…and copper mule mugs and a new grill and a food processor. These are the things that keep me up at night. My usual routine to fall asleep is to get in bed, turn on some food show (last night’s choice was Bizarre Foods Singapore) and Pinterest pin until I can’t pin no mo’.
For some time now I’ve wanted a blow torch. I can’t remember why or what I was cooking or wanted to cook, but I was angry that I didn’t have one. Crème brûlée maybe??? Anyway, that led me to begin thinking about what else is lacking in my culinary arsenal. From How to Stock Your Spice Rack…, you already know that my spices are up to snuff. However, there are some kitchen tools that I desperately want…well need, because who doesn’t need more gadgets! Do you have kitchen toys you’ve been pining for?
I have an Amazon.com wishlist for my problems and 75 Pinterest boards waiting to be tackled. Amazon did me a solid two weeks ago by having that Prime Day. I had two goals that day, buy a Kitchenaid mixer and a tv. I managed to lurk the interwebz until it was time to order. Victory is mine! I scored the larger, professional version of the mixer (even though it’s red) for just shy of $180; shipping and tax included. I was so excited about the mixer and the price that I didn’t even care about not getting the tv.
Long story short, I’ve got my eye on a few things. But I’ve promised myself that once I close on a house, I’m buying all the things! There will be parties at my house just because I wanted to cook. I’m almost inclined to say that I can’t wait for fall!
So the week is almost done and for the first time, I feel like this week has gone by as fast as the weekend. I’ve been so busy with work that I haven’t been able to get anything else done, namely prepare for the summer. I forgot/was too tired/it was too cold to go outside to cover up my grill this past winter, so now its just an ashen, spiderweb filled shell of what it used to be. I’m going to try to tackle resurrecting summer’s best friend some time this weekend so I can try out all of my favorite staple and new recipes. Somewhere on our site is a picture of some grilled fruit…it’s probably Lindsey’s but I think there’s a picture of mine too. Anyway, one of my all time favorite and super quick and easy grill recipes is grilled peaches. I found the recipe online a few years ago and as with everything, I tweak it to my liking, though I can hardly even write down a recipe…and my liking almost always includes adding alcohol.
- Get as many peaches as you like (half them and DON’T remove the skin)
- Enough liquor to cover the bottom of a pan (Bourbon or Whiskey works best, but you can take this out if you have kids…or not)
- Brown sugar to mix in with the alcohol (You can skip this if you’re not making them for dessert or keep it in if you’re leaving the liquor out)
- Butter or your choice of non-stick assistance (To prevent sticking)
- Mix the liquor and brown sugar together if you choose to use it and let the peach halves soak for at least 4 hours and no longer than 24hrs.
- Oil the grill grates well (If you don’t, most of the peach will stay on the grill!)
- Cook the peaches over a medium-high fire until grill marks show and the peaches are tender but still firm when you press them.
But onto the reason I actually wrote this post…I need to clean my grill! Outside of buying a new one, I’ve been researching ways to bring mine back to life. I found a decent article on The Kitchn for a quick grill refresh. Guess I’ll start with throwing all of my stuff in the dishwasher! Do you have any tips?
So Lindsey and I have been out of commission due to major life changes…moving, new jobs, graduating from grad school, etc. You name it, its kinda kept us from posting. We didn’t stop cooking though…or home-brewing beer…or curing bacon. We’ll be back soon and would like to hear from you. What things would you like to see us post about? In the meantime, I’ll leave this here…
Thanks for being loyal!
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I really, really like gourmet food. But my wallet, not so much. Lucky for me there’s a solution: KRLD Restaurant Week.
From the CBS/DFW website:
About KRLD Restaurant Week
Select from any of the over 125 Restaurants and enjoy a fabulous three-course dinner for just $35 per person. For each prix fixe dinner purchased, participating Restaurants will make a $7 donation to the North Texas Food Bank in Dallas or Lena Pope Home in Fort Worth to benefit families in need. Over the years, KRLD’s Restaurant Week raised Millions for local charities. You can help by making your reservation and enjoying a delicious dinner out! Reservations Required. Ask your favorite participating Restaurants for KRLD Restaurant Week Reservations. *Limited seating. Beverages, tax, and gratuity not included.
Bonus: spend $25 or more at Central Market and get a coupon for a free fourth course! (And I sure do love Central Market.)
For more information, including the list of participating restaurants, visit the CBS/DFW website. You can also follow KRLD Restaurant Week on Twitter.