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Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – Seasoning your Grill

With Memorial Day right around the corner grills will be fired up and working overtime. Your food needs to be the star of the cookout. On today’s Tuesday’s tip I’m sharing with you some tips on making sure your grill is seasoned well and ready to go!

Burgers, hotdogs, chicken, chops, veggies, pizzas and even desserts will be aplenty this Memorial day weekend. You have a perfect burger or that prime steak, you slap that puppy on the grill and what happens.. it sticks and ends up looking like it got run over with a mulcher. It’s mangled, deformed and looks like something not edible. Just like being in the kitchen with cast iron pans you need to ensure that your grill is seasoned. Now one thing we need to clear up here is the whole ‘what does it mean to season’ something. When it comes to a grill or say cast iron pan you’re not adding flavor to your dishes but rather you’re ensuring that continually coating the surface with a thin coat of oil to aid in the prevention of rusting and or foods sticking.

Most grills have grates that are not non-stick. By seasoning, cleaning them and then re-seasoning them you’re prolonging the life of the grates, aiding in the prevention of rust forming and building up a surface that mimics a non-stick aspect.

So how do you do this?  Easy!

Let’s fire up the grills and get cooking!

Weekly Menu

Get out of that same ol’ recipe rut and try one of these delicious and easy recipes this week! This week I highly recommend making the Cheesy Spaghetti Squash Pizza and Caramel Infused Apple Cheddar Chicken Burgers!

Happy Sunday and Happy Birthday to me (and to all of my birthday twins out there!)!!!  How was your week?  Mine wasn’t too bad, just long. It just felt like the week would never end. At work, I received some really amazing praise and acknowledgments for all of the work I do and how everything I did for that one massive project I was one was crucial. It’s funny as I’m not one of those workers that looks for praise or stands up and says “Hey look at what I just did.” I’m there to do a job and getting a paycheck is enough. Thing is, I love what I do and it shows. But every now and then, when you’re going those extra miles, burning the midnight oil months on end and giving everything you have to make sure a project is a success it’s nice to be praised and honestly, thanked.

Last week was also a super busy week here in the TKW Test Kitchen. As you saw I posted 3 new recipes:

Buckeye Ice Cream Peanut Butter Cake Bomb
Peach BBQ Pork Bite Crostini
Caramel Infused Apple Cheddar Chicken Burgers

Now those 3 recipes, I’m telling you what guys, they NEED to make an appearance at your upcoming Memorial Day cookouts. Those Peach BBQ Pork Crostinis are insane!  Like I could eat just an entire plate of those as a meal. Then that burger. Oh, Dear Sweet Baby Jesus people! If you do not make this burger you’re committing a crime. It’s literally one of the best burgers I have ever had in my entire life. And that dessert…fahgeddaboutit. I did my Mom proud with that recipe. And if you think about it, when you make all 3 you literally made an entire meal – appetizer, main course, and dessert. You need nothing else!  Well okay, maybe some cool drinks.

This upcoming week I have lots to get done. With Goetz’s Candy Company being one of my newest clients I have more recipes I want to create for them using their amazing products. Plus I have some other client recipes as well as stuff I just want to share. This is the time when I really, REALLY need an assistant (locally I’m afraid) to help me start with video shooting and editing. But for now, I’m managing. I got this!

Spending the day doing ‘me’ stuff!

Caramel Infused Apple Cheddar Chicken Burgers

You think you’ve seen it all when it comes to burgers?!  HA!  I’m about to blow your mind and rock your taste buds with this Caramel Infused Apple Cheddar Chicken Burger. It has Caramel Creams® caramel sauce IN THE BURGER (and on top!). Prepare for deliciousness!

This post is being sponsored by Goetz’s Candy Company featuring their Caramel Creams® candies (which are seriously one of the best candies on the face of the planet!).  All opinions of these ABSOLUTELY AMAZING candies are mine.

OMG guys do I have a life-changing burger for you today. Yeah I know, another burger recipe. There are 4 trillion recipes out there but this one, this one here folks is ridiculous. This one here is a game changer. This burger just showed up to your cookout, kicked everything off the grill and said: “No, I’M THE KING OF BURGERS now beat it punk!” Yah, it’s THAT GOOD!  So let me dish for a few about this burger – it has candy IN THE BURGER. Yes, you read that right…

Caramel Creams®. In. The. Burger

Just let that soak in for a second. I took one of my absolute favorite candies and put it in a burger. I know, only I would push candy and burgers to a limit like that. You’re welcome. When I tell you this is honestly my all time favorite burger, believe it. It’s super juicy, savory and sweet and full of flavors.

Carmel Infused Apple Cheddar Chicken Burgers made with Caramel Creams®

So how did this all come about?  About 6 months ago when I was work, one of my co-workers asked if I wanted to talk a walk and get a snack from our little luncheon room. From the vending machine, he ended up getting a package of Caramel Creams®. As he opened the package I smiled as these candies were my Dad’s favorite. My friend offered me one as we walked back to our desks. As I unwrapped mine and popped it in my mouth something happened as I kind of zoned out for a bit. You see that little candy brought back so many childhood memories I shared with my Dad.

Elevate your burger game to a whole new level of deliciousness!

Peach BBQ Pork Bite Crostini

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #RealFlavorRealFast #CollectiveBi

Only 30 minutes is all you need to take your backyard bbq appetizers to a whole new level!  These Peach BBQ Pork Bite Crostinis will be the biggest hit of every cookout this summer!  It’s time to get your deliciousness on! as

Oh, warmer sunny days how I love you. It’s funny how a simple thing like a sunny day can bring a smile to your face and put you in a better mood. The sound of neighborhood kids riding their bikes up and down the streets. The smell of cookouts filling the air. Ah yes, warmer days = toes in the grass, backyard get-togethers, and cookouts. One thing most people don’t think about when it comes to cookouts is appetizers. I mean we serve appetizers during indoor meals or when we go out to eat so why shouldn’t we have them for our backyard cookouts? Granted they don’t necessarily need to be as elaborate as say a Christmas dinner but they still should be there. And please, please, please – while potato chips rock they are NOT an appetizer. lol

This recipe today is for one of my favorite cookout appetizers. Again it looks uber hard and fancy schmancy but please, all you need is 30 minutes and you have a recipe that will be the hit of every cookout. Forget Uncle Tommy’s prized ribs or Jonny’s epic burgers. Pfft!  These Peach BBQ Pork Bite Crostinis steal the show. I’m teaming up with Smithfield® and showcasing their Smithfield Marinated Sweet & Smoky Pork Roast. What I absolutely LOVE about these items is that it’s 100% pork. Period. Pure piggy!  And you all know how much I love pigs. But what’s honestly some of the best points about this is it’s practical. The Fresh pork is marinated! Smithfield® takes care of folks offering a variety of marinated fresh pork options to create easy meals for any night of the week. Simply put you can create “Real Flavor Real Fast.”

Let’s create deliciousness in 30 minutes!

Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer – How to Clean Collard Greens

On this week’s edition of Tuesday’s Tip with The Kitchen Whisperer learn how gravity is your friend when it comes to getting all the grit out of collard greens. Don’t grit ruin your dish. Cleaning greens are easier than you think!

Collard greens are not something I grew up on and honestly, I didn’t hear of them until I was in college. It’s funny as I grew up living on 41 acres growing almost all of our own produce but that’s one thing we never had. My first introduction to greens was, I’m almost embarrassed to admit, but in my college cafeteria. They were having a spring cookout and that was one of the side dishes they offered. Now full disclosure I didn’t grab it on purpose but rather it was put on my plate by the server. And yes, knowing me it was the last thing I tried on my plate as I pushed this funky green soft veggie around. My one girlfriend sitting with me finally said “Oh dear Lord Lori just try it. It’s greens with bacon. It’s really good.”

Bacon?  Did she say bacon?  That was all I needed to hear, to be honest. I took a small bite and immediately I was like “WHOA!  What is this stuff and where has it been my entire life???” It was luscious, rich and so good.

After that, every time greens were offered as an option I would get them…until that one fateful order. So you know how when you go to the beach you take a cooler full of food (we’ll say sandwiches). You keep the lid closed, lie out, frolic in the water and then set down to have some lunch. You take a big bite into your sandwich and you immediately make that face. Your eyes get all big and you kind of stop mid-chew. You’re not sure if you should just chew real fast and swallow or spit it out.  Oh, the sandwich is great but something there’s sand in it. Not sure how it happens but it does. That know-that-sensation-anywhere grit/grate against your teeth. Yeah, I had that experience with greens. It was like I bit into a clump of sand. It was delicious but that feeling of sand on my teeth just threw me for a loop.

So what caused this?  Simple – improper cleaning of the greens. And that’s what we’re talking about today. Clean your greens people as no one like sand!

You want to sink your teeth into deliciousness, not sand

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