My goal this summer was to get more comfortable using our outdoor gas grill.
Why? Well, first, it was a very hot summer and until recently, we didn't have any AC so using the stove wasn't an option. Second, I wanted the kids to be able to play outside while I was making dinner. Third, thinking of grilling as a man's job felt uncharacteristically old-fashioned and rooted in gender stereotypes. We share other responsibilities. We both change diapers, do dishes, take out the garbage on garbage day (that's a lie, I take out the garbage only when he's traveling). So why not share the grill?
Yet even as someone who cooks all the time, I was intimidated by the metal chamber filled with propane living in our backyard. I was mostly afraid of burning down our house. But I was also worried about ruining proteins, wasting money, and about whether or not my food would taste good.
Luckily, my husband's a grill master and a great teacher. He handed over the reigns, taught me the basics, and assured me I wouldn't start a fire. If you've been following on Instagram you'll know that it's been quite an adventure. I've tried grilling vegetables, cooking proteins, and even making paella. Some dinners have been more successful than others but along the way, I've learned a lot and I've realized that getting comfortable manipulating the heat of the grill has made me a more competent cook overall.
If you're sick of chopping while someone else has all the fun outside, here are a few key lessons I've learned while wo-manning the grill:Read More