Sunday, August 24, 2008

Vacation Day 4

Lots of time for eating, shopping, cooking, exercising and going to the beach but not much time for blogging. My brother and sister-in-law Jim and Wendy Van de Walle came to visit us in Southampton for the weekend with their German Short-haired Pointer Maxi (or more affectionately, Maxi-doodle). We all loved having them except my Sassafras is T-E-R-R-I-F-I-E-D of Max. Terrified! That’s an English Cocker Spaniel for you.

We ate well:
Our first night we had roasted beats and goat cheese salad, “MISFIT” corn from my garden, and grilled local tuna in the nude with wasabi, pickled ginger and soy sauce. Although we grew corn in the backyard when I was young, I have never attempted to grow it myself. I can’t say I wasn’t warned that corn is actually pretty hard to grow despite be an all-American crop. My corn harvest consisted of 20 midget ears with half of the kernels missing from the cob. A proud gardener, I decided to serve it anyway as it was very tasty even though it was really ugly.

The next night we had whole roasted chicken done on the grill. It was the best whole chicken I’ve ever had. On the side, we had local beefsteak tomatoes, fresh basis and Norel’s homemade mozzarella cheese and their farm fresh corn. Wendy and I dreamed up a RECIPE using my new Weber brand Grill Poultry Roaster -- a Sauvignon Blanc, and fresh sage, rosemary and basil herb (all from my garden) infusion. Yummy meal and really simple too.

Similar to the “beer can” grilling method the Weber Grill Poultry Roaster allows you to roast a chicken on the grill upright while infusing the bird with a cooking liquid so the meat stays moist and tender. The roaster is an easy-to-clean aluminum base tray with a reservoir for liquid such as wine, beer, juice or water and fresh herbs and spices.

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