We had to buy a new gas grill recently. Well, "had to" is a little strong I guess. We have two BBQ pits which G uses for his special slow smoked BBQ and they work fine for charcoal grilling. But in the summer months we grill several nights a week and having a gas grill is much more economical when you figure in the cost of charcoal. Heck Denver winters are often mild enough that we really grill year round. (Yes, we get loads of snow, but it melts fast as the sun is ever present throughout the winter.)
As always I researched the issue to death. Our last grill was quite fancy, very expensive and only lasted about seven years. I'm a firm believer that if you spend several hundreds of dollars (or more) on a household item, it should last far longer - although the overall quality of major appliances today repeatedly proves me to be a fool. Every single article and review I read said to not even bother buying anything other than a Weber. And so, we did it. It was way beyond what we wanted to spend even for a very basic model, but I definitely feel good about the purchase. I'm hopeful the quality will ring true and we'll still be using it in 20 years like my brother-in-law and his beloved Weber. We did luck out that the floor model had a sizable but harmless dent in it so we bargained and got a decent discount. We popped out the dent as soon as we got home.
I'm so happy to have my gas grill back! It's wonderful to keep the indoor stove use to a minimum and still manage to be happy carnivores. Tonight was one of my absolute favorite meals....
Salad of freshly picked garden greens and peas, grilled fish and sweet and savory rice.
The rice is a simple mixture of white basmati, fresh tomato, peaches, cilantro and the juice of one lime. We cooked it in a light chicken broth. I typically use Better than Bouillon if I don't have any homemade stock in the freezer. Homemade stock is a winter staple in this house and I'll write about it in the fall when we have the first stock making day. Another twist we do on this rice is to substitute coconut milk for half the liquid and toss in toasted coconut right before serving. It's absolutely to die for!
A Lovely Sunday Ride is a twice monthly slow ride for ladies in the spirit of cycle chic. Each ride we explore one of the Denver Metro areas beautiful neighborhoods, ending for coffee, brunch, ice cream and maybe a cocktail!