I’ve been listening to Erasure’s version of Cole Porter’s Too Darn Hot from the Red, Hot and Blue tribute/benefit CD.
“I’d like to sup with my baby tonight,
Refill the cup with my baby tonight
but I ain’t up to my baby tonight
’cause it’s too darn hot.
It’s too darn hot
It’s too darn hot.”
And that pretty much sums it up around here as of late. It is just too darn hot.
To combat the heat Shawn has pulled out the kiddie pool so we can cool off our tootsies. I’m making pitchers and pitchers of ice tea, and most nights we’re firing up the grill to keep from overheating the kitchen. Pizza, grilled chicken and tofu marinated in Teriyaki glaze, and an amazing grill-roasted lamb with tapanade which I read about on Elissa Altman’s blog.
To help with all the grilling there is one essential tool needed for a charcoal grill – a chimney fire starter. All that is required to get it going are three sheets of newspaper, a bunch of briquettes, and a match. It could not be simpler. Wad up the newspaper and shove them in the bottom part, flip it right side up and pour in the briquettes, then light a match. No starter fluid, no watching and waiting to see if your fire will catch. It works every time. If you want a very thorough and thoughtful way of getting that baby smoking hot read here or watch this video. Otherwise take a gander at these instructional images:
Thanks to our friends Lisa and Lee for grilling and posing for these instructional pictures. They thought they’d been invited to Tuesday dinner not to come and work for their supper!.