After enjoying two days of family craziness with cousins in town for the holiday weekend, Tim and I spent Labor Day afternoon and evening with some friends, cooking out poolside… and soaking up this view:
I’m not a grill-master, by any means, and when I say that I mean that I have NEVER GRILLED. Weird, huh? I mean, unless we’re talking about a grill pan on the stove or a countertop grill, a la George Foreman. I know it’s shocking, given my culinary wizardry, but somehow it’s always just been the man’s domain (I can’t believe I just typed that). Seriously, though – Dad has always taken care of the grilling while Mom worked her magic in the kitchen, and that’s just the way it was, so I guess it’s no surprise that I’d never attempted to conquer the open flames.
Well, times are a-changin’. Grilling was on the agenda for Labor Day, so why not give it a shot? In Thursday’s produce share, I received a beautiful butternut squash that seemed to be begging for grill marks. I googled it, and sure enough, the first recipe that caught my eye was the winner: Grilled Butternut Squash with Rosemary and Garlic (which I promptly pinned). I’ll let you check out the recipe out for yourself, but let me just tell you, the rave reviews were not lying. Part of me wishes that I had just made this for Tim and myself so that we could eat the whole batch alone without sharing!! It was devoured.
I should also mention that not only did I kill it on the grill with the squash, I also got suckered into grilling the rest of the menu… which included fresh hog snapper and strip steaks! AMAZINGLY I did not over- or undercook anything… my first attempt at grilling turned out awesome and I have come to the conclusion that I need to go out and buy a grill immediately. Like maybe tomorrow.
And of course, no long-weekend-celebration is complete without plenty of vino! We are always well-prepared…
Hope everyone had a safe and happy holiday weekend! Back to reality today… but hey, at least it’s a short week!
(P.S. I just realized, I took no people pictures! Clearly, I have my priorities, and food is #1.) ;)