White Hot Chocolate

  When it’s cold outside, start up the fireplace, get your favorite slippers on, wrap up in a warm blanket and snuggle on the couch with this delicious White Hot Chocolate. Find more recipes at Culinary.net. White Hot Chocolate 3 cups Half & Half 2/3 cup white chocolate baking pieces 1 3 inch cinnamon stick 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla 1/4 tsp almond extract Ground Cinnamon (optional) Whipped Cream (optional) In a medium saucepan combine 1/4 of the half & half, white chocolate baking pieces, cinnamon stick, and nutmeg. Stir over low to medium heat until white chocolate …

Farmer’s Casserole

Plan ahead for your weekend brunch with this delicious Farmer’s Casserole recipe.  You’ll enjoy this hearty combination of meat, cheese, eggs and a little bit of spice with some jalapenos.  You can also prepare this recipe the night before and let it chill till you are ready to pop it in the oven. Farmer’s Casserole Nonstick cooking spray 3 cups frozen shredded hash brown potatoes 3/4 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese 1 cup diced cooked ham, cooked breakfast sausage or Canadian-style bacon 2 green onions, sliced 2 jalapenos, seeded and chopped 4 eggs, beaten 1 ½ cups milk 1/8 teaspoon salt 1/8 …

Fuego Living launches advanced grill model for small spaces

Backed with extensive market research and vast amounts of customer feedback, the new Fuego Professional gas grill is thoughtfully engineered to improve and enhance customers’ cooking experience. “We began from the ground up, starting with the wheels. We added non-marking industrial casters ensuring a smooth and stable roll while moving your grill around your deck or patio.  We said goodbye to the cheap plastic casters other gas grills under $500 use,” says Ed Plummer., Fuego chairman. “Moving up, we added a door clasp to keep the front panel closed securely, preventing annoying rattles,” he adds. In addition, the company  improved …

Outdoor Kitchens

Extending your home to include a beautiful, comfortable, fully-featured outdoor living space is natural today, according to Crystal Watson of Embers Grill and Fireplace Store. “The space might include a cooking area, a bar area, a dining area, an area for kids, and a space for relaxing.” In agreement is Stansell Dye of Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery. “The outdoor kitchen is growing in popularity because it’s become an extension of the home as an outdoor living area. The style of an outdoor living area can vary, but it should be influenced by the architecture of your home and …

Nashville Home Show Features Over 300 Home Improvement Experts, DIY Projects, More

Nashville Home Show Features Over 300 Home Improvement Experts, DIY Projects, More Nashville’s largest and longest-running home event, the Nashville Home Show, is scheduled September 8-10 at the downtown Nashville Music City Center with over 300 home building and remodeling experts, sessions with HGTV Curb Appeal and outdoor living expert John Gidding, and great DIY projects at the three-day event.

Outdoor Kitchen Trends

Outdoor living invariably brings to mind outdoor kitchens, according to industry experts. “They are now ‘must-have’ addition to any home,” says Crystal Watson of Embers Grill and Fireplace Store. Carol Sullivan of The Hearth & Grill Shop says, “What better way to celebrate Middle Tennessee’s weather—even in December last year—than to enjoy outdoor dining?” She adds that with an outdoor kitchen a homeowner can eliminate running in and out of the house with food for guests. “Your outdoor kitchen can be anything you want it to be,” she adds. Watson says, “Some homeowners may add an outdoor kitchen/outdoor bar for …

Cooking in Foil Packets

As they say, big things come in small packages and that may explain the burgeoning popularity of foil-packet recipes. Minimal preparation and cleanup are easy trade-offs for the immense flavors you can create in these tiny containers, whether you prepare them in the oven, on the grill, or over an open flame. The secret to successful foil cooking is locking in the layers of flavor from each ingredient. It’s surprisingly simple to create delicious, healthy dishes when cooking with foil. An ingredient like seasoned rice vinegar offers a wholesome alternative to many condiments and flavorings while giving your packet a …

Cooking: Holiday Treats

Holiday Treats This year impress guests with elevated dishes and cocktails worthy of the occasion. Make the ordinary extraordinary by using a secret ingredient to enhance familiar flavors and favorites. Bitters are the quintessential ingredient in some of the world’s most famous and best-loved drinks, but their versatility stretches beyond the bar. Courtesy www.angostura.com. Roast Turkey with Gravy 1 whole uncooked turkey 2 tbsp. olive oil 3 tsp. Angostura Aromatic Bitters, divided Salt Freshly ground pepper 1/2 yellow onion, cut into 4-5 pieces 2 large cloves garlic, peeled 3 tbsp. flour 2 tsp. brandy 1 can (14.5 oz.) chicken broth …

Simple Spices Add Flavor, Reduce Sodium

Simple Spices Add Flavor, Reduce Sodium Cutting excessive salt from your diet can be done by using simple spice swaps to create tasty, low-sodium meals. From seasoning eggs with basil instead of salt to adding spices and herbs to no-salt tomato sauce, the McCormick Kitchens offer easy tips and recipes. Among suggestions is to beat 1/8 tsp. herbs instead of salt into 2 eggs before scrambling, or add oregano, garlic powder, and red pepper to no-salt added tomato sauce for a tasty, low-sodium pasta dinner. For more information visit  www.mccormick.com. Fiesta Citrus Salmon Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 15 …

There’s Always Room for Something Sweet

There’s Always Room for Something Sweet There’s always room for something sweet, according to Miriam Pascal, food blogger and author of a new cookbook, Something Sweet: Desserts, Baked Goods, and Treats for Every Occasion. As you plan your holiday dinners, add a bit of sweetness with one of these recipes. Neapolitan Trifles Yield: 12-14 (6 oz.) trifles Chocolate Crumbs 1 cup flour 1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder 2/3 cup brown sugar 1/3 cup oil Strawberry Mousse 1 cup heavy whipping cream or nondairy whipping cream 1 cup strawberry pie filling, pureed 8 oz. cream cheese or soy cream cheese 1/2 cup sour …