What Do You Serve With Your Barbecue

In barbecue country, that is the south, sides are traditionally not that important, it is the meat that matters most. However, in recent times some of the most famous barbecue restaurants have broken with tradition and begun to serve BBQ side recipes with their meat. Traditionally real barbecue was served with white bread and possibly onions, pickles, and cheddar cheese but nothing else, except maybe sweet tea or beer.

BBQ

Where you find BBQ sides recipes, one of the main ones is Coleslaw. Admittedly a simple dish, but it can be a great complement to barbecue especially when you need to feed a crowd. A spicy batch of Cole slaw will go a long way with some good barbecue and it does not hurt that it is an extremely easy dish to make. Cut up and toss some cabbage with some mayo, lime juice, jalapenos and cilantro let it sit for at least an hour and you have a crisp, cool and spicy salad to go as a side with the barbecue.

If you need another BBQ sides recipes there is always barbecue baked beans. Use a can of your favorite baked beans and doctors them up with your homemade barbecue sauce, some onions, green pepper, salt and black pepper and you have your second side that everyone will like. Good barbecue, spicy Coleslaw, and barbecue baked beans, possibly throw in a piece of Texas toast and you have a great barbecue meal that can’t be beaten. The only other thing you need is beverage which of course will be sweet iced tea or beer.

6 Types of Wood Routers

Ever wondered how many types of Wood Routers are available? No? A lot of us don’t give a lot of thought to it but if you are planning to buy a wood router for yourself, it is essential that you know about all the types of wood routers available and how do they differ from each other.

This article will address just that. You will learn all about the types of routers and how they are each different from each other. There are primarily only three types of Wood Routers: Fixed-Base Routers, Plunge Routers, and Trim Routers.

If you’re looking to buy one then Homeguyd has written an in-depth guide to wood router reviews.

1. Fixed Router

In this type of wood router, you have to fix the depth cut before time and you cannot change it while using it which makes them good for woodworking projects where you want to cut at a consistent depth. With these routers, there is no need to worry about cutting too deep even if you press hard and it is quite easy to use. However, you cannot perform a lot of woodworking tasks with it and can mostly do just edging with it.

With these routers, there is no need to worry about cutting too deep even if you press hard and it is quite easy to use. However, you cannot perform a lot of woodworking tasks with it and can mostly do just edging with it.

2. Plunge Router

One of the most popular types of wood routers is the plunge router which can be used to adjust the depth of the cut when you are using it. This allows you to add different depth to your board and can perform all the tasks of a fixed router while adding a few of its own.

This is not a router for an inexperienced woodworker as you could end up destroying your piece of wood but if you are a skilled woodworker then you would love using this router for interior cuts and depth cuts.

3. Router

One of the smallest type of wood router which can fit in your palm and are particularly good for smoothing the edges of the board. They are easy to use and require only one hand for handling and since they are small in size, they can be used on narrow boards at all. They are easily portable and although they cannot handle heavy routing, they are just perfect for all the small mortising tasks.

4. Combination Base Router

One of the wood router types which has both fixed and plunge bases which can be changed every now and then depending on the need. This makes them more versatile and allows you to do a variety of tasks like softening edges, drilling holes, dovetailing and so on. This is the best type of wood router which gives you the best of both the worlds.

5. Medium Sized Router

Wood Routers

Another type of wood router is the medium sized router which handles 1-1.25 horsepower and is a little bigger than the trim router. This type of router comes in both plunge and fixed base and are good for dovetailing and other wood tasks that a trim router cannot handle.

6. Large Sized Router

One of the most powerful routers available today, Large Sized Router types can handle all table mounting and can work on the heaviest routing possible. This type of wood routers are usually large in size and have a horsepower of 3-3.25. Although newbies should stay away from this router as it has more horsepower than they can handle and this router is useless for small wood boards.

K-cups vs Ground Coffee taste

The battle of choosing between a coffee machine that uses a k-cup and a machine that uses ground coffee has been going on for a long time. Keurig K-Cup coffee machines favor k-cups and since they tend to produce a rich and high-quality coffee consistently every time, we don’t question if its taste if superior to other coffee machine’s coffee taste or not. But while ground coffee takes a lot of effort, it still makes the best coffee and can beat k-cups any day.

Here are a few points which help in understanding the difference between a K-cup coffee and a Ground Coffee taste.

Coffee taste

A lot of people might argue that ground coffee doesn’t taste as good as a K-cup coffee because it is not airtight and tends to lose its scent and flavor within minutes if kept in the open. But the fact remains that K-cup coffee is not fresh at all and even though it might retain the flavor and aroma, it just doesn’t taste the same. K-cup coffee is roasted and then kept immediately inside an airtight container and since freshly roasted coffee emits CO2 for next 2 weeks, all this CO2 gets accumulated inside that container.

On the other hand, ground coffee is fresh and retains its rich flavor and aroma for some time after it is freshly ground and hence deliver you with a freshly flavored coffee. To avoid your ground coffee from becoming stale, you can use a grinder to ground your coffee before every brew and ensure that your coffee doesn’t lose its richness at all.

Customizations

Another great advantage of a ground coffee is that you can adjust the texture and the strength of your ground coffee by adjusting the temperature and everything to provide you with either a finely coarse ground coffee or a bold ground coffee. It is all in your hands.

But in the k-cups, you are provided with pre-defined ground coffee which you cannot alter to according to your needs. You have a choice of k-cup flavors but if your favorite coffee blend isn’t manufactured by any brand, then sadly you can do nothing about it.

Flavor variety

One great advantage of using a k-cup is that you are offered with numerous flavors to choose from to provide your coffee with an additional taste. You just need to search and with more than 50 flavors out there, you can easily find the ones which you find appealing.

On the other hand, when grinding coffee you can’t always add the flavor you like and you can only alter the coffee strength. You can make sure that your coffee is not bitter but that’s as far as the ground coffee goes in flavor.

Cost

While it is said that ground coffee doesn’t come cheap, if you buy a grinder for your home it would be cheaper in the long run. You will only pay an initial cost and then you can grind your own fresh coffee whenever you want whereas, for K-cups, you will always have to buy it which can cost you about $1 extra for every serving. To save costs, I’d suggest trying out a Cuisinart espresso machine and see if that aligns more along your budget.

So if you want a cheaper and better alternative, ground coffee is the best option for you which provides you with the richest taste and aroma that no matter how hard k-cups coffee try, it cannot be replicated.

The Family Food Project: Change the Way You Eat, One Challenge at a Time

The Family Food Project: Book One: Change the way you eat one challenge at a time

will guide you towards healthy meal planning, efficient cooking techniques and getting the family to the table – but elbows off of it!

If you want to:

 improve the quality of your family’s diet, 

save time and money,

reduce stress around meal preparation

and enjoy meals together as a family

…but feel paralyzed as to how to accomplish of this – then start your own family food project!

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The Family Food Project – Challenge – Start Your Veggie Garden Now?

You may have already planted your tulip and daffodil bulbs…but what about your garlic bulbs?

Garlic has been a successful and easy crop for me – so I urge you to try it for yourself!

Start a Veggie Garden Now! Plant Garlic!

Step 1: Start with locally grown garlic. Your best bet is to buy it at a Farmer’s Market or from a local seed catalogue.

Step 2: Find a sunny spot in your garden (can be in the flower garden too as they are an interesting and pretty plant!.

Step3: Divide the garlic heads into individual cloves – take care to keep the papery skin on them. (Each clove will produce one full garlic head)

Step 4: Loosen up the soil and plant the individual cloves pointy side up – about 3 inches deep and 6 inches apart.

Step 5: Cover with soil and top that off with leaves to keep them cozy for the whole winter.

Your garlic will be one of the first plants to push through the soil in the spring. You might not think that will be exciting now- but just wait! After a long winter, you will be thrilled to see the green shoots!

In early summer you will notice long curly spikes  – these are Garlic Scapes – it is best to snap these off so that the energy goes into the bulb. But don’t compost those…..chop them up and use them like garlic in your recipes. Great in pesto! I store them in water in a vase on the counter. It looks like an exotic bouquet!

You can harvest your garlic in the mid-summer. Let them dry in a single layer in a shady, dry spot in the house for about 2 weeks to ‘cure’. Rub the dirt off of them and store in a dry spot in your kitchen (not the fridge). You will love the fresh flavor of your very own garlic!

Fresh Carrot Salad or “Salade de Carotte Rapee

I am always looking for tasty, easy and healthy ways to serve veggies. Partly for my family’s health and taste buds but also because I get bored of the same old roasting, steaming or stir-frying veggie routine. Especially in the winter when our local vegetable varieties are somewhat limited to having root veggies many times a week.

This wonderfully fresh, clean tasting carrot salad is a popular dish in France.

Salade de Carotte Rapee

(adapted from David Lebovitz’s blog:’Living the Sweet Life in Paris”)
7-8 carrots, peeled and finely grated
Fresh parsley, cleaned, thoroughly dried and coarsely chopped
Dressing:
2 lemons, juiced
2-3 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1-2 tsp honey
pinch salt
freshly ground pepper

Lightly mix the carrots and the parsley.
Prepare the dressing by mixing all of the ingredients.
Mix the dressing into the carrot mixture.
Taste and adjust seasonings. Then move the whole mixture into a bowl that sets off the gorgeous color of the carrots!

You can add other raw grated veggies such as broccoli stems or celeriac. I think a little finely grated fresh ginger would be nice also.
Because parsley comes in such a huge bunch – use it all and add a bunch to a smoothie and salads

Bon Appetit!
Your Friend in Food,

Winter Vegetable Saute

Brussel Sprouts aren’t the most popular veggie in town – but I’ll bet if you make this quick and easy warm salad that you will change some minds about the poor miniature cabbage!

This is just a recipe I threw together cuz I had purple cabbage and Brussel sprouts in the fridge…so it is not an exact recipe. Feel free to use different cabbages or raisins instead of cranberries. And I wouldn’t blame you a bit if you decided to add a little crisp bacon or pancetta!

Winter Vegetable Saute

  • 1 tbsp Extra Virgin Olive Oil or Grapeseed Oil
  • Onion, Diced
  • Garlic cloves, minced
  • Purple Cabbage, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • Brussel Sprouts – take a slice off of the bottom and cut into quarters
  • Walnuts
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Balsamic Vinegar
  • pinch of salt

1. Add oil to a large saute or stir-fry pan over medium heat
2. Throw in onion and garlic and stir for 1-2 minutes.
3. Add the cabbage and Brussel sprouts – stir gently and saute for 10 minutes  – you want the cabbage to be tender but to still have a slight crunch.
4. Add walnuts, cranberries, a splash of balsamic vinegar and a pinch of salt.
5. Stir and saute to warm and let flavors blend.

The Family Food Project – Challenge – Create Your List of Bail Out Meals

Do you ever have those days that nothing seems to be going smoothly:  a stressful day at work, nothing planned for dinner, kids have to be in different places in 1 hour and everyone is hungry? You want to be able to pull together a healthy meal but the drive-thru is looking like the easier, sanity-saving option.

It is for those times, my friends,  that you need your own list of easy, quick, tried and true bailout meals.

I am not talking about frozen chicken fingers and fries either (you know that Nutrition Coach Edie wouldn’t suggest that!).
There are other choices that will be oh so much healthier and almost as easy as that.

Create Your List of Bail Out Meals

Stick to this criteria when making your list of bailout meals:

1. Real, unprocessed food
2. Ingredients can be kept in freezer or cupboard for several months or they are ingredients that you always have on hand.
3. Dinner can be on the table in 20 minutes or less
4. Everyone in the family likes the meal

When you have your list of 3 or 4 bails out meals ready, keep it taped inside a pantry cupboard door or in your Meal Planning Kit
Make sure to write out your list of meals – you may think that you don’t need to, but when one of those days arises and you are trying to think of what to eat whilst under pressure – you will be happy to be able to take a quick look at your list.

As you use up the ingredients in a bailout meal – make sure to write them on your next grocery list.

Here are a few of my bailout meals:
Curried Tuna Wraps with Peas: Mix drained cans of light tuna with (real) mayonnaise and curry powder (to taste). Wrap in a tortilla – you can put it in a panini press if you have one. Serve with cooked peas (frozen).
Black Bean Couscous Salad: Cook couscous according to package directions. Drain and rinse a can of black beans and add to couscous. Mix in chopped veggies that you have on hand. Lightly stir in a little oil and vinegar vinaigrette. You can add some chopped herbs if you have some.
Omelette or Scrambled Eggs, Toast, and Smoothie: I don’t think a recipe is required here.