Janet's Notebook - by Janet Tharpe
Helloooooo, summer! Oh, how I’ve missed you so. The cozy fires and walks in the snow were charming and all, but these wet boots are messing up the hallway and my garden tools are gathering dust. I hereby declare it summer... and time to grill!
Chip “Danger: Man Cooking” Burrus sure does know his way around a grill. This West Virginia native has been sharing his favorite summertime recipes with other hometown cooks at the recipe swapping website, www.justapinch.com. And his stand-out recipe for grilled Chicken a L’Orange serves-up a tasty blast of summer flavor that fits in just right alongside a cold glass of lemonade.
Chip admits to a soft-spot in his heart for one spice in particular.
“I tend to go heavy on the cumin (in most every recipe),” shares Chip. “It’s so smoky all by itself and really adds something special to grilled meat. I add it to recipes whenever I can.”
Another clever member who is clearly at home in front of a grill is Raphe Reeves of Murfreesboro, TN! The Kitchen Crew and I could not wait to try his method for preparing Beef Tri-Tip on the grill. Tri-Tip is a very versatile cut of beef from the bottom sirloin primal cut. It often
“Cooking it fat side up will keep it juicy and allow the fat to go [right] to ‘your thighs’,” jokes Raphe.
But right he is! This cut of “thigh meat” has never tasted better. Raphe’s dish is exceptionally tender and has all the right punches of flavor: garlic, dill, rosemary... What a delight.
But what of dessert? Help a grill gal out... Do you have any tasty sweet treats that are right at home on the grill? Do tell! See these recipes and share your own with the Just A Pinch Recipe Club, a free online community of hometown cooks swapping family recipes, chatting about blue ribbon tips and accessing valuable coupons for recipe ingredients and more! You can find us at www.justapinch.com.