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Matt Curmi

Health Benefits of Cooking at Home

Health Benefits of Cooking at Home

Can cooking help maintain a healthy mind and psyche? I think it can. I’m writing this during an unprecedented time that will go down in the history books, the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020. In efforts to prevent the spread of this contagious disease, many of us, Wildwood Grilling included, are practicing the act of self-isolation. As the food service industry is somewhat put on hold, we have inevitably been thrown into a position where cooking for ourselves and co-inhabitants has become a necessity. I have a 4 year old daughter. Helen is like all kids her age, ever curious. I...

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Matt Curmi

Boosting the Immune System Through Food

Boosting the Immune System Through Food

So, what is the best way to go about boosting the strength and vitality of your immune system? The answer is hydration, fresh air (get outside and fire up that grill), exercise, nutrition, and a balanced diet. I am not a certified nutritionist or medical professional - this is what I know through my own experience as a Chef and a Father. The immune system is our body's defense against infection and disease, it needs to be well nourished in order to stay strong and be able to continue the good fight. We all know that nourishment is how the body physically...

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How to brine turkey, chicken, ducks and other wild game

How to brine turkey, chicken, ducks and other wild game

Is there a best brine to use before cooking your choice of bird? There are multiple brine concoctions that I like to use, but before we go into that, let’s talk about why brining is a good idea in the first place.   Brining is certainly not crucial, but it can really help your end product, especially if you are looking to do your bird it’s due justice. Basically, overcooking poultry can result in dry meat. Brining is a way to ensure that the meat retains its natural juices, while at the same adding some moisture and seasoning from the...

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Matt Curmi

Tips for Winter Grilling

Tips for Winter Grilling

A great many of us live in mild climates that are great for outdoor grilling year round, and some of us contend with things like freezing rain and snow. The question is, should the weather stop us from cooking outside? In case you are not sure where I’m headed with this, the answer is a big no. Before I touch on how to go about preparing for winter grilling, let’s identify a few select reasons why you should be cooking outside in the first place. Cooking outdoors makes for less cleanup and general kitchen disarray in the first place. Whether...

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