The Best Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookies


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If you’ve ever attempted to make chocolate chip cookies from scratch, it’s highly likely the recipe you used was the Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe found on the bag of Nestle Toll House Chocolate Chips. And I’m going to go out on a limb and say you liked it. You should, it’s a kick-ass recipe. And considering how many of us buy pre-made store bought cookies, the occasional scratch cookie is always going to be better. Always.

But what if I told you we could make it better. I’m not talking about a different recipe. God knows there are thousands of chocolate chip cookie recipes out there and I’ve made my share of them. But you find yourself going back to the staples. Back to the workhorse recipes like Nestle’s.

Today I’m going to tell you a few things you can do to elevate this recipe to a whole new level. Read more

How to Add Wheels to Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker for Easier Smoking

Add Wheels to Smokey Mountain Cooker

I love Weber grills. I’m just going to say it. I love them. They are relatively inexpensive and great quality. I have a Weber Charcoal, a Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker and I’m eyeing a Weber Spirit gas grill for fast outside cooking when it gets too hot to cook inside.

I’m working on an inexpensive outdoor kitchen right now, which I’ll blog about soon. Of course one of the most important aspects of every outdoor kitchen is your grill or cooking apparatus. Whether it’s a charcoal or gas grill, you have to build your kitchen to work with what you have.

Since I have two Webers and hopefully a third coming soon, I built my kitchen differently. Instead of building around the grills, I’m instead making the grills adapt to the kitchen. Basically, I want my grills to be mobile. I have essentially created a bullpen for the grills. I line them up and only pull out the one I need at the time and then park it next to my kitchen. With the Weber Charcoal grill, it comes with wheels and a handle so you can move it around.

The Smokey Mountain Cooker, however, is super lame and doesn’t have wheels. You pretty much plant it and leave it there for its entire life. Or if you want to move it, you have to take it apart and move the pieces or carry the entire thing.

That just doesn’t work for me. Read more

How to Make the Perfect Arnold Palmer

Some people in the south call it swamp water. Some people call it half and half but its true name is Arnold Palmer and it’s the greatest drink ever bestowed upon man by the god Dionysus.

In its simplest terms it’s part iced tea and part lemonade.

It starts with your iced tea.

Okay, so although I said I would tell you how to make a perfect iced tea, the reality is some of this will depend on your setup and how you like it. But “how to…” titles get more clicks. So you’ve been duped. Deal with it.  Read more

How to Smoke Brisket on a Charcoal Grill

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I live in LA but I’m from Texas. I usually drop that little nugget right after I tell someone my name. Just to get it out there. I like to see the reactions of people from around here when I say it. Most people give me this sort of “oh, poor you” look. They joke about cowboy hats and boots. They ask about guns or if I’m really lucky, it’ll be someone who expounds on race, politics or religion in Texas. Basically everyone in California has an opinion on Texas and Texans and to tell you the truth, they’re all bullshit. Even the people that lived there before have no clue what they’re talking about.

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