Garden Green Bean Casserole

I know, it’s the middle of summer and not a holiday, where you usually expect to see a green bean casserole, but the garden keeps giving and there are only so many things to do with green beans. We don’t care for sour green bean salads, so that doesn’t leave much else. Although we are…

Smoking Some Garden Jalapeños

For some reason, my husband expanded the garden to include jalapeño peppers this year, so I’ve been thinking of different ways to use them. Sometimes the raw ones are just a little too zippy for my old stomach, but I do like what they add to a fresh salsa. The old standby is to roast,…

You Can Smash Burgers on the Grill . . .

. . . if you use a griddle, of course. I hope you haven’t tried it right on the grill grate, but I’d like to see the pictures if you did. 😉 It means my husband won’t be getting his beloved thick rare burgers, but maybe he’ll like the crispy bits on all the edges…

Orange Jalapeño Salsa and Marinade

We’re beginning to get a lot of jalapeños in the garden, so I have to come up with ways to use them, and I don’t really want to do the fried cheese-stuffed poppers. Using them in their fresh state is a nice change from roasting them; fresh jalapeños have a bright, slightly bitter taste, and…

Summer Company Dessert: Genoise Cake

We had company for four days, and I just wanted to have something available for dessert that was not too high in added sugars, yet looked pretty without any fuss. Plus, we were going to be in the heat dome all week, so I wanted something cool. I decided on a nice genoise cake made…

Patty Melt on the Grill

Personally, I think the term patty melt is stupid, well, maybe not stupid, but not very creative. Wikipedia doesn’t seem to know its derivation, but does trace it back to the 1940s, at least. I’m guessing it was developed in some diner one day, when someone insisted on giving the sandwich a name, and the…

Carne Asada with Skirt Steak, Pt. 2

Finishing up the Carne Asada I started this morning with the previous post’s salsa marinade, I moved to the grill just before dinner. My almost-1 lb of skirt steak made four small pieces, which I grilled over very hot direct heat on a charcoal grill, 2 minutes per side. I had been worried about getting…

Carne Asada with Skirt Steak, Pt. 1

Yes, I finally found skirt steak at the grocery, so I’m trying out the Serious Eats recipe, mostly because the marinade/salsa looks so tasty. Luckily there are just two of us and the little under-1 lb package will do. Even at that small size, it was $18, though, so I don’t want to make any…

Quick Sauteed Broccoli

This has become one of my go-to side dishes when I am grilling in the summer. I guess I could make it, too, on the grill in a cast iron skillet, but I make it in the kitchen while the grilled meats are resting. I just buy two broccoli crowns, which seem to be much…