Friday, July 13, 2018

#BaconWrappedAsparagus + New #GrillPan from Cavetools

 For some reason, I was craving some asparagus so I asked my husband to buy me a bunch  when he went the other day.  I have a new  grill pan  here that I have to review so I thought of  grilling these babies.  I normally bake it but since it is summer, mine as well cook it outside.

I was a little worried that the asparagus will  dry out in the grill but it was still  very juicy and  the smokiness flavor really rock this  dish.
 I am glad there is still an abundant supply of asparagus from the store.  I can't wait to start harvesting  mine from the backyard, few more years and I will have some.
I was gonna make mashed potatoes but since I  am grilling outside, I decided to make potato wedges sand grilled them too.  I seasoned them with brown sugar bourbon Grillmate spices mix.  
 I normally  do single  asparagus when I bake it but since I am grilling, I put three, it was perfect.  Just a little  tip for flavoring the asparagus, before you roll the bacon, add some  dill, it made the asparagus so flavorfull.
 I was worried that I cut the potatoes a little thicker so I pan-fried them  for few minutes before putting it on the grill.
 Both the potatoes and the asparagus  turn out delicious. A lot of fat from the bacon was rendered and it almost burn  it even on a very low  heat setting.  I had to turn it off and  put foil under the  grill pan  to  stop the flame.
 I really underestimated the  fats that will come out from the bacon.  I initially thought of laying aluminum foil under the grill pan but though I could clean it easy.   WRONG!!  So my new grill pan  has a burned  part  that I am trying to  remove.   I use to be able to remove burn  stuff like this with vinegar but it did not work this time.    Any  tips on how to efficiently  remove it  with  using an abrasive cleaning  material?
Anyway, I like this grill pan because it is heavy duty, you can really  utilize it  in grilling. You can buy this  grill pan directly at Cavetools website or via Amazon.  You can use this Cave Tools Coupon Code GRILLPAN15 for a  15% Off savings.  For grilling master out there, this is a must have.  You can use it in preparing bacon and eggs for breakfast which reminds me  that this would be great when  camping.  You can use it to grill your veggies, steaks, chicken, and pork.  Aside from the burning issue which is a mistake on my part, I really  love this  pan.  

Disclosure: The owner of this blog was NOT financially compensated to write this review.  I was provided with the complimentary product/s mentioned  for testing purposes and to help me  facilitate this review but  opinions are my own.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Tips for Buying Spices

Are you planning on having some of your friends and family members over to your house for a summer cookout? If this is the case, you will need to start thinking about how all of your food will be prepared. There are many different ways that this can be done. You might want to consider using some spices to liven up the flavor of various things like steak. You might have never used spices during your cooking. Therefore, you will need to find out some good places where spices can be purchased. Here are a few tips that will help you to acquire the spices you need to make delicious food for your guests.

1.  Go to restaurants in your area to find out which spices they are using
It would be in your best interests to seek out the advice of people in the restaurant industry. These people use spices every day of their lives. Therefore, they should be able to tell you about which spice brands are considered to be the best. You should be able to get some good ideas. Go to a variety of restaurants that serve different cuisines. You should do this because people from different cultures will not use spices the same way.

2. Talk to some of your friends and family members who like to prepare food.  
You will most likely have some people in your life who enjoy cooking. Seek out these people and get their opinions about the spices they think you should use for the meals you are going to be preparing. However, you should not simply write down the names of the spices they recommend to you. You should also find out the reason why they are recommending them. They might also be able to tell you where to buy a grilling spices gift set.

3.  Go online and see which spices are getting the best reviews.  

There are many cooking blogs and other sites you can use to read reviews of spices. These reviews will expose you to spices that you might have never heard of before. You will be able to get some advice about how to use these spices when cooking specific dishes.

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