Tuesday, October 17, 2017

That's a Wrap

By Carl Weiss

Image courtesy of Man Cave Munchies
Lately I have begun experimenting with wraps. I'm talking about those deliciously simple creations made by filling a soft tortilla with various ingredients, then wrapping them burrito style.  While the basis for the wrap is most decidedly south of the border, what you will quickly discover is that a wrap knows no geographic boundaries. Even better is the fact that you can create wraps using all kinds of ingredients.

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Some Like It Hot

By Carl Weiss
Image courtesy of Pixabay

When it comes to kicking your recipes up a notch or two, many chefs bring out the hot stuff.  By hot stuff I am referring to hot sauce, hot peppers, cayenne pepper, Cajun seasoning or some other form of enhanced seasoning or sauce.  Heck, some signature dishes have made a name for themselves strictly because of adding heat.  Buffalo wings is a prime example of this.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Football Favorites

By Carl Weiss

Image courtesy of Flickr
Now that it's football season once again, I thought I would share some of my favorite recipes that are sure to please and feed a crowd. The secret to fabulous football fare is to have 3 courses, the appetizers that you will serve at the start of the game, the entree you will feed your friends at halftime, not to mention dessert for the fourth quarter.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

Bock to the Future!

By Carl Weiss

Image courtesy of Flickr
One of the reasons more than 20,000 people have watched my videos has to do with the fact that beer is an ingredient in more than a quarter of my recipes.  And why not, since it's a great way to add flavor to many dishes.  I mean, it probably won't enhance the taste of your cornflakes.  But it most definitely can add an extra kick to stews, soups, breads and barbecue, to name a few.  Since Octoberfest is right around the corner, I thought I would review some of the ways I have used the humble brewsky in a recipe or twosky.

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Grill It, Don't Kill It

By Carl Weiss

Most American males think they know their way around a barbecue.  Experience has shown me that this is not always the case.  Case in point: My dad used to make what we laughingly referred to as "Hockey Puck Burgers" that when served were black on the outside and frozen on the inside.  That's what happens when you throw a frozen burger patty onto a white hot grill.

Looking back at my father's exploits on the backyard grill, I came to realize that while I hate to admit it guys, many American males haven't got a clue as to how a barbecue really works. Let's start off with the fact that a gas-fired barbecue is in reality a grill.  If it doesn't involve charcoal, it isn't real barbecue.

Sunday, September 17, 2017

Pity the Poor Pancake

By Carl Weiss

Image courtesy of Wikimedia
If you're like most Americans, you get your pancakes from a box.  This is a pity, since pancakes are one of the easiest recipes to make from scratch.  All it takes is 1 cup of flour, 1 tablespoon of baking powder, a teaspoon of sugar, a pinch of salt, a 1/4 cup of oil (never use butter), an egg and 1 cup of milk and you can make a half-dozen fluffy homemade pancakes.  That's all there is to it. 

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

No More Frozen Pizzas

By Carl Weiss

Beer Crust Pizza Step #1
Those of you who know me realize I tilt at epicurean windmills.  What I mean by that, is it irks me when people who have every technology available to modern man, choose to take the path of least resistance when it comes to cooking.  Chief among my complaints is frozen pizza.  Yes, it's convenient, but it also tastes about as good as the box from which it came.  Even worst is the fact that making homemade pizza is not that big of a deal.