Sunday, June 17, 2012
I may have mentioned this before, but my husband holds a weekly backyard BBQ. Sometimes one or more friends come by, sometimes, he's out there standing solo over the charcoal grill, beer in one hand, spatula in the other. There are benefits and drawbacks...
His walking back and forth from the backyard to the kitchen inevitably creates a big mess. And each trip through the sliding glass door invites about 3 mosquitoes in the house. They seek me out immediately. At some point, the cat enters (with a waiting group of 3 mosquitoes) and jumps immediately on the table to start eating our food. I'll be downstairs but know she's up to no good because I hear the quick clink! clink! clink! of a spoon knocking around in a bowl. Most importantly, there's got to be something unhealthy about a heavy weekly dose of carcinogenic red meat, chips, soda, and potato salad.
Of course, there are some nice things about the weekly BBQ. Despite my health concerns, he's creating fond memories for the kids. He likes to see what's going on in the garden. He's made special creations like the Satan burger, his own version of a spicy tomato condiment, grilled blue-cheese stuffed peppers, and ultimately, he wants to please me. When I said it'd be nice to have some bacon-wrapped turkey, I entered the kitchen a few hours later to find a plate of turkey kebabs, wrapped in bacon and ready for the grill. This week, after something I'd mentioned earlier, he was inspired to grill some corn for me. I made some herbed butter full of fresh rosemary, thyme, and oregano. It was delicious on the corn.
As a side note, something was not quite right about it and it kept nagging at me. I eventually figured out that what didn't seem right was that we were eating corn in June. Though it's so endearing that my husband would go to the supermarket and buy corn from who-knows-where, we're not harvesting corn in Maryland yet, and it just didn't feel right. Maybe it's purely psychological, but it also didn't taste right. I'll have him try this again with local summer corn in a couple of months and will report back. I'm sure that post will include the words - SWEET...CRISP...BUTTERY...
What are you growing and cooking this week? I'd love to know about it!
Posted by Wendy at 1:38 AM