It’s a cold and dreary day, so it’s a good day to fantasize about grilling out on a warm summer night. Looking at this big Weber catalog I just got in the mail makes me feel a little like Ralphie on A Christmas Story.
“I want a Genesis E-320 gas grill in dark blue with electronic crossover ignition system, porcelain-enameled shroud with a center-mounted thermometer and accent-colored, cast-aluminum end caps and 507 square inches of primary cooking space!”
“You’ll burn the filet, kid!”
That’s what Santa would probably say to me, because I’m not much of a grillmaster myself. I usually leave the perfectly juicy chicken breasts and exactly medium-rare steaks to my excellent grillmaster husband. But there have lately been a few occasions when I’d like to fire up the old grill myself and cook up some meat. When my mother worked at Copper Mountain ski resort, she used to (wo)man the grill for banquets and picnics and could grill 100 steaks at one time. I know I mentioned that in my first column, but that never ceases to amaze me.
In order to improve my own grill skills, I’m going to take a class at Hotel Roanoke on April 29 called “Thrill of the Grill.” After that, I hope to have learned enough cool tricks and tasty recipes to share with my readers.
I probably still won’t be good enough to justify spending $699 on that Weber Genesis E-320, or any of Weber-Stephen Products’ other 23 new grills out this season. But we shall see.
As long as we’re talking about grilling, what is your favorite thing to cook on the grill? I like a nice marinated pork tenderloin, with maybe some potatoes and veggies cooked in an aluminum pouch. I’ll have to give you guys the recipe for that pouch someday soon. I’m waiting for an actual warm summer day for that.