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Old 07-06-2009, 08:35 PM   #1
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3 squares per day grilled - remodeling!

For the last 2 weeks I've been cooking out back. How many ways can you think of to say 'I am sooo over grilling"?

We are remodeling and the kitchen, family room and laundry are gutted.

Cooking on the back porch has been interesting. The fridge is in the garage, the microwave and grill out back along with a hose and brand new outdoor sink.

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Old 07-06-2009, 08:44 PM   #2
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My kitchen was genuine mid seventies chic and boasted an analog (full 500 watts) microwave, ye olde fake walnut cabinets, unspeakable brown counters and 3 (count 'em, 3) layers of cheap vinyl. Other excellent features included a dropped ceiling (makes tall people claustrophobic) and pink flowered wall paper and borders.

The kitchen sink had 2 bowls - but neither was larger enough for a decent sized skillet.
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Old 07-06-2009, 08:49 PM   #3
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So - the demo is finished now. The dropped ceiling and all the insulation that was on top of it is gone. The popcorn finish has been removed from the ceiling by my son. Turns out that downy fab softener and water softens it right up and it can be scraped away. My house has a lovely lavender laundry smell.

We had an interesting time cooking on the grill. Dinner is OK, but breakfast is just hard. I finally learned how to make decent oatmeal in the microwave, but have learned that you can't leave butter outside in July.... (imagine that).

Did you know that it's possible to grill bacon on crinkled up foil?
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:04 PM   #4
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Good Lord, I'll say you've over grilled...You need a break today..Anyone for dinner OUT???? Or just a sandwich and chips...Chin up just think how beautiful it will be very soon.Wish I could help you ...we did ours last summer whoa nellie what a mess.
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:18 PM   #5
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Oh my, there is little that stresses out a cook like a kitchen reno. I did a lot of stuff in an electric wok, and an electric frying pan. It got old reaaaally fast. How much longer for you Janet?
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:20 PM   #6
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You could remove the grate from your grill and put a cast iron or oven-proof stainless skillet on the burner shields over the burners and cook like it's a stove.
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Tonight we're having burgers - again. Eating out gets old fast - I have the numbers of the few take away places in the area on speed dial. On the bright side we get to eat on the patio every night (and morning and noon....). I used to look forward to that....

So far the family fave is skewered and grilled bits on a pita with yogurt and feta - sort of a gyro affair.

Yesterday I learned how to make cinnamon toast on the grill. It can be done and was yummy.

Place sturdy bread on hot grill and toast bottom of bread (grill lid up)
Once toasted on one side, remove and butter toasted side and cover in cinnamon sugar. Be careful not to lick you fingers as that's where the calories are.

Close grill lid and let grill heat up a minute. Put untoasted side of bread down on the grill and close the lid. Watch very carefully - and remove when top is bubbly and the bottom is toasted. (takes only a minute or 2)

Be careful on the last step. Cinnamon toast burns (with blue flames) very easily - ask me how I know... :)
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Oh my, there is little that stresses out a cook like a kitchen reno. I did a lot of stuff in an electric wok, and an electric frying pan. It got old reaaaally fast. How much longer for you Janet?
Maybe 2 weeks? The cabinets come Thursday - but we won't have a chance to install till next week....
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Old 07-06-2009, 09:30 PM   #9
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UGH!!! 2 weeks is a LONG time. I say buy a bunch of paper plates for those meals you HAVE to eat at home and start imposing on all your friends for suppers out. If you show up looking hungry and giving them "bambi eyes" I bet you will get enough to keep you going til its all done.
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Old 07-07-2009, 01:58 AM   #10
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Janet - Since you are "ruffing it", here's a reference by the boy scouts for simple outdoor meals. I hope if inspires you to get away from just doing cinnamon toast or burgers :-)

Scouting Resources

The troop 928 file is what I was looking at.

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