recipes and grilling

 This summer I’ve been grilling lots more than a normal Summer, probably because we didn’t really turn on the air con for the Summer.  Consequently, I’m more interested in keeping the heat outside rather than raising the heat inside 🙂

Nonetheless, I thought I’d pass along some thoughts & a few little recipes from the grill:

  • chix breasts – marinade in italian salad dressing overnight if possible & grill (very tastey).  This idea also works well w skewers
  • grilled peaches, but not so whippy on the grilled apples;  the peaches are nice w balsamic vinegar, but the apples I’ve got to work on & figure out how to improve
  • veggies – any & all;  I tried grilled beets last night & they weren’t too bad;  all with olive oil & salt
  • garlic – I tried grilled garlic last night (with olive oil & a touch of salt);  they were ok as long as I made sure that they were really well toasted
  • fish – my weak spot is that I can overcook the fish & make it dry
  • flank steak – again marinated in salad dressing & grilled to medium rare
  • pork chops marinated in soy (tastey)
Things I’ve thought about grilling, but decided to forego:  celery, lettuce, carrots, avocados, cucumbers & eggplant.
One of my kids favorite things to do with my husband when the coals are pretty spent is to whip out the skewers, grill some marshmellows & make smores.
Can you please help me with some more ideas?  As you can see, I’ll try just about anything – very few things are too zany for us ,)

my gracious family

  No seriously, you’ve gotta read this one 🙂  I recently had a cooking fiasco & I want to brag on my family.  Lately, I’ve been trying to get more fish into our diet as a means for low fat protein consumption.  The honest truth is that I can’t cook fish to save my life, but that doesn’t stop me from trying – hence the fiasco.  So here’s how it went down:  I went to the fish part of the store & was looking for the cheapest & freshest fish they had, which was flounder.  Flounder is a really weird looking fish – it’s skinny and flat with the eyes on the top of its body.  Because it’s so skinny, its hard for a fish monger to de-bone (which I discovered after their kind attempt to honor my de-boned request).  So I bring home these thin strips of fish & try to cook them – it was AWFUL!!!!  But here’s the beauty of this disaster, my family ate the fish with absolutely NO COMPLAINING!  No one said a word – we all suffered in silence 🙂  I will not be cooking flounder again, unless Jesus visits our home personally & has a nice chat with all of our family on this topic.

So here’s a thought for your consideration & application:  my family was EXTREMELY gracious with me, I think mostly because they love me.  Perhaps a really effective way to express love is to refrain from complaining or pointing out failures and weakspots when they are so glaringly obvious.  Being gracious is a really inexpensive way to be loving 🙂