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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Grilling Gone Wild - Peggy Couch



Released June 2012

Fox Chapel Publishing

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

With summer fast approaching, and many areas experiencing summer-like spring weather, it's time to fire up the grills and cook outdoors. Grilling Gone Wild explores a number of recipes for beef, chicken, fruit, pork, seafood, and vegetables. There are recipes for spice rubs, marinades, and basting sauces. You'll find recipes for sides, desserts, and main entrees. This cookbook contains an assortment of recipes designed to inspire and delight.

Because it was hot and sunny all weekend, I put the cookbook to the test. My teens picked out a few recipes they wanted to try, and we went shopping. On the menu was:
  • Cheesy Potatoes with Bacon
  • Beer Braised Grilled Chicken
  • Balsamic Herb Ratatouille
  • Fruit and Cake Kabobs
Because I have teens with wildly different tastes, I had to make some alterations. My daughter only eats boneless chicken breasts, while my son prefers thighs on the bone. My son won't touch ratatouille, while it's one of my daughter's favorite meals. We had to leave the bacon off my daughter's potato as she only eats shellfish or boneless poultry, beef and pork will never cross her lips. Despite this, it's easy enough to match their tastes, and we came up with an amazing dinner. The recipes are easy to follow, take little time in terms of preparation, and definitely hit the mark on a hot spring/summer evening.

Grilling Gone Wild is a great book to have on hand as the temperatures climb. Pick up a copy and put your grill to good use.

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