Grills Rule, Boys Drool

May 7, 2012

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[Boy drools over tasty beer, that is]

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And grills rule because dinner cooks fast and there are very few dishes to do!

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While he grilled, she promenaded the garden

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Our new potted plants are all framing the deck nicely!

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On the menu tonight was some Organic Butcher herby chicken

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Plus grilled local asparagus seasoned with olive oil, salt, pepper and smoked paprika

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And Dakota drizzled in olive oil before grilling. The flavor was incredible!

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Afternoon snacks today included a small jar of trail mix while I was out running errands. And some strawberries eaten straight from the fridge!

Hoping to wine wind down with my book! Ahab’s Wife is taking me forever to get through, but I’m still really enjoying the story.

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1 Grace @ Grace Dishes May 7, 2012 at 7:59 pm

The dishes look so yum! I love grilling and it’s great for get-togethers ;)

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2 Eileen May 7, 2012 at 8:00 pm

Hooray, grilled asparagus! I roasted some the other night, and it was definitely very delicious, but the grill…well. The grill is pretty much magic, right?

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3 Katie @ Real Food Katie's Way May 7, 2012 at 8:02 pm

I’m lovin’ the asparagus right now!!!

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4 Ashley @ My Food 'N' Fitness Diaries May 7, 2012 at 8:03 pm

i’m grilling asparagus as we speak! grilled veggies are my favorite!

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5 Katie @ Peace Love & Oats May 7, 2012 at 8:04 pm

omg, we had the EXACT same thing for dinner, but fruit salad instead of dakota bread! (at home with my family)

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6 Madison @Peanut Butter Lover May 7, 2012 at 8:07 pm

I’ve been loving strawberries lately! We buy at least three containers a week, and boy those strawberries are HUGE. I think one that I had for lunch today was three inches long :)

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7 Mel May 7, 2012 at 8:11 pm

Hi Kath,
Beautiful potted plants! And yes, Grilling Season is the best! We recently tried your BBQ Sauce Recipe posted under your Snacks section and we loved it!

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8 Catalina @ Cake with Love May 7, 2012 at 8:28 pm

I love grilling, really we almost have no dishes to clean after that!!! You garden looks very nice from the porch!!

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9 Ashley @ Coffee Cake and Cardio May 7, 2012 at 8:33 pm

Dinner looks great! How fun to be out grilling. Can you believe this time next year you’ll have a little one playing in the grass?

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10 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 8:41 pm

I hope so! That would be so fun!

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11 mary @ minutespermile May 7, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I’m reading Bananas. It’s about the United Fruit Company and the history of our favorite yellow fruit! I have a feeling I might be looking for fair trade nanas when I finish…

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12 Laura @ She Eats Well May 7, 2012 at 9:06 pm

Love the title. Love the green-ness of the post. Your garden looks so lush!!!

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13 bex May 7, 2012 at 9:14 pm

what kind of grill do you have? it looks great and we are looking to get one soon!

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14 KathEats May 7, 2012 at 9:39 pm

I believe it’s a Weber. From Lowes, going on 6 years old and doing well. I think it was $300?

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15 Katie @ Happy Figs May 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I’ve never had a grill or used one…. now you all are making want to go buy a grill!

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16 Elle @ nutritionella May 7, 2012 at 9:27 pm

I have serious grill envy. I currently have a 10″ charcoal grill that does the trick but I’m looking forward to a grown up grill once I graduate and move into our next home!

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17 Alison May 7, 2012 at 9:49 pm

We’re also having asparagus for dinner tonight! We were supposed to have grilled salmon, but the bbq ran out of fuel. :(

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18 Katie @ Creature of Habit May 7, 2012 at 9:53 pm

This girl drools over beer (sometimes more than my man lol).

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19 Katie @ Creature of Habit May 7, 2012 at 9:54 pm

More than my man drools over beer. Ugh that comment got weird.

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20 OliePants May 7, 2012 at 10:15 pm

Dinner looks great and so does your patio in the backyard!

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21 Averie @ Averie Cooks May 7, 2012 at 10:17 pm

Love the post title! And what perfect asparagus and grilled Dakota bread…lovely!

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22 Lynn @ the actor's diet May 7, 2012 at 10:51 pm

I’m currently reading two books at once now. Plus a few cookbooks & scripts too!

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23 Tiffany May 7, 2012 at 10:57 pm

Hey Kath,

The asparagus and Dakota bread look delicious.

When you make overnight oats with banana and strawberries do you put the two in the mix the night before (does it get mushy?) or in the morning as a topping?

Thanks :)

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24 KathEats May 8, 2012 at 5:57 am

The night before because I like them to mush in, but you could certainly add then in the am

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25 Nancy~The Wife of a Dairyman May 7, 2012 at 11:59 pm

That asparagus looks SO very fresh, beautiful….and now I’m drooling!

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26 Lyn May 8, 2012 at 1:15 am

I looove grilled veggies! When the family has burgers, I have a grilled veggie sandwich. Red peppers are the best!

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27 Lisa (bakebikeblog) May 8, 2012 at 1:16 am

Love grilled asparagus! have you tried it sprinkled with lemon pepper? its my new favourite!

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28 jojo May 8, 2012 at 1:37 am

I love grilled asparagus!!!

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29 j3nn May 8, 2012 at 3:47 am

I love grilling! I do it year-round but warm weather makes it taste extra good. :)

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30 Laana May 8, 2012 at 4:01 am

Is grilling a healthy way to cook?

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31 KathEats May 8, 2012 at 6:00 am

Yes. Although easy on the char (which I think is the best part). Herbs help to counter balance it.

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32 Katharina May 8, 2012 at 8:05 am

Why is the char bad? I’ve heard people say that before, but I always thought it was an old wives tale. Carcinogen?

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33 KathEats May 8, 2012 at 8:18 am

Yes, potential carcinogen. Although people have been cooking over open fires for …..AGES! I think a little is OK, but those black marshmallows I love so much…

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34 Katharina May 8, 2012 at 8:33 am

Haha yeah….us Americans always need something to worry about! Hopefully it’s fine in moderation cause I’m with you. Its the best part! Love burnt marshmallows.

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35 Simply Life May 8, 2012 at 5:57 am

wow! what a gorgeous backyard!

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36 Fran@ Broken Cookies Don't Count May 8, 2012 at 6:31 am

Garden’s looking good!

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37 Susan H. @ The Food Allergy Chronicles May 8, 2012 at 6:35 am

Love that everything can be accomplished for dinner on the bbq! Looks delish! Toasted bread with olive oil…yum!

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38 Erica May 8, 2012 at 6:35 am

The grilled asparagus looks fantastic! We need to start grilling more! How are your gardens doing? We have one too- cherry tomatoes, jalapenos, cilantro and strawberries. Everything is coming along nicely

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39 KathEats May 8, 2012 at 7:06 am

They’re coming along!! Can’t wait for the first lettuce!

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40 Hope @ With A Side Of Hope May 8, 2012 at 7:01 am

I love grilled asparagus! Grilled vegetables just taste so good. I cannot wait to use our grill again. The weather has been rainy here so we haven’t been able to use it yet. Jealous!

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41 Katie May 8, 2012 at 7:17 am

I’ve been wondering if you had any book recommendations. After the Hunger Games I have been having a hard time really getting into anything. I am still reading, but I’m looking for that book I can’t put down. My daughter and I did read quite a view Shel Silverstein poems last night.

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42 Katie May 8, 2012 at 7:20 am

Should be quite a few.

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43 KathEats May 8, 2012 at 7:48 am

THG was the best book I’ve read this year….so that’s not saying much! I’m a slow reader (it’s so hard for me to sit down and focus during the day and i fall asleep at night!), so I don’t have any good recommendations at this time (but I have a stack of books 10 thick on my nightstand waiting in line!). Check Eatliverun.com – she’s a huge reader and has a recommended list of her favorite books.

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44 Katie May 8, 2012 at 8:03 am

Thanks for the response Kath. I’m the exact same way, I have a hard time allowing myself time to sit down and read during the day and then I fall asleep trying to read at bedtime. I have seen some of her recommendations so I will head back to Eat LIve Run. I finished a Sophie Kinsella/Madeleine Wickam book and Tina Fey’s Bossypants, and A Secret Kept by Tatiana De Rosnay that wrote Sarah’s Key. I just picked up How to Pick a Peach and The Taste of Tomorrow, have you read either of those? BTW, have been attempting to continue to organize my kids’ photo albums and baby books and was looking at birth/baby pictures last night which made me think of you. Keep enjoying your pregnancy and thanks as always for sharing with us. My son is headed to kindergarten in the fall, the time goes so quickly!

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45 Andrea @FrSeed2Stomach May 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm

I can’t believe I feel this way, but I’m enjoying the Steve Jobs biography almost as much as I loved the Hunger Games trilogy! Fascinating guy and the history of computing is really interesting. If you’re into nonfiction, I’d recommend it. :-) Also, I can’t wait until that garden is yielding! I didn’t have time to start seedlings this year, but I bought some lettuce, arugula, spinach, and kale which are all doing well. My mint, oregano, tarragon, rosemary, and strawberries all came back with a bang this year :-)

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46 Hillary B May 9, 2012 at 1:58 pm

If you are in Hunger Games withdrawal, read “Divergent” by Veronica Roth. It has many Hunger Games-ian features – YA novel, dystopian futuristic society, 16 year old female heroine, action/adventure…. It’s awesome! I read it in two days. And Book 2 in the trilogy (“Insurgent”) JUST came out so you already have your next booked lined up to read. :)

Also, this is a fun link to check out:
http://2busybrunettes.com/2012/03/23/25-series-to-read-if-you-love-the-hunger-games/

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47 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin May 8, 2012 at 7:23 am

I’ve never tried grilling asparagus before! I can’t wait until we get some warmer weather here so that I can fire up the grill and try it!

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48 Jennifer (The Gourmetour) May 8, 2012 at 7:46 am

I am dying to get my hands on one of the GH loafs here in Chicago! They always look delish and I can’t ever get enough of good doughy, crusty, fresh made bread! I noticed one near my parents home in the Northshore Boston area, but have never seen one prior to or since. I just looked up a location near me (although I’m moving in 2 weeks) and it looks like there’s one 4 miles up the road in Evanston, IL. I may have to mosey on over there and pick some up. Any recommendations as to which loaf I must/should try first?! I’m so excited.

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49 KathEats May 8, 2012 at 7:51 am

Look for Flax Oat Bran (called Cville Crunch here) or High Five! And while you’re there, if they have cinnamon chip or cheddar garlic on the breadboard, taste those too!

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50 Jennifer (The Gourmetour) May 8, 2012 at 7:59 am

Thanks Kath! I’ll be sure to try ‘em out! Can’t wait.

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51 Cait's Plate May 8, 2012 at 8:21 am

Fast cooking + no dishes = the BEST thing about grills!! That same sentence literally came out of my mouth last night.

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52 books.food.fun. May 8, 2012 at 8:17 pm

I will be interested in what you think of Ahab’s Wife. I have it sitting on my shelf and plan to read it at some point. I read Abundance (by the same author) about Marie Antoinette and enjoyed it.

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53 KathEats May 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

I LOVE the book – I just need more reading time!

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54 robin May 8, 2012 at 8:18 pm

just bought asparagus at our farmers market…$1.00 for a bunch

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55 ~Christy @ wonderofallthings May 9, 2012 at 8:13 am

Asparagus is the BEST! Especially on the grill. Three cheers for in-season produce :)

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56 Angel7 May 9, 2012 at 5:11 pm

I like the way your garden beds are in alignment with your deck–from that angle they look like steps! They look really nice!

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