Summer Grilling

Father’s Day Finds for Dads who Love Food!

June 10, 2010 at 9:28 am , by

My dad loves to grill, but he already has a basic tool set for his barbecue. Luckily, there is a whole wide world of fun options for the dad that loves to cook! Here are a few of my finds [Spoiler Alert Mr. Nelson!]:

This elusive gift is one my dad has actually asked for, but I have never been ableimage to find: the Charcoal Companion Ultimate Nonstick Fish-Grilling Basket with Removable Handle, available on My dad was always frustrated with the fact that he couldn’t close his grill while using typical fish-grilling baskets because their handles were always hanging out – the removable handle on this one is genius.

image[4]This Williams-Sonoma Stainless Steel Smoker Box is pretty wizardly. With the Smoker Box, dad can change the grill out back into a mean, lean, smoking machine.

Dad can make the perfectly golden crispy fried chicken he loves right image[2]at home with this do-it-yourself fried chicken kit designed by famous chef, Thomas Keller: Thomas Keller Ad Hoc Fried Chicken Kit from Williams-Sonoma

image[3]Harry & David’s gift boxes are full of delicious treats that are perfect to have out during a BBQ, and the 4th of July is right around the corner! My favorite is the 19th Hole Wine Collection, and I think my dad will love it. Check out the other options on the Harry & David website.

You can’t go wrong with any one of these items for your culinary dad…Happy Father’s Day!

Healthy Summer Cooking: Enjoy Grilling Without the Guilt

June 8, 2010 at 9:21 am , by

What’s a lady to do when she finds herself caught between bikini season and backyard barbeque season? Eat up! Food Network’s Ellie Krieger dishes how to enjoy summer’s best fare without tipping the scale…

Think Outside The Burger
Summer’s such a bountiful time for incredible local produce, so take advantage of it. Most people think of putting zucchini or peppers on the grill, but Portobello mushrooms and corn on the cob are equally amazing. For a twist on salad, slice romaine  hearts or endive in half, brush them with oil, and throw them on the grill until softened. You get the beautiful flavor that you’re craving, but using seasonal produce versus protein.

Lose the Salt, Find the Seasoning
Even cutting salt modestly can make a big difference in your overall health, but it doesn’t mean you have to compromise flavor. I rely on potent flavors and aromatics like garlic, shallots, chili peppers, citrus, and fresh herbs. The important part to remember is that salt shouldn’t be the flavor foundation in any dish. Also, don’t be afraid of the spice rack – cumin and coriander are great to incorporate into rubs and marinades for grilling.

Trim The Fat
Hot dogs and ribs aren’t the only proteins worthy of the grill – lemon-filled salmon, for one, is another favorite of mine. For the more carnivorous crowd, try sticking to leaner cuts of meat (look for words like ‘loin’ or ‘round’). Rather than indulging in a gigantic steak as a whole, try thinly slicing it and serving as soft tacos with lots of chopped veggies and topped with fresh cilantro.

Slim Down On Sweets
I love grilling fruit, but just a piece of fruit seems more like a snack to me. So how do you make it into dessert? Try this: slice a peach in half, pop out the pit, grill it, and put a scoop of ice cream in the center. (full recipe below). Opt for lower fat ice cream that is all natural (no artificial flavors) or frozen yogurt. The important thing to remember when curbing your sweet tooth is to be mindful of portions. Even an ice cream cone, in moderation, is OK because it’s a contained portion compared to spooning it from the pint!

For more healthy ideas, check out Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger  airing M-F at 9:30am on Cooking Channel.

Photos Courtesy of: John Wiley & Sons, Inc./ SO EASY: Luscious, Healthy Recipes for Every Meal of the Week

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