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Grilled Eggplant Three Ways

I find that eggplant generally gets a bad rap. I’m not sure if people are averse to its texture or flavor, or they are just not familiar with how to prepare it, but I absolutely love eggplant, so I’m ...

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Summertime Barbeque Smoke Out

  If you are like me, you would agree that summertime is the best time for cooking. With the gorgeous weather, cooking and eating outdoors just can’t be beat. All of the bountiful produce from the ...

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Follow this Rule for Every Type of Grill

  Summer has officially started, and I know many of us are excited to spend a lot of of it outside grilling! Here in Chicago, we are moving into phase 4 of re-opening, which means restaurants can ...

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Summer Grilling isn't Cancelled

Memorial Day weekend is always called the unofficial start to summer. In years past, the long holiday weekend was a time for first of the year beach vacations, large barbecues with friends, swimming ...

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The Advantages of Charcoal Grilling: Part 2

  Previously on The Advantages of Charcoal Grilling Part I: we learned about different types of charcoal grill, how to start the charcoal, how to elevate our grill grate, and we learned about the ...

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The Advantages of Charcoal Grilling: Part 1

If I had to choose one method of cooking to use for the rest of my life, I would choose cooking over an open fire without hesitation. A wood or charcoal fire is such an engaging cooking experience, ...

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7 Genius Tips For Throwing An Autumn Barbecue

The smell of barbecue in the air is often synonymous with a warm summer day, but as those long days roll into the crisp temperatures of autumn, that does not mean you have to pack up your grill. In ...

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Party On at Chicago’s Top Patios

  With Summer officially halfway over, now is the time to get outside and take advantage of our beautiful Chicago evenings. Last week I had friends visiting from LA, and we embarked on a power-tour ...

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My Husband's Grilled Chicken Experiment

  I can remember the first time my husband ever said to me, “I’ll grill some chicken tonight!” “Great,” I replied, “How are you going to do it?” His answer? “Oh, this is my special chicken!” And so ...

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10 Things You Should Grill before Winter Comes and it’s Too Late

  As any good Game of Thrones fan (or Chicago resident) knows, winter is coming. Sure, you may be enjoying the most beautiful July day you’ve ever set eyes on, but you know that parka lurking in the ...

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