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My father used to say, “Chuck doesn’t do anything in halves.” He was right: sometimes its a virtue and sometimes a curse. He and my mother taught me to cook, sometimes using cookbooks, like Julia Child's, but more frequently just winging it. This site is a roller coaster ride of recipes, articles, ingredients and anything else that involves cooking and presenting food. There is something here for everybody from beginners to experts.

Cooking Temps

Chicken breast 165, Chicken thigh 170 or more. Pork med well 145, Pork med 140, Rack of lamb med rare 131, Beef very rare 125, Beef rare 130,Beef med rare 135, Duck Breast 126, Salmon med 118, Disclaimer: USDA stds dictate much higher temps. To be super safe, cook everything until it is dry and crunchy, then toss it in the trash

Giant Skillet

In my article Outdoor Cooking on Cast Iron, I mention some brands of 20" skillets. If you are interested in getting a real deal, authentic, collectible skillet, go to eBay and enter vintage cast iron lodge 20 skillet. They sell for around $250 including shipping. Bullet proof cookware that can be used for generations. 20" across not including the handles. get a good propane burner here Fantastic for parties!