Grilled Zucchini, Squash, and Peppers

Over the holiday weekend, we did a little bit of grilling which is not at all unusual for us (We grill year round and I shovel a path to the grill during the winter). Linda had picked up some zucchini and squash earlier in the week and we grabbed a few peppers at a farm on the way back from a bacon festival we went to in Hudson. They ran out of the specialty bacon stuff by noon. We got there around 1:00 so we didn’t get anything bacon flavored, but at least they didn’t charge admission.

Linda invited her friend Hannah over for dinner and I grilled up some burgers and the veggies. This time we did things a little differently. We basted them with olive oil and then sprinkled them with McCormick’s Montreal Steak seasoning. I cooked them on one side of the grill in the vegetable tray while the burgers cooked on the other.

I’m not really sure how long vegetables cook on the grill. I’ve done peppers before, but this was my first attempt at zucchini and squash on the grill so I just left them on the whole time the peppers were cooking. I think I overcooked them, but the peppers were done.

We each had a little bit of pepper, zucchini, and squash. My wife also had some tiny sweet tomatoes she wanted me to try. I can’t remember what type they were. I didn’t like it at all. The peppers were OK, but I don’t care for the Montreal Steak seasoning we used. The zucchini and squash were just way too mushy and that turned me off. I’m pretty sure I overcooked them. They were much better on my Aunt’s kabobs the other day. I’ll have to try again with a different seasoning and take them off the grill sooner.

Another Plain Holiday

Well, another holiday meal has come and gone and it was yet another plain one. I had a couple of bacon cheeseburgers. I don’t eat potato salad or pasta salad. I was hoping to make something more, but we were out by the pool and lost track of time and decided to just make something simple so we could enjoy our time.

It was just my wife and I and she loves the pool. Our dog, Mugsy, a Pitt Bull/Mastiff mix doesn’t care for it at all. We did mange to get her in a couple of times, but she is never happy about it. A long day out by the pool now has all of us a bit exhausted. We are just chilling inside now watching Transformers on TV. We love action flicks. In fact, our first date 15 years ago was watching Con Air and The Rock.

I think we are probably too tired to even bother with fireworks. We may just go relax in the pool and then slip into bed early. I have a feeling that all of us will sleep quite soundly tonight.

Memorial Day Burgers

I spent most of the long weekend fighting with our pool. It needed a new pump and one of the inlet valves. I got a bit of a sunburn and I was worn out by Monday so we took it a little easy.

We started the day with a great walk in the park with our dog Mugsy. She’s a Pitt Bull and doesn’t always get along with other dogs, but we actually managed to walk her with another Pitt named Frankie.

When it came time for dinner, I had just one thing in mind – a nice juicy cheeseburger! Naturally, I make mine with no seasoning or marinade. For my wife, I add a rub and garlic. I make a mean burger. We have them on wheat rolls with some American cheese. She makes some sautéed onions to go with hers. I want no part of any onion on mine. I eat a plain cheeseburger – sometimes I’ll add ketchup. It was a great way to end the holiday weekend.

So do you grill on Memorial Day or do you have some other special meal you break out for the occasion? Let me know.

A 15 Year Grudge

I can’t remember the exact year, but I was still in High School at the time. My family went out to McDonald’s for dinner. This was back when they first started to prepare burgers without all the fixings. Yes, some of you probably don’t realize that McDonald’s used to make everything their way. That’s why Burger King’s slogan was “Have it your way”. So naturally, I ordered a plain cheeseburger like I still do when dining out.

When I started eating my burger, it didn’t take long for me to find a piece of onion. Apparently, back then they just scrapped off whatever you didn’t want on your burger – and they missed some. I spit it out and refused to finish my burger. In fact, I refused to eat another McDonald’s burger for at least 15 years.

Even now I am very careful to make sure they understand my order and I check it before I take a bite. This is especially true for drive-thru orders from any fast food establishment.

Eating Out Sucks

As a fussy eater, the world outside my own kitchen can be a scary place. At home, I can make sure food is prepared with ingredients I like. You won’t find any onions on my burgers. However, when I eat out, I find myself at the mercy of the chef and wait staff. When I get a cheeseburger from Outback Steakhouse, I have to make sure I ask for “just burger, cheese, and bun”.

Even my choice of restaurant is affected by my fussy eating. I tend to stick with American fare where I can usually get a steak, burger, chicken tenders, or pizza. At an Italian restaurant, I’ll get the Chicken Parmesan, but I scrape off most of the sauce. Mexican and Indian food are out of the question. I’ve found one or two things I’ll eat at a Japanese steakhouse.

Eating out with family is always interesting since family members often consider “What will Bob eat?” when picking a restaurant. I feel like I am limiting their choices. When ordering food at most restaurants I just know the wait staff and chefs get irritated at my special orders.

This is part of the reason I want to break my fussy ways. I’d like to be able to eat out like a normal person. I’d like to order straight from the menu with fewer (or no) substitutions or special orders.

I’m not quite ready to try out new few out and about, but if you make suggestions for me to try at home, I’m willing to work at it.

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