Friday, November 03, 2006

Friday Food Porn: Kalyn Learns a Lot More About Grilling and Eats Amazing Food

Every Friday on the blog I take a break from talking about the South Beach Diet and have fun showing Friday Food Porn, things I "may or may not" have eaten. Today I'm showing some fabulous food I got to sample last weekend, when I was off to Arizona to attend a three-day event sponsored by Kingsford Charcoal. I learned an amazing amount about different types of grilling, got to hang out with one of my favorite food bloggers, and managed to get a few food porn shots too.

Kingsford University was held in Wickenberg Arizona at a lovely resort called Rancho de los Caballeros. This was the view from my window.

Four well-known food personalities were there to teach us how to grill like a pro. First up was Rick Rodgers, who taught us the basics of cooking with charcoal, including some interesting information about the new Kingsford Charcoal with Sure-Fire Grooves.

Rick is the author of the Kingsford Complete Grilling Cookbook, coming out in early 2007. (The book looks great!) He demonstrated the difference between a steak cooked with gas and one cooked on charcoal. Guess which one tasted best?

Next up was Corrine Trang, author of The Asian Grill, a lovely book I'll definitely be sharing some recipes from in the future. Pictured is her Grilled Shrimp Sausages served with Sweet, Sour, and Spicy Fish Sauce Dressing. I loved the flavors in this.

Corrine also made Grilled Tofu with Ginger-Soy Dressing. I could have eaten her food for days and never gotten tired of it.

Corinne was followed by Food Network personality Aaron Sanchez, who taught us about Latin Grilling. Aaron has two restaurants in New York City and his mother is widely credited with bringing Mexican food to New York.

Aaron cooked some amazing seafood dishes. Here he's grilling the lobster for Yucatan-Style Grilled Lobster. Somehow I got distracted taking photos and didn't get a taste of this. Darn!

The last grilling expert was barbecue champion Chris Lilly, who made us some of his Seven Time World Championship Pulled Pork. (Psst - I have the recipe!) Chris is associated with the Big Bob Gibson Restaurant and products, and he also let us sample their famous white sauce served on grilled chicken.

Of course there were ribs, which I did manage to get a shot of before they quickly disappeared. These were glazed with Big Bob Gibson Championship Red Sauce.

I had a fantastic time learning more about grilling, and I'm only sorry I don't live in the part of the world where summer is just starting, instead of the part where summer has ended. No worries though, I have a covered porch where I can grill pretty much all year. (I'll need to have a coat on in the winter, but it can be done!) I'll be sharing a lot more on the blog about things I learned from the experts. Recipes to come!

(Looking for Weekend Herb Blogging? It's right here at Kalyn's Kitchen this weekend. Here's what you need to know if you're interested in entering. If you just want to see the fabulous recipes people have sent featuring herbs, plants, veggies, or flowers, check back on Sunday night for that.)

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8 comments:

Lydia said...

Winter grilling on the porch is one of our favorite things to do here in Rhode Island -- especially when there's snow on the ground. The aroma of food cooked on the grill in winter is utterly seductive!

Katie said...

We just put the grills away (we have 3...plus a smoker) We cook on grills (we = husband) from April through October. Then we switch to indoor cooking for the winter. So, it's been 3 days and your post made we want to get them back out....

sher said...

That looks like such fun Kalyn. I still remember how much I enjoyed a trip to Arizona years ago. But, I didn't have the pleasure of watching that fabulous grilling!

Elise said...

Great write-up, Kalyn! That was way fun, but too short. That pork butt was so good I want to get my own smoker. Yummmm...

Anonymous said...

That must have been some trip! Grilling on charcoal just is the best flavor. wish I could tasted some of the stuff. Now i am looking forward to ur recipes on grilling.

christine said...

Loved this post Kalyn. And I can't wait for some of the recipes you're going to share with us.
We have a gas grill and a Weber charcoal grill. We use the gas one mostly because it's fast and convenient. But during the summer we will cook on the Weber because it's soooo much tastier than gas!

Kalyn said...

Lydia, I'm glad I'm not the only crazy person who grills on the porch during the winter. I do grill a lot more in the summer, but you're right, winter grilling is so fabulous.

Katie, three grills plus a smoker! How awesome!

Sher, it was fabulous beyond words!

Elise, so fun indeed. I would have never imagined pork butt could taste so great.

Shaheen and Christine, I promise I'll be sharing recipes for a long time.

coffeepot said...

Looks like a great time.

We grill all year on our covered porch too.


I can't wait on the recipes either.

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