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How to Grill on a Budget

When I first started grilling, I was horrible. Either I burned stuff to a crisp, and it was raw on the inside, or I’d do the “set it and forget it” method, and somehow expect to cook meat perfectly? ...

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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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A Taste of Old Florida

  While some of you were shivering through the polar vortex earlier this month, I was home in Florida. Before you get all jealous know that I made the last minute trip home for a family emergency. ...

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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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What to Do When You are Gifted Squash

  I recently walked into work to find a beautiful long squash on my desk. My mind immediately went to thinking it was a prank by one of my coworkers, because they do silly things from time to time. ...

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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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A Perfect Night for Outdoor Dining

  I'll admit that I’m not a huge fan of hot weather, but one of the things I do love about summer is being able to use my deck for outdoor dining. Eating a grilled turkey burger with corn on the cob ...

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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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