We thought summer might be a good time to explore the thrill of the grill, so this month found us knee-deep in smoke boxes, rubs, and hot fires! People found the book visually pleasing (with lots of drool-worthy photos) and well laid out. Our experienced grillers were motivated to try new techniques, such as using a smoke box. Newbies found lots of helpful tips, including charts to let us know “When is it Done?” and “Where There’s Smoke, There’s Flavor.” Most people strongly agreed with the basic (but often ignored) tip to let grilled meats rest after cooking.
Recipes that the group tried and liked included:
p. 117 Tuscan rosemary-smoked whole chicken – a first attempt at using wood chips turned out great. Tip -Remember to read the recipe all the way through before starting to get the timing right.
p. 128 Peruvian chicken
p. 159 Italian sausage hoagies – “Delicious”
p. 182 Grilled strip steaks – were very good and the garlic aioli sauce was highly recommended
p. 199 Pimento cheese-bacon burgers – we all got to try a sample of the pimento cheese – YUM
p. 241 – Grilled tuna with caramelized onions – a quick dish with a very good relish
Non-grillers focused on the excellent sides. Top marks were given to:
p. 54 Grilled asparagus with figs and cabrales – a tasty side for a steak or burger
p. 57 Guasacaca – guacamole with texture and an attitude
p. 90 Grilled peppers with feta and dill – delicious,not too spicy and can be made ahead
p. 91 New potato-corn chowder salad – mixed reviews- you need to like the tang of a German potato salad to appreciate this one.
p. 99 Brown sugar-rum grilled sweet potatoes – very tasty
Join us next month as we enjoy the bounty of summer vegetables – check out the book display near the Reader Services Desk, and come to the next session on August 29th at 11 AM.