Strawberry Rhubarb Coffee Cake

Written by LeAnn R. Ralph

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Top Layer:

1 cup flour 3/4 cup brown sugar 1/2 cup butter or margarine

Put all ingredients into a mixing bowl. Use a fork to cutrepparttar butter/margarine intorepparttar 113214 flour and brown sugar. Continue mixing until crumbly. Sprinkle overrepparttar 113215 rhubarb layer.

Bake at 375 degrees for 70 minutes or until a knife inserted inrepparttar 113216 center comes out clean.

For an added treat, serve with whipped cream or vanilla ice cream.


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Barbecue Success With The Rule Of Thirds

Written by Les Brand

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A further mistake was to overfillrepparttar grill. Completely filling it leaves no room to manoeuvrerepparttar 113213 food. Youíre not able to turn it for even cooking and youíve no space to moverepparttar 113214 food to a lower heat. Assuming that youíre usingrepparttar 113215 rule of thirds as described above, , when you first start cooking, leave emptyrepparttar 113216 area ofrepparttar 113217 grill above where youíve placed no coals. Youíve then space to moverepparttar 113218 cooked food into. Secondly, donít packrepparttar 113219 cooking part ofrepparttar 113220 grill with food. Leave room to comfortably turn your food.

A second problem caused when over fillingrepparttar 113221 grill is to use foods that require different cooking times. Whenrepparttar 113222 coals are first ready to use, theyíre at their hottest. This isrepparttar 113223 time to cook small, thin items of food that can be cooked in a short time with a high heat. These include items like sausages, burgers, kebabs and small pieces of meat offrepparttar 113224 bone. Donít forget that food, such as burgers and sausages, drip fat and juices ontorepparttar 113225 charcoal during cooking and itís this that causes flare-ups. So youíll need to constantly watchrepparttar 113226 items of food and move them to an area of lower heat if necessary (did I mentionrepparttar 113227 rule of thirds? ). Afterrepparttar 113228 heat has died down somewhat, start grilling food that takes a little longer to grill like chops and steaks and meat onrepparttar 113229 bone. Finally whenrepparttar 113230 heat is even lower, grill food like fruit kebabs that really only need heating through.

Last, but not least, our imaginary chef stabs his food with a barbecue fork to turn it over. Duringrepparttar 113231 initially few minutes of grilling,repparttar 113232 heat sealsrepparttar 113233 surface ofrepparttar 113234 meat, sealing inrepparttar 113235 juices. Whenrepparttar 113236 meat is stabbedrepparttar 113237 juices flow out ontorepparttar 113238 coals, causingrepparttar 113239 meat to dry out and become tough, and producing a flare up which burnsrepparttar 113240 food. When turning food, always use barbecue tongs.

With a charcoal barbecue controllingrepparttar 113241 heat is difficult. Instead you need to ensure that you cook your individual items of food atrepparttar 113242 most appropriate time and that you have separate areas of heat. Userepparttar 113243 rule of thirds to provide separate areas of heat. When cooking your food, first grill quick cook food whenrepparttar 113244 coals are at their hottest. Second, cook food that requires cooking at a mid temperature for a longer time. Thirdly, cook food that needs a low heat. Another rule of thirds!

Les runs The Barbecue Hut website that provides free and useful information about barbecue grills and smokers, and also includes a wide selection of free recipes. He is also author of The Char Grill Chat newsletter. Website:


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