Jim the Home Cook
Jim the Home Cook is the creator of Home Cook World. Here, he shares his best cooking tips, how-to’s, recipes, and equipment for people who like to cook and eat at home.

9 Appetizers and Salads to Serve at a BBQ

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There’s nothing like a good old barbecue. Get your family and friends together, put beers in the fridge, and fire up the grill for dinner. No matter if you’re making barbecue beef, pork, or chicken, here’s a list of delicious appetizers and salads to pair with the meat.

These appetizers and salads for BBQ are so good, they may even outshine your main course! Check them out and include them to the spread the next time you have a crowd in your backyard.

12 Cooking Skills for Beginners

Beginner cooking skillsConscious Design (via Unsplash)

So you want to start cooking at home, but have never done it before?

The good news is that cooking is just like any other acquired skill: you don’t need to be born with natural talent to become good at it.

Though cooking is often tricky at first, the truth is that anyone can become a great cook. All it takes is a little knowledge—and plenty of practice!

In this post, I’m going to teach you the X most essential cooking skills for beginners, so that you can fire up the stove and get started with your first salads, fried eggs, and browned steak.

So keep on reading if I’ve got you curious.

7 Delicious Ways to Cook Eggs at Home

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From French omelette to boiled, fried, scrambled, deviled, and poached eggs… eggs are a truly tasty, versatile, and affordable ingredient in your home kitchen.

Cooking eggs is all about two things: (1) technique and (2) timing. If you get these two right, you’ll make eggs like a Michelin star chef every time you fire up your stove.

Check out our list of 7 classic and easy-to-follow recipes that you can get inspired from to cook perfect eggs for breakfast, lunch, brunch, and dinner.

How to Pair Cheese with Italian Food the Right Way

Parmigiano Reggiano

From Neapolitan pizza and Bolognese lasagne to spaghetti alla carbonara and pasta al pomodoro, Italian cuisine has some of the most deliciously simple meals you can eat. And for any home cook, making Italian meals at home can be an art, craft, and mediation.

As in any cuisine, knowing how to pair cheese with Italian food can elevate your home-cooked Italian meals to a new height.

So here’s our round-up of the best cheese pairings for pizza, pasta, and lasagne.

Black Pepper vs. White Pepper

Black Pepper vs. White PepperDidier Descouens (via Wikimedia Commons)

Pepper is the culinary spice made by grinding peppercorns, the dried berries of one of 3,600 species of small trees, shrubs, and herbs in the Piperaceae plant family. The species in this family are pantropical, which means they grow throughout the tropical regions of the earth.

In order of magnitude, Vietnam, Indonesia, India, Brazil, and China are the world’s biggest producers of pepper. They produce respectively 163, 89, 53, 42, and 31 kilotons of pepper per year (1 kiloton = 1,000 tons).

How to Clean Your Knife After Cutting Raw Meat

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A friend once got so sick after eating out at a local restaurant, she had to be hospitalized. The doctor told her it was salmonella—a type of bacteria that’s commonly found in food like poultry, eggs, and others. Turned out the kitchen staff hadn’t followed basic hygiene practices and had cut raw meat with the same knife and on the same board as they sliced her salad.

Then, cross-contamination happened. Cross-contamination is when bacteria and other microorganisms get accidentally transferred from one food to another. And it’s not just specific to restaurants; your home kitchen and home cooked meals are just as vulnerable. This is why kitchen hygiene is important for every home cook.

We use cooking knives to cut raw meat, slice and dice fruits and vegetables, and chop spices. I don’t know about you, but my chef’s knife is my most used cooking tool in the kitchen. This is why it’s so critical to sanitize your knife after every use to avoid cross-contamination.

In this post, we’re going to look at what kitchen hygiene rules you should follow to keep your knife clean and safe after cutting raw meat.

Should You Use Different Cutting Boards for Meat and Produce?

Should You Use Different Cutting Boards for Meat and Produce?Aksenya /Shutterstock

Cutting boards are must-have kitchen tools for home cooks. They protect your knives and keep your counter clean. They also have another function that’s often neglected: to protect your food from cross-contamination.

Raw red meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs can spread bacteria to other foods. Because of their pores, cutting boards can be a friendly environment to these bacteria (on some occasions, even after they’ve been washed). If you use the same cutting board for meat and eggs as you do for produce and cheeses, you can transfer bacteria to them. This is called cross-contamination.

Should you use different cutting boards for meat and produce? Yes, you should use one cutting board for meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs, and another one for produce, cheeses, and ready-to-eat foods. This way, you can avoid cross-contamination.

All You Want to Know About the Hero Sandwich

All You Want to Know About the Hero Sandwich

The hero sandwich is one of New Yorkers’ all-time favorite foods. Sliced meat, cheese, and veggies inside a large Italian bread roll makes for a delicious and filling meal any time of day.

If you’re curious to see some facts about the hero sandwich, you’re reading the right post. Who created it? Why is it called that way in the first place? How can you make a hero sandwich at home? What’s the difference between a hero sandwich and a sub, grinder, hoagie, wedge, spuckie?