Posts by Brian

Super Spicy Boiled Peanuts

Brian says: Having roots in the South means possessing certain privileges that other regions don’t have and spend millions of dollars trying to replicate. Sweet tea, soul food and southern hospitality just to name a few. Boiled peanuts have a simple past in this region but are enjoyed by visitors, natives and transplants alike. Each has…

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The Pre-Occupied Man’s Spaghetti

Brian says: Let’s face it, we can find ourselves relatively busy throughout the week (and some weekends, unfortunately) and cooking can become something of a chore more than an essential trait over time. Now, I can’t really provide an all-inclusive way to end this vicious cycle, but there is a recipe I have up my…

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Ten Fridge Essentials for Every Man

 Brian says: Whether you’re single or a happily married man with children, there are certain things that we need in our lives to keep us, well, grounded. For some, it’s the legendary and mythical “man cave”, for others it’s a fantasy sports team. For me, though, it’s the unchangeable list of ingredients and sundries that…

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Mystery Meats

 Brian says: A far cry from the grade school days when the only thing you dreaded more than Friday homework was the indescribable mound of “meat product” plodded onto your lunch tray every Thursday, scrap meats–or meats that were considered less desirable by the general consumer public–have become something of a precious commodity over the…

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Grilled Fish: The Other White Meat

Grilling fish can be a very delicate matter. More often than not, cooks fail to realize that certain species of fish tend to yield better results than others, depending on the cooking method used. However, if you take the following suggestions into consideration, you’ll put yourself on the fast track to fixing one fine piece…

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How to Grill Fruit

Brian says: Fruits are healthy and very good for you, we all are well aware of this fact, but what you might not realize is when you add flame to your fruit basket, a whole new realm is opened up to both you and your dining partners. Grilled fruits can be as versatile as any…

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The Summer Kitchen Cool Down

Brian says: Let’s face it: anyone who has had the pleasure–and I use the term loosely–of living through a Charleston summer, or any southeastern heatwave, knows that it’s in your best interest to keep cool as much as possible. Some do it through a change in wardrobe while others make the switch from bourbon and…

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Five Cookbooks for the Modern Man

Brian says: As honorable as it might be to be able to conjure up a library of recipes off the top of one’s head, the fact remains that even professionals need to reference a page or two out of the good book. But thanks to the cataclysmic tidal wave of the “Self-Help Era”, there are…

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Intro to Vegetarianism (for Carnivores)

Brian says: I’m not a vegetarian nor do I ever want to be. That is not to say that I’m judging those who have decided to take the road less traveled and have sworn off meat. In an ideal world, both meat lovers and veg-heads would come together in a peaceful and happy medium; drum…

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The ‘Ultimate’ Fried Chicken Recipe

Brian says: Cast-iron skillets, stainless steel pans, Fry Daddies. There are so many ways that people implement to fry up a good batch of chicken. Some tend to work better than others, but they all have the same, delicious end product that’s, for absolute lack of a better term, finger-licking good. By why must one…

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Sofrito for Dummies

Brian says: Tapping into my pseudo-Puerto Rican roots, I felt it necessary to expose you to one of the most flavorful melange of spices, vegetables and meat ever devised: sofrito. Sure, you have your run-of-the-mill roux, but there’s something very emotional and spiritual about sofrito that only a select few can really relate to. Luckily,…

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Mind the Bar

*If you choose to drink, please do so responsibly. This has been a public service message from Home-Ec101.com* Brian says It’s a difficult task to entertain guests when throwing a house party, but the task can be doubly difficult when you have the responsibility of running the bar. Whether it’s a marble-topped masterpiece you designed…

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Kitchen Logistics 101

Brian says: For some men, the kitchen can be a very scary and awkward place. For a small few, it’s even forbidden to step into the kitchen for anything other than a thoroughfare. The rest of us? We tend to find ourselves on one of two sides: the curious, closet chef or the unabashed kitchen connoisseur.…

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The Weekender: Preparing for a Weekend Trip

Bran says: We are all tied to the things that we own. For some reason, this statement holds the truest when we travel. It’s understandable that a person would want to take as many bags as possible on a trip, because for some reason it’s better to over packed than under. Unfortunately, some individuals take…

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Man, Unplugged

Bran says: No, I’m not talking about some pour-your-heart-out, acoustics-only special on MTV. I’m talking about that tipping point in a person’s life where they’re so jacked into the Matrix, it becomes difficult to tell fantasy from the real thing. In a world filled with iPhone this and Android that, there comes a time in…

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