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Almost every morning, my blind cat Charlie leaps onto the bed and wakes me a few minutes
HOWTO BECOMETHE ULTIMATE SUMMERTIME GRILL MASTER
before my alarm clock goes off. I think that is uncanny. I can understand if he jumps up after the alarm goes off, but before? If I hit the snooze button and roll over, then he climbs on top of me and settles down to wait for me to get up. Sometimes he decides to groom himself while still on top of me, which is annoying. I’m not sure if his plan by doing this is to make me get up, because it doesn’t work. Then, if he thinks I’ve stayed in the bed too long, he jumps down, goes over to the window, and starts playing with the blinds. He’s figured out that this will get me out of bed, if just to throw him out of the room.
Speaking of monitoring internal temperatures, TV chef and personality Alton Brown, best known for “Good Eats” and “Cutthroat Kitchen,” recommends keeping a digital instant-read probe thermometer on hand to check on those internal temperatures, which is a must for meats like chicken and pork. Chicken, for instance, should reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F for dark meat and 160 degrees F for white meat. Pork should hit a minimum of 145 degrees F.
There’s nothing quite like firing up the grill in the middle of summer. Whether you’re having a Fourth of July barbecue or just grilling up some dinner after work, you can’t beat the classic sizzle as meat and vegetables hit those hot grates. It’s a feast for all the senses. If you’re like most people, one thought has probably crossed your mind: “How can I be a better griller?”You might have your burger game down, but what about everything else? Do you get the most out of your grill and turn out unforgettable meals every time? It doesn’t matter if you use a charcoal, a gas, or even an electric grill. Anyone can unleash their inner grill master with a few easy tips.
When I finally get up, I go into the kitchen to check his food bowl and it usually still has food in it. Charlie follows me into the kitchen and stops by the treat cabinet. Maybe I should stop feeding him treats in the morning and then I could sleep longer!
If you really want to step up your grilling game, put away the burgers, hot dogs, and steak and say hello to … pizza! You can technically grill just about anything. Just think of your grill as an outdoor oven. While the primary heat source may be below the grates, when the lid is closed, heat circulates through the entire grill space, effectively cooking or baking whatever you have inside. Pizza is a great example of what you can cook in a grill, and it’s very easy. Start with your own homemade dough or buy some at the grocery store. Roll it 985-640-6072 • 1 Continued on Page 2 ...
Don’t Walk Away
When you’re grilling, you never want to walk away from your grill once you’ve put the food on the grates. When your attention is pulled elsewhere, you risk ruination. All it takes is a few minutes of distraction to ruin a perfectly good steak. When the meat goes down and you watch it — and keep an eye on the internal temperature — the results will speak for themselves.
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