Full disclosure: I am a fan of the humble grilled hot dog and will ingest it on sight in matter of seconds. But if you’re lucky enough to have a grill it could be time to upgrade from your standard meaty fare, lest you get stuck in a cooking rut and start ignoring your outdoor equipment altogether. Thank goodness the Internet has provided more than enough food fodder to alleviate even the worst grill fatigue this summer. [More]
Full disclosure: I’m clueless when it comes to lighting grills, be they charcoal or gas. As such, I never realized there’s a heated debate (pun totally intended) over what kind of charcoal one uses, should that be the grill of choice. I see chunks of black stuff on fire cooking up a burger and I think, “Yum. Gonna eat that.” But it’s true, dear readers — there’s a battle brewing between charcoal lump fans and charcoal briquette devotees. [More]
In case you hadn’t noticed, it’s Memorial Day. That means overblown, low-quality movies that will earn more in a weekend than some small countries will in a decade and — most importantly — it’s grilling season. Alas, despite decades of debate, countless technological advances and several attempts by Presidents Clinton, Carter and Bush to bring resolution to the matter, there still remains a great divide in this nation between those who swear by charcoal and those who are cooking with gas. [More]
The State of New York would rather you not burn it down today if you strike up the grill today, and although it probably doesn’t care whether or not non-residents torch their own states — after all, it’s all just flyover territory to them — feel free to use its tips from the New York Department of Health wherever you might reside. [More]
Seattle TV station KIRO, like a lot of media organizations, has sponsored links on their front page. This is all well and good, since you have to pay for the camera(wo)men and the antennae and the pixels somehow. The problem is that sometimes sad news stories and contextual advertising lead to… hilarity.
When the cost of propane shot up to $1.70 or more per gallon last year, propane dealers quietly cut the amount they were putting into refilled tanks without telling customers. Now the cost of propane is under a dollar per gallon, but retailers aren’t increasing the amount back to previous levels.
It’s holiday weekend time, kids, and just because there’s a nasty recession going on doesn’t mean you have to skip the steaks. The Washington Post has put together this helpful printable PDF that will introduce you to some cheaper cuts of beef that can be quite tasty when given a little TLC.
Consumer Reports has some tips for those of you who are grill shopping this week. Our favorite? Bring a magnet! CR says some grills are made of crappy stainless steel that magnets will stick to.
Be sure there are plenty of clean utensils and platters. To prevent foodborne illness, don’t use the same platter and utensils for raw and cooked meat and poultry. Harmful bacteria present in raw meat and poultry and their juices can contaminate safely cooked food.