Well it’s official… Summer is here and my grill is in full gear. I don’t know about you but when I grill I suddenly have an extra helper in the kitchen – my husband! If that doesn’t motivate me to try to cook more creatively using the grill, nothing will. Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook. However, night after night, meal after meal I would be lying if I said I didn’t appreciate a little help here and there. Over the past 18 years, we have structured a pretty equitable deal in the kitchen that seems to agree with both of us. I do the cooking (oh, and did I mention the menu planning and the grocery shopping?) and Ed has the dubious job of cleaning up the kitchen after dinner. That is usually no small task as I am not one of those “clean as you go” chefs. Seeing as I would take cooking over cleaning any day of the week, it’s a pretty ideal arrangement for me, and I think he feels the same. So now you understand why grilling lightens the load a little bit.
Most of our grilling is pretty basic; hamburgers, ribs, chicken but there are a lot of other ways to engage your husband into action on the old Weber, like grilling vegetables. We grill everything from asparagus, peppers, portobello mushrooms and even corn on the cob.
But one of my favorite ways to put my husband to work as “grill master” is to add a different twist to grilling fish by using a cedar plank. There is nothing better, or easier than cooking salmon on the plank. It adds a nutty hickory flavor that can turn even the moderate fish lover into an adoring fan. Add a barbecue based summer sauce and you’ve got a great meal that will have your grill master pitching in AND cleaning up!
As you can tell, I plan on having a relaxing summer – outside the kitchen!