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Barbecue Styles of America

A Guide to Regional Barbecue Flavors

Here is a shortened list of regional BBQ flavors around the United States!

Kansas City

Signature Style: Tangy, Sweet; Tomato-and-Molasses-Based Sauce
Meat Specialties: Burnt Ends from a Beef Brisket
Where to Taste: Arthur Bryant’s in Kansas City, MO

Barbecue Styles of America – Kansas City Style Barbecue
Source: Fix.com

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Guilty: Pumpkin Pie Tamales

We’re only about a week from September and you know what that means… pumpkin flavored everything! From coffee to doughnuts to even pumpkin raviolis ’tis the season for pumpkin-EVERYTHING. IMUSA, leader in Hispanic cookware, is even jumping on the trend with their recipe for “Pumpkin-Pie” Tamales. This recipe takes the traditional Mexican Masa tamales and adds all the fall season’s favorite ingredients like ginger, nutmeg, raisins and pumpkin (of course), leaving this sweet side dish a sure favorite with anyone who gets their hands on one.

Now I must admit – I jump pretty firmly on the “pumpkin” bandwagon as well – in fact I am always happy to find a restaurant serving pumpkin pie in the Spring! But never would I have thought to make TAMALES with pumpkin. But this I gotta try.

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Avocado Tuna Cucumber Bites

Our local produce store sells large organic avocados at $1.50 each.  The price and quality has me obsessed with all things avocado lately. They are delicious and I love creating new ways to eat them. Avocado Tuna Cucumber bites were created as a replacement for tuna salad finger sandwiches.  Avocado was substituted for mayo in the tuna spread and cucumber slices replaced white bread. These small changes create a unique appetizer that is crunchy, full of healthy fats, proteins, vitamins and is gluten free. They are a wonderful light appetizer for summer luncheons!

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Tips for Grilling Success

Its time to brush the cobwebs off your grill, because grilling season is here!  Here are some tips to ensure that your grilling will be successful.


1) Invest in a Meat Thermometer.

2) Know Minimum Internal Temperatures for Meat

3) Tent the Meat

4) Oil the grates

5) Create Direct/Indirect Heat Zones

6) Use High Quality Ingredients

7) Safety First

8) Say No To Lighter Fluid

9) Use a Good pair of Tongs

10) Get Creative

Check out this awesome article http://www.fix.com/blog/tips-for-grilling-success/ to read more details on the 10 tips for grilling success.


Source: Fix.com

Guilty: Breakfast Egg Muffins

The meal we have the hardest time with around here – is breakfast. Because I have never been a huge breakfast person, I realize with our morning routine – breakfast is the first thing left out. However you know what they say about breakfast being the “most important meal of the day” so recently I have tried to change our routine and have quick, easy, and tasty breakfast food ready to grab and go. I began making these “Low Carb” (but relatively high fat – which is what makes them “Guilty”) Breakfast Muffins every Sunday and they last all week long. The recipe yields about 18 “muffins” – which reheat perfectly from chilled or frozen right in the microwave.

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Guilt Free: Dijon-Garlic-Rosmary Rubbed Lamb Roast

Running out of time and need a quick recipe to impress your Easter guests? Whether it is a traditional ham, a pork roast or even a leg of lamb, Ronco has this year’s Easter dinner/ brunch covered.  Ronco loves to share how to prepare the most savory, delectable and nutritious Easter meals ever.  The best part is that each of the recipes only takes minutes to prepare, but you’d never know that from the taste!  Check out this simple and delicious recipe for Dijon-Garlic-Rosmary Rubbed Lamb Roast and check out Ronco.com for the best must have tools for your kitchen as well as more great recipes for Easter and every day!

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Guilty: Simple Coconut Macaroons

Coconut Macaroons are a simple and delicious cookie that makes for a perfect Easter dessert but can cause somewhat of a problem when it comes to cleaning up. The sticky consistency can not only be bothersome sticking to your hands by also your cooking sheet. By using the COOKINA Cuisine Reusable Cooking Sheet you can create this scrumptious cookie without having to use oil or needing to clean the tray and oven afterwards. COOKINA Cuisine Reusable Cooking Sheet is 100% non-stick and PFOA free, reusable, reversible, easy to clean and easily cuts to size.

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Guilt Free: Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Reduction from BistroMD

Since traditional Easter dinners can cost you hundreds of calories (think honey glazed ham, cheesy casseroles, and buttery pie) I thought I’d pass along a few festive-yet- healthy menu ideas that the whole family will love. First up, bistroMD’s recipe for Pork Tenderloin with Apple Cider Reduction.  This tasty recipe capitalizes on the sweet flavors of apple cider and pure maple syrup to create a delicious Easter entree that’s perfect for the whole family to enjoy. Serve it up with roasted sweet potatoes, green beans, or any one of your favorite side dishes for a wonderful, healthy dinner option for the holidays!

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Guilt Free: Mango Chicken Quesadillas

Cinco de Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over France at the Battle of Puebla during the Franco-Mexican War, and has evolved into a celebration of Mexican culture and heritage. Celebrations in the United States often extend beyond the actual day to encompass an entire week, with parades, festivals and fiestas that include music, dancing, and food. A dish like Mango Chicken Quesadillas takes the very traditional Mexican dish but combines shredded chicken with brown mustard, honey and Tabasco creating a flavorful filling and adding mango for a sweet twist. By preparing the meal on the IMUSA Cast Aluminum Comal the food is made healthier and the non-stick surface leaves clean up a breeze. Bringing a vigorous, home-style aroma to the party, this traditional Mexican dish will smells as delicious as it tastes.

IMUSA’s Mango Chicken Quesadillas

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Guilty: Crock Pot Cinnamon Apple Sauce

My youngest son eats a bag of apples a week.  I wish I was joking, but I am not.  My tiny little guy consumes an entire $5 bag that contains 6-8 apples.  Furthering his love for apples, he read a Ready Freddy book about an apple orchard. In the book, Freddy’s mom makes an apple crisp and apple sauce with their picks from the orchard.  After completing the book, Tyler decided that he would like me to make him homemade apple sauce. At first I was a bit skeptical. In an effort to not be out done by a literary character (Freddy’s mom) I scoured Pinterest reading all the articles on homemade apple sauce.  Picking steps and ingredients from several different recipes, I created my very own Crock Pot Cinnamon Apple Sauce.  And yep- It’s Guilty!  I am sure you could substitute brown sugar for honey or agave nectar, but my lil guy wanted good ole fashioned apple sauce and that is what I made him.
Crock Pot Cinnamon Apple Sauce

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