• Grilling

    Using pellet smokers to grill chicken wings the right way

    Doesn’t your mouth water at the sight of juicy, tender, well-grilled chicken?  Don’t we all just hate when our sincere efforts at grilling and smoking chicken goes down the drain as the end result is always dry, burnt, foul?

    It happens to the best of us. It is a tough process. Even simple things like the temperature, spices, timing can mess up the whole thing. But don’t think that the perfection can’t be reached or that it will be time-consuming. It is actually very easy.

    Here are some tips to grill your chicken just right using pellet smokers in this informative article.

    It is very well known that the oil you use in the marinade (which is essentially is the mixture of oil, spices in which the chicken is soaked beforehand) makes a whole lot of a difference in the flavor.

    Olive oil seems to be the best choice. As mentioned above that temperature and timing also play a role but taking those as constant, it’s the oil that becomes the game changer and many people just ignore its role in the whole cooking process.

    Another thing to look out for is to make sure that the marinade you use isn’t too overwhelming or overpowering as it should complement the chicken rather than just sideline it. The chicken should be the champion of the dish so don’t mask its own taste.

    It’s a common occurring that some of us usually pack the chicken in one big piece of foil. It is advisable to wrap each piece individually which gives it the desired environment to turn tender and juicy. Avoid opening it during the procedure so that all the flavors are locked in.

    It becomes an important aspect to maintain a temperature well above 200 F so make sure to supply the pellets as and when needed.

    Sprinkle the marinade you made on both sides well so that it is coated properly while you start to cook.

    We usually need to preheat the pellet smoker for best results but some of us lack patience. You have to wait until you get a good smoke.

    A lesser appreciated component is that the type of wood pellets used also have an impact on the final result and hickory pellets are found to be the best.

    Recipe:

    Its main components are:

    1. Chicken pieces
    2. Marinade (as per your tastes and likes)

    Steps:

    1. Start by washing and drying the chicken well and then wrap the pieces up in good quality aluminum foil
    2. Place the pieces in the refrigerator.
    3. Preheat the pellet smoker at around 250 F.
    4. Once a good smoke is obtained, add the wrapped chicken to the smoker and close the lid for around 2.5 hours.
    5. It is important to make sure that chicken is cooked through and through so the internal temperature also needs to be known which should be about 150 F.
    6. Wrap the chicken lightly again and let it rest for around 10 minutes.
    7. Now, slice it and it becomes ready to serve!
  • Gotham Steel Pans

    Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup 

    Panera is rapidly becoming a name synonymous to staple diet in the United States. There are numerous recipes that can be created with and a lot of new recipes are surfacing every day. This compels us to bring one recipe to you. We are combining Panera bread with broccoli and cheese and creating a soup out of the combination.

    This recipe will go easy on you. So without leading you on with a lot of mouth-watering content, let us begin with the details of this recipe. We begin as under: 

    The time required and other little details: 

    Panera Bread Broccoli Cheese Soup is self-explanatory: the bread has its signature essence, broccoli has its healthy charm and you cannot resist cheese at all. Pertaining to this recipe, there will be a total time requirement of about an hour and 10 minutes and the yield will serve 4. 

    The things that would be required: 

    Like any other recipe, this recipe also requires certain things that need to be arranged for beforehand. The list of these things is as follows –  

    • 2 cups full of milk 
    • A bread bowl 
    • Some pepper 
    • Some salt 
    • About 8 ounces of cheddar cheese, grated 
    • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg 
    • A cup of grated carrot, julienned 
    • Half a pound of chopped fresh broccoli 
    • 2 cups of chicken stock 
    • 2 cups of half & half 
    • ¼ cup full of floor 
    • ¼ cup full of butter, melted 
    • Half of a medium sized onion, chopped 
    • 1 tablespoon of melted butter, taken separately 

    As you equip yourself with these items, you are ready to move over to the procedure of cooking. 

    The cooking process: 

    This recipe will go easy on you. All you need to do is to stick to the steps that follow: 

    • Pour a tablespoon of melted in a pan and sauté the onions in it. 
    • Now combine flour and melted butter in a pan and place it over a medium flame. Continue to heat until you witness the color change to golden brown. This should ideally take about 3 to 5 minutes. 
    • Add your chicken stock slowly to this mixture and continue to whisk. Let the contents simmer for about 20 minutes with a cover on. Do not forget to stir occasionally. 
    • In a pot, add sautéed onions, carrots and broccoli. Continue to adding half and half and milk while stirring. Cover the contents. 
    • Bring the flame to low and continue heating for about 20 to 25 minutes. To avoid curding of milk, do not allow boiling. 
    • Now add nutmeg, pepper and salt. 
    • While continuing to heat the soup, add the cheese slowly and keep on stirring. 
    • Once done with the cheese, take the soup off the flame and serve. 
    • Serve this soup in the breadbowl. 

    Your recipe is done. Now taste the eclectic combination of flavors, you will love it. One facet of this recipe is that it can be refrigerated and stored for a period of about 5 days. 

    Bring it on!  

  • Home Decor

    10 DIY Tricks to make your House look more organised 

    Organising stuff at your home makes it look cleaner and adds an aesthetic appeal to it. Organising is also helpful when you live in a small house, like those in the city of New York. A sorted surrounding also makes way for a refreshing thought process and a peaceful demeanor at home. If you are the person who likes things in place and goes all the way up to the level of Monica Geller, these tricks can do wonders for you.

    Here, we have worked out 10 tricks that can make your house all the more organized. 

    Arrange the mess in your garden 

    Garden tools can often be found hanging around. You might want to get these things organized. To get it done, arrange for an old wooden pallet. Let the pallet lean against any wall and place the tools between the pallet and the wall. Your work is done! 

    Make a place for the always-lost remote control 

    Your remote controls are often lost under the couch cushions. Very often you find some annoying kids playing around with the remote controls. You can create a hideout place for these little things by hollowing out a book with hardcover. This case would not let you lose the remote anymore. 

    Bring some elegance to your bathroom 

    Your towels are always in disarray inside the bathrooms. There has to be a way to keep them properly arranged. The trick is to utilize an old wine rack. Fold your towels and let them perch in the spaces in the rack. 

    Utilize the space under your bed 

    There is always an unused space under the bed. This space can be made to hold things with the help of an old drawer. If you have a redundant antique dresser, you can work its drawers a little bit to place under the bed where more things can now be kept. 

    Keep the cleaning stuff clean 

    The tools used for cleaning often end up being messy themselves. These tools can be arranged with the help of shoe rack. 

    Use the bags to hold some items 

    You carry paper bags from grocery stores and dispose them. But they can be placed in file folders and reused for carrying other items as well. 

    Give a royal look to your living room 

    There are several old rakes that serve no purpose in your home. You can use them as hangers to display jewellery in your living room. This gives an air of authority to the rooms. 

    Go the classic way 

    This trick is old but is a classy idea to carry out. Show some craft on empty cans, cover them with funky papers and use them to hold stationary. 

    Organize your closet 

    You may have a plenty of shower rings. These rings can be your messiah and get some tank tops organized in the closet. With the help of these rings, you can hang more tank tops than you usually could. 

    Christen those messy cords 

    Use some small cards, scribble description on them and tag them to the cords to sort them out. 

    These 10 trick can ease up your tangled life. Adore your home now! 

     

  • Home Decor

    5 Ideas to Spruce up your Home 

    Your home is indefinitely the most beautiful place you have ever been to. There are umpteen ideas available around this planet, that seek to decorate your home in ways unmatched. There is never the best time to want to spruce up your home with certain DIY ideas centered around minimal usage of resources. All times are just perfect. While you may want to do some stuff right now, you can easily fall short of ideas. To avoid such a situation, we have worked out a list of 5 stunning ideas to give your home the look you might have been dying for. Here they are: 

    Using wall stencils to create art on the walls 

    While wall stencils might seem ideal for kids’ rooms, they are almost as much suitable for a new look to any room. This idea can be carried out inexpensively as they are stencil designs available on the internet. You can easily access, download and print them; then use paint to create designs on your walls. 

    Bring that old stuff to life 

    You might have a truckload of old ornaments at your home. While you may have discarded them, they are a pretty good choice for decoration. You can give them a new look with a brand new paint job and place them in the living room for an aesthetic appeal. Old animal figures are considered in-style these days. 

    Bring back that redundant wallpaper 

    You may have ended up with extra wallpaper lying around in your home. An idea to utilize it is to use it on the bookcase. This would give a brand new look to your bookcase with minimal efforts. A vintage designed wallpaper can work wonders for an old book rack. Do ensure that you use the wallpaper on the inside of the bookcase to keep the look as classy as possible. 

    Pump some life into those boring tables 

    Cut out a safety glass of the size of your table. Then place some old letters, photographs, newspaper cutouts etc, between the glass and the top of the table. This idea adds depth to the look of your table. A boring table will definitely come to life. Another advantage of this method is the ability to keep people engaged in all the stuff that appears under the glass. Any person would love to spend some time reading those old postcards or engrossed in the nostalgic photographs. So, there is more to this idea than the aesthetic appeal. 

    Put on your creative caps 

    There is nothing better than creating stuff on your own. Our last idea in this list is to work things out yourself. There are canvases available in the market that can be utilized by painting your own ideas on them. You can use other props and show some creativity on them as well. If you love art, maybe your dining room is your upcoming masterpiece. 

    Your home is a place that waits for you to give it a new touch every once in a while. Go ahead and do it. Happy decorating! 

  • Gotham Steel Pans

    Cleaning and Care Tips for the Gotham Steel Pans 

    Gotham Steel Pans are a revolutionary addition to the world of non-stick cookware with their state of the art innovative technology. If you happen to own one, you must know that there is a need to take care of it in order to ensure an efficient usage of the utensil. Moreover, proper care would invariably lead to chef quality cooking at the comfort of your home. Not taking proper care of the product may render it useless within a few uses, thus buying a Gotham Steel Pan might end in futility.

    To avoid that, we have worked out some cleaning and health tips for your utensil. Go through the tips that follow to continue to enjoy working with your Gotham Steel Pan. 

    Before you use it for the first time: 

    You must be glad to have chosen one of the best steel pans on the market. Before you rush to try it over the flame, there are some things you must do in order to ensure proper working. Let a combination of soap and hot water act on the pan and rinse it well. Now use a linen towel or a gentle cotton cloth to dab it dry. 

    You are, however, still not ready to use your Gotham Steel Pan as yet. Before chucking it onto the flame, you need to season the pan. This process is carried out by coating the pan with a light layer of any cooking oil. Now place the pan on the flame and bake for some time before wiping it clean. Having carried out this step, you are ready to use it for cooking purposes. 

    The optimal operating range: 

    There is an optimal operating range for any non-stick cookware that exists. The cooking in this range does not tamper with the non-stick coating on the surface of the pan. A non-stick pan is expected to operate properly at temperatures lower than those for regular cookware.  

    There is a way to know if the temperature range is optimum. Place the pan on a medium-high heat until it heats up. Now add some butter to it. If you witness bubbling of butter, the temperature is optimum. If the butter turns brown, you need to clean the utensil and begin again at a slightly lower flame. 

    Cleaning your Gotham Steel Pan: 

    Consistent performance prevails only when the pan is kept clean in proper way.  

    Make sure that you allow the pan to cool down completely before beginning to wash it. It is highly recommended that you do not place the hot pan in cold water as it can ruin the non-stick covering within minutes. You are advised to wash the pan with your hands instead of going for a dishwasher. A dishwasher can easily ruin the non-stick coating. 

    Harsh agents of cleaning are not recommended. Avoid the use of abrasive cleansers, bleach and other chemicals for cleaning the pan. To remove stubborn stains, go for sponges. 

     Storing the pan: 

    You are advised to store the Gotham Steel Pan in a rack or with soft cotton clothing in a cabinet. 

     If you stick by the rules stated above, you will indefinitely increase the lifespan of your Gotham Steel Pan. Happy frying! 

  • Gotham Steel Pans

    Kale Brownies….oh yes I did

    No not those kind of brownies Silly!! These will get you high on Antioxidants. Our garden is overflowing with Kale. I have added it to soup, stirfrys, meatloaf you name it. But then I wondered???? Can Kale be added to sweet things as well? So I Googled it. I happened upon a site called the Jolly Tomato and I found this recipe. If you are looking for a low-calorie brownie, these are not it. They are extremely delicious and no one will know they have that extra boost of kale in them. I am not even going to try and figure out the points on these. But i promise a piece won’t kill you :)

     

    Kale Brownies

    • Adapted from Kale Brownies from the Jolly Tomato
    • 1 large bunch kale
    • 1 1/4 cup flour
    • 2 T. cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp. salt
    • 2 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
    • 1 cup (8 ounces) unsalted butter
    • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    • 4 eggs at room temperature, beaten
    • 1 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract

    Wash the kale and pat it dry. Gently tear the leafy portion away from the thick stems. Place the kale leaves in a steamer and steam for 5 minutes or until wilted. Place the wilted kale in a food processor and puree the kale. Drain any excess liquid and set aside the kale. You should have about 1 cup of kale.

    Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl, combine the flour, cocoa powder, and salt. Mix until thoroughly combined.

    In the top of a large double boiler, melt the butter and the chocolate chips together, stirring until evenly melted and smooth. Remove from heat and let it sit until it cools to room temperature.  Add the eggs, kale, sugars, and vanilla and mix with the chocolate mixture until combined (do not over-mix). Gently fold in the flour mixture until just barely combined, taking care not to over-mix.

    Prepare a 13″x 9″ pan by greasing it with butter and then lining it with parchment paper. Carefully pour the brownie batter into the pan. Bake at 350 degrees for 35 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out clean. Yield: 24 brownies.

    Note: As soon as possible after they come out of the oven, carefully lift the brownies up (by holding on to the parchment paper) and out of the pan (if they sit in the hot pan they may continue to “cook” and may get dry). Allow the brownies to cool while sitting on the parchment paper before cutting them.…

  • Gotham Steel Pans

    How to make a Crumb Cake 

    Desserts make a good life. They are everything we live and sometimes gulp down tasteless dinners for. You may have come across Crumb Cake and may be dazzled by its charm. If it is so, you will be happy to know that you can make one for yourself at home and it is easy to make. This will be a dessert you will be dying to eat and fall in love with yourself for making such a thing. If you are not Joey, you can obviously share the bliss attached to this cake. So let us see now how it is made. 

    The time required and other details 

    The Crumb Cake requires a total cooking time of about an hour and 5 minutes. The yield would occupy a pan of 9×13 inches and will serve about 16 people but depends heavily on how much you relish dessert. You will be in love with the final product. 

    The items that would be required 

    There is a slightly longer list of items that need to be fulfilled for this recipe. That list is elaborated as below: 

    • For dusting, you will need confectioners’ or icing sugar 
    • A cup of unsalted butter, melted and then cooled 
    • One and a half teaspoons of cinnamon, ground 
    • A cup of light-brown sugar 
    • 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract, pure 
    • Half a cup of milk 
    • One egg, large sized 
    • Half a teaspoon of salt 
    • Two and a half teaspoons of baking powder  
    • Half cup of granulated sugar 
    • 4 cups full of flour, all-purpose 
    • 2 tablespoons of canola oil 

    With this list of things ready, now all you need to do is stick to the cooking directions. 

    The process of making 

    Dessert making is a craft that requires some intricate detailing. This process can be cumbersome at times. So, you are advised to carry out the baking process as has been stated as under: 

    • Ready your oven and set it to preheat at about 325 degrees Fahrenheit. 
    • Use canola oil to brush a baking pan of dimensions 9×13 inches lightly. Dust some flour on it and put it aside. 
    • Grab a medium-sized bowl and mix salt, baking powder, granulated sugar and 1 and a half cups of flour. Keep this aside. 
    • Take another bowl and in it, whisk together vanilla, canola oil, milk, and egg. 
    • Fold the dry ingredients into the egg mixture. Use a rubber spatula for this task. 
    • In the pan kept aside in the second step, spread the batter. 
    • Take a medium-sized bowl and bring together cinnamon, the leftover flour, and brown sugar. 
    • Bring in the melted butter and pour it on the flour mixture of the previous step. Use a rubber spatula to toss them together. This would lead to the formation of crumbs. 
    • Use the above mixture as a topping on the batter. 
    • Bake this batter for about 35-40 minutes, turning the pan one time. 
    • Take out of the oven and place on a rack so that the contents cool down. 
    • Use icing sugar to dust the cake. 
    • Cut using a knife into pieces of 3 inches to serve. 

    Your dessert for the day is ready.  

    You should not now be waiting for the perfect opportunity. Make it now! 

  • Home Decor

    9 Beginner-level Home Decorating Ideas 

    Home decoration is something everybody dreams of throughout their lives. Moreover, a decorated home radiates exuberance around and keeps you positive at all times. Surroundings in disarray can easily be a cause of bad moods at times. A home with decorations complementing the dwellers helps harbor good vibes. Not only that, it has a massive effect on the visitors. There are certain things that can help you get closer to that dream decor at your home.

    We have discussed them in detail in the forthcoming discussion. These ideas seek to help you decorate your home in ways that are fairly easy to pull off without much effort. Let us now see what they are. 

    Keep your walls free of things leaning on them 

    When you place your furniture against the walls, the seating becomes far off and uncomfortable. Try moving your furniture slightly away from the walls, toward the center of the living room to create a healthier seating environment. This task is pretty easy as it just involves moving the furniture. 

    Make your hallways a joyful stroll 

    Hallways are often the most overlooked and underrated part of any home. The fact is that a lot can be done with them without much effort. Things as easy as exotic rugs can give your hallways a dapper look. 

    Bring some antique items to life 

    There must be a lot of vintage items kept at your home with no utility at all. If you look at the trends these days, these items can be used to create an air of immense interest in your home. Things from the past can make for engaging items for showing off at your home. All you have to do is to find a good corner to place them. 

    Try juxtaposing old and new items 

    You can work on placing novel and vintage items together in your bedroom. This idea gives an exotic look to your bedroom. It has been tried and tested by some designers and has panned out pretty well. 

     

    Give a new touch to windows 

    Extra wallpaper rolls can be found rolling around on the floor. You can utilize them in showing creativity on your window shades. This decoration looks stunning and gives you a royal feel at the comfort of your bedroom. 

    Give a new touch to your built-in shelves 

    The wooden shelves are actually capable of a lot of decorative ideas. It can be as easy a painting a bright shade onto them.

     

    Bring in more wallpaper 

    You can spruce up your bathroom with ethnic wallpapers. It is a fun activity to choose a perfect one for your bathroom. And it is quick to be pulled off. 

    Bring some colors to the room 

    You can try curtains with colors that stand out instead of blending in with the color of the walls. This attracts eyeballs. 

    Do the easiest thing 

    Swap beddings more often for a new look every day. 

    So what are you waiting for? Carry them out now! 

  • Coffee Brewer 

    Cinnamon Caramel Iced Coffee on a Ninja Coffee Brewer 

    Coffee has pretty much made our days easier with everything it has to offer, from a refreshing air to the ability to stay up late and work. One facet of coffee is that it comes with a truckload of recipes for you. Moreover, these recipes can easily be pulled off at home if you own a reasonable coffee brewer. If you own a Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer, rest assured that these recipes are at your fingertips and you will veritably enjoy the delight of them.

    Here, we have one from the world of iced coffees; it is called Cinnamon Caramel Iced Coffee and it perfectly complements your brewer. So, let us begin with the recipe.

    The time required and other minute details: 

    Cinnamon Caramel Iced Coffee is one of those drinks that coffee lovers crave at all times. The making time for this recipe depends heavily on your machine. My dear friend, Bhavna on her blog (SolidGoldEats.com) has also compared the top models which shows which is the top model, check out the post here. The Ninja Coffee Brewer will let you know when it is finished with your drink. 

    The ingredients and other things that would be required: 

    There is little list of things that you need to work on to get closer to this recipe. That particular list is given as follows: 

    • A Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer CF097
    • 2 tablespoons of caramel syrup 
    • 2 tablespoons of half and half 
    • About 2 cups filled with ice 
    • Half a teaspoon of cinnamon, ground 
    • 4 tablespoons of coffee, freshly ground(the tablespoon can be swapped with Big Scoop which is roughly equal to 2 tablespoons) 

    When these items are ready with you on your shelf, you can easily move over to the brewing process on your Ninja brewer. 

    The brewing process: 

    Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer is known to make the process of brewing fairly easier with its simple button settings. The machine takes care of most of the things. It is recommended that you stick to the steps we have worked out for you. 

    • You would require a size setting at Travel and brew setting at Over Ice for this recipe. 
    • In accordance with the measurements stated above, fill up the brew basket with coffee that has been freshly ground. 
    • Grab a big cup made of plastic. Bring together the caramel syrup, half and half and the ice in this cup. 
    • Place this cup in the position so that the brewer can start its work. 
    • Now toggle the brew setting to the size of Travel. 
    • Now toggle the brew setting to Over Ice using the Over Ice button. 
    • Now allow the brewer to take care of the rest as you sit back and relax for some time. 
    • As soon as the brewing process is complete. Stir the contents of the cup to combine them properly. 

    This completes your brewing procedure for Cinnamon Caramel Iced Coffee on a Ninja Coffee Bar Brewer. Enjoy a soothing weekend afternoon with this drink.  

    We do not think you need to be provoked to make this drink. You should be on your toes already!