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Sunday, May 30, 2010

Call it the start of the summer

The weather hasn't exactly been inspirational in this regard, but by our traditions last evening's was the first dinner of the summer. This called for the first grilled vegetable basket of the year, to go with the burgers:

The Mrs. gets it ready -- with some basil, some thyme, a little good oil -- and I tend to it. When the cherry tomatoes start to fall apart, you're good to go. These good rhythms usually take us well into the fall.

Comments (16)

Many of us have been waiting to see the repaired Charcoal Chimney.

Nice shot and well corrected for web presentation. At least in Win7/Firefox 3.6!

You will live long and prosper eating like that, at least if you go easy on the burgers. Looks great. Are the big white strip-shaped pieces onion or bok choi or . . . ?

Yum - looks great! Can we order some on Delivered Dish?

Hi Jack:
Add a little Paul Newman's balsamic vinegar over the top of the veggies..., Yum!

Correction to the Paul Newman's vinegar suggestion; it is actually "Newman's Own" Balsamic Vinaigrette. The picture on the front of the jar is Paul's smiling face surrounded by a 15th century(?) white French fluffy collar. Anyway the veggies will taste great when sauteed in this stuff...try it. Mikie likes it!

I too was wondering about the repairs to the bottom of the grill.

I'm seeing red, yellow and orange peppers, zucchini, red and yellow grape tomatoes, white onion, crimini mushrooms, fresh chopped basil.
I'm thinking a sprinkle of sea salt and fresh ground pepper with her "good oil"

I'll be right over and will even bring my own plate!

I had just got off the phone with my Mom about the menu for Memorial Day family BBQ tomorrow. We couldn't decide what to do for veges other than the same old green salad...I go over to the computer to do my daily JB blog check and shazaam! Here you are to help us out with some inspiration. I copied the picture and emailed it to her. We'll put this together on the grill, along with chicken and ribs. Thanks Jack. The other readers suggestions are good too.

When is dinner?


I yield to no one as a carnivore but it is good to see people grilling veggies as well.

Fruit is great too. Sliced pineapple on the grill is excellent, so are peaches.

Go by grill! (charcoal that is)

Peruse the vinegar shelf at New Seasons for Balsamic. Some are very old and very expensive and very, very good!

Legend has it that in Italy some balsamic is so old it sells for $500/oz. They drip it in drops on Vanilla Ice Cream! Let's see: 20 drops/ml x29.5/500 is about $0.90/drop. 4 drops costs as much as a microbrew!

Not at New Seasons, AFAIK! But some of the high end stuff was pretty good on ice cream, but frankly, I'd rather have chocolate! So I won't be spending $500 on balsamic, wherever it is.

Easily overlooked ingredient: fennel!

The chimney fix was so simple, even a lawyer could do it:


The repair on the bottom of the grill kettle is high on the to-do list; more once we've got it done.

Fennel huh?
I've always been scared of the liquorice description of its taste.

OK I'll "man up" and try some next week.

Fennel is my fav!

When did the blog start employing a food stylist?

Don't forget the asparagas, and the artichokes, though the 'chokes might need a bit of pre-boiling.

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