I've been cooking for almost 30 years and have learned a lot from mom, grandma, chefs, television, books and internet. I've tried many new things in the past number of years and I have to say, I get the most enjoyment out of grilling outdoors. You can cook almost any meal outdoors and more than you can cook in, and the enjoyment you get on your deck or in your backyard is priceless.
I still love a juicy steak or pork chops on the grill, but after 40 you learn to add more fish and seafood to the menu. And recently we've instituted "Taco Tuesdays" in our house and I've been having loads of fun with it. Cornmeal crusted tofu, chili lime rum shrimp, tequila cilantro fish, etc has been the most delicious creations of the week.
If you'd like a great way to enjoy the weather, open a bottle of white (I normally use Riesling because of its limey, mineral properties) and get to work:
- Marinate. Today I bought Wild Caught Walleye (if you live in Minnesota, you'll come to LOVE this fish) and prepped it with garlic, oregano, cilantro, lime, olive oil, salt & pepper and tequila. Let it sit covered in the fridge for at least an hour before bringing it back up to temperature.
- Drink. Pop open a refreshing bottle to enjoy (today was Charles Smith "Kung Fu Girl" Riesling) and cool off. Enjoy the day while the kids play in the yard.
- Grill. Doesn't matter whether you're using a gas or charcoal grill: cover the grates with foil. All flaky fish will disintegrate if you don't. And use an extra large spatula to get under that filet.
- Additions. You may be drinking a bit, but try to multitask. Make sure to chop your toppings like tomato, avocado, peppers, greens, etc.
- Tortillas. Always use corn- it's the original, less calories and tastes better. And make it easy on yourself and grill them up! Brush both sides with olive oil, place them on the grill and have your tongs ready because they cook quickly. Have a towel or covered plate ready to keep them warm.
Now you're ready. If you're going spicy (which I always do), you may want to stick with something that is refreshing and has a tiny bit of sweetness like a Washington State Riesling, a homemade margarita or mojito. After your bev is ready, it's time to construct some tacos with the family and buon appetito!