Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

Thanksgiving Leftover Ideas

Like so many American’s my eyes are bigger than my stomach. Therefore, I have a ton of leftovers after Thanksgiving. Ok, this might have been done on purpose ?.  Who doesn’t love an open faced hot turkey sandwich.  But there are so many other things that you can do with the leftovers.  Here are my favorite ideas. Read more

Apple Cider Mimosa – Thanksgiving Cocktail

Apple Cider Mimosa – Thanksgiving Cocktail

The Apple Cider Mimosa is our new Thanksgiving cocktail!  This year’s cocktail will satisfy most of your guests and allow you to get through this stressful time.  The Apple Cider mimosa is not only delicious, it also uses fresh apple cider.  I love a good seasonal cocktail.  I hope you do too!

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Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2016

Turkey Tuesday Roundup 2016

Well it is the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, and I want to give my annual quick tips. I know that cooking in general can be stressful enough, without the added pressure of having a houseful of guests.  So I want to help you all out with a few tips, tricks and time saving ideas. Below I have listed a few tips and shortcuts that can help ease your stress and make your thanksgiving a tad bit more joyous.  I have created a sample menu and timing that you can use to make Thanksgiving as easy as possible.  Also, there are plenty of tips from what turkey to choose all the way to how to cook a frozen turkey.  Yes you can cook a frozen turkey and it will turn out delicious.  Its all in there.  If you have any other questions, click the Ask Rex link in the menu above.  I will be around answering emails all week.

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Thanksgiving tools and equipment!

Thanksgiving tools and equipment!

During the holiday season I get a ton of emails.  Lately I have gotten a few emails regarding suggestions for the best equipment and tools for Thanksgiving.  Since it was such a popular topic, I decided to write up a post including all of the information for everyone to see.  I hope you guys find it helpful.

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Fresh Sweet Potato Casserole

Fresh Sweet Potato Casserole

I love sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving!  This fresh sweet potato casserole is a new and improved take on my previous sweet potato casserole, that was based on the one from Ruth’s Chris.  This new and improved recipe, while inspired by my previous one, throws everything out the window and starts from scratch.  It is the perfect balance of sweet and savory.  It quite possibly is one of the best side dishes that I have ever made.  You definitely need to add this Sweet Potato Casserole to your Thanksgiving table!

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Smoked Honey Garlic Chicken and Thermoworks Smoke Review

Smoked Honey Garlic Chicken and Thermoworks Smoke Review

Our good friends over at Thermoworks have released a new wireless thermometer called “Smoke“.  The Smoke is a wireless thermometer that includes two probes.  That way, you can wirelessly monitor both the pit and the food.  As a barbecuer, this is important.  The proper temperature is the difference between delicious bbq and charcoal.  Plus, since this is all done wirelessly, you can do it while watching your favorite game or snoozing on the couch. We tested this thermometer while making a nice Honey Garlic Smoked Chicken.  The chicken provided approximately 2 hours for us to test the thermometer and check its limits.  The thermometer performed flawlessly and actually exceeded expectations.  Check out our review below.

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Liam’s Lemonade

Liam’s Lemonade

My son Liam loves to cook!  The other day he asked if he could make homemade lemonade.  I was happy to oblige.  I got out the stuff and he told me to walk away.  He was going to do it all.  I told him that I would need to help as he hasn’t graduated to using the stove or a sharp knife yet.  While he objected, he finally agreed as he really wanted lemonade.  Just to set the record straight, all I did was cut the lemons in half and heat up the simple syrup.

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Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

Slow Cooker Beef Ragu with Pappardelle

The story of this Beef Ragu with Pappardelle started when Dana went up to a party in Brooklyn a couple of months ago.  The party was just around the corner from a pasta shop. Looking through the shop she spotted some of the best looking pappardelle around.  She had to buy it. Once she got home I was excited to try it out.  I wanted to make something to utilize the pasta to its fullest potential.  So I decided to make the ultimate comfort food, a Ragu!  To make it easy on me, I braised the beef in a slow cooker.  Set it and forget it.  It does not get any easier than that.

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Tom Collins

Tom Collins

My Father-in-law Bill is quite the mixologist and makes some mean cocktails (remember the Sangria).  So I asked if he could provide the recipe for his awesome Tom Collins to the blog.  He obliged and wrote an entire post!  So without further ado, here is Bill.

Nothing is more American than the 4th of July barbecue and with Rex around the cooking is well taken care of but the drinks are my department. I thought back to all the summer shindigs we used to have in my aunt’s backyard and the adults always started the party with their favorite summertime cocktail, the Tom Collins and no one liked them or made them better than my grandmother.

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Bacon Onion Jam White Pizza

Bacon Onion Jam White Pizza

Who doesn’t love bacon onion jam pizza?  The combo is quite possibly the best freaking pizza on earth!  No Joke.  As you can tell, we are still on a pizza kick.  We have been running the Pizzeria Pronto through its paces and I must say, it is becoming our go to pizza making machine.  It is quick, easy and makes delicious pizzas.  The Pizzeria Pronto combined with bacon onion jam is unstoppable.

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White Pizza

White Pizza

Dana and I are huge fans of pizza.  Dana’s favorite pizza is a white pizza.  White pizza is different from your average pizza, as it does not have a red tomato based sauce.  White pizza has a garlic oil base and is then topped with a trifecta of cheeses.  It is basically, cheesy garlicky awesomeness.

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Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

Last Minute Father’s Day Gift Ideas

I get a lot of questions regarding the best grilling tools and gift suggestions.  Nothing says “Dad” quite like the grill.  So I have compiled a list of my favorite BBQ tools, outdoor cooking equipment and accessories. I know that Father’s Day is fast approaching so as long as you have Amazon Prime, you are going to be fine. Here are my favorite last minute Father’s Day gift ideas.

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