Fun with grilling

LOCATION: In our tiny house in Mission, Texas
WEATHER:  Very pleasant.  High 70

STEPS:  13,569
CLASSES:  2 water aerobics

I had planned to get up at 4:00 AM to go to a Covid-19 vaccination center with my neighbor for a first come-first served vaccine.  About 9:00 PM last night, she learned that there were already 500 or so cars lined up ready to park overnight to wait their turn for the vaccine.  That was more than the number of vaccines they had available, so we scratched our plan.  I will continue to try to get on the medical center’s list. 

Two new people came for water aerobics..  They had not done it before, so it was kind of fun to teach them the routines.

Spanish class in the afternoon.  Another fun session. 

DINNER:  Tonight was George’s turn to grill.  He used Steve Riachlen’s grill book for the recipes…First I had him char an assortment of bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, and a poblano pepper. 

I used them to make this salad:


2 red bell  peppers
2 yellow bell peppers
2 green bell peppers
2 jalapeno peppers
1 pobano peppers

For the dressing….

1 clove garlic, chopped
1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
1 T balsamic vinegar
1 T lemon juice
4 T olive oil
2 T chopped parsley or basil
2 T toasted pine nuts

Char the peppers on the grill.  Transfer them to a baking dish and cover with plastic wrap.  This will make it easier to peel.  Let them cool about 20 minutes.  Meanwhile, make the dressing….

Place the garlic and salt in a glass bowl and mash to a paste with a spoon.  Add the vinegar and lemon juice and whisk until the salt is dissolved.  Whisk in the oil, parsley, and pine nuts.

Scrape off the charred skin off the peppers.  Slice and place on a platter for serving.  Stir the dressing and pour over the peppers.  Let them sit for a few hours to improve the flavors. 

This was really good, and very attractive.

The main course was hamburgers.  Using Steve’s recipe, he pressed two hamburger patties together with a pat of herbed  butter (that I had made earlier using finely diced parsley, green onions, and jalapenos) in between them.  They were quite tasty.

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