Monday, August 20, 2012

Hints And Tips for Grilling Chicken

Chicken on the grill is always out of this world! But there are several hints and tips for grilling that luscious dish that was definitely worth sharing!

So, fire up that grill and start cooking!

Parts: Cook dark meat 30 minutes, white meat 15 minutes, basting and turning every five or so minutes to keep the meat moist.

Halves: First, grill skin side down for 5 minutes, then cook covered, skin side up, 35-40 minutes.

Wings: 10 minutes per side. (Don't forget the Brothers HEAT!)

Whole Chicken: (about 3 1/2 pounds...About 1 and 1/4 to 1 and 1/2 hours in a covered grill, 1 and 1/2 to 2 hours on rotisserie.

Use tongs rather than a fork to turn food gently so you don't lose the tasty juices.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

How To Clean Your Barbecue Grill

If your barbecue grill is getting greasy or a sooty buildup, the cleanup might be quicker and easier than you think. To start with, grilling experts say, that it’s not necessary to scrub the interior of your grill, whether you have a charcoal grill or a gas grill. In fact, allowing residue from cooking smoke to accumulate inside the grill seasons it, imparting a better flavor to the food you cook.

If flaky stuff falling off the inside of the grill bothers you, just remove it once a grilling season using a wet, soapy sponge followed by a wipe with a wet, nonsoapy sponge. That’s it!

Although you’ll save time by not cleaning the inside of the grill, experts advise that you regularly clean the grate that holds the food. Greasy clumps of burnt food that accumulate on this grate can give a bad flavor to the next round of food you grill. A long-handled bristled brush should do the trick just fine.

Do you clean your grill often? If so, how? Send us a shout out!

Monday, January 16, 2012

Food Budgeting ~ How to eat well, but save more!

Think your food dollar doesn't go as far as it used to? You're right. In fact, for many people, rising food costs are creating a significant household hardship. It would be one thing if skyrocketing costs meant that we needed to forgo extravagant delicacies at the family dinner table. Unfortunately, staples like bread, milk, cereal, meat, poultry, and eggs are hardest hit.

There are a number of reasons for the crunch, including oil prices that cause the cost of food production and transportation to rise significantly. It's also a factor that corn prices have more than doubled and soybean prices nearly tripled recently, thanks in part to the boost in ethanol and biodiesel. Weather disasters have devastated some crops, and a weak U.S. dollar and high global demand for food all figure into the higher bottom line.

The outlook for food prices isn't promising, but that doesn't mean you need to sacrifice at the dinner table. While you may need to make some minor adjustments in your menu planning, shopping, and cooking habits, there's no need to forgo either flavor or health while tightening your food budget. In fact, by stocking up on some basic staples, seasonal produce, and spices, you can serve your family meals that are delicious, healthful, and frugal.

Eat fresh:

Fresh fruits and veggies are economical, not to mention good for you! Shopping on Wednesdays are a great way to save as most retailers come out with their sale ad. 

Stock up when on sale:

Buy in bulk when cheap. Make room in your pantry. In the end it will save you $ and allow you to mix and match different dishes for variety.

Clip coupons:

Many times it is worth spending extra time to clip the Sunday paper's coupons. Another way to save money, but also buy brands of items you wouldn't normally purchase.

What are some ways you save money for your family?

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Happy New Year Brothers Lovers!

Here is to an awe inspiring and memorable new year! We can't wait to see what 2012 has in store for us and for all of you. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Brown Suga Bonbon's Dessert

30 Vanilla wafer cookies
Vanilla ice cream
Jar of Brown Suga

Arrange cookies on wire rack placed on aluminum-foil-lined jelly roll pan; freeze 20 minutes.

Scoop Vanilla ice cream with 1-1/2-inch ice cream scoop directly onto cookies; freeze at least 1 hour on rack.

Microwave Brown Suga on HIGH 30 seconds. Stir until smooth. Spoon about 1 tablespoon warm Brown Suga over each bonbon, almost completely covering ice cream and cookie. Serve and enjoy! It's ah-mazing!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Chicken and Feta Cheese GOLD Wrap

Chicken and Feta Cheese GOLD Wrap
So good you'll make this over and over again!

2 (4 ounce) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
1/4 cup Brothers GOLD
8 sun-dried tomatoes (not oil packed)
1 cup boiling water
1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
4 cups loosely packed torn fresh spinach
4 (10 inch) whole wheat tortillas
1/4 cup sun-dried tomato dressing

In a large resealable plastic bag, combine chicken breasts and 1/4 cup Brothers GOLD. Seal, and refrigerate for 4-6 hours.

Preheat grill for high heat. Combine sun-dried tomatoes and hot water in a small bowl. Set aside for 10 minutes, drain, and cut tomatoes into thin slices.

Lightly oil grill grate. Discard marinade, and place chicken on grill. Cook for 12 to 15 minutes, turning once, or until done.

Cut chicken into strips, and place in a medium bowl with sliced tomatoes, feta, and spinach. Toss with remaining 1/4 cup Brothers GOLD. Distribute mixture between the four tortillas, and wrap. Either cut in half and enjoy cold, or place briefly back on grill until the tortilla turns warm and crispy. Enjoy!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Food Allergies - Do you or do you know someone who suffers?

Food allergies trigger more than reactions. They can also initiate misinformation and misconceptions that may discourage food allergy sufferers from seeking help or inspire them to blame any ailment they may have on food allergies. 

Here are the most common food allergy myths:

Any negative reaction to a food is a food allergy.
  • Adverse reactions to food can have many causes. If something does not "agree with you," it does not necessarily mean you are allergic to it. Food allergy is a very specific reaction involving the immune system of the body, and it is important to distinguish food allergy from other food sensitivities. Whereas food allergies are rare, food sensitivities are more common.
Just a small taste can't hurt.
  • To your immune system, even a tiny amount of a problem food is enough to trigger an all-out attack. People with severe allergies can have life-threatening reactions. For example, a person allergic to peanuts can have a severe reaction when a spatula is used to serve them a peanut-free cookie was previously used to make a peanut-containing cookie.
All food allergies in children resolve as they get older.
  • As a child grows older, some may tolerate foods that previously caused allergic reactions. This is more likely to happen in the case of allergies to milk, eggs, and wheat, in which the symptoms may decrease by late childhood. It is not clear in all cases, however, if the improved symptoms are an indication that the allergy has disappeared or the child really wasn't allergic in the first place. On the other hand, children rarely outgrow allergies to peanuts, tree nuts, fish and shellfish.
Some people are allergic to food additives.
  • Although some food additives-- sulfites and tartrazine—have been shown to trigger asthma or hives in individuals, these reactions do not follow the same pathway observed with food.
If you were not allergic to it before, you can't be allergic to it now.
  • The onset of a food allergy is brought on by a genetic susceptibility and exposure to the problem food. The more exposure to the problem food, the higher the risk of developing an allergy to it if you are susceptible.
People with food allergies are allergic to many foods.
  • Most people with food allergies are allergic to fewer than 4 foods.