Kristin Ryals

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My name is Kristin, and I'm a housewife with big love for cooking. When I'm not bringing on the Food Network and attempting to become America's Next Top Chef, I'm browsing online for unique recipes to awe my friends with. Outside of the world of cooking (as if there is one!), I enjoy reading, skydiving, live music, and of course, shopping!

How to Grill Tuna Steaks

Time for some lean and juicy beef tenderloin of the sea!  Well you got the hint. Tuna fish has earned the title of being juicy enough to replace beef tenderloin and that is perhaps why it is now known to be the fleshiest fish found in the deep waters.

Trust us on this one! When cooked right, tuna fish can easily replace the juiciest roast beef or lamb! The secret lies in the technique used in cooking up a tender tuna steak.

While tuna sandwiches have long earned all the fame, it is about time this delicacy gets the TLC it needs in order to tantalize the taste buds to the max. There is a whole cuisine dedicated entirely to grilling and smoking fish and we are here to let you in on those secrets. If you are in for some juicy grilled fish, get your utensils out and read on for more!

“How to Grill Tuna Steaks The Right Way!”

While the marinade and the quality of the fish are key here, it all boils down to the searing technique you apply to your fish. If you are really looking for restaurant quality gourmet cooking, we would highly recommend investing in a quality smoke oven.

Once you have your smoker set in place, you have a whole aisle of recipes to explore. There are tonnes of techniques involved in cooking up some top notch tuna steak but what tops it the most is the smokey flavor of slow cooked tuna that you can only get when you let it simmer in a smoke oven.

Let the savory goodness of a smoke oven take you right back to the heart of Seattle with the tiniest bit of effort and perfect results each time. An offset smoker is truly worth an investment when it comes to delicious long and slow easy cooking. Camp Chef’s SmokePro DLX Pellet Grill is quite the choice.

Want to explore more on pellet Grills? Probarbeque has it for you right here!

If offset smokers are not the thing for you than you can surely try out the Traeger grills. Sturdy and fully automated, Traeger grills give you an option to control your cooking session through even your phone!

Yes, Wi-Fire technology is what they call it and it does work like a charm each time! The best model that gets a 5 star rating on Amazon is their Traeger PRO 575. This one is definitely a steal.

Once you have your brine set, make sure you leave your tuna steaks marinating in there for a good four hours.

Preheat your smoker oven to 250 F and add the apple flavored wood to it. Cherry wood goes well too with tuna. Brush the fillets with some low sodium soy and place them on a clean grill that has been moistened with a little oil.

All you have to do now is wait for the deliciousness to cook for just 1 hour now and it’s good to go. Don’t forget to flip the steak once in between the session.

Best sauce for tuna steak

Now what’s a steak without some good old ginger sauce? We thought we should turn up the basic ginger sauce recipe up a notch and add a tangy orange kick to it. All it takes is some oil heated up in a pan but be careful not to burn the oil. Put the heat on a low setting before you add a knob of butter to it. The oil in the pan will prevent the butter from burning.

Add the key ingredients to the pan now; ginger and the chile flakes and cook it till the ginger gets rid of its raw crunch. Now it’s time to increase the heat a little with the added splash of some freshly squeezed orange juice. Once it comes to a boil, add your brown sugar to it along with a dash of soy sauce and lime juice but remember the rule of thumb though, a little goes a long way.

Let the broth simmer till it reduces to one-quarter of what it was. This will take about 8 to 10 minutes on medium heat and that’s all there is to it.  This is hands down the best sort of tangy sauce that compliments all sorts of fish, especially tuna.

Tips to keep in mind when cooking tuna

As delicate tuna flesh is, attention to detail is necessary here. The right temperature is crucial with fish. Ideally, the temperature should range between 190-200 degrees Fahrenheit for a tuna steak so you may want to keep an eye on that thermometer. A cast iron skillet is quite a safe option to use but when you are smoking tuna fish, we would rather recommend you don’t use a skillet at all. Placing the steaks right onto the grill of a quality smoker is what will give it the optimal flavor of the smokey goodness.

Another handy tip to get the most out of your fish is to keep it on the top shelf of the smoker which is presumably the farthest away from the fire box. Any sort of meat when being smoked should in fact be placed on the top shelf of the smoker. Anywhere closer to direct heat will give the meat a tougher texture. A water pan right above the firebox with some stems will work like a charm. It will add the earth flavor and aid in retaining the tenderness of the steak.

Four Healthiest Types of Cooking Oils

Are you on a quest to start cooking healthier dishes and be more mindful of what you are putting into your body ingredient-wise? If so, there is no doubt you’ve been busy scouring recipe books and websites in search of tasty yet healthy dishes that you can try out. Besides just the dish itself, you will also want to consider the cooking oils that you use, as this is another area you can put your health first and choose varieties that offer benefits to you.

Here we’ll take a look at the top four healthiest types of cooking oils and how you can use them properly in all your tasty creations.

Think Twice Before You Reach for Vegetable Oil

If you’ve been in the habit of using vegetable oil for all your recipes, it’s time to think twice. The name “vegetable” oil gives the impression that this is a naturally occurring oil and, therefore, it’s healthy, but that couldn’t be further from the truth. Not all vegetable oils are the same but they do share a few things in common – they are bad for your health and the environment at large.

Vegetable oil is simply an oil that has been extracted from different types of seeds. These seeds include such varieties as peanut, safflower, soybean, rapeseed (canola oil), sunflower, and corn. The problem is that in order to extract the oil, an unnatural process has to occur. Typically the seeds the oil is being extracted from have been genetically modified and then the process itself includes the addition of chemicals and solvents. This doesn’t exactly make it a naturally occurring oil by the time you get the finished product.


So what about the good fats that you can use for cooking? Well, good old-fashioned butter is actually one of the best options out there. Butter uses a very simple process, there are no chemicals or solvents added, and the end result is pure. Of course, with that said, you want to go easy on how much butter you use, but at least you know it’s a healthy cooking oil/fat. Butter is excellent for baked dishes, but also for browning and adding flavor. Keep in mind that its low smoke point can make it a bit tricky to fry with. You will want to use low heat and watch it carefully, or it will soon burn in the ban – burnt butter smells bad and will taint the rest of your dish with an unpleasant flavor.

Coconut Oil

Coconut oil seems to be getting a lot more attention over the past few years as people start to realize just how healthy and tasty it is. Just like butter, it is in a solid form that you want to keep at room temperature. Where this one really shines is if you’re baking since it is creamy in texture. Keep in mind it tends to have a low smoking point, rather like butter, which means it’s not ideal for frying.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Even though this one isn’t meant to cook with, it’s still a great oil for recipes. Any time your non-heat recipe calls for an oil opt for this one. For example, extra virgin olive oil works great in salad dressings, homemade mayonnaise, and humus. What makes extra-virgin olive oil such a great choice is that it is the heart-healthy monounsaturated fat that offers a number of great benefits.

Avocado Oil

Avocadoes are the hottest thing on food blogs right now. Instagrammer lifestyle influences love nothing more than to post photos of avocadoes artfully arranged. If it’s frying that you want to be able to do, then avocado oil could be ideal. It has a high smoke point so it can handle the heat, but this one is pretty pricey, so it’s not always great for your wallet. However, it is known to be low in saturated fat but high in monounsaturated fats, making it heart-healthy. This makes it a great choice if you are trying to reduce your cholesterol and reduce your risk of heart disease.

Other healthy oils worth considering include safflower oil and peanut oil (unless you have a peanut allergy, of course).

Now that you’ve familiarised yourself with some of the more healthy options, you can start searching for the ideal recipes to make use of these oils and fats.

10 Amazing Honey Recipes

Life is sweeter with honey, that’s a fact. Packed with plenty of nutrients and sweetness, honey mixes well with every crowd.

As a common pantry staple, honey’s complex taste and versatility make adding a little of this sweet nectar to some of your recipes a no-brainer. But aside from its obvious flavor-enhancing powers, honey is also full of health-boosting properties.

If you’re someone who loves discovering and exploring new restaurants and you often wonder if you can make the same amazing dishes yourself, don’t worry! We have compiled a list of 10 recipes using honey that you can try at home!

1. Traditional Jewish Honey Cake

Considered a staple in Jewish culture, this honey cake is alive with flavor. If you want to bake this cake in celebration of Rosh Hashanah, you can opt for a kosher honey like the ones you can find in these honey gift sets. 

Honey is the signature ingredient, giving the cake its moist texture and delicious. But this recipe is also packed with other ingredients like tea, cinnamon, cloves and cardamom to give the cake a delightful spice and scent.  This sweet treat is the perfect mixture of sweet, spice and comfort.

2. Honey-roasted Carrots

Liven up your vegetable dish with a delightful honey glaze. Combine two tablespoons of honey and 2 tablespoons of bourbon or fruit juice to take your roasted carrots to the next level. This glaze paired with some cut up shallots, garlic, and salt will work to balance the sweet and rich flavors in your vegetable roast.

3. Honey and Avocado Facial Cream

Honey isn’t only great for eating, it’s also very beneficial for your skin. This a powerful addition to any skincare routine, is packed with antioxidants and natural anti-bacterial agents. This means that honey is perfect for purifying and revitalizing your skin.

When it comes to making your own DIY face mask, honey makes for the perfect secret weapon. To moisturize your skin, all you need is 1-2 tablespoons of raw honey and ½ a ripe avocado. Combine ingredients and let the mask sit on your face for 15-20 minutes.  Otherwise, if you want to keep it plain and simple, you can leave out the avocado and just stick with the honey.

Without a doubt, applying a DIY honey face mask to your face would have your skin feeling fresh and clear in no time.

4. Honey and Soy-Lacquered Ribs

You can’t go wrong with this sweet and salty combo. This sticky mix of honey and soy will both enhance and enrich the flavor of your meat as well as providing you with a tender texture. Try out this flavor-rich recipe to enjoy these ribs for yourself.

5. Honey Pineapple Upside-Down Cake

How can you improve a classic? Only with honey, of course. Adding some honey to this Southern classic will not only ensure your sponge is super moist but also enhance the cake’s sweetness. Going hand in hand with this classic recipe, this incredible honey glaze is simply irresistible.

6.      Honey- mustard Vinaigrette

A good condiment can enhance any dish. There’s really no surprise that honey-mustard dressing is a popular go-to for so many people. The mix of the sweetness from the honey with the sharpness of the mustard works well to add flavor dimension to your deal. This all-purpose dressing is not only undeniably delicious but also low in cholesterol and saturated fats.

7. Honey Yeast Rolls

A tender warm roll is the perfect partner to any meal. This sweet twist on a dinnertime classic is sure to please the whole family. We’re sure this recipe will become a staple in your household.

8. Chewy Honey Granola Bars

Honey is the glue that brings granola together. This recipe has a fantastic mix of flavor and texture. With the sweetness of the honey, chewiness of the raisins and crunch of the oats, these granola bars make for the perfect snack.

9. Honey and Lemon Chicken

Sticky and saucy are the two perfect words to describe this dish. With either chicken breast or thigh, this simple dish is both light and packed with flavor.

10.  Greek Melomakarona

Melomakarona is a traditional Greek egg-shaped dessert. The core ingredients for this cookie are flour, egg and olive oil. A syrup, made from honey is then poured over the cookies as they bake to create a delightfully sweet flavor. Try this super simple recipe, but be warned, they are highly addictive.

Well there you have it, this mix of honey-full recipes will have you buzzing for more of the sweeter side of life! 

Easy Food Ideas for Parties

Planning a party? Hosting a get together at your house can be fun, but planning can also be stressful and expensive. 

Whether you’re throwing a large party or a more intimate gathering, it’s always a good idea and proper etiquette to provide food for guests. You don’t have to break the bank on catering, however – a few simple, homemade dishes or easily purchased options can go a long way! 

Before you start planning or purchasing food for your party, make sure you know how many people are coming! This will affect how much food you should buy.

Depending on your crowd and the type of party you’re throwing, you can then plan what types of food will go over well, and account for dietary restrictions or picky eaters. 

It can be hard to provide something for everyone, but with a few solid dishes, your party is sure to be a hit! If you’re looking for simple, easy to prepare foods, you’ve come to the right place. 

Try these easy party foods, from classics like pizza to more unusual options to surprise your guests!

Easy Party Foods:

  1. Pizza 
  2. Potato skins
  3. Skewers
  4. Antipasto
  5. Chips and Dip


Pizza is a pretty reliable choice – most people like pizza, and this is usually the most obvious option for feeding large groups. If you’re trying to save yourself some preparation time, ordering from your favorite local pizza shop is an easy way to check one meal off the list with little effort.

If you aren’t a big fan of delivery pizza, it is easy and cost effective to make pizza at home as well! You can buy pre-made pizza dough or even already baked crust to save time, or make the dough yourself if you’re so inclined. Either way, homemade pizzas are simple and can be just as good or even better than delivery! 

For a fun activity, you could even have a pizza making station with different toppings, so your guests can create their own personal pizzas. This is not only a form of entertainment, but also takes some of the responsibility of cooking off of your shoulders.

Mix it up and try specialty pies or unusual toppings, or serve a classic cheese pizza. You can’t go wrong with this classic party food. 

Potato Skins

Potatoes are cheap and filling, but rather than just buying or making French fries, try potato skins for an alternative! Much like pizza, potato skins can incorporate different toppings and flavors to fit any crowd, or you can set up a toppings bar for guests to add what they like best. 

A little research can help you find a variety of unique potato skin recipes, ideas, and toppings. Making the potatoes is easy enough – simply bake them and remove some of the inside potato to make room for other toppings. 

Many recipes will have you empty the potato skins and mash up some of the inner potato with butter for added moisture and flavor. After that, throw in cheese, bacon, scallions, avocado or whatever you plan to add and throw them back in the oven if you want to melt the cheese! 

Potato skins can be super inexpensive depending on your add-ons, and they can be amenable to many dietary restrictions since they are meat and gluten free.


Skewers, shish kabobs – whatever you call them, these are an easy and fun party food! These are popularly made on a grill, but if you don’t have one a stove top or oven will work as well depending on what you’re adding. 

Like our other options, skewers can be whatever you want them to be – you can make them with only vegetables, meat, different flavors – you could even do fruit skewers for a more exciting presentation than the standard fruit tray. 

Depending on what ingredients you choose to include, skewers can be inexpensive. As far as preparation, simply cut up your meats or larger vegetables, add seasoning if you want, and throw them on the grill! Skewers make an easy finger food for party guests.


For a classy dish that will take your party up a notch, prepare an antipasto plate or tray! Antipasto makes for a delicious and elegant finger food. 

You don’t have to break the bank, although some finer meats and cheeses may be on the pricier side. Choose what price level and ingredients you prefer, however, and this is sure to be a hit. 

Some classic antipasto options to include are Italian meats like prosciutto, salami, and other cured meats. Add your favorite cheese or multiple types of cheese, like a sharp provolone, aged cheddar, or whatever matches the other flavors. 

Include grapes, olives, crackers, bread slices, peppers, or any other typical or even unusual antipasto ingredient. All you have to do is arrange your choices on a tray, and your guests are sure to be impressed.

Chips and Dip

Another party classic, chips and dip are a go-to party food. Whether you make the dip yourself or choose a store-bought option, most dips are relatively inexpensive and easy to prepare.

Make a bowl of your favorite dip, put out chips, and let your guests enjoy! You could even do a variety of dips to include different flavors and appeal to different guests.

Some classic dips include salsa, guacamole, buffalo chicken dip, French onion dip, taco dip, and so on. Some dips, like hummus, could be served with veggies as well for a healthier alternative or for vegetarian or vegan guests.

Try These Easy Foods to Serve at Parties

Try out any or all of these easy and popular party foods and your next gathering is sure to be a success! These foods are great options for groups, as you can amend them to your or your guests tastes and dietary needs. Serve up these dishes and enjoy your party!

Healthy, Organized, and Cost-Effective: 4 Tips for Smart Grocery Shopping

Even if you are not feeling the financial pinch, you should still be shopping smart. Saving money on groceries is easy and can free up much needed cash for other utilities, or even better, into a savings account.

There are a few ways you can save money when grocery shopping, let us look at the top four easiest ways to do so!

Coupons and Vouchers

The number one way to save when grocery shopping, is to make use of coupons or vouchers. Check in your local papers and online for food coupons for some of the most popular retailers to start off with. If you have signed up at any of your stores for promotional material, don’t forget to check your junk folder on email for promotions or coupons they might send.

If you have not signed up for marketing materials from your favorite retailer yet, now is the time to do so. Bundling your coupons together often provides a bigger saving when grocery shopping. You do not have to be an extreme coupon-shopper, but cashing in on coupons or store vouchers when possible is a great way to save. Every dollar counts!

Create a systematic way of finding, storing and using coupons. A pouch in your handbag or laptop-bag to keep the coupons in ensures that when you pop into the shops, you have your coupons on your person or in your vehicle. Once you get into the habit of doing this, you can begin bargain browsing, cashing in coupons, and save. It pays to be organized!

Do Not Shop on an Empty Stomach

One of the costliest mistakes you can make is to do grocery shopping when you have not eaten in a few hours! The hunger pangs encourage you to make unhealthy and unnecessary choices that you wouldn’t normally make on a full stomach. It’s science!

Eat a healthy and balanced meal before you do the grocery shopping to avoid adding grocery items you do not need at home to your basket. Shopping after a meal is also a great way to get a physical activity in to avoid feeling sluggish afterwards. Win-win!

Make a List of Items You Need

Before grocery shopping, you should have a list of items you need. Not only does a list force you to stick to buying only the necessities, but it ensures you don’t forget items, which would cost fuel to return to the store to purchase the single item.

If you are on a budget, only buy what is deemed necessary in your fridge and pantry. Do you really need cereal, when eggs and toast will do for breakfast? Buying an indulgent grocery item here and there starts to add up quickly.

Plan your grocery trips properly to save money. Eat a good meal beforehand, make a list, check your fridge and pantry for what you need, and plan your route to include as many stores as possible. One grocery trip saves on fuel too!

Organize Your Pantry and Stay Healthy

Saving is easy with ‘everything in its place, and a place for everything’. If your pantry and fridge is unorganized, you may miss items you currently have and buy more of the same item. This is a cost that you do not need as you will have double of the same product which takes up space and is a financial mistake.

Having a clean and organized fridge is a saving too. Refrigerated foods spoil easily and if they are stored at the very back of a fridge behind various items which are never used, they get thrown in the trash! What a waste!

Organize your pantry and fridge and use this activity to make healthier food choices for you and your family. Do you really need ranch-dressing, or will olive oil and lemon juice do? Healthy, readily available in your home, and delicious.

Think of purchasing cheaper cuts of meat in bulk, frozen vegetable that stay fresh for longer and eggs as an affordable option for protein. Add some healthy fats such as butter and olive oil to your meals to keep you full for longer, provide you with omega fatty acids and cut out snacks that add to your waistline and diminish your bank balance.

Mistakes to Avoid When Using an Electric Pressure Cooker

Electric pressure cookers are some of the most convenient and valuable kitchen appliances on the market. With a wide variety of uses and a speedy cook time, this appliance makes cooking a breeze. 

However, even though this is quite possibly one of the absolute best items to have in your kitchen, there are some important things to keep in mind when using the cooker. Here are some of the most common mistakes to avoid when using an electric pressure cooker. 

1. Adding thickeners to ingredients in a pressure cooker

Always remember that an electric pressure cooker is NOT a stovetop pot. Adding thickeners like flour or starches (like cornstarch) to a combination of ingredients in a pressure cooker isn’t going to instantly make a perfect dish. In fact, you may end up with quite a mess. 

When you add thickeners to a mix of ingredients that are cooking in an electric pressure cooker, it reduces the amount of steam that’s available to cook the food. Pressure cookers require steam to cook food quickly, so reducing the steam will only create poorly cooked food.

But, besides causing a bad food situation, you could also end up with a serious mess of food. If the food isn’t fully cooked but the pressure cooker runs out of liquid, there’s a high potential for burnt food and sticky situations. So, in short, don’t ever put any thickeners in a pressure cooker. 

2. Putting in too much liquid

Generally speaking, it’s a good idea to put in just a little bit more water than you think you need to add when using a pressure cooker. But, putting in way too much liquid can cause disastrous and potentially dangerous results. 

When you add far too much water to a pressure cooker, the cooker could explode. This is because there has to be room for the steam, and pressure cookers don’t allow a lot of evaporation. However, this is only a real problem when you fill the pressure cooker to its limit.

The other less dangerous (but still disastrous) consequence of filling a pressure cooker to its limit is the final food result. Too much water in a pressure cooker may cause the cooked food to be flavorless or over-cooked, meaning that you’d have an upsetting situation to deal with.

3. Combining ingredients in a pressure cooker

It may seem intuitive to combine all the ingredients for one meal into one pressure cooker sequence, but this isn’t actually the best option. Unless you’re following a recipe that specifically says to combine certain ingredients, this is something to be avoided. 

Different foods have different cook times and will probably require different heat and steam settings. When you lump a bunch of foods together, some of them will be over-cooked, some under-cooked, and (possibly), some will be cooked just right. 

Besides being a poor cooking choice, combining ingredients in a pressure cooker can also make it so you accidentally put too much in the cooker. Whenever you overfill a pressure cooker, there’s a potential for danger. Always follow recipes if you plan to combine ingredients. 

4. Choosing inappropriate ingredients

Some ingredients cook well in an electric pressure cooker while others don’t do so hot. Choosing appropriate ingredients to cook in a pressure cooker is key to ensuring that the appliance works at optimal performance. 

There are certain ingredients that fair extremely well when cooked in a pressure cooker. Namely, dried beans and lentils, dried grains, stock ingredients, some vegetables, seafood, and some soups can be made easily in a pressure cooker if you’re following the right recipe. 

Some ingredients should be avoided. There are a few recipes that suggest cooking pasta dishes in a pressure cooker, but this isn’t advisable. Additionally, cooking meats and most vegetables should usually be reserved for the stovetop to ensure that they’re properly cooked. 

5. Purchasing a low quality or oddly sized pressure cooker

Low quality pressure cookers will last for a shorter period of time, but besides that, they may also be prone to glitches and breaks during the cooking process. It’s generally a good idea to invest in a higher quality cooker to ensure that safety functions and insulation are well-made.

Most high-quality pressure cookers are 6-8 liters in size. Other lower quality cookers may come in different sizes, which can severely compromise food quality. Most cook times for different foods are calibrated for pressure cookers of 6-8 liters, so find a cooker that falls in this range.

Plus, oddly sized pressure cookers may come with other flaws. Lower quality cookers are likely to not follow generally accepted specifications for pressure cookers, meaning that the quality of your food may be compromised as well as your safety and pocketbook. 

6. Filling the pressure cooker to the optimal fill line

Do not fill the pressure cooker to the optimal fill line. Ever. Besides compromising the quality of your food, this can cause explosions and serious damage to your pressure cooker. Many pressure cookers have indicator lines on the inside, but if yours doesn’t here’s a trick.

Start by filling the cooker with water (or to a point just below the edge, to be safe). Use three containers of the same size to scoop all the water out of the pressure cooker. Then, pour the contents of 2 of the containers back into the cooker. This is the ⅔ line, which you can then mark. 

Different ingredients must be considered differently. For example, beans cause a lot of froth when they cook, so only filling the pressure cooker about halfway may be the best choice. But, for other foods like vegetables or grains, filling the cooker to only two-thirds capacity is fine. 

7. Overcooking food

Pressure cookers work fast, so it’s easy for amateur cooks to accidentally overcook (or burn) food when using this appliance. No one wants a final result of mushy, flavorless food. Following recipes and instructions are advised to avoid this mistake, especially for beginners. 

Timing is one of the most vital aspects of cooking with a pressure cooker. At first, pressure cooking methods may seem simple, but the truth is that they require thought and a great deal of care in order to be executed properly.

If you’re cooking only one ingredient, experimenting a bit with cook times may be acceptable. But if you’re cooking more than one ingredient or even an entire meal in the pressure cooker, make sure you’re following a well-tested recipes to ensure that you get the best results. 

8. Using the wrong settings

Using an electric pressure cooker requires some finesse since cooks must follow instructions and pay attention to the settings on their cooker. Using the wrong settings can put you in a bad situation, whether it be poorly cooked food or a pressure cooker explosion. 

Setting the appropriate pressure release option is crucial for safely well-cooked food. Plenty of beginners make mistakes with this. With an electric pressure cooker, the pressure release settings are pre-set so some of the guess-work is taken out, but you still have to think carefully.

Additionally, it’s necessary to focus on the heat settings on your electric pressure cooker. Setting the heat setting appropriately is what will ensure well cooked food. Stovetop pressure cookers don’t have the same degree of control over the heat settings, so this is a special bonus. 

9. Cleaning and drying your pressure cooker hastily

Pressure cookers are not like stovetop pots. They require some extra TLC to be able to function properly, and this even extends to the way that they’re cleaned and dried. Some cooks may be surprised by this, but this is by no means something to be overlooked. 

To properly clean a pressure cooker, you need to clean all the parts and pieces of the cooker. Inside and out. The instructions that come with your pressure cooker are likely to include specific instructions on how to clean the appliance effectively and fully. 

Drying the pressure cooker should be acknowledged as a necessary part of maintaining this appliance. Not drying the pressure cooker can cause it to rust, which can result in bad tasting dishes and possible health consequences. Dry the cooker with a microfiber cloth after washing. 

10. Not using enough liquid (or no liquid at all)

This rule goes hand in hand with the aforementioned rule against using too much water in a pressure cooker. Pressure cookers require a fairly generous amount of water, so using too little liquid (or none at all) can cause some seriously yucky situations. 

Pressure cookers use trapped steam to cook food quickly and effectively. Without enough water, the cooker can’t do its job! Make sure you’re following a recipe or a set of guidelines to ensure that you’re putting in enough water (and also to ensure you’re not using too much). 

As another rule of thumb, avoid using milk or other thick liquids in a pressure cooker. For most pressure cooker recipes, water or stock are the best choices because they can produce plenty of steam with which to cook the food. 

11. Avoiding the use of recipes

Even if you’re an experienced cook, if you’ve never used a pressure cooker before you should always be using recipes. Don’t allow yourself to slip into a trap of believing that you know exactly what to do, pressure cookers follow different rules and there’s some learning involved.

But, thankfully, there are a lot of excellent recipes out there to follow! Using recipes can help you learn about your pressure cooker and can also assist you in developing new flavors and cooking methods along the way. Learn from the experts first and then make your own creations to share.

Make sure you find recipes with instructions specifically for electric pressure cooker users. Electric cookers work a bit differently than stovetop cookers, so the pressure cooker related instructions (which you need) may not be accurate for your situation if not otherwise specified. 


Pressure cookers are fabulous, efficient appliances, and electric pressure cookers are even more efficient still. They can be used for an extraordinary number of purposes to cook food cleanly and quickly for almost any meal. 

This appliance is spectacular, but it requires some caution and patience to learn its ways. But fear not. Take heed of these common mistakes and go forth into the kitchen to make some pressure cooker masterpieces!

5 Las Vegas VIP Lounges You Need to Try

VIP lounges come in all varieties, with different services and amenities for their patrons, but Las Vegas stands out for having some of the classiest, most exclusive VIP spots out there. Whether you’re just passing through or are a Vegas native, these VIP lounges will leave you feeling like royalty every time. Keep reading to learn more about these five Las Vegas VIP lounges you need to try.

1. The Foundation Room at Mandalay Bay

Located at the top of the Mandalay Bay building, The Foundation is a lounge you’ll want to experience. With excellent VIP services, you’ll feel like a king (or queen) as you’re treated to some of the best service that Vegas has to offer.

The Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino is already well-known for its high-class service and facilities, and The Foundation Room is no different. The standards of sophistication and elegance are well maintained and encouraged, giving you the chance to enjoy your night out in style.

Featuring bottle service, happy hours, the DEITY dancer experience, and the best in live entertainment, this VIP lounge makes the top of our list and should definitely be included on yours. Stop in tonight to see why this lounge continues to be one of the hottest spots in Vegas.

2. Clique Bar and Lounge

If there’s anything Clique does well, it’s style and comfort. The ultimate VIP experience awaits you at this sophisticated yet casual nightclub, complete with tableside mixology and excellent music. The Las Vegas lounge is home to a staff who are experts in all they do; from serving to mixing drinks to the talented performers who will make your night a memorable one.

Clique is located in The Cosmopolitan, on the Casino floor, so you’ll be able to enjoy both your stay in Vegas and your nightlife in comfort and class. The Cosmo is one of the best-rated hotels in the city, a perfect spot for this incredible lounge.

Open daily from 4 pm to 4 am, the party goes all night. Food is only served until 1 am, so if you want to get your hands on the lounge’s signature wings or deep-fried Oreos, you’ll want to get there a little early.

3. The Voodoo Lounge at Rio

The Voodoo is a rooftop nightclub located on the 50th and 51st floor of The Rio Hotel and Casino, and it’s easy to see what makes this nightclub so special. Sporting an impressive view of the city below, The Voodoo will stimulate all of your senses at once with incredible music, beverages, and a club experience you won’t soon forget.

With some pretty unique drinks, such as The Witch Doctor cocktail, complete with dry ice and rum, The Voodoo stands out as a classy yet laid-back nightclub with more than its share of amenities. Bottle service is available, and you can dine at the famous Voodoo Steakhouse before heading up to the rooftop to dance the night away.

The club opens at 8 pm nightly and has some amazing reviews from patrons and critics alike. What’s not to like about partying 51 floors above street level, the stars above your head, a one-of-a-kind drink in your hand, and a view of the surrounding lights?

4. Apex Social Club at The Palms Resort

Staying at Palms Resort for your visit to sunny Las Vegas? You’ll want to visit the Apex Social Club during your stay for a lesson in sophisticated nightlife and personalized VIP services. Yet another one of Vegas’ signature rooftop-style clubs, The Apex has something to offer party-goers and nightlife enthusiasts alike.

This 8,000 square foot rooftop club provides not only a stunning view of the sky and the surrounding desert, but the city below shines with glistening brilliance as you look down from atop one of the best resorts it has to offer.

With the club’s VIP services, you won’t need to wait in any lines, or even be a part of the rabble of the nightly crowd. With private rooms, bottle service, and friendly staff, you’ll be treated to a VIP experience you won’t soon forget!

Did we mention the incredible art pieces that decorate the floors of the club? A unique architectural scheme makes the inside of this rooftop club something to be seen. Take a tour on the website to learn exactly what we mean. Your curiosity won’t be able to remain unchallenged once you see this dazzling nightclub first hand.

5. Vista Cocktail Lounge at Caeser’s Palace

Caeser’s Palace is one of the most popular spots in Vegas. From the luxury hotel to the stunning Casino, the resort has made a name for itself in style, elegance, and creative architecture. The Vista is the ultimate VIP experience for patrons of Caeser’s and it’s easy to see why.

With stunning decor and a floor plan that is spacious and elegant, you’ll feel comfortable and safe within this laid-back cocktail lounge. Request VIP service for complimentary entry, as well as incredible service from the lounge’s well-trained and professional staff.

The lounge actually gets its name from the advanced LED display of dazzling skylines from all over the world, which are constantly rotating and changing to give you an amazing cinematic experience while you enjoy hand-crafted drinks and VIP service.

With a drinks list to quench your thirst, visually stunning effects, and an atmosphere like no other, The Vista is a must-see destination for nightlife-enthusiasts everywhere.

7 Fast and Effective Tips of Getting Into Ketosis

You’re probably here to learn how to get into ketosis or because you want to speed up the process of entering into ketosis.

Whatever reasons it might be, understand that it’s a bold and beneficial step as ketosis has numerous health benefits.

At its core, ketosis boils down to cutting back on carbs and increasing fat intake; that’s it.

Still, as simple as it might sound, there are things that you can do to get into ketosis easily and quickly.

To help you with that, we’ve prepared this awesome guide below that outline the seven effective tips to get into ketosis.

1) Cutting on Carbs

One of the primary tips that I usually recommend to all those looking to enter into ketosis is to cut back on their carb consumptions. And not just a little, but rather a significant drop in the number of carbs they consume.

In any case, the definition of ketosis is a metabolic state where your body burns fat instead of glucose (sourced from carbs) for fuel. When you’re deprived of carbs, your body has no other option for fuel, and it results in burning fats and proteins.

By and large, cutting down your carb consumption is the greatest tip you can perform to enter into ketosis quickly.

Ideally, you should aim to have 20g of carbs daily, but this unit is personalized as some might achieve ketosis using this number, while others might even take double the amount and still experience ketosis.

Whatever, the case, the basic fact is that you should limit on cutting carbs and more importantly, learn the signs of ketosis.

2) Ramp Up Your Physical Activities

Exercising is energy intensive, and this is to mean that when you engage in rigorous activities, you’ll expend energy, thereby using your glycogen stores.

Typically, the glycogen stores are replenished by using or carbs, or rather when you eat carbohydrates after exercising.

However, when you’re on a low-carb diet, or rather restricting your carb intake as we mentioned above, your glycogen levels will remain low.

In response, your liver generates more of ketones, which will now be used as an alternative source of fuel, and this will help you achieve a state of ketosis.

However, it’s important to understand that it may take some time, roughly 2-4 weeks before your body acclimates to the use of ketones after exercises.

3) Increase Healthful Fat Intake

Pinging back on our first tip; with a decreased carb intake, our bodies tend to shift to using fat as the alternative means of energy.

Therefore, increasing the levels of healthy fat is a good way to achieve ketosis. However, while at it, we insist that you only consume the true healthy fats, which include coconut oils, olive oil, avocado oils, flaxseed oil, among others.

Again, if you’re looking to lose weight through ketosis, it’s also essential that you take into account the number of calories you’re consuming.

4) Use of Keto Supplements

There’s an increased usage in the keto diet and keto supplements, and this is for a good reason.

Keto supplements offer a quick, easy and convenient way of achieving ketosis using proven procedures.

Unlike the other tips on our list, keto supplements come as a complete package, and most importantly, provide the convenience of achieving ketosis.

However, when picking a supplement for ketosis, you need to choose those with excellent review ratings.

5) Maintain High Protein Intake

Proteins are the building blocks in our bodies, and they’re used to build muscles mass.

While trying to achieve ketosis, proteins are of the essence and will help to avoid the mass wasting of muscles.

More importantly, proteins provide the essential amino acids to your livers, and this allows it to continue with normal function.

Remember that the liver is responsible for the production of ketones, and keeping it fully functional is of the essence.

6) Fasting

Fasting is yet another effective way of entering into ketosis.

Fasting entails going without food for several hours, and research finding indicates it can help you go into ketosis in between meals.

Under controlled environments, doctors may also recommend that you go for intense fasting for between 24-48 hours.

Fat fasting is yet another form of fasting that involves cutting down of carb consumption entirely and rather focusing on eating healthy fats for 2-3 days.

7) Test your Ketones Levels and Adjust as Needed

As we hand mentioned earlier, entering into ketosis is a highly personalized approach, and what works for me may not necessarily work for you.

 It’s, therefore, necessary that you regularly test your ketones levels, and using the findings, you can adjust our diet accordingly for optimal results.

7 Tips for Purchasing Budget Kitchenware

When you’re looking to revamp your kitchen or by anyone, it can be quite costly. Before you go and to the store and start picking out new appliances, make sure that you’ve done your research and know exactly how to purchase these items on the cheap. Here, we’ve come up with seven ingenious ways which will help you purchase kitchenware on the cheap.

1. Think About Shopping

A key mistake that one can make with their new kitchen is to waste time buying items that they don’t really need. Do you need one of the best mixing bowls or high tech juicers? In order to provide some clarity, it’s good practice to think about what items you’ll really require by creating a shopping list and thinking about some common menus you use. By doing this, you’ll know exactly what specialty equipment you need to invest in.

2. Stick To A Budget

It may come as an obvious point, but this is sometimes overlooked. Acquiring new equipment for your kitchen can be an expensive task, so it’s important to plan, set a budget and really stick to it! It’s all about the balance between what you can afford and quality items. Of course, you will always want the highest quality, but determine which items you need the most and prioritize these in your budget.

3. Space

It’s important to consider how much space you have in your kitchen. When you’re looking for that budget item, consider how it will fit in with the space that you have. A lot of people can make the error of buying equipment without having measured the space in their kitchen, and if it doesn’t fit then this can be a disaster. Make sure that you pay attention to all of the dimensions of appliances you want to purchase. If you want to buy an appliance online, see if you can view it in a store first – this can get you familiar with space it will take up in your kitchen.

4. Energy Star

All appliances come with two different price tags – the first is the cost of purchase and the second is the cost of running. When you’re looking at all the different appliances and kitchen equipment out there, a great way pinpointing products that are cost-effective is to look for the Energy Star label. When you see this, you will know that this product will be energy efficient and provide you with long-term savings.

So what exactly is this rating and how will you know when you’ll be able to save money? The Energy Star rating is a government-backed initiative which indicates that appliances energy-efficient. This can allow people to make well-informed decisions about how much they going to pay for the cost of running an appliance. It is saved about $30 billion in the United States energy costs since it was founded and is due to save much more money.

5. Warranty

When you’re looking for new equipment, it can be helpful to think of associated future costs, so do consider the warranty of the product. Do remember giving the fine print a read to see how long the warranty lasts. Warranties can save a lot of money down the line, so do take them into consideration when you’re shopping at kitchenware stores. Typical warranties tend to last around 12 months, but some manufacturers may offer longer warranties so that more people buy their products.

A warranty is great for when your product breakdown as you won’t need to pay more, however, one should always be wary of purchasing extended warranties, i.e. Additional time that you can have for your appliance. Sometimes it is just not worth going down this path and may, in fact, be much cheaper to purchase a new appliance when it bites the dust after some time. This is because of increases in technological advances and decreasing costs of your appliance over time.

6. Online Shopping – Kitchenware On The Cheap

If you’re looking at where to buy cheap kitchenware, the online world is probably your best bet. Auction websites where you can buy items second hand is a great way of saving money. There’s a whole world out there just full of used types of kitchenware for you to purchase and make substantial savings.

7. Ex Display Items

There are plenty of places to buy items that used to be on display for an absolute bargain. Looking on websites such as The Used Kitchen Company can even find the whole kitchens including appliances and a complete kitchenware set so you won’t have to think about what matches and fits.

Wrap Up

We hope that with the tips provided today, you’ll be able to purchase kitchenware on the cheap. It needn’t always break the bank, so do consider your spending habits, where and how you can buy. Remember not to skimp on quality, because appliances should last – you won’t want to buy something cheap and have to replace it on a regular basis. If you haven’t got the cash, clever budgeting will do and you can have the appliances that you really want. Every kitchen deserves great items and every item deserves a great price.

Do you have any tips about how to purchase appliances on the cheap? Please send us your comments below.

About The Author:

Jerry Fisher is a self-confessed food lover and kitchen fanatic! He has over 10 years of experience working in the kitchen industry and used to be the VP of sales for one of the leading kitchen retailers in the UK. He is a contributor and writer for many home decor websites and blogs.

5 Delicious Way to Cook Your Meals With Leftover Liquor

We all have parties, or gatherings, where there is one too many liquor bottles leftover.  Typically during a holiday or special occasion like a birthday. You may think the easiest thing to do is to just drink it, or worse, throw it away – GASP!

Neither option is optimal, so maybe you can try cooking it. Over the years, I have gathered up some go-to recipes that turned my leftover bottles into ingredients. I want to share a few ways you can turn your liquor into breakfast, lunch, and dinner meals.

Whiskey Bacon

Bacon has got to be hands down my all time favorite side dish and addition. It just makes everything better! If you agree, then this recipe is going to knock your socks off.

Whiskey bacon is like bacon candy. Basically you only need 4 simple ingredients that you will most likely have in your pantry already. I learned about this recipe back in 2018 and I haven’t cooked bacon another way since.

Common Leftover Whiskeys

  • Jack Daniels Tennessee Whiskey
  • Jameson Irish Whiskey
  • Maker’s Mark Bourbon Whiskey
  • Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey


You’ll need very little to make a meal really stand out. A YouTuber named Ry (Cooking With Ry) made shared this recipe when he made his whiskey bacon burger, and I found a use for it in other places!


  • Cast Iron Skillet (preferred) / Fry Pan


  • 10-12 slices of bacon
  • 1.5 tsp Butter
  • 1 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 0.5 shot of Leftover Whiskey


  1. Pre-heat the skillet on medium high heat.
  2. Add strips of bacon altogether. Depending on what you’re cooking it for, you can organize them or just drop them into the skillet making it one big piece of bacon .
  3. Let one entire side cook and crips up before turning it over. About 4 minutes, depending on the thickness of the bacon.
  4. Turn over the bacon and repeat step 3 until the bacon is as crisp as you like it. I like it on the floppier side so it still has some flexibility.
  5. Remove skillet from heat and pour off some of that bacon grease for later. Odds are you will have a lot of grease which you can re-use for frying eggs or cooking beef.
  6. While the pan is off the heat, add butter, brown sugar, and whiskey. I used Jack Daniels.

(Pro Tip: Be careful that the whiskey is added away from the hot stove top. Safety first!)

  1. Return the pan to the hot stove on medium heat and mix everything together until the butter and sugar is melted, and the bacon is caramelized.

Take this recipe and add it to you breakfast meals, BLT sandwiches, Club sandwiches, burgers, or even baked beans if you want to get really creative.

Beer Braised Sausages

I never explored the possibilities of cooking with sausages before this year. I was yearning for a different flavor besides chicken and beef, and thought i would give Italian Sausage a try. I’m so happy I did!

Beer braised sausages has got to be my all time favorite recipe. Since I was new to the sausage game, I turned to Tastemade for help. It’s 5 ingredients and less than 30 minutes!

Common Leftover Beers

  • Heineken (My Favorite)
  • Stella Artois
  • Coors Light
  • Blue Moon


This Tastemade Beer Braised Sausage recipe includes a side recipe for homemade mustard. Personally, I don’t love mustard, but if I’d want it, I would just buy it. Sorry Tastemade, but I only needed the sausages!


  • Skillet or Dutch Oven


  • 6-8 Mild Italian Sausages
  • (1) 12oz Leftover Beer bottle
  • 1 tsp of Olive Oil
  • 2 cloves of garlic, peeled
  • 2 sprigs of fresh Oregano — or 1 tbsp of dried Oregano
  • 1 tbsp of Crushed red pepper (optional!)


  1. Add Olive oil to skillet / dutch oven over medium to high heat.
  2. Add garlic and let it brown up.
  3. Add Italian Sausages until brown on all sides.
  4. Once browned, flip over, and add the beer to simmer the sausages. I used Heineken.

(Pro Tip: Pour the beer slowly as it will foam up and spill over if added too quickly.)

  1. Add the sprigs of Oregano and crushed red peppers for extra spice.
  2. Bring the sausages and beer to a boil, and then let it simmer for about 8-10 minutes until the alcohol is cooked down. This will keep caramelize the sausages and keep them juicy.

Slice these sausages up and dip it in homemade mustard (as recommended) or BBQ sauce and mashed potatoes. You can also slice them and add to a homemade pizza or pasta dish. The possibilities are there!

Beer Battered… Anything

Honesty time: I hate getting burned. Which is what keeps me from deep frying a lot of delicious foods. However, my mom doesn’t have that fear, and she has a really yummy batter that she taught me.

Common Leftover Beers (continued)

  • Corona
  • Miller Lite
  • Guinness
  • Dos Equis


Beer batter is so simple, it hurts (not literally). Again, you only need a few ingredients, three to be exact, and you have the base for crispy chicken or fish.


  • A mixing bowl
  • Fork or Whisk


  • 1 cup of rice flour
  • 2 cups of all purpose flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 Leftover Bottle of beer


  1. Sift each flour into the bowl. This will add air to the mixture.
  2. Gradually add the beer onto the flour mix until you get a creamy consistency. You may not need to use the entire bottle. I used Corona.
  3. Add the eggs and mix well.

Pro Tip: Make the batter the day, or morning, before you use it. The longer it sits, the better the crispiness when you fry the protein.

You can use this batter to make Fish n’ Chips, Fried Chicken, or even fried cauliflower for a vegetarian dish.   

Penne Alla Vodka

The first time I ever tasted penne pasta in vodka sauce, I was a Wolfgang’s Steakhouse. On their menu, they have a Pasta of the Day option. After that, I began to scout vodka pasta sauces, but of the storebought sauces tasted half as delicious.

I took to the internet to find a good penne alla vodka recipe and found The Cozy Cook. They have a delicious recipe for the pasta, which includes chicken. At the restaurant, I didn’t have protein with the disk, so I skipped that part. You can too!

Common Leftover Vodkas

  • Grey Goose – all of them
  • Smirnoff
  • Tito’s (My Favorite)
  • Skyy


The Cozy Cook’s recipe is very simple once you remove the protein element. It only takes about half an hour to make. If you separate the sauce from pasta, you can even freeze the sauce in the fridge for five days and have leftovers.  

The following is their penne alla vodka with chicken recipe, without the chicken.


  • Deep skillet or saute pan (preferred) – for the sauce
  • 2-3qt saucepan with a lid – for pasta
  • Spatula, wooden or silicone is recommended to avoid scratching the pan.


  • (1) 8oz box of penne pasta
  • 3 tbsp of butter
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 cup vodka — I used Tito’s Handmade Vodka
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 jar of marinara sauce
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • Crushed red pepper flakes (optional)
  • ½ cup Parmesan cheese grated (optional)
  • fresh parsley (optional)


  1. Prepare the penne pasta according to package instructions. Drain and set aside.
    (Pro Tip: To save time, boil the pasta while the chicken sears.)
  2. In skillet or saucepan over medium heat, melt 2 Tablespoons of butter and use a spatula to release some of the browned bits from the bottom of the pan.
  3. Add the diced onions and cook until they have softened and begin to caramelize. Add the garlic and cook for an additional minute.
  4. Add the vodka to the pan and cook for 3-5 minutes. I used Tito’s.
  5. Once browned, reduce the heat to low, and add the diced tomatoes and marinara sauce. Stir in the heavy cream.
  6. Sprinkle in the red pepper flakes and add the final Tablespoon of butter.
  7. Add in the pasta and use the spatula to stir until the penne is evenly covered.

(Pro Tip: This part is optional, as you can keep the pasta and sauce separate, and use the leftover sauce in the future.)

  1. Top with Parmesan and chopped parsley to serve!

You can certainly experiment with the types of pasta and meats you add. Chicken breast is simply the best protein because it doesn’t overpower the sauce.

Red Wine Marinade

The best use out of leftover red wine is to marinate your meet in it. Personally, when I want to marinate chicken or steak, I use spices that have laying around, which is how I stumbled upon red wine in my marinade.

Common Leftover Red Wines

  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Malbec
  • Merlot
  • Pinot Noir


This recipe is all mine, and you can switch it up to your liking, and use it for meats such as chicken or steaks.


  • A mixing bowl
  • Fork (optional)
  • Deep Tupperware or a large ziplock back


  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tbsp crushed red pepper
  • 1 Sazon Goya packet
  • 1-2 tsp of garlic, minced
  • A quarter of an onion, diced
  • 0.5 tsp of cumin, podwered or ground
  • 1 cup of Red Wine
  • 1 tbsp of Red wine vinegar
  • 0.5 tsp of Balsamic Vinegar
  • 2 tbsp of lime juice
  • 0.5 cup of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tbsp of Worcestershire sauce (Steaks Only)


  1. Clean your meat of choice: chicken or steak.
  2. First use all of the dry ingredients: salt, peppers, cumin, and Sazon Goya. You’re going to use these as a dry rub for your meat on both sides.
  3. Place your meat into the Tupperware/ziplock bag.
  4. Add all wet ingredients: onion, garlic, EV Olive Oil, lime juice, vinegars, and your red wine. I used Jordan Cabernet Sauvignon.

(Pro Tip: You’ll find that your leftover wine has more flavors than any cooking wine you can find in the store.)

  1. Mix the meat in the Tupperware/ziplock bag and seal it. Place in the fridge for 3-12 hours before cooking.