Grilling: An Education
My education, that is. In a previous post, I mentioned that we don't grill very often. Part of that is because I don't know what I'm doing!
Growing up, "grilling" at my house meant that about once every year, we would buy a bag of charcoal at the store, listen to my dad curse under his breath trying to get the fire started (while smelling an overwhelming amount of lighter fluid in the air) and then throw some hamburgers and hot dogs on the grill. Yep, good times...good times. Needless to say, I didn't get many lessons on grilling at home.
I realize that this it is a stereotypical role, but many husbands are the grill masters at their houses. Not mine. I love him dearly, but D doesn't have much more knowledge than I do when it comes to grilling. Plus, and I'll be honest here, I'm a bit of a control freak when it comes to cooking, so I have a hard time letting someone else be in charge. He's okay with that. Or at least he pretends to be. :)
But I've slowly been learning, and becoming more adventurous when it comes to cooking on the grill. During a recent trip to Barnes & Noble, I spotted a copy of Cook's Illustrated Summer Grilling edition. Perfect! I don't subscribe to Cook's Illustrated, but I probably should. I love how detailed their instructions are, and I love the lack of advertising in the magazines.
This edition is packed with tips, tricks, and great sounding recipes. I'm all kinds of inspired, and ready to fire up the grill all summer long.