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Grilled Chicken with BBQ sauce

Tuesday, May 23, 2017, 08:48 PM

Super simple meal: I grilled some chicken and added BBQ sauce on the first flip to let it caramelize. It worked pretty well though I think the sauce could have caramelized more. Meredith added a bit more BBQ sauce which helped.

But it was super simple!

I also made green beans on the grill (with the grill pan thing) with some Penzeys Sandwich Sprinkle.

Grilled Halloumi with Grilled Sugar-Snap Peas, Green Onions, and Romesco

Monday, May 22, 2017, 08:31 PM

We made a really simple but good meal. It was super simple, the only seasoning I used was a bit of smoked salt on the green onions. Otherwise, I just grilled the cheese directly without much seasoning. I probably should have added some salt to the sugar snap peas.

Meredith made her usual Romesco except without the bread.

Super simple but pretty good. The grilled onions were also surprisingly good.

Southern Banana Pudding

Sunday, May 21, 2017, 08:20 PM

Meredith has been wanting to make this for a while and getting invited for a BBQ was the perfect opportunity.

We followed the Add a Pinch (local1) recipe and followed it pretty closely except that we forgot the vanilla for the first few layers. And we used lite nilla wafers.

Other than that, we stayed pretty true to the recipe. It was surprisingly easy and really good. The pudding before going in tasted a lot like tapioca pudding but the banana flavor really got infused.

And it was really good and popular. It almost all got eaten!

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Grilled SE Asian Wings

Friday, May 19, 2017, 09:00 PM

I have been wanting to try grilled wings for a little while so I decided to them for my last meal while Meredith was out of town.

They are largely based on the Pok Pok Fish Sauce Wings. I followed the general idea except I grilled them (and skipped the breading) and I sautéed the garlic and then used that oil when reducing them down.

I marinated for about 22 hours and then grilled them (after really letting them dry) for about 5-6 minutes per side on medium. I tried one before saucing and you could taste the flavors but it was subtle (as you would expect). I actually really liked it like that!

Anyway, after grilling them, I reduced the sauce (with the garlic oil) and kept stirring. I actually probably went a bit too far since they were extra sticky and carmely. Oh well! They were still really good.

It kind of reminded me of extra flavorful teriyaki wings but with more fishiness. And more sweetness. I think this recipe could go lower on the sugar without a big problem.

Actually, I would consider doing teriyaki wings like this with the homemade sauce that isn't as reduced.

Either way, I would certainly grill wings again. I liked it a lot!

I also made roasted green beans. Not much to it. I tossed them with a bit of olive oil and Penzey's Sandwich Sprinkle then roasted them at 400°F for about 20 minutes.

On the grill Getting a nice char
Ready to get sauced Coating nicely. It was like making candy

Corned Beef Hash with Beets and Radishes

Thursday, May 18, 2017, 08:15 PM

With Meredith out of town, I made corned beef hash. I wanted to use something healthier than potatoes so I did it with two golden beets and a black radish (which, BTW, is only black on the outside). I also decided to try to make it more like "hash" (as opposed to home-fries) so I grated the squash. This may or may not have been a good idea. It was very wet and kind of mushy.

Anyway, I otherwise followed the normal recipe. I again asked for 1/4 in pieces of corned beef, though these were thinner, I think. The only other changes were that I still used 2 Tbsp of ketchup plus 1 Tbsp Sriracha.

I think it worked out okay. Like I said, the beets and radishes were a bit wet and also sweeter than a potato. I guess the end result was closer to the canned kind where it is mushy. Oh well. It still tasted pretty good.

The vegetables cooking Ready to serve

Tofu Brussel Sprouts (a la Broccoli Beef)

Tuesday, May 16, 2017, 09:08 PM

I've had to do this before and I did it again. I made Broccoli Beef but with (a) tofu and (b) brussel sprouts since Costco was out of broccoli.

I took two pounds of brussel sprouts and halved them and then stir-fried them. I cooked the tofu on the side since I didn't want to take the time to stir-fry them separately.

It was pretty good, though nothing special. Made lunch too.

Shrimp and Lobster Tail

Friday, April 28, 2017, 06:50 PM

This was a fast but fancy meal. I made lobster tails with the usual method using some melted ghee and some lemon juice.

I also used some ghee to sauté wild shrimp with salt and a bit of hot (but not smoked) paprika.

There isn't much to this meal. Kind of fancy but again, real easy. The shrimp had a lot of flavor even though the seasonings stayed with the shells more than anything

Chicken Sausage

Thursday, April 27, 2017, 06:46 PM

Simple and fast meal. We bought green chile chicken and basil [something?] (not pictured) and I grilled.

Meredith made her usual spring pea stuff except with less salt and no prosciutto. It wasn't bad but was lacking in some flavors; probably mostly from the lack of salt.