grill food

Grill Inspiration

This post is dedicated to today – Friday. A day for wrapping up the work week and contemplating all of the┬áchores I have neglected things you’re going to grill over the weekend. This post doesn’t feature a single recipe. That’s the best part about grilling. No need for precision. Grilling is so forgiving. Marinades don’t […]

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Grilled Sweet Potatoes with Avocado-Cilantro Crema

Hosting is often labeled an “art”, as in “the art of hosting” or “the art of entertaining.” I would argue that hosting is better described as a “practice”, much like either law or yoga, rather than an art. Practice, by the way, is defined as “repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill […]

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Summer Grill Inspiration

Late spring has ushered in days that start out chilly and tip dangerously close to hot during the afternoons. The long days are sunny into the early evenings and the intense rain is subsiding as we get ready for summer. It’s at this exact time of year that I’m the most comfortable outside – if even […]

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Peach Caprese

Summer grilling season is here and we are rejoicing at being able to to take the Sparkle Kitchen to the patio for the next few months. Citronella candles set the mood and the never-ending symphony of dogs barking at each other or making intense eye contact while panting provides the perfect ambiance while the mosquitoes treat themselves […]

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Lemongrass & Yellow Curry Marinade

You’re probably going to see plenty more marinade and grill-ready recipes up on The Sparkle Kitchen in the next couple of months. There are two primary reasons for my impending flavorful-marinade frenzy.  First is the weather. Today was about 77 degrees and perfectly sunny. I’ve mentioned before that I’m just dying for the warm weather […]

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Things You Should Really Be Grilling

This post isn’t so much a recipe as it is a gallery of late summer grilling inspiration. This is the first summer that I have had a grill that I feel comfortable using all by myself (no Fiance required). I’ve leveraged this grill and the amazing weather to make some delicious concoctions. Grilling meat is […]

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Grilled Scallops in an Herb & White Wine Marinade

Grilling season in the summer is something that I miss during the rest of the year. Sure you can fire up the grill during even the coldest months, but what is so great about warm-weather grilling is that everyone gathers around outside and keeps the cook company, instead of watching TV or scattering throughout the […]

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Creamy Ranch Burgers (and Burger Bar Tips)

Feeding a crowd is an overwhelming proposition that I find myself in so very often. I maintain composure and espouse a thoroughly relaxed attitude until about an hour before party time. Then it all comes crumbling down and I turn into the queen diva of the kitchen, bossing around my dogs and anyone with thumbs […]

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