Welcome to Cooking Guys

We hope you enjoy our cooking comments, tips and recipes. Cooking Guys is an Uncle/Nephew blog primarily designed for men who do a lot of cooking. We’re not trained chefs; most of our recipes, techniques and workarounds were developed from cooking and travel TV shows, recipes and our imaginations. We hope that what you read…

Homemade Refried Beans

Making your own refried beans is easier than you think. OK, so technically they’re not fried even once, but they sure taste a whole lot better than anything you can get from a can. They’re easy to make if you have a crock pot and a potato masher. Serve them with your favorite Mexican food….

Christmas Grilled Beef Tenderloin

Unlike Thanksgiving, Christmas has no set expectation for the the holiday meal. Ham and turkey are Christmas favorites, and sides and desserts are usually whatever the chef wants to serve. At our house, the centerpiece of the Christmas dinner is a beef tenderloin grilled on the Weber (charcoal briquettes; no gas!). We’ve been serving this…

Turkey Stock

Thanksgiving dinner is over. Meat on the bird not served has been sliced off and packed away for leftovers. So what do you do with the turkey carcass? Make turkey stock! It’s easy; all you need is a large stockpot, a little time and a lot of plastic containers.  Implements Large stockpot (large enough to…

Grill-Roasted Turkey

The holiday turkey – centerpiece of holiday dinners growing up – always seemed to be a big deal to my Mom, aunt and grandmas, full of worry and angst that the turkey would turn out well. It always turned out great (OK, the year they cooked the turkey in the brand-new microwave oven was an…

Black Bean Soup from Dry Beans

We’ve always been fascinated by the large bins of beans in bulk. You can find them at just about every local or regional store. They look great. But what do you do with them? There never seems to be any recipes on the bins. A QR link to a recipe would be a great idea!…

They’re called vegetables

When did “veggie”* become a thing? It used to be something kids said. Now you find it in media headlines, ads, menus. Make it stop! They’re vegetables, and we’re adults! Microwaved or boiled vegetables can become limp and tasteless. Try roasting vegetables instead. They’re easy to make and they taste great. The recipes here have…