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NYTimes: Deconstructing the Perfect Burger

The following article with video can be found here! How to make a great hamburger is a question that has bedeviled the nation for generations, for as long as Americans have had griddles and broilers, for as long as summertime shorts-wearing cooks have gone into the yard to grill. But the answer is simple, according […]

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Blackening chicken or fish on the grill requires the right spice

New Orleans is famous for many things: Mardi Gras, the birthplace of jazz, and its Beignets to name a few. But perhaps more than anything else, New Orleans is best known for its one-of-a-kind creole cuisine. And one of it’s specialties, that is famously creole and entirely New Orleans, is grilled and blackened food. Blackening […]

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Exploring grilling around the globe

It is prime grilling season in America.  Many Americans associate the summer holidays with grilling starting with Memorial Day and ending with Labor Day.  Often grilling is a focus of 4th of July picnics. Although Americans may think they invented the concept of grilling since hot dogs and hamburgers are American favorites, grilling occurs around the […]

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4 fatty foods you should eat

Not all fat is bad.  You need omega-3 fatty acids to keep your brain and heart functioning correctly.  Fat also helps with hormone production and keeps your metabolism running properly so you’ll keep weight off or lose it if you need to.  Let’s look at some fatty foods you should eat in order to stay […]

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A few pics from the east side spring fair…

We just wanted to say thanks to everyone that helped make the East Side Spring Fair a huge success on May 30, 2014.  We had a beautiful day and took full advantage of it by selling over 200 burgers and dozens of bottles of our spice blends.  See ya again soon!

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msg: what is all the hype?

Over the years MSG or Monosodium Glutamate has gotten a bad rap.  Is it deserved? What is MSG? MSG is a salt of the amino acid Glutamic Acid (glutamate).  A salt is the chemical name for a molecule held together by opposite charges. Ripe tomatoes and aged cheese naturally contain glutamate as do many other foods.  Manufactured MSG has […]

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Fun food Facts: Potatoes could be the new health food

Fun food facts: The common potato, that gift from the New World to the Old, once favored by the Irish for how simple it was to grow, has had a bad rap in regards to how healthy it is. A page on The World’s Healthiest Foods suggests that this is because of how most Americans […]

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4 tips for losing weight and being healthy

There’s no denying the importance of exercise when it comes to weight loss.  However, research continues to prove that nutrition has an even greater role when it comes to losing weight and keeping it off.  If you’re serious about your health, it’s time to get on the healthy eating track.  Let’s look at some tips […]

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Exotic Meats are Part of the Latest Eating Trends of 2014

Ask any hunter about exotic meats and they probably consider it something they’re used to having on a pretty regular basis. However, finding this kind of food in a restaurant has been more difficult over the past few years. According to Kitchen Daily and Restaurant.org, that is about to change. In fact, more exotic meats […]

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Crock Pot Magic

In today’s world, very few households are able to have the luxury of a stay-at-home mother. Many families depend on two incomes in order to make ends meet. Even more, there are a rapidly growing number of single parent households in this country. This creates what I would like to call, “The Dinner Problem.” Because […]

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Nutrition: Facts vs. Myths About Healthy Eating

Healthy eating can seem like a complicated process, and sometimes it really is. We, as a society, have gotten plenty of mixed messages about what is healthy and what is unhealthy regarding our diets. Sure, we know that eating fast food is unhealthy, and choosing fruits and veggies is the healthier option, but there are […]

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New England or New York? Fun Food Facts About Your Clam Chowder Style

Contrary to its name, New York City isn’t the only place you find Manhattan-style clam chowder. Nor do all New Englanders prefer their chowder white and creamy. Chowder has a long culinary history, spanning several cultures, and it inspires serious loyalties and rivalries amongst its followers. Whether you’re a die-hard fan of one or the […]

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What are the hot eating trends for 2014?

What are the hot eating trends for 2014? CBS News quoted what they called “top experts” to make their forecasts. Some food companies are going to align themselves with “socially responsible” causes in order to attract more like minded consumers. They will not only act in a socially responsible way, but also contribute to popular […]

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Regional Names for the Same Foods

Dining out when you are traveling is one of the finest vacation experiences, but if you are traveling out of your region, you might be surprised to see some of your favorite foods have very different names elsewhere. Regional dialects and slang terms are prevalent in the food industry. So, next time you’re traveling keep […]

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Dry Aged Beef Unabashedly Sweeping the Steakhouse Scene

So how exactly does one reinvent an old standby like the steak? By letting it dry age – a lot. When we discuss dry age we mean the cut of meat has been stored in a temperature controlled room for a while – a long while, like months. From swanky new steakhouses to your favorite […]

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Apples really are the fruit that keeps the doctor and heart attacks away

Benjamin Franklin once stated in “Poor Richard’s Almanac” a fun food fact that an apple a day keeps the doctor away. A recent study related in an article in Scientific America suggests that the famous founding father wasn’t really kidding. As it turns out, apples are the fruit that not only keeps the doctor away, but […]

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Salt Vs Pepper – which is healthier?

The most common feature on any American dinner table is the salt shaker and pepper shaker. The salt shaker usually contains processed iodized salt, though some will contain sea salt. The pepper shaker invariably contains black pepper. There is a debate concerning the health affects of salt vs pepper. Which is healthier? It depends on […]

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Try Sous Vide for a Gourmet Cooking Technique

Picture flank steak that tastes like filet mignon. Think of perfectly pulled pork that can be pulled apart with a plastic fork, let alone a metal one. How about the ability to cook chicken, turkey, beef, duck, fish, vegetables, and more to the exactly perfect temperature and amount of doneness every time? If this sounds […]

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3 Distinct Asian Grilling Techniques

Tender cuts of meat are best grilled over a gas flame or hot coals as this type of quick cooking over a high heat seals in the juices resulting in a juicy piece of meat. If you leave the meat cooking for too long you will find it will dry out. There are three distinct […]

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Nutrition: Facts vs Myths

Here are two nutrition facts you can be sure of: Good nutrition is vitally important for your health. The rules of good nutrition keep changing. Ideas that were formerly accepted as facts keep changing as health and nutrition science evolve. We are sure they will continue to do so, but for now, here are some […]

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A Few Essential Grilling Techniques

People love the taste of grilled food.  The desire to have a meal made on a grill is something that makes people start up their grill in the summer and sometimes even the winter.  As with all cooking, there are certain techniques that are important to make the best grilled meal possible. According to an […]

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Make Your Burgers More Than Just the Usual

Americans love their burgers and in a variety of ways. While traditional burgers are excellent for backyard cookouts or a family meal, there are many other ways to enhance your burgers into something different that everyone will enjoy. Stuffed Burger. A stuffed burger really amps up the flavor and allows you to savor the taste in […]

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Pixel Awards: Leo’s Amazing! website wins the start-ups category

We’re excited to announce that “Leo’s Amazing!” is the winner in the 2013 Pixel Awards competition in the Start-Ups category! Check out all the winners!

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Is Eating Gluten-Free Really Better for You ?

You’ve seen it on packaging everywhere:  “Gluten-Free!”  Marketers have picked up the term “gluten-free” and slapped it on anything and everything without wheat, reminiscent of the “fat-free” craze that started in the 80’s. So, is eating gluten-free really better for you? Like most things, the answer depends. People diagnosed with celiac disease, an immune reaction […]

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Winter Bites: 2014 Northeast Foodie Event

Let’s face it. This winter bites. Here at Leo’s Amazing, we say, “Bite back!” Nothing will warm your heart – or stomach – as fast as good food, friends and your drink of choice. We’ve discovered events that will force even the most winter-averse foodie to brave the elements. While we are fans of annual favorites […]

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Blackened: it’s not just for meat anymore!

Everyone who likes their food hot knows how awesome it is to bite into a juicy, perfectly grilled blackened swordfish or shark steak. If you’re like some people, though, you might find yourself wanting to try something a little healthier and easier on the stomach and that something like a full-on vegetarian cleanse for a few […]

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Top Steak Cuts for Restaurant Quality Meals at Home

When it comes to choosing a steak for dinner, there are so many choices that unless you know a lot about cuts, it can be overwhelming. Here are a few of the top steak cuts you can choose to make a restaurant quality meal at home. Ribeye. The reason the Ribeye is particularly tasty is the […]

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OMG MSG

Check out this great article regarding MSG from tastingtable.com Monosodium glutamate, more commonly known as MSG, has a shining reputation that falls somewhere between Olestra (remember that?) and genetically modified Frankencorn. But some of the country’s best chefs still love it, use it–and bring it with them wherever they go. In fact, Grant Achatz of Chicago’s Alinea and Next travels […]

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A Delicious Take On Carnitas

If you are a pork aficionado, you will likely have tried your hand at the delicious Mexican specialty, carnitas.  Carnitas literally means “little meats”.  You can serve them in so many ways, but truly, they seem best right out of the pot!  They are beautifully crispy on the outside, and tender creamy bursts of flavor on the […]

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Memorable Spice Blends

We all prepare meals in some way, shape, or form on a daily basis. Sometimes those meals just get us by until the next meal, and sometimes those meals are worth talking about. Whenever I think about really good cooking my mind goes back to watching my grandma and my aunts during the holidays, or […]

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Leo’s Amazing! Nominated in the 8th Annual Pixel Awards

We are proud to announce that the “Leo’s Amazing!” website has been nominated in the Pixel Awards under the “Start-Ups” category. We are eligible for two awards, one determined by the public and the other by the judges. The one determined by the public is called the people’s choice award and is determined by the most […]

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The Great MSG Controversy

Yes, it’s true that  some of our products do contain MSG. (Not all of them mind you) We use it in some of our recipes because it enhances the flavor of those blends.   We do not believe the hype that it is bad for you.  There are many conflicting reports about the safety of […]

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2013 Autumn Festival in Times Square

November 2, 2013… a beautiful day… a spectacular day for a street fair! Unfortunately our booth was off to the side (We were 15 feet from the main strip… literally in the middle of the bike path) and in a wind tunnel (because of the way Broadway curves and how the buildings are situated we […]

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Hello world!

We at “Leo’s Amazing!”are pleased to announce that we are adding a blog page to our site.  We hope to discuss many things on this page including cooking styles and tips, recipes, food related events and much more.

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