Peaches and tomatoes and corn: the best Michigan produce of all, as far as I'm concerned! We tried several types of heirloom tomatoes, including sweet zebra tomatoes with green and yellow stripes.
|Local tomatoes, corn, peppers, & zucchini. Sometimes we get local lamb, but this is from far far away in Australia via Costco.
|Salad: red and yellow tomatoes with cucumber, lettuce, & cottage cheese.
|Cabbage, carrots, and onions are also grown by local farmers.
A carrot and cabbage salad is good with many of the barbecues.
On the Grill: My Outdoor Kitchen
|Of course we had to try making ribs! They cook for two or three hours,
first over the drip pan, then briefly over the hot coals.
|A serving of ribs with some rice pilaf and a dipping dish of home-made sauce, recipe below.
A Very Good Barbecue Sauce
From the Meathead cookbook (p. 185), we tried this delicious sauce for ribs or chicken. It has an intriguing flavor that you can't quite identify --
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 cup water
3/4 cup rice vinegar
1/2 cup tomato paste
1/4 cup orange juice
2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/8 teaspoon chipotle chile powder [I substituted smoked paprika]
Meathead says to combine the sugar and water and simmer until the sugar has dissolved. Then add the other ingredients, stir well, and simmer for 30 minutes more. I did it this way the first time; the second time, I just put all the ingredients in a pot, stirred, and simmered for 30 minutes. Both worked equally well. You can tell it's a good recipe since I made it twice in around 2 weeks.
|For a crowd, we cooked both chicken and corn at the same time,
using both the new & old grills. With the BBQ sauce!
You can see the chimney that is used to light the charcoal.
New Kitchen Desk Accessory
|One new item: a small organizer for papers and the calendar I keep on the kitchen counter.
The only time I make meal plans is when I have guests, but I need the note pads and so on to do this.
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