Grilling for ‘Merica | Chicken with Grilled Veg

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As we lead into the most patriotic of weekends, you could carb load and binge on sweets trying your best to get diabetes OR fire up the grill, smoke a whole chicken, then grill veggies for a sensational chicken pasta salad.

This is one of my go-to summer dishes. Meat. Veggies. Pasta. Can’t go wrong. Tonight’s included smoked chicken, fresh carrots, broccoli, yellow onion and mezzi rigatoni.

And like a true American, I took a little something from another country. Italy. The X factor was small slices of pecorino cheese. That chunk of cheese may be one of my best purchases this summer. It adds saltiness and a little bite to everything it touches.

What are you grilling this weekend?
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Reuniting with my grill

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pork chop, grill, weber, summer, chicago

After two weeks of eating out every day I longed to create my own sustenance. Last night, I brined some center cut pork chops, fired up the Weber grill and started scouring the web for recipes to grill fruit. The first few days in Italy I forgot a crucial diet necessity: fiber.

Most recipes suggested balsamic vinegar. This bachelor didn’t bring any of that back from the Europe. But I did have sugar and maple syrup. Let’s face it. Fruit isn’t sweet enough on its own. It needs that extra sucrose boost.

The grill was hot. The pork, hopefully tenderized. The fruit, macerating waiting to sizzle on the grill.

The results? Tender, perfectly cooked pork with some singed fruit.

This left only one question. Who is going to pick up my plate?


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