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How To Pair Wine with Barbecued Foods

By Christopher Stewart | July 3, 2013

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Deciding what wine to pair with grilled steak is easier than you think. (Photo: mike912mueller)

The start of the grilling season means delicious smokey meals, perfectly charred dinners, and even grill-inspired desserts. While a nice glass of your favorite wine is desired for any meal, when the grills come out, the bottles of wine seem to go in. But just like you pair your wine with your light salad for lunch or a hearty stew that’s been cooking all day for dinner, wine can also be paired with grilling and barbecue.  For the holiday weekend and many sunny weekends after, here are 3 tips to help you pair wine at your next barbecue.  Read More

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How To Keep Guacamole Green

By Christopher Stewart | June 26, 2013

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Guacamole is one of those crowd favorites, that if it’s there, that is the first thing your guest are going to go for. Whether it’s a traditional recipe or you have added a personal touch to it, like grilled corn, guacamole is always wanted at a party. The creamy vibrant colors of a freshly prepared bowl of guacamole are great to look at but even better to eat. Avocados, like other fruits, when sliced begin to turn brown due to being exposed to oxygen, which is called oxidation. In a matter of hours your amazingly vibrant guacamole can become a unattractive mess. There are 2 simple ways that you can keep your guacamole green and vibrant, the next time company comes over, and one way starts with the avocado itself. So how do you keep your guacamole bright green?  Read More

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How To Make The Perfect Pitcher of Iced Tea

By Christopher Stewart | June 19, 2013

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There are a few things that come up when you think of the word simple. Simple can relate to a quick and easy go-to meal, your favorite restaurant, or something that you make repeatedly and it comes out great every time. Simple can also mean that something can be a staple, also something that you want to add a new spin on as well. June is National Ice Tea month, and there is really nothing better than drinking a cold glass of brewed ice tea during these hot summer months. Although ice tea can be pretty much error proof, do we really know the essentials of making a glass of ice tea? Here are 3 tips on how to make the perfect glass of ice tea this summer season.  Read More

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How To Grill Vegetables Like a Pro

By Christopher Stewart | June 5, 2013

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Grilling is a great way to dine outdoors and enjoy the warm weather. Grilling can be used as a flavor enhancer, as the smoke adds great flavor to anything that is cooked on it. The grill gets a reputation for turning great cuts of meat, blends for burgers, and hot dogs alike into summer staples, but it’s time to tell the meat to move over and make way for the vegetables. Grilled vegetables are a staple summer side dish and a good way to utilize the fresh produce that your local farmers market has to offer. All it takes is a hot grill, veggies, and a few common kitchen must haves and you will have flavorful grilled mushrooms for burgers, or charred onions to accompany your juicy grilled steak. Here are some tips on how to achieve perfect grilled vegetables for your next barbecue.
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How to Make Perfect Polenta

By Christopher Stewart | May 23, 2013

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Polenta is a popular item that has been on the restaurant scene for a couple of years now. It usually sits under deliciously rich stews, but it has come out from hiding in the past few years as the main attraction. For brunch with poached eggs, grilled with tangy balsamic vinegar or added in a cake for texture, polenta is here to stay. Different cultures have different names and ways of making polenta but the great thing about it, is that it’s not a costly grain and that it goes a long way. Polenta, a course or finely ground yellow cornmeal, it usually expands to 4-5 times its volume when cooked in your desired liquid, which is great because you can make several dishes from one pot. Learn how to make polenta apart of your next meal with these simple tips and 5 delicious recipes that will highlight polenta all throughout the week. Read More

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How to Correctly Handle a Chef’s Knife

By Christopher Stewart | May 20, 2013

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With all of the “How To’s” on marcussamuelsson.com lately and all of the great food that has been created, one very important subject has not been tackled. How can we eat and prepare all this amazing food if we don’t know how to use a knife properly. I know there are a lot of big scary knives out there and it seems like chefs are using them with such ease and skill. With knives in different sizes and different uses, knowing which Santuko, slicing, pairing, carving, or ceramic knife will best work for you is a big deal. Let’s examine the proper way to use a chefs knife along with the do’s and don’ts in these 3 easy steps. 

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How To Poach an Egg, Brunch Edition

By Christopher Stewart | May 17, 2013

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I think we can all agree that the best part of brunch is the classic Eggs Benedict and the wonderfully poached egg that sits atop your brunch entree. A perfectly poached egg with a sultry and creamy bright yellow yolk is the biggest reason to get out of bed on the weekends, (besides Mimosas). A poached egg can also be a great accompaniment for lunch and dinner including being placed on top of salads, veggies, pasta, and fried rice. Master the perfect poached egg in your home with these quick and easy steps. Read More

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How to Cook a Steak

By Christopher Stewart | May 16, 2013

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Photo by Mike

Everyone loves comfort food and also classic comfort foods. When you think of something that makes you happy, a warm smile should come over your face. And typically for me, a perfectly cooked steak brings on a smile. Whether your preferred cooking method is searing, broiling or grilling, a perfectly cooked steak is always the centerpiece of the table.  Read More

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How to Fry an Egg

By Christopher Stewart | May 14, 2013

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Sometimes the simplest thing to do can also be the hardest. I know I’m not the only one who has suffered many mornings with broken yolks, wiggling whites, and brown chewy bites for breakfast. Yes, I’m talking eggs. A fried egg is a one of life’s great minimal treasures and if done correctly can be added to any breakfast or sit atop any other delectable dish including sandwiches and pasta. These 3 easy steps will perfect your fried egg just in time for tomorrow’s breakfast.  Read More

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How to Make Risotto

By Christopher Stewart | May 10, 2013

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Risotto is one of those dishes that bring amazing thoughts to mind. Risotto feels like luxury in a bowl, and each time a restaurant has risotto on the menu, I want to know all about it. Risotto is actually very flexible and works well with a lot of different flavors and combinations. Restaurants incorporate mushrooms, herbs, cheeses and  a lot of other delicacies into risotto and it’s hard not to  love every minute of it. Making risotto at home, may seem scary for some but it’s actually quite easy.  Follow these tips to creating the perfect risotto for dinner this week.  Read More

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