Tuesday, May 27, 2008

At last.

It's finally the best time of the year: After Memorial Day. This is key for us sartorial savants because all sorts of summery garb, normally proscribed throughout the year, becomes the norm (at least for me) and that especially means that I get to wear my linen dinnah jacket to the relatively few black tie events on my radar.

But it also means the start of grilling* season. This means a lot of things are now available that wouldn't normally be for the remainder of the year: Real lump hardwood charcoal, assorted interesting cuts of beef & lamb, summer vegetables. That sort of thing.

Which leads me to try new things. Grilled "lego lamb" (as NOS used to call it), chickens under a brick, grilled pizza -- that one scares me a bit -- and assorted flatbreads, sirloin "tri-tip" steak...to say nothing of new seasonings, such a Moroccan, Greek, Brazilian...yum.

This summer we're making a special effort to spruce up our outdoor dining area. The canopy ovah the gazebo-like thing we put in for JokeFest I is starting to fray a little and needs mending, the table is both puny and in awful shape...and naturally, a bigger table needs new chairs. And yes, I have both a fancy gas "porn grill" and a charcoal grill. I even have a fancy new charcoal smoker, for cooking low-and-slow for well over 16 unattended hours.

That's all I have for you today. More as the week unfolds.

-J.

* A grill is what most of the rest of the Anglosphere would call a barbecue

Posted by Joke at 6:35 AM

12 Comments

  • Blogger Badger posted at 8:05 AM, May 27, 2008  
    DH and the kids got me a new gas grill (not as porny as yours, but WAAAAYYYY better than what I had) for Mother's Day and I have been grilling EVERY DAMN THING.

    And yet, DH does not understand why I want a charcoal grill ALSO.
  • Blogger Joke posted at 8:36 AM, May 27, 2008  
    Whoa.

    Are you telling me that "Because I just do." isn't good enough?

    -J.
  • Blogger Shirty posted at 12:29 PM, May 27, 2008  
    Don't be afraid of grilled pizza. I tried it a few weeks ago with marvelous success. Pics and recipe are here: http://getshirty.blogspot.com. Scroll down to the Mother's Day post.

    -Gina
  • Blogger Frogdancer posted at 4:17 PM, May 27, 2008  
    You didn't mention kangaroo.

    Try it. Utterly yummy. Low fat and did I mention yum?

    (And no, I'm not kidding.)
  • Blogger HEATHER posted at 5:10 PM, May 27, 2008  
    Have you ever started on that outdoor pizza oven?
    I am dying to build one myself, but need to build new house first.
  • Blogger alice posted at 10:48 PM, May 27, 2008  
    What is chickens under a brick? Sounds flat!
  • Blogger crafty posted at 10:54 PM, May 27, 2008  
    I'm too jealous that you even have an outdoor dining area to leave a comment.
  • Blogger Suse posted at 2:14 AM, May 28, 2008  
    Oh the POOR little chickens.
  • Blogger Joke posted at 7:27 AM, May 28, 2008  
    Yes, very flat. You bone out the back -- save it for stock -- and then weigh the chicken down with a fireplace brick wrapped in foil.

    Very quick, juicy and crisp-skinned.

    -J.
  • Blogger alice posted at 9:47 PM, May 31, 2008  
    Do you use special seasonngs, or prep? I am quite intrigued!
  • Blogger Joke posted at 7:58 AM, June 01, 2008  
    The seasons can be whatever you heart desires, but the trick is to brine the chicken beforehand.

    -J.
  • Blogger h&b posted at 7:10 PM, June 08, 2008  
    Memorial Day Weekend was simply *glorious* by the pool in sunny Arizona.

    Now i'm back in winter garb.

    *sigh*
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