Recent Posts by Marsha Hosein

8 Signs That a Chimney Repair Is Needed

I’m too old to get on the roof anymore, so how do I know if any chimney repairs are necessary? Do you know if your chimney is in good condition? Whether you have just moved into your house or living there for a while, you should verify the condition of your chimney periodically. A nationally…
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World Cuisine: How to Explore New Recipes This Summer

Whether you've traveled the world, read about it or enjoyed travel videos, there's always something to be discovered about food. We don’t want to overlook the simplest way of tasting world cuisine. Traditional foods and international recipes are best enjoyed in the comfort of your home. With the right equipment, you can enjoy trying new…
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6 Tips on Creating a Hygge Outdoor Space for Homeowners

Your living space is cozy and inviting, your kitchen inspires lavish dinners, and your bedroom is an oasis. But what about your backyard? Outdoor spaces can often become an afterthought when decorating a home. Don't let your beautiful outdoor space go to waste. Use these six tips to transform your backyard into a magical hygge…
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Summer Fireplace Decor Ideas to Prepare for a New Season

The temperature is rising, which means saying goodbye to your beloved fireplace. It's kept you and your family warm and cozy all winter long, but you'll soon have no use for it, right? Wrong! Your fireplace can be the star of the room, regardless of the season. It's already the focal point of your space,…
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Steven Raichlen’s Brisket ’Steaks’ with Shallot Sage Butter

A chef there had the genius idea to cook thick slabs of barbecued brisket on a screaming hot grill, just as you would a New York strip. This gave the brisket a sizzling, crusty exterior that lay midway between traditional barbecued brisket and steak, with a handsome smoky crosshatch of grill marks. It’s also a great way to repurpose leftover barbecued brisket!

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Steven Raichlen’s Vietnamese Crispy Brisket Salad

This aromatic salad pinballs that traditional Vietnamese quintet of flavors—salty fish sauce, sour lime juice, sweet sugar, pungent garlic, and fiery chiles—with crispy, meaty shreds of smoky brisket and fresh mint, cilantro, and other fragrant herbs.

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Chef Rob Rainford’s Grilled Cornbread

“You gon’ to eat yo’ cornbread?” is one of my favorite lines from Life, a movie starring Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence. I think about it—and chuckle—every time I make this recipe.

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Chef Aaron Franklin’s Pinto Bean Recipe

In the world of Central Texas barbecue, people treat sides pretty much the same way they treat sauces; they’re fine, but you should probably just save the room in your stomach for barbecue. But, like sauces, sides have become a staple of the barbecue spread, and today we serve, eat, and enjoy them just the same. We get alot of requests for our bean recipe.

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Interview with Wayne Visbeen

Get to know one of our favorite architects, Wayne Visbeen, and the way he uses fire when creating the home of your dreams.

Founder of Visbeen Architects Inc., Wayne Visbeen, AIA, IIDA, is a licensed architect and registered interior designer. Visbeen has the skill and vision to make any dream become a reality, whether it be a commercial or residential project. Striving to make every plan unique, his designs are both functionally efficient and visually stunning.

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North America’s Top 10 BBQ Experts

Your favorite chefs reveal their best-kept secrets and what fuels their fire! Get to know some of North America's top pitmasters and what inspires their award-winning BBQ. Learn how to take your grilling to the next level and achieve the best BBQ, every time. Start sizzling, summer is around the corner!

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Can a Fireplace Cause Allergies?

Is your fireplace causing your allergies? In this article, you’ll find logical explanations on the subject, as well as various ways you can remedy to it.

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Solutions for Your Fireplace on Windy Days

Do you hear wind blowing inside your fireplace? Do you have a hard time lighting it when the wind is blowing strong? Do you have smoke rolling back into the house when it’s windy outside? This article deals with the wind and how to adapt your fireplace and chimney installation to avoid those issues.

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Eleven Ways to Reuse Fireplace Ashes

A wood fireplace gives you an almost limitless supply of wood ash. Is there a way to recycle them? In this article, you’ll find eleven ways to reuse wood ashes.

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How to Reface a Fireplace

Refacing a fireplace can save you a lot of money while giving your fireplace a complete makeover. What is refacing? How does it work?

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Planning Your Outdoor Fireplace

Are you planning to get an outdoor fireplace? Do you know there are many options available to you, as well as many regulations to comply with? Find out more here.

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How to clean your grill

Are you getting your grill ready for summer? Are you at a loss as to where to start to clean it? Here are some simple solutions to make the job easier for you.

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Grill or Smoker

Which is better? A grill or a smoker? Here we look at their differences, as well as when and how to use them. Read on to learn which one you should get.

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