Extra Helpings: Veggie Grilling Temps and Times


This is the weekend!

There’s so much summer produce in the markets you’ve just got to get out, buy some and throw it on the grill. Here’s a handy-dandy grilling chart for guidance.

Remember! Grilling time has a lot to do with how you cut the produce, the type of grill you’re using… and the temperature of the grill.

Watch your veggies carefully so they don’t burn. A little charring goes a long, long way.

What’s your favorite vegetable to grill?

Gadget Tree: Rösle Charcoal Grill


The countdown to the grilling season has begun… are you ready?

If you’re still trying to decide what kind of grill to buy, there is only one grill to consider: the Rösle Charcoal Grill

As you know, Mama grew up in Texas where grilling is a year-round pleasure. Charcoal grilling is the most popular… because honestly, (almost) everything tastes better when it’s infused with that deep smoky flavor, doesn’t it?

I first saw this grill at the Housewares Show and immediately fell in love because it was packed with all the features I’ve always wanted in a grill:

• A 24-inch grilling surface… 15% more compared to any standard grill I’d used before.

• An extra high dome lid so my chickens wouldn’t get smashed when I closed the top.

• A hinged lid (at a 45° angle) for easy access (I don’t have to struggle to hook it on the side of the grill or look for some place to put it when I open the grill).

• A rail that goes all around the grill so I can hang my grilling utensils on the side.

• Big wheels (8-inches with rubber treads) so it can be easily moved.

• Four position bottom ventilation so I can control the heat.

• A grill grate that opens on the ends so I can reload the charcoal.

• The grate also folds at the center so it can easily be washed in the sink or the dishwasher.

Easy access to your Grilling Tools!

The folks at Rösle sent me one of these to take for a test run, and I’ve got to tell you, I’m blown away. (It’s a snap to put together, too! Watch the video at the bottom of this post.)

Why would someone get so excited about a grill?

Well, like I said, if grilling is part of your lifestyle, particularly in the summer, you want a product that is built to last and designed to perform. If you cook a lot and already own (or plan to buy) high end, quality kitchen appliances, shouldn’t your outdoor grill be the very best as well?

What makes this heavy-duty grill truly unique is how I can really control the temperature inside the grill with the precise air-flow control vents that adjust into four positions and the built-in thermometer.

This grill is really beautiful, too. It’s built on solid stainless steel frame with ½”-gauge powder coated steel tubing. It has a striking black porcelain enamel coated steel dome, so it can withstand the elements.

So far, we’ve made brats, chicken legs and breasts, and some Black Bean Burgers for Drew (recipe and images on Monday!). I can’t wait to make a beer-can chicken and smoke some ribs.

Oh, yeah, since Father’s Day is just around the corner… is there a better gift out there? Get it here: http://www.rosleusa.com/Charcoal-Grill-black-24–plu25004.html

This is going to be a great summer, I can tell already!

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I’m Christina Chavez

I was a TV journalist for many years, but with a house full of kids I decided to come off the road, go to culinary school and follow my passion for cooking. Mama’s High Strung is all about food… everything from creative recipe ideas to some really cool kitchen gadgets and cooking tips. I live in Chicago, but I love to travel and write about my food discoveries! You can reach me by email: mamashighstrung@gmail.com