I’m not going to lie. Living in California friggin’ rocks. I kind of feel bad for gloating, but I really shouldn’t, because it’s not like I made California awesome while simultaneously sabotaging every other state to ensure California’s status as great. Is it my fault that we have great weather?
And to end the bragging before the world decides to prove me wrong about Californian weather (the wind is currently trying to rip the palm trees from the ground), my point is that when the weather is nice outside, barbeques are the way to go. They’re easy and tasty, not to mention they’re just a great way to hang out with friends.
Generally when someone says barbeque, we think of huge events in parks or in backyards or on the beach, but it doesn’t have to be like that. At the apartment I’m living in now, all we have is this small stoop area, but it’s plenty of space for our hobbit of a grill. And while we wait for the coals to burn and later for the food to cook, we can just turn on some music, crack open a few beers, and chill on our semi-porch. Nothing beats it.
When I was cooking today, my housemate Josh asked me where I learned to cook. I told him that I mostly learned from watching my parents cook and also from watching the Food Network like the geek that I am. The question made me realize that a lot of people don’t really know how to cook on the fly. It’s a useful thing to be able to do though, especially when you have a whole bunch of leftover ingredients and no recipe.
Now, it’s not like I can magically instill this skill on you and I really don’t know what to say except just try it, but I can give a few little hints. Whether they’ll be helpful, I don’t really know, but hey, they work for me. Most of the time, anyway. And hey, at the very least I can say that these tips are way more useful than staring at the ingredients and trying to will them to become a meal. Read more of this post