Roasted corn on the cob

We are still using our backyard grill, even though the temperatures are certainly changing in Michigan.  I can’t give up this easy and delicious way to make roasted corn on the cob. The secret to this method is using ice cubes.  Yes, ice cubes.  I have found that corn on the cob, which has been…

Grilled Romaine

Grilled vegetables are so popular right now in all the restaurants.  I especially love grilled romaine.  The tender leaves are transformed into a tasty dish that is very easy to prepare with the new porcelain-coated grill plate from the Companion Group. This Charcoal Companion product was featured at the International Home and Housewares show recently…

Grilled chives from the garden

Summertime herbs are being harvested in my garden, and I recently decided to grill some chives with my other vegetable assortment for dinner. The chives were delicious on the grill and gave another texture to the Asian dish, which I paired with some grilled shrimp.  There is something just so wonderful about taking cuttings from…

barbecue tools for the kitchen

  These are the months for summer barbecue.  I love to cook outdoors, and although I don’t have an outdoor kitchen, I enjoy my small grills.  I use both a charcoal grill and an electric grill for cooking outdoors, and recently was mailed a set of silicone basting brushes to try out and review on…

grilled zucchini

Most of my grilled vegetable posts have been recipes made with a variety of mixed vegetables.  And, when I usually grill zucchini, I have sliced the vegetable into circles to accompany the other vegetables in the dish–following the rule that equal sized ingredients cook evenly. Recently, I have been grilling strips of zucchini with great…

BBQ grill mats are the answer to easy outdoor meals

Grilling season is back.  Some of my best meals seem to be those made with fresh ingredients that come off of the grill during the warmer months of the year.  We use both a charcoal grill and an electric patio grill for cooking, and have found many recipes work perfectly on both types of grilling…

grilling made easy

during the summer months, my outdoor grilling menus expand, and i have been attempting a variety of new recipes. one of the best decisions i made was to try out a new pair of super gloves for safety while cooking outdoors. these super gloves are comfortable to wear and provide an easy grip for tongs…

grilled red onions

  these tasty grilled onions have become a summer addition.  i almost can’t wait until grilling season to make this easy treat.  slice one or many large red onions into 1/4 inch slices.  spray with olive oil and grill.  those are the directions. however, something special happens to these onions when grilled over an open…

growing green onions in November

so, my edible garden is still growing onions.  i planted these green onion sets in may.  i still have green onions growing in November in my Michigan garden.  i harvested these green onions today, and have them cleaned and ready to use in recipes for the week. growing green onions is so easy.  i find…

summer peppers on the grill

cooking vegetables on the grill is one of the fastest techniques for summer cooking.  choose some multicolored peppers and place on a grill pan with a bit of spray olive oil. in minutes, the peppers become grilled with a delicious char that brings out the sweetness of the pepper.  peppers are an easy side dish…

grilled summer vegetables with pasta

it is always fun to experiment in the kitchen.  i decided to do this last week when i prepared my own grilled vegetables and pasta dish.  i simply grilled corn and cherry tomatoes on a stove top grill and then roasted some asparagus in the oven after chopping into thirds. i removed the corn kernels…

sweet mini peppers

  recently i have found these peppers in my market. they have been available for a couple of months now, and i can’t resist purchasing them every time i go to the store.  i have purchased small peppers in the past, but never in this type of packaging. these peppers are a relatively new hybrid…