Cookina: Cooking sheet for BBQ & Oven!

 

 

 

 

 

Cookina:  Cooking Sheets for BBQ, Oven & Microwave!

Cookina Products 

Reviewed by: Nicole

 

Note:  Kim Lybrand PR graciously supplied me with samples of Cookina barbeque, Cookina cuisine, and Cookina gard for review.  No other compensation was received.  The review in this post is honest and my own.

 

Gift Guide Age Recommendation:­  18+

 

Review

Cooking creates a lot of messes.  Dirty baking sheets, spills in your oven, charred bits stuck to your grill…  but, does it have to?  Evidently not!

 

Cookina products make bbq cooking and baking a lot easier!  Since it is -7 Fahrenheit, my grilling days are few right now.  But, I am looking forward to the first warm day when I can fire up my grill and use my Cookina.  They are safe up to 500 degrees and can be placed directly on your grill.  No more stuck meat on your grates or veggies falling into the flame!  Best part?  The Cookina is thin enough that you still get grill lines!

 

For now, I am using my Cookina indoors.  I’ve used the BBQ sheet, which was easily trimmed to fit my half sheet baking pan, for buttered carrots.  These normally create a big mess.  Not this time!  Clean up was super easy.  Warm water + Soap + Soft rag = one clean Cookina.  All I had to do was roll it up and store it inside it’s storage ring.

  Cookina Aluminum Foil   Cookina Used Aluminum Foil

            I also tested the Cookina Cuisine sheet.  Again, it was super easy to trim to my baking sheet.   I decided that gooey cinnamon rolls would be a good test.  And, after I lifted the rolls from the Cookina, there was almost no residue left to clean!  I’m loving the addition of Cookina products in my kitchen.  And, my husband loves that I can spend less time cleaning up after dinner!
Cookina ParchmentCookina Used Parchment

Who would like this gift? 

I think the barbeque sheets would be an excellent stocking stuffer for the avid griller in your life.  The cuisine sheets would be a great stocking stuffer for anyone who enjoys baking or who cooks a lot in their oven.  The Cookina Gard oven proctectors would be ideal for novice cooks (who are likely to spill), home chefs (boil overs are not fun to clean), and the elderly who might not be able to clean their oven easily.

 

Or, you could pair a few Cookina sheets with other baking and/or grilling accessories as a combo gift for your friends and family!

 Where to Buy 

Cookina can be purchased at Walmart,  Costco and more Locations.

You can also purchase Cookina at Amazon!

Throwing a 4th of July BBQ

4th of July

4th of July

Throwing a 4th of July BBQ is easy with these great tips from my friend Sara Stringer with sarasblogging.  

Thank you Sara for this guest post.  You have given us a lot of terrific success secrets for our 4th of July BBQ!

It’s summer and you know what that means: chilling in the backyard on the weekends, having the whole neighborhood over for barbecue, grilling and picnic fare. Understandably you want these get-togethers to be perfect. Here are some tips to help you get as close to perfection as possible.

Stray from the Norm

Obviously you’re probably going to want to do burgers, hot dogs, maybe some chicken.  But what about varying the menu a little bit?

Shish Kabobs are usually a big crowd pleaser—and easy to make vegetarian for the vegetarians and vegans in your midst.

Make your own fruit salad. Anybody can dump a few cans of fruit cocktail into a bowl. Instead, why not try the following recipe:

You’ll need:

A bunch of your favorite fruit: grapes, strawberries, apples, whatever.

Lemon juice – one lemon’s worth

Lemon zest—one lemon’s worth

1/3 cups of very light corn syrup

What You Do:

Cut up the fruit into manageable sized bites. Make sure that the skins, rinds and peels are removed. Toss the fruit chunks into a big bowl. Aim to have at least six cups worth of cut up fruit.

In a smaller bowl combine your lemon zest, lemon juice and corn syrup and mix thoroughly.

Pour the glaze over the fruit and toss until everything is coated equally.

The great thing about this recipe is that it is easy to adjust depending on the size of your party or gathering. Less for fewer people, more for more. You can also adjust it according to taste to make it more “lemony” or less.

Simple is Best

Decorating for an outdoor event presents a unique set of challenges. It’s easy to go overboard, trying to make things festive. The truth is that, with backyard barbecues and neighborhood block parties, less is very often more.

Tables: instead of paper, go for vinyl (or easily wipe-offable) table cloths—but don’t buy them pre-made! It’s super easy to make your own. Simply take a trip to your local fabric shop and see what they have in stock (it’s helpful to have some coupons for JoAnn’s in your pocket before you get to the store). You can buy a few yards of fabric and cut them and hem them up to fit the tables you’ve got on hand. Then, after the party simply wipe them off, fold them up and store them until the next get together.

Centerpieces: Find some large (widely mouthed) glass vases. Fill them up a third of the way with sand. Place tall fat candles (white looks the most elegant) in the sand.  The weight of the sand will help the candle stay “anchored” and will keep the vases from toppling over. The vases, in turn will keep tablecloths from blowing away. The flame from the candles will be safe within the vase but the smoke drifting out will help keep bugs away from peoples’ food.

Clean Up

At the end of the summer, go through all of your supplies. The great thing about what we’ve talked about here is that everything is affordable. If you have to toss it out due to wear and tear, you won’t mind very much and you can easily (and cheaply) replace it all next year.

The one exception is the grill. Look at your grill when grilling season is over. If it looks like it’s getting worn down, you can use the following fall and winter season to scour the internet looking for sales or an online Black Friday deal to help you replace it before the next season starts.  Waiting until next summer only guarantees an expensive purchase.

What are some of the things you’ve done to make your backyard barbecues as perfect as possible?

July 4th

Happy 4th of July!

Crock-Pot Seasoning BBQ Pulled Pork Mix Review

Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes have just been released in stores and what better time of year than fall to review these down-home, comfort food creations!  Any time of year is perfect for crock pot cooking.  In the spring and summer, crock pot cooking helps keep your kitchen cool.  In the fall and winter, crock pot cooking allows you to create delicious soups, stews and main dishes that are full of that wonderful slow cooked flavor.

I think the Crock-Pot Seasoning Mixes are really exciting!  They are a big time saver for a busy cook and allow you to create easy and creative main dishes with only a few ingredients.  There are currently three mixes that are available:

  • BBQ Pulled Pork
  • Savory Pot Roast Mix
  • Hearty Beef Stew Mix

The BBQ Pulled Pork was first on my list!  As many of you know, I have deep Southern roots and BBQ is near and dear to my heart. ( In fact, I was shocked when I moved north and discovered that there is not one BBQ barn, shack, or restaurant within a 60 mile radius of here!)

I made the BBQ Pulled Pork exactly as the directions on the packet suggested.  I used a  3 pound Boston Butt roast along with the Crock-Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning Mix, 1/2 cup ketchup, 1/2 cup dark  brown sugar, 1/3 cup cider vinegar and 1 cup water.  I cannot even begin to describe the wonderful aromas that came drifting out of my kitchen as the pulled pork cooked away in the crock-pot all day!

At the end of the cooking time, I “pulled” the pork……

……and served it up on buns!

I LOVED the flavor of this pulled pork!  It reminded me of BBQ I used to eat in the South —-sweet yet spicy.  I will definitely make this again ( and again ) when I’m in the BBQ mood. 

The Crock-Pot Seasoning Web Site  has additional recipes you can make that are creative uses for these mixes.  I can’t wait to try their recipe for BBQ Apple Pork Chops!  Thick pork chops cook in the slow cooker with onion, apples, apple juice, white vinegar, mustard and of course the Crock-Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning Mix.  It looks absolutely wonderful!  I’ll be reviewing the other mixes as well, but for now…..I’m thinking about having another Pulled Pork Sandwich!

Note:  I received the Crock-Pot BBQ Pulled Pork Seasoning Mix to use in the review.  No compensation was received.  These are my true and honest opinions. 

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