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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.

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!

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