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A fast dessert, simple enough for the kids to help. Uses a box of yellow cake mix, a 3.4 oz box instant vanilla pudding, 2 eggs, ¾ cup vegetable oil, ¼ cup water, & 1 to 2 cups M&Ms. Can use other flavors of cake mix with chocolate chips, any variety of M&Ms, or even other chopped chocolate candy like Hershey’s, Snickers, Twix, Reese’s, etc. Makes a 13x9 pan. #dessert
Easy Cake Mix Cookie Bars | Southern Bite
A fast dessert, simple enough for the kids to help. Uses a box of yellow cake mix, a 3.4 oz box instant vanilla pudding, 2 eggs, ¾ cup vegetable oil, ¼ cup water, & 1 to 2 cups M&Ms. Can use other flavors of cake mix with chocolate chips, any variety of M&Ms, or even other chopped chocolate candy like Hershey’s, Snickers, Twix, Reese’s, etc. Makes a 13x9 pan. #dessert
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I Tested 11 Mini Food Processors to Find the Best Ones for Sauces and Other Small Tasks
The 4 Best Mini Food Processors of 2024, Tested & Reviewed
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Vinegar Coleslaw | Immaculate Bites
A flavorful alternative to the usual creamy mayo-based coleslaw, this colorful tangy-sweet dish is made with shredded green & purple cabbage, grated carrots, & sliced green onions. Can also add diced bell pepper, any color. Sliced almonds or roasted nuts top it off for added crunch. Vinaigrette dressing : apple cider vinegar, Dijon mustard, honey, EVOO, & minced garlic. Serves 6.
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Cajun Potato Salad | Sweet Daddy D
The quintessential side dish for po' boys, gumbo, barbecue, or fried seafood in South Louisiana is a creamy Cajun potato salad. Use starchy potatoes like Yukon Golds or russets, smashed but chunky & blended with hard-boiled eggs, onions, & celery. Mix in sweet pickle relish, mayo, & a bit of Creole mustard. Season with white pepper, Cajun seasoning, & salt to taste. Garnish with sliced green onion tops. #South #Southern
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Grilled or Smoked Turkey | Amazing Ribs
Moist tender meat, full of turkey flavor with delicate smoke & herb flavors in the background, plus deliciously crispy skin. Use the backyard grill or even the kitchen oven with these techniques. Very informative write-up explains just about any aspect a cook could ask questions about. A good digital cooking thermometer is a must (*not* the built-in dial thermometer on the grill). Directions given for a whole turkey, & various turkey parts. Several videos also included.
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Maverick XR-50 Remote Four-Probe Thermometer Review
Maverick XR-50 Remote Four-Probe Thermometer Review
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Marinated Tomatoes
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Iron Skillet Southern Fried Corn
Southern Fried Corn from Deep South Dish blog. Fresh corn is stripped from the cob, then fried in bacon drippings and butter, and finished with a little cream.
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Smoked Beef Chuck | Serious Eats
Informative article about how to smoke a beef chuck roast low & slow. It confirms that smoking followed by wrapping in foil (the "Texas Crutch") & continuing to cook delivers moist, tender, smoky meat every time. **Test cooking used a 5 pound rolled chuck roast, whose thickness very probably extended the total cooking time to over 10 hours.
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Banh Mi Burgers | The Woks of Life
Based on the classic Vietnamese banh mi sandwich, these are a nice change from the usual hamburgers. This beef burger is seasoned simply, grilled perfectly, & topped with a slice of cheese. Drizzle a toasted bun with a spicy sauce of mayo, sriracha, garlic, & fresh lime juice. Top the burger patty with the classic combination of pickled radish, carrot, & jalapeño, along with fresh mint, cilantro, &/or Thai basil for deliciously fresh, crisp flavors.
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Big Bad Beef Dry Rub | Amazing Ribs
Dry rub for brisket, beef ribs, steak, & other beef cuts is different than pork rub. Pork loves sweetness, but beef does not. The best pork rubs have of more sugar in them. Black pepper, on the other hand, works great when seasoning beef. This recipe is salt-free, so be sure to salt the meat first. You'll need black pepper, granulated sugar, onion powder, mustard powder, garlic powder, chii or ancho powder, & chipotle or cayenne powder. Use this rub on brisket, steak, chuck roast, beef ribs, & burgers. #seasoning #spice #blend
Beef chuck roast cooked low & slow with moist heat on a grill or smoker. Apply salt a couple of hours ahead of cooking, then the dry rub (recipe link given). Smoke at 225° until internal temp reaches 160°. Remove it, wrap it in foil with a little beef broth, & continue cooking. (For sliced roast, cook to an internal temp of 180°.) When internal temp reaches 205°, the meat will be fall-apart tender. Total cook time about 6 hrs. Remove & let the meat rest 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving. Recipes, Beef, Roast, Braised, Blade Roast, Smoking Recipes
Smoked Pulled Chuck Roast | Amazing Ribs
Beef chuck roast cooked low & slow with moist heat on a grill or smoker. Apply salt a couple of hours ahead of cooking, then the dry rub (recipe link given). Smoke at 225° until internal temp reaches 160°. Remove it, wrap it in foil with a little beef broth, & continue cooking. (For sliced roast, cook to an internal temp of 180°.) When internal temp reaches 205°, the meat will be fall-apart tender. Total cook time about 6 hrs. Remove & let the meat rest 30 minutes to 1 hour before serving.
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Homemade Gravy | Recipe Tin Eats
Really easy recipe for how to make gravy using just water. Use both chicken AND beef stock cubes for the best flavor & a nice deep brown color. Dissolve bouillon in hot water. Start with a butter & flour roux, add the bouillon mixture, season with onion or garlic powder & black pepper to taste. Makes a little over 2 cups. #brown_gravy
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Homemade Beef Gravy | Le Creme de la Crumb
(4.9 stars, 800 ratings) Super-easy with pantry ingredients. Use store-bought beef broth or roast beef pan drippings, thickened with corn starch. Season with garlic & onion powders, Worcestershire, & black pepper. Makes 2 cups. #brown_gravy
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Classic Mayo-Dressed Tuna Salad Sandwiches | Serious Eats
Either water-packed or oil-packed tuna works. Add diced celery & onion for crunchy pops of texture, first briefly soaking the onion in red wine vinegar which tames its pungency & gives it a pop of tartness. Shredding the tuna finely prevents any dry, chalky bits. A splash of fish sauce or minced anchovy adds a subtle savory hit of umami, & will entirely disappear into the tuna mix without a trace. Makes 4 - 5 sandwiches.
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