Grilled Butterflied Chicken, Thai Brinerated

Aug 27, 09 Grilled Butterflied Chicken, Thai Brinerated

Posted by in Grilling, Sunday dinner

Butterflied chicken is my second favorite way to grill chicken. *After rotisserie grilling, of course. I picked up this technique from Su-Mei Yu in Fine Cooking magazine; I’ve been using it for years, and I’ve played with her recipe a bit. I’ve made it more of a brinerade than a marinade, but the flavor profile of...

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Year One of DadCooksDinner

Aug 25, 09 Year One of DadCooksDinner

Posted by in Ramblings

It’s been a great first year. In honor of one of my favorite movies, I’m going to celebrate year one of DadCooksDinner with a set of Top Five lists.Yes, I’m a geek. If you haven’t figured that out, you haven’t been paying attention… Top Five Moments in year one of DadCooksDinner5. Memorial Day...

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Pickled Sorta Sour Cucumbers

Aug 21, 09 Pickled Sorta Sour Cucumbers

Posted by in Side dish

My brother, Matt (the Doctor!) left these at our cottage this summer. I had a couple on a burger, and then fished a few out of the jar and ate them raw. Then I ate a few more. Then…well, long story short, by the time dinner was done, the pickles were all gone. And I was considering drinking some of the juice left in the...

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Pickled Red Onions

Aug 20, 09 Pickled Red Onions

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Pickled red onions are the one homemade pickle that I have made in the past. They’re a common Mexican side dish, and I’ve often made them to serve with grilled Mexican meals.  Also, I used this recipe to preserve all the small red onions that came out of our garden last year.*That’s something...

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Pickled Chile Peppers

Aug 19, 09 Pickled Chile Peppers

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Michael Symon and Michael Ruhlman are big names in food circles, but to those of us in Northeastern Ohio, they are hometown boys who made good.*  I was introduced to both of them years ago, when I read an article about Symon, written by Ruhlman, in a local Cleveland magazine. That article became part of Ruhlman’s The...

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Pickled Dilly Beans

Aug 18, 09 Pickled Dilly Beans

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Here is the recipe that started me on my pickling kick: Dilly Beans. This recipe gives you a sweet and dill combination that goes well with the flavor of the beans. I brought my first batch to a friend’s party as an appetizer.* Everyone loved them, but Diane couldn’t keep away from them. We ate the whole quart jar of...

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Basic Technique: Pickling Vegetables

Aug 17, 09 Basic Technique: Pickling Vegetables

Posted by in Basic technique

Welcome to pickling week on DadCooksDinner! I’ve been meaning to make some homemade pickles; I make pickled red onions from time to time, and I love them, but I’ve never really branched out into any other recipes.  Then our CSA announced “pick your own” green beans, with no limit.  Diane loves...

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Grilled Boneless Pork Loin Chops, Brined and Honey Glazed

Aug 13, 09 Grilled Boneless Pork Loin Chops, Brined and Honey Glazed

Posted by in Grilling, Weeknight dinner

In this part of the blog I’m supposed have a witty story, where I tell a few jokes.  I should explain why the recipe has some special meaning to me, and why it should have special meaning to you. This is a recipe for grilled boneless pork loin chops. And… after that, I’ve got nothing. I’ve already told you...

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Grilled Monster Zucchini

Aug 11, 09 Grilled Monster Zucchini

Posted by in Grilling, Side dish

At work, there is a cardboard box with “please take me” written on it with magic marker.  In it is a big pile of vegetables.  There are tomatoes, some peppers, and then… next to the box are the zucchini.  These aren’t your normal sized squash. These are Big zucchini. Monster zucchini. Zucchini...

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Grilled Chicken Wings, Spicy Asian Glazed

Aug 06, 09 Grilled Chicken Wings, Spicy Asian Glazed

Posted by in Grilling, Sunday dinner

As much as I like my grill-roasted chicken wings, the recipe doesn’t make enough wings to serve more than a couple of people. Wings take up a lot of space on the grill, and the indirect cooking method uses up more of the precious space on my Weber kettle. *I really need to get the recently released 26-inch Weber kettle, but...

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Julia, Ruhlman and Pollan. Or, why I’m a cook.

Aug 05, 09 Julia, Ruhlman and Pollan.  Or, why I’m a cook.

Posted by in Ramblings

I’m a cook. It’s my passion, it’s why I write this blog, and it’s one of the things that gets me out of bed in the morning, instead of just pulling up the covers and hoping the world goes away.* *My first cup of coffee is usually what gets me over that feeling. I was horrified when I read Michael...

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Weber’s On The Grill iPhone App

Aug 04, 09 Weber’s On The Grill iPhone App

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I just returned from a week’s vacation at my family cottage in Madison, OH.  We had a great time, lounging around on the beach, splashing in the lake, sailing our Sunfish, and (of course, for me) cooking some meals on the grill.  I pack my backup Weber kettle into the trunk of the car, and bring it with me each year. What?...

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