Archive for May, 2011

Let me start by admitting two things:

1.  This isn’t much of a “recipe” blog tonight.  I really am just so excited about my first grill that I had to write about it.  I’m on a new grill high.

2.  This is my first time EVER owning and running a grill.  I know it’s a little odd that I have gone half my adult life without this well-known piece of equipment, but you have to remember I didn’t really eat that much meat for the majority of my life, so I thought a grill wasn’t necessary.  And if I am being completely honest, I was terrified I would it would be too complicated and I might possibly blow something up (like my house or my dog…I’m still worried that if Stuart is out with the grill he may somehow catch on fire, so I made him stay inside the whole time – which he did not like).

BUT given I am doing Paleo-ish eating these days, meat has become a little less scary (very little) and grilling has proven to be a necessity, so I broke down and bought a grill.  The grill was this little tabletop model that I had to assemble myself.  Well, it was easy enough to put together….but not so fast my friends…I couldn’t get the propane tank to screw in and it was so tall that the grill wouldn’t sit flat on the table.  And, given my fear of catching things on fire, it meant I would have to take the umbrella out of my table every time I wanted to use it so I wouldn’t fear it going up in flames.  I just knew I would never use this thing again, if I could even figure it out in the first place.

At my wit’s end, I headed over to Target at 7:30 pm to try to scavenge for a grill, but as I looked around, the thought of assembling one was daunting.  Then I had a thought…at Lowe’s there are lots of men who work there wandering around.  The thought going through my head, “Maybe I can get one of those handsome men to sell little old me a pre-assembled grill.”  I turned on my heels and headed off with a mission.

Needless to say, I got to Lowe’s and the one man in sight was helping someone else.  I paced, I sighed loudly, I put on my most confused but charming face, and then I resorted to staring.  10 minutes later and I hadn’t even gotten an, “I’ll be right with you, ma’am.”  Where’s the chivalry???  Last I checked we were in the South people.

Partially giving up, I started wandering the aisles around the grill section thinking maybe I could entertain myself for a little while.  That’s when I saw it.  My little Aussie Walk-About gas grill.  It was so cute, all assembled already and folded, on wheels, with a handle so I could pull it through the store.  Eureka!  It even fit in the backseat of my SUV (which was key because I remembered as I was wheeling through the parking lot with a huge grin on my face that my trunk was stuffed with tennis racquets, balls, bike helmet, camelbak water book bag, laptop bag and a variety of other things).

My new baby and my old baby (trying to lick the hot grill)

It took me all of two minutes to get it unfolded and into table position and I was a grillin!  I mean, you have to see this thing to understand.  What did I make?

  • Burger from Fresh Market – cooked on medium-high for about 6 min on each side.  Topped it with mozzarella about with about two minutes left on the clock.
  • Half a Bell Pepper – when I put the burger on, I put the bell pepper (halved) face down on the grill (to char the top of it)
  • I put the Bell Pepper on top of the burger/mozzarella and topped with pasta sauce (good pasta sauce with no sugar added – make sure you know clearly what all the ingredients are)
  • On the other side of the grill, I tossed some asparagus with olive oil, S&P, and put in a veggie grill basket.  I only grilled this for about 5 minutes – I like it crispy!
I have a feeling this is just the beginning of my grilling journey.
By the way, for anyone that read this far, I may have dropped the burger and had to start over with a new one.  I also, in my frenzy of trying to save the burger, grabbed the veggie grill basket with my bare hands and burned my fingers decently.  Somehow, and I’m not quite sure how, that didn’t dampen my new grill spirits.

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