Foodal’s Guide to Grilling With Planks

Plank that has raw salmon with dill leaves on top placed on a cedar plank which is sitting on a BBQ grill

Looking for a woodsey taste without the full on effect of smoke? Trying planking! In short, this involves grilling or baking your food directly on a wood plant that allows it pick up a slight amount of smoke flavor while blending it other unique flavors and tannins into your dishes. Although fish is the most common item that is “planked,” this cooking method is also great for all types of meat and even vegetables. Impress your guests and friends and cook on a wooden slab!

Tips for Cooking in a Crockpot

vegetable stew in a crock pot

Receive a crock pot or a slow cooker and unsure on how to use the dang thing? Read Foodal’s tips on how to use a slow cooker for simple & easy meals.

Mix Up Your Eggs With These Easy Cooking Methods

Fried egg on red plate on old wooden table; a pitcher of milk, glass of milk, and condements nearby

Eggs don’t have to be plain. In fact, they are more versatile than any other food and can be used for any meal of the day. They are the perfect protein, are easily digested and come quite inexpensively. No matter what your taste, eggs can be prepared to please even the most discriminating palate. Boiled …

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How to Choose A Better Blender

Mother and daughter pour a smoothie from a blender; they are behind a kitchen counter that includes oranges, kiwi,bananas and other fruit on its surface

A blender is one of the most versatile and time saving items in the kitchen. Every home cook should have a GOOD model on their counters. But what constitutes good? Read Foodal’s guide where we discuss the features that you need and then review the top-rated models to help you to choose the best product for your home.

Preserve Summer’s Freshness with the Nesco Gardenmaster FD-1040

Nesco FD-1040 1000-watt Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator Review | Foodal

The Nesco FD-1040 Gardenmaster pack some serious drying power for a budget machine. Although only four are included, optional trays allow it to scale up to 20 trays in one batch! With 1000 watts of power this appliance with dehydrate a season’s worth of jerky or apples in short order. Read more about it now…

Book Review: The Third Plate by Dan Barber

What Dan Barber brings to the table, both in his book and at his restaurant, is food that has a story, food that is more than just what sits on your plate. His food brings with it the farm and its livestock and its weeds and its labor. Dan Barber’s food is so much more than farm-to-table and so much more than “green.” Dan digs deep into the roots of food to find out what it really means to be a farmer or a fisherman or a rancher – and what impact their actions have on what ends up on your plate. Read our full review of this unique book now!

An Authentic Italian Pesto Sauce

Pesto sauce on rustic wooden table with pine nuts and basil leaves scattered around

There is no better place to enjoy the deeply traditional and distinct flavors of pesto, than while sitting at a seaside restaurant in the Liguria region of Italy. Two years ago, while we were fortunate enough to be stationed in Belgium with the US military, we traveled to Italy which included a tour of Cinque …

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Guide To Kitchen And Cooking Lingo

A cook examines a book containing cooking terms, lingo, and definitions.

No matter whether you cook frequently for fun or you’re an aspiring cook to be, you’ve probably realized that there are tons of terms that can get downright confusing in the kitchen. Over the years spent researching recipes and cooking at home, I’ve learned a ton of terms that I previously wouldn’t have understood. Here are …

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The Secret To Cooking With Hot Peppers

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Many of us love to add hot peppers to our recipes. But how many times have we added too much or learned the hard way that a particular pepper was simply too hot? There are few solutions other than to dilute your perfectly crafted dish or start over. If this has ever happened to you, …

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3 Easy Ways to Prepare Salmon in a Crockpot

photo of of salmon demonstrating methods for cooking slamon in slow cooker or crockpot

We occasionally link to goods offered by vendors to help the reader find relevant products. Some of these may be affiliate based, meaning we earn small commissions (at no additional cost to you) if items are purchased. Here is more about what we do. Most crockpot recipes call for adding salmon towards the end of the …

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