Grilled Pizza Two Ways

Grilled pizza with arugula pesto

After desperately trying to avoid ordering pizza on my last post, yesterday pizza was exactly what I was in the mood for.  The weather was so wonderful that the thought of cooking them indoors just seemed wrong.  So the obvious choice was to grill them.  Now if you haven’t tried to grill your pizza you’re missing out.  First, they cook very fast and second, they get a nice smoked flavor that I just love.  The real trick to grilling pizza is about planning and having everything you need within reach.  You don’t want to be running into the house to … Continue reading

Citrus grilled chicken salad with Salsalina dressing

Citrus Grilled Chicken Salad with Salsalina dressing

As I was typing away yesterday, it hit me that I hadn’t made an entreé size salad in quite some time .  I don’t know why I haven’t made one lately; we used to eat salad only for dinner almost once a week.  Perhaps I just got bored with them or more probably  I thought creating a different type of dinner recipe was more enticing.  Whatever my reasoning for being remiss, it was time to have salad again for dinner.  The more I thought about it, the better it sounded. Now the question became-what kind?  Caesar?  Always a favorite of mine, but not this time.  … Continue reading

Thai Pork Chops with chile garlic dipping sauce

Thai Pork Chops

It’s good to be back home.  I was gone for a few days helping pack my mother’s belongings and move her here closer to us.  While it’s always tough going through that time, I must say she was a trooper, taking it all in stride and looking at it as a new adventure in her life.  We cooked of course and had a wonderful barbecued pork tenderloin with a cherry and wine reduction sauce that my sister made.  It was out of this world good.  Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of it but did get some of the deer that roam up to … Continue reading

Cilantro Caesar Chicken Kabobs

Cilantro Caesar Chicken Kabobs

One of my absolute favorite salads is Caesar.  There’s just something about the zing from the garlic and worcestershire along with tangy lemon and saltiness of the anchovy that gets me.  So when my son suggested we do kabobs on the grill, it hit me that the same type of dressing would be great on chicken.  I knew I would change it up a bit, but now at least I had a jumping off point.  I wanted it to have similar flavors but with a little more Mexican twist to it.  Being that it was invented in Mexico by an Italian immigrant named Caesar Cardini, I … Continue reading

Herb Grilled Skirt Steak with roasted fingerling potatoes and rocket salad

Herb Marinated Grilled Skirt Steak with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes and Rocket Salad

Don’t you just love when Mother Nature doesn’t want to follow direction?  It has been nothing but gorgeous weather for over a week and when I finally get the urge to grill again…rain.  Really?  Rain?  This is Southern California; we don’t do rain in June.  Apparently I was wrong, as the clouds rolled in, even though I assured my wife they would not put a damper on the weekend.  I was all set to grill; tank filled, tongs cleaned and polished, and grates scraped clean when…drip, drip, drip. After it quickly became a steady rain I let my wife know it was leftover … Continue reading

Whole grilled chicken with honey chipotle glaze

Grilled Whole Chicken with honey chipotle glaze

Once I get in the mood to barbecue, I can’t control myself.  I absolutely love cooking outside.  If I could find a way to physically move my entire kitchen outdoors when it’s sunny I would have done it already.  Of course that’s not really necessary; plus if I dare tear up another room in the house without finishing the bathroom that I started (I won’t mention how long ago) my wife will kill me.  Actually she won’t kill me…who would fix dinner.  Check out my “About” tab if you want more details.  Oops-getting off track again. Yesterday steaks were calling me, but today the … Continue reading

Bone-in Ribeyes with grilled Mediteranean vegetable salad

Grilled Bone-in Ribeyes with Ken's custom rub

Memorial Day marks the unofficial start of summer and the kickoff of the barbecue and grilling season.  Here in Southern California we’re fortunate to have just a little bit better weather than most year round.  Alright, we have fantastic weather compared to most throughout the year.  Even though I do grill in the winter, braving the frigid 60 degree weather in my shorts and t-shirt, when it hits Memorial Day there’s just something different about it.  The sun is shining, the days are longer and…oh what the heck does it matter!  It’s a perfect chance to get outside with family and … Continue reading