Lazy Summer 2010

Jun 29, 10 Lazy Summer 2010

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Sunset over Lake Erie A programming note: I will be out of town a lot in July, so DadCooksDinner will be published on a summer schedule until August. New posts will go up on Tuesday and Thursday, with no Monday post unless something really grabs me. Comment approval will be sporadic as well; my internet access will be limited to...

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Things I love: Weber Charcoal Chimney Starter

Jun 28, 10 Things I love: Weber Charcoal Chimney Starter

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Things I love: Weber Charcoal Chimney Starter A chimney starter is the best way to start a charcoal fire. Stuff some newspaper in the bottom, fill the top with charcoal, and light it up; thirty minutes later, the charcoal is ready to use. It’s quicker, easier and cleaner than lighter fluid, and the food you cook doesn’t...

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Kale Chips

Jun 24, 10 Kale Chips

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I’ve mentioned The real omnivore’s dilemma before – what do you do with all the kale in your CSA? The last time I asked that question, I got a response from reader Maria in an email, saying: You make kale chips, of course! Kale chips are a food blogosphere sensation – everyone has done them.I mean everyone:...

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Napa Cabbage Slaw with Honey Lime Dressing

Jun 22, 10 Napa Cabbage Slaw with Honey Lime Dressing

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I got a huge Napa cabbage in my first CSA box last week. I combined it with some of the other vegetables in the box – some radishes and spring onions – to make an early summer version of the slaw that is served with fish tacos. *I share my Crown Point CSA with my friend Pam; we alternate weeks. Her first answer to...

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Cooking Demo: Meet me at the Market, June 24th 2010

Cooking Demo at the Market: June 5 2010 I’m doing a grilling demonstration at the Stan Hywett farmers market next Thursday, June 24th, from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. If you’re in the area, please stop by and say hello! I am a huge fan of the Countryside Conservancy farmers markets, and I had a great time doing the demo a few...

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Pressure Cooker Pork Chili with Beans

Jun 17, 10 Pressure Cooker Pork Chili with Beans

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When Kuhn Rikon sent me their Family Style cooker to test, the first recipe that I thought of was chili. I’ve been eyeing that cooker for a while because of how wide it was, thinking that extra surface area would be great for browning the cubes of meat that make up chili (or a stew.)*It doesn’t take much for me to think...

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Pressure Cooker French Lentils

Jun 15, 10 Pressure Cooker French Lentils

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Here is another recipe from my tests of the Kuhn Rikon Family Style 12 quart pressure cooker. Lentil stew with rice has been in heavy rotation in my house for the last year or so. It is one of the key recipes in my dinner plan for Meatless Mondays; we have it every two or three weeks. Beans and rice are one of the few...

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Review: Kuhn Rikon 12 Quart Family Stockpot Pressure Cooker

Jun 14, 10 Review: Kuhn Rikon 12 Quart Family Stockpot Pressure Cooker

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Review: Kuhn Rikon 12 Quart Family Stockpot Pressure Cooker When I wrote about my love of pressure cookers, I said Size Matters. I mentioned that I’d love to try the largest pressure cooker out there – the Kuhn Rikon 12 Quart Family Style Stockpot pressure cooker. Someone at Kuhn Rikon read that article, and they...

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Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb, Dry Brined with Garlic, Lemon and Herbs

Jun 10, 10 Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb, Dry Brined with Garlic, Lemon and Herbs

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I am a fan of the taste of lamb, especially grilled lamb. The “labminess” that seems to worry people is an extra depth of flavor that I love.*Is lambiness a word?  Not according to my spell check.  I’m going with it anyhow. I don’t understand the concern about the flavor. When I cook lamb for...

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Planet Barbecue Giveaway Winners

I picked the winners to our Planet Barbecue giveaway on Sunday… We have our winners!  Random.org picked comments #10 (Alex), #6 (Pat) and #8 (Chris).  Please email me with your contact information, so I can send you the cookbooks!  Use the “Email DadCooksDinner” link in my profile on the top...

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Rotisserie Chicken, Dry Brined

Jun 08, 10 Rotisserie Chicken, Dry Brined

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At my farmers market grilling demo, I heard: This chicken is great! What kind of barbecue sauce did you use on it? The answer: no barbecue sauce. The chicken was salted a day ahead of time, I put a sprig of thyme under the skin of the breast, and I cooked it on my rotisserie with a chunk of smoking wood. That’s it!*This...

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Grilling the Farmers Market

Jun 07, 10 Grilling the Farmers Market

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Recipes I demonstrated at the market: Rotisserie Chicken (Other versions of roti chicken are here and here) Grilled Butterflied Leg of Lamb (Coming Thursday) Grilled Asparagus Grated Carrot Salad Grilled Garlic Bread Last Saturday was my grilling demonstration at the Countryside Conservancy’s farmers market in the Cuyahoga...

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Basic Technique: Grilled Sausages

Jun 03, 10 Basic Technique: Grilled Sausages

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Grilling sausage is an essential skill for every grill master.Especially me. My Dad is from Wisconsin, and I was born there. Knowing how to cook bratwurst is a family requirement. Grilling sausage is not easy. Cooking a sausage all the way through before it burns on the outside is tricky, and flare ups from dripping fat make it...

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Grilled Peppers and Onions

Jun 01, 10 Grilled Peppers and Onions

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Grilled peppers and onions are my answer to: “I’m grilling. What do I serve as a side dish?” I always have the ingredients in my pantry; when I’m at a loss, I turn to this recipe.They are also a great way to learn how to grill vegetables. I learned the best way to grill most vegetables (medium to medium-low...

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