Weekly Photo Challenge: Satisfaction 

I love cooking on the grill and get great satisfaction in creating a good meal. The mahogany color of the pork ribs and good grate marks on salmon are very satisfying. Not to mention, they taste fabulous!

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Tasty Tuesday April 7

Tasty Tuesday April 7

Tonight I cooked chicken on the grill and as usual, I wanted to cook the vegetables on the grill too, makes things easier. I did my usual foil packet with stuff in it and we enjoyed it, so here’s what I did: 

For the two of us, I got two small yellow squash, one tiny zucchini, and a couple of brown mushrooms. They get sliced into bite-sized pieces. Sometimes I use onion in the mix. 
I then take a length of non-stick aluminum foil 14-18 inches long or so and pour a couple teaspoons of olive oil and a teaspoon of a good vinegar, a few sprinkles salt and several grinds of black pepper, this goes directly on the foil and then gets mixed and smeared around on the foil to cover most of it, leaving a couple of inches around the edges clean. Then the vegetables get heaped on one end, the foil gets folded in half over them and then I fold the sides first, two to three1/4 inch folds, and then the end gets the same folds. Then kind of pat it into an even thickness all over for even cooking. 
That sits over the coals while they are burning down to cooking temperature, turning several times. If it sizzles, it’s doing good. In a few minutes, you will start smelling the squash, if you smell burning, take it off direct heat now! and use more oil next time. You can gently poke or press the packet with the backside of your tongs to test for doneness, you will feel when they reach the right softness. When it’s time to put the main course on the grill, the packet gets put to the side, away from the heat to stay warm and finish cooking. If I have some good smoke going, I might poke a hole in the top of the packet to get that flavor in it. 
When all is done, all is brought in on a plate and while the meat rests, I open the foil packet, CAREFULLY to avoid steam burns, unfolding the last set of folds, and it gets dumped into a bowl to serve. Taste and season as you like. I find it usually needs more salt, the hubby cranks on more pepper. 
This is directions for two servings but can be increased, just try to keep the vegetables in an even layer in the packet and don’t make the packet too thick, or the ones in the middle won’t get cooked. 

I have missed you

It has been too long,
My big black friend. 
I have neglected you. 
The snows and rain
Have kept you under covers. 
It’s time to light a fire 
In your belly.
I want your hot curves
to feed me again. 
Let me give you some salmon,
You give it back to me
skin crackling, blackened
into perfect goodness. 
I want to give you my ribs,
let you tickle them
with your fiery fingers
for hours,
and deliver to me
tasty bliss. 
My grill–I have missed using you!