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5 IMPORTANT GRILLING TIPS YOU NEED TO KNOW!

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July is National Grilling Month and with Summer finally in full swing what better way to enjoy the sun than to throw on that apron, grab our Cooks Innovation’s Foodie 6-in-1 tongs, and get the grill burning! And to honor fellow grilling enthusiasts, here are 5 important grilling tips you need to know to ensure your summer grilling yields nothing but delicious food and compliments of success. read more →

Holiday Guest Post – Warm, Flaky Crust with the Flaky Pie Crust Pan!

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Our next 2015 Holiday Guest Posts comes from Grace in Oviedo, Florida. Grace is mom to an active three-year-old boy and loves to cook and bake. We asked her to try the Cooks Innovations Flaky Pie Crust Pan to see if she found it useful and would use the pan for Thanksgiving and Christmas. Enjoy the review! – Jessica, Cooks Innovations

Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner, and pies are no stranger to the season. Whether you bake pumpkin, apple, cherry or peach, all your pies need a crispy, golden, delicious crust to make your pie mouth-watering! read more →

Holiday Guest Post: Spreadable Butter – No Longer a Dream with the Butter Mill!

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The holidays are here again, and that means it’s time for our 2015 Holiday Guest Posts! Our first guest post of the season comes from MJ in Sanford, Florida. MJ is an avid home cook and party hoster that loves to save time in the kitchen while making delicious Thanksgiving food for her guests. We asked her to try the Butter Mill and see how she liked it. Read what MJ thinks about the Butter Mill as a brand new Thanksgiving tool for her family’s kitchen! Enjoy the review! – Jessica, Cooks Innovations

With the holidays right around the corner, staple foods such as mashed potatoes, homemade macaroni and cheese, fresh bread and rolls, corn on the cob, and all kinds of decadent sweets are a hot commodity. It’s time to cook and bake!

Of course, one of the key ingredients in these kinds of tasty holiday foods happens to be butter. As an avid cook, one of my greatest pet peeves is having to frequently work with cold sticks of butter. I’m sure my fellow chefs reading this can relate!

While sticks of butter or margarine can be melted down to form the right consistency, it would be great to use it straight out of the refrigerator without this extra step. A close friend of mine recommended the Butter Mill by Cooks Innovations. After hearing her positive feedback, I decided to try the product out for myself.

Butter Mill Spreadable Butter Packaging

How does it work?

I read the directions on the box and started by placing a stick of my favorite butter in the Cooks Innovations’ Butter Mill. Once the butter is in, you simply twist the Butter Mill at the bottom (see Step 2 above) to grate what once was cold butter, into a flurry of spreadable flakes. It’s really that easy! What I found especially convenient was being able to pop the top back on my Butter Mill and store it in the refrigerator for later use.

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Although I can use this product year round, it’ll definitely help me get through the holiday season much more efficiently. When I was hosting parties last year and baking my homemade pies, melting and working with butter was one of the most time consuming and painstaking parts of baking and cooking. Now, with the Butter Mill, I am able to turn cold butter into a soft spread that effortlessly mixes into my recipe ingredients, and I’m confident that this year, my guests will also use it with ease on their bread and rolls at the Thanksgiving table.

I noticed that it’s now also available in the new stylish stainless steel cover. I may pick a couple of these up for holiday gifts this year, especially since they look so nice.

My recommendation? Pick one up! Because whether you want to spread your butter with ease, mix it in with other seasonings without waiting, or are looking for the perfect gift for your fellow culinary lovers, try it for yourself this holiday season and spread the Butter Mill merriment all year long!

-MJ – Sanford, Florida 

 

 

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Top 5 Healthy and Delicious Halloween Party Snacks

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Halloween and Candy are synonymous—and we’re sure your kids will get enough of it trick-or-treating. When it comes to this year’s Halloween party, though, there’s a better, healthier way to feed your kids, friends, and fellow parents!

With our picks for the healthiest and most delicious Halloween Party Snacks, now you can throw a fun and kid-approved party with snacks that aren’t loaded with sugar! All of the recipes below are easy enough that your kids or even party guests can help you prepare them. Try one (or a few!) of these guiltless treats this Halloween: read more →

How to Toast the Perfect Marshmallow

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Summer is almost over—but we’re still celebrating with National Marshmallow Toasting Day!

Toasting Marshmallows

Do you know how to toast the perfect marshmallow? Take these tips and invite your friends and family for a Marshmallow Toasting party tonight!

Toasted MarshmallowSit upwind in the fire. No one wants smoke in their face!

Once you get your puffy, delicious marshmallow on your stick of choice (preferably a roasting fork or long wooden stick), make sure you stay a little to the side of the flames, and also over an area where you see glowing coals. According to scientists and engineers, the radiant energy is better for toasting than the flames themselves.

Hold the marshmallow a couple of inches (usually 1-3) from the glowing coals.

Hold your marshmallow still for a few seconds, then begin to rotate the stick. As you turn, a nice, even, golden hue should begin to form. Don’t hold your marshmallow in any one place for too long! This will cause your mallow to melt.

Once you have a slightly golden brown marshmallow, like the one pictured, blow to cool – then eat alone or as a S’more!

 

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What is the Best Margarita Recipe?

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We can all agree that a palatable Margarita contains three basic ingredients—tequila, lime, and Triple Sec. Still, there is much debate over what makes the best margarita recipe truly the best.

According to the Smithsonian, more than one person claims to have created the world’s first Margarita. However, most historians agree that the Margarita was initially shaken and poured in Mexico in 1938 at the hands of restauranteur Carlos “Danny” Herrera.

That year, Herrera met aspiring actress Majorie King, who was allergic to all types of hard liquor—except tequila. To make his drink more palatable, he combined the ingredients he used in tequila shots, salt and a lime wedge—and turned it into a refreshing drink. The rest is beverage history.

What makes a “perfect” Margarita?

Search the web for the best margarita recipe, and you’ll surely be bombarded with a whimsical barrage of delicious-looking photos and recipes that seem nearly the same.

How do the top food and beverage experts rank the best margarita recipe, and most importantly, can we make it at home?

According to the experts…

margarita cocktail

Bon Appetit Magazine:

  1. 100% Agave Tequila is a MUST. The most recommended type of tequila for the “perfect” margarita is the dark Reposado.
  2. Include Triple Sec or Cointreau.
  3. 1 to 1 ¼ ounces of Lime Juice—don’t skimp!
  4. Salt on the Rim
  5. On the Rocks

CHOW Magazine:

  1. 100% Agave Tequila (no specification on style, but brands like 1800 and Don Julio are mentioned)
  2. Use Cointreau, not Triple Sec
  3. Lime Juice (the amount is unspecified)
  4. Salt or no salt—both are acceptable
  5. Stir—do not shake

Tequila.net:

  1. 5 ounces of 100% Agave Tequila
  2. Add 2 teaspoons of Agave Nectar (We LOVE this touch)
  3. Add 1 oz. of Lime and Ice
  4. Salt is optional
  5. Mix, swirl, or stir to dissolve agave nectar, then shake!

 Esquire Magazine:

  1. 2 oz. Silver Tequila (100% agave)
  2. 1 ounce of Cointreau
  3. 1 ounce of lime juice
  4. Cocktail glass
  5. Shake, then strain into the glass.

As you can see, a few things vary in these margarita recipes, like the use of salt on the rim, whether your tequila choice should be Silver or Reposado, and whether to use Triple Sec or Cointreau. What is clear is that a few simple ingredients can make a fantastic drink.

We, at Cooks Innovations, have a few best margarita recipe suggestions of our own…

Without any further suspense, here is our recipe for the Best Margarita:

  1. 5 ounces of Reposado Tequila (our favorite brand is Cabo Wabo)
  2. ½ ounce of Cointreau
  3. 2 teaspoons Agave Nectar
  4. 1 ounce Island Dave’s Sweet and Sour/Margarita Mix (Organic, Natural, Made with Key Limes)
  5. No salt
  6. A squeeze of lime
  7. Shake and strain over ice into a cocktail glass.

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The Top 5 Summer Pie Recipes

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Pie is the quintessential dessert of summer!  

When it’s too hot for heavy cakes, the versatility and festive look of a seemingly endless variety of summer pies creates the perfect solution for Fourth of July celebrations and even summertime birthday parties.

Here are our picks for the Top 5 Best Summer Pie Recipes, tried, tested, and approved by the Cooks Innovations team. Pair your favorite recipe with our Non-Stick Flaky Pie Crust Pan and you’ll be a summer hero!

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  1. Raspberry Pie

Raspberries are fresh during summer, which makes them the perfect fruit for a hot weather pie. Fresh lemon juice and gelatin also add to its refreshing quality.

Pre-bake your homemade pie crust as usual, then combine the raspberry mixture and chill before serving. Delicious!

  1. Southern Peach Pie

Here at Cooks Innovations headquarters in Florida, we are all about southern hospitality, which is why we love this Southern Peach pie recipe!

Of course, peaches are the star fruit in this pie, but the summer flavors of lemon and either whole raspberries or blackberries complements perfectly.

Cool completely and spoon excess sauce over the pie for a party pleasing treat.

  1. Fresh Strawberry Pie

This easy to follow recipe from Pillsbury requires little more than the freshest strawberries you can find and your pie crust of choice.

Top with whipped cream when serving—this one is perfect for Independence Day!

  1. Rhubarb Pie

A staffer’s grandfather said it best—rhubarb is an under-used pie ingredient! Rhubarb is freshest during summertime and is the perfect chance for you to make something new and exciting for your party guests.

Cut the rhubarb into ½ inch pieces and add orange juice to make this simple yet unique recipe. Top it off with vanilla ice cream.

  1. Apricot Pie

Apricot is another light fruit that’s perfect for summer. This dynamic Martha Stewart pie recipe also incorporates a coconut crumble to offset the apricot sweetness while adding more flavors of paradise.

 

Now that you’re ready to bake, click on over to our Top 5 Party-Pleasing Memorial Day Drink Recipes and make it a great summer!

 

Love Pie as much as we do? Check out beautiful pie and dessert images, along with other photo delights on our @CooksInnovations Instagram!

 

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Top 5 Party Pleasing Memorial Day Drink Recipes

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Your family’s Memorial Day party doesn’t have to be a mere rehearsal for the 4th of July!

Deck the patio with patriotic decorations, fire up the grill, build a star-spangled playlist, and you’re ready to try our Top 5 Favorite Drink Recipes for Memorial Day!

The best part about these drink recipes? All 5 have kid-friendly and adult (liquor) versions so you can keep everyone happy and entertained, all the while doing less work!

Isn’t that what it’s all about?

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Dark & Stormy

  1. Root Beer Floats—Two Ways

This timeless American classic has two versions. Make a round for the little ones using the classic recipe—2 scoops of vanilla bean ice cream and 1 ½ cups ice cold root beer. For the adult variation, skip the ice cream, instead combining root beer with heavy cream, orange bitters, and bourbon. Cheers!

  1. Festive and Fancy Watermelon Lemonade

Lemonade is the quintessential porch drink, and this recipe for Watermelon Lemonade creates an instant vibrant twist on an old favorite.

The original recipe is kid-friendly and non-alcoholic, and includes a dashing mint sprig for garnish. Add your favorite vodka or tequila to up the ante.

  1. Ginger Beer, then Dark and Stormy

Ginger beer is a delicious, unique alternative to root beer, and also has a great way of settling the stomach after a round of burgers and dogs, too! Grab a six pack at your local grocery store, pass around a few for the kids, and then make the grown-ups a Dark and Stormy by adding your favorite dark rum and lime.

  1. Red, White & Blue Frozen Ritas & Slushes

This Uncle Sam inspired concoction includes tequila and triple sec for adults—all you need to do is omit the liquor and add orange juice or limeade for the children’s table.

  1. Lemon Mint Sparklers

And finally, for the over-achievers: A bonus-point lemon mint cocktail where you make the syrup ahead of time and keep cold. The day of, chill the club soda and mix the two ingredients right before serve time to ensure the cocktail is nice and fizzy.

For the grownup recipe, omit the lemon juice and reduce the lemon-mint syrup to 1/3 cup. Then, stir in 1 ½ cups bourbon to complete the treat.

Follow our Instagram page to see the cocktails in action on Memorial Day! And for more summer party ideas, check out our Savor Summer! page on Pinterest!