankets the ground, try heating up the oven and whipping up a batch of Snowball Cookies.  These cookies are crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, and with a hint of coconut added to the frosting, your senses might think you’ve been transported to a tropical beach. […]

Simple Holiday Hams

Simple Holiday Hams

Ideas for an easy Easter menu Whether you’re new to hosting or simply looking for ideas to make Easter entertaining easier than ever, there are plenty of ways to save time and stress in the kitchen. Go with what you know. Trying out new recipes is fun, but it can also add stress when they […]

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