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…

Barbecue for the 4th of July

Summer grilling and barbecue season has been wonderful these past few weeks in Michigan.  The weather has been lovely minus one weekend which showered us with an above average amount of rain.  However, yesterday was absolutely beautiful for the 4th of July. I have been truly enjoying a new product from the Charcoal Companion which…

Backyard Pizza Oven

With the growing interest in expanding the indoors outside with added living space, it is no wonder why cooking outdoors has become even more popular.  I recently used a wonderful product called the Pizza Que pizza kit for Kettle grills. Most kettle grills can accommodate this expansion which turns the grill into an amazing pizza…

Actually Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Wednesday was National Grilled Cheese Day.  I don’t really remember that day from past years, but thought I would celebrate this year with actually preparing grilled cheese sandwiches–Not just made indoors on a grill, but made outdoors on a charcoal grill. The feat was totally easy since I have a new grilled cheese basket by…

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…

Fancy potatoes

With many entertaining occasions coming up, it is always fun to incorporate new techniques in serving everyday foods.  In this instance, an everyday baked potato becomes something much more visually attractive.  And, as a benefit, the cooking time is greatly reduced.  Thanks to the Companion Group from California, an easy tool makes a more difficult…

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…

summer toasted marshmallow bar

  summer fun and summer entertaining time is here.  there is nothing more fun than having a roasted and toasted marshmallow over the grill after a summer barbecue.  try something different this year and offer toppings to the marshmallows. i used a little sand and seashells in my old small glass milk bottle to hold…

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…