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How to make the ultimate burger


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They say that there’s no food more American than the lowly hamburger.

Web Watch can tell you that quite a few European countries have no idea what a proper hamburger is.  (Or how to put ice in your drink, for that matter.)

But if you really think about it, most Americans have a lousy idea of what a hamburger should be.

Burger Bar: Build Your Own Ultimate Burgers by Hubert Keller
Burger Bar: Build Your Own Ultimate Burgers by Hubert Keller

Continue reading HOW TO MAKE THE ULTIMATE BURGER

The Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie Recipe


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Who doesn’t love a delicious homemade chocolate chip cookie?

Web Watch tends to buy ours at the store, but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying the hard work that others put into baking us delicious treats.  In fact, as we type this we are anticipating our annual delivery of homemade cookies from some friends who pride themselves on making the BEST CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES EVER… but only choose to do so once a year, in order to make them even more special for those of us who receive them.

Are they good? Definitely.  Could they be better?

Martha Stewart's Cookies: The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share
Martha Stewart’s Cookies:
The Very Best Treats to Bake and to Share

Continue reading THE ULTIMATE CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIE RECIPE

Year in Review: 2012’s most popular Web Watch articles and searches


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Thanks to all of you who took the time to visit WEB WATCH in 2012.

For those of you who weren’t able to read Web Watch every day, here’s a quick look at what everyone took a look at while they were here.

Continue reading YEAR IN REVIEW: 2012’S MOST POPULAR WEB WATCH ARTICLES AND SEARCHES

The best Kale and Brussels Sprouts Salad Recipe


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If there are two vegetables that tend to turn off carnivores at the very mention of them, two top qualifiers would be “kale” and “Brussels sprouts” (or “brussel sprouts”, if you’re into spelling it wrong).

Kale is typically used as a garnish rather than something you’d willingly go out of your way to make a salad from.  (And for those of you who’ve decided that pushing kale through your Mr Juicer because kale juice is said to help grow hair, it’s kinda gross from what we’ve seen our friends go through.)

And everybody knows that Brussels sprouts taste best when sauteed in tons and tons of bacon fat.

Continue reading THE BEST KALE AND BRUSSELS SPROUTS SALAD RECIPE

The 60 Most Popular Thanksgiving Dishes


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Have you purchased your Thanksgiving turkey yet?

In case you haven’t, here’s a helpful tip:  THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN FRESH AND FROZEN TURKEY is negligible.  Some people would say that Fresh is always better… but if you’re one of those, you’ll need to keep in mind that a FRESH turkey must be cooked within 2 days of being purchased, according to the USDA’s guidelines on food safety.  A frozen turkey make take days to thaw properly (figure about 1 day for every 4-5 pounds) — so if you were to start your frozen turkey thaw now, you should be good to go for the Thanksgiving holiday.

As for those who thought they’d go out and have already purchased their fresh, unfrozen turkey — they may want to be sure to keep that thing on ice for another day or two before beginning the brining process.  Don’t want to give your Thanksgiving guests any food poisoning, do you?

 

Continue reading THE 60 MOST POPULAR THANKSGIVING DISHES

The Secret to the Perfect Twinkie


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Ah, Twinkies.

Whether the Hostess company goes away with all their products, or if some other company decides to purchase the brands and recipes and continue onward, that we will soon have a world without Hostess is sad in many ways.

But it doesn’t have to be that way.

Continue reading THE SECRET TO THE PERFECT TWINKIE

How to make the English Garden cocktail martini, a recipe inspired by Gordon Ramsay Steak


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Web Watch was in Las Vegas recently, where we had the pleasure of dining at GORDON RAMSAY STEAK at the Paris Las Vegas casino.

Needless to say, famed celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay wasn’t there that night, but we’ll just offer a quick review of the place: in one word, “fantastic”.

Of course, it didn’t help that having Chef Ramsay’s name on the marquee led to a constant parade of tacky tourists with their camera phones, t-shirts, and flip-flops barging into the main dining area to take a photo or two of a place that they’re not spending a nickle in.  It was a bit disruptive to those of us with our own camera phones who were diving in to our own 2-hour dining spectactular.

But regardless of the lack of control the hosting staff had in preventing the riff-raff from interfering with our fine dining, Web Watch highly recommends Gordon Ramsay Steak for your next Las Vegas dining experience.

What?  You’re not planning on heading out to Vegas anytime soon?  Well – let Web Watch bring you a little bit of Gordon Ramsay to your kitchen…

Continue reading HOW TO MAKE THE ENGLISH GARDEN COCKTAIL MARTINI, A RECIPE INSPIRED BY GORDON RAMSAY STEAK

There are 4 different cinnamons, 3 of them are fake, and tasters can’t tell the difference


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A few years ago, Web Watch wrote about how ARTIFICIAL VANILLA CONTAINS COAL TAR.

It ends up that there are many different artificial food products that contain ingredients that we may or may not know about.

Take, for example, the simple cinnamon stick.

Did you know that there really are three different products that are commonly sold as “cinnamon sticks”?

Did you know that only one of them is actually really considered “cinnamon”?

Continue reading THERE ARE 4 DIFFERENT CINNAMONS, 3 OF THEM ARE FAKE, AND TASTERS CAN’T TELL THE DIFFERENCE

The History of the Green Bean Casserole


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Green Bean Casserole
Green Bean Casserole

Every year at Thanksgiving, families across the country descend upon their local grocery store and clear the shelves of French’s Fried Onions, Campbell’s Cream of Mushroom Soup, and cans of green beans – all in the name of recreating that traditional holiday side dish of GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE.

But did you know that this fabulous holiday treat isn’t necessarily as traditional as you might think?  It was created by the Campbell’s Soup Company as a way to sell more soup. Continue reading THE HISTORY OF THE GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE

Zombie Fun: How to “Eat Your Face” for Halloween


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Special Effects Cookbook
Special Effects Cookbook

Mike Samonek wants you to play with your food.

That’s part of the reason he came up with the SPECIAL EFFECTS COOKBOOK and Special Effects cooking website, as a way to encourage experimentation in the kitchen and having fun while you eat.

Some of the recipes that are featured include: Continue reading ZOMBIE FUN: HOW TO “EAT YOUR FACE” FOR HALLOWEEN

Most tailgate party cooks prefer chicken or burgers; Some spend over $1000/year on tailgates


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Weber's Way to Grill: The Step-by-Step Guide to Expert Grilling
Weber’s Way to Grill: The Step-by-Step Guide to Expert Grilling

Web Watch knows that there’s nothing that tastes better than some meat cooked fresh on the grill.

And when it’s football season, you have to have a grill to really do the tailgate up right.  Web Watch even won a Weber Grill a few years ago in a football tailgating cookoff contest with our grilled steak sandwich with carmelized onions.  One of the judges even came back to our setup and took an extra sandwich with them “for the road” when the competition was over. 

So we have that going for us.

Which brings us back to today’s point – that when it comes to tailgating and grilling, nobody knows their stuff better than the folks over at Weber.

Which is why every year Weber releases their own WEBER TAILGATING STUDY, a look at the tailgating habits that we should expect to see this upcoming football season. Continue reading MOST TAILGATE PARTY COOKS PREFER CHICKEN OR BURGERS; SOME SPEND OVER $1000/YEAR ON TAILGATES

Chocolate Oreo ice cream done in 40 seconds – The BlendTec Recipe


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BlendTec Blender

Web Watch enjoys watching the WILL IT BLEND videos on YouTube.  Whether it be a blender full of marbles, a broom handle, or an iPhone — the BlendTec Total Blender makes fast work of turning those items into inedible shrapnel.

As they say – don’t try these experiments at home.

But there’s something about having a blender with over 1600 watts of ice crushing power that makes you say, “we gotta have that”.  In part because we’ve blown through other blenders when trying to go through different food prep over the years, and in part it’s because Web Watch wants to have the option to shred a jar full of marbles. 

We may never do it, but it’s nice to know that we could if we had to. Continue reading CHOCOLATE OREO ICE CREAM DONE IN 40 SECONDS – THE BLENDTEC RECIPE

The most popular spice found in homes today? Dry Garlic Powder


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Under Cabinet Spice Rack
Under Cabinet Spice Rack

Web Watch knows that making great food requires having great spices.

If you don’t have a PENZEY’S SPICES store near you, then maybe you have some other fresh spice retailer or farmer’s market that you could hit up for some glass jars of spice goodness.

And even if you end up buying your spices at the local supermarket, drug store’s food aisle, or giant-size Super Center Warehouse Emporium, the most important thing you can remember is to rotate your spices on a regular basis.  Dry spices especially will lose their flavors anywhere from 6 months to a year after your purchase.  You wouldn’t serve a beer after it’s “best by” date – you should apply the same philosophy to your spice cabinet and toss out anything that’s more than a year old.

Your taste buds will thank you.

Continue reading THE MOST POPULAR SPICE FOUND IN HOMES TODAY? DRY GARLIC POWDER

Award-Winning recipe for Cinco de Mayo Guacamole with Blue Cheese and Bacon (inspired by Food Network Best Thing I Ever Ate)


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Friends of Web Watch have a large-scale annual Cinco de Mayo party featuring a salsa competition. We’ve been lucky enough to have walked away a prize every year with various takes on salsa, so when this year’s invitation indicated that there would be a guacamole competition instead (“to shake things up a bit”), we took that on as a challenge.

Because, let’s face it, guacamole really isn’t all that hard to make. It’s making prize-winning guacamole that people will declare as “the best thing I ever ate” that takes a little bit more effort.
Continue reading AWARD-WINNING RECIPE FOR CINCO DE MAYO GUACAMOLE WITH BLUE CHEESE AND BACON (INSPIRED BY FOOD NETWORK BEST THING I EVER ATE)

Just in time for the Kentucky Derby: The Ultimate Bourbon Ball Recipe


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The Kentucky Derby Museum Cookbook
The Kentucky Derby Museum Cookbook

Next week is the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs in Louisville, Kentucky.

And if you’re like Web Watch, you will be tuning in to watch the race with friends – holding a mint julep in one hand, and a racing form in the other… all while trying to see the race through the forest of giant Kentucky Derby hats worn by the ladies in the room.

But Kentucky isn’t know just for this long-running horse race.

No, Kentucky is also known for bourbon.

So if you’re going to host or attend a KENTUCKY DERBY PARTY on race day, you may want to make something bourbon-related.  You know, just because.

Continue reading JUST IN TIME FOR THE KENTUCKY DERBY: THE ULTIMATE BOURBON BALL RECIPE