Hello Friends! Here we are in the last week of summer. Some kids are already heading back to school. Seems as we get older the time goes faster and faster. But I must confess we are entering my favor season of all... Fall!
To close out our summer the Hubby and I splurged on a new grill. A Traeger Wood Pellet Grill to be exact. It is a grill, BBQ, smoker, and a wood-fired convection oven all-in-one.
What I love is the Traeger Wood Pellet Grill is simple and safe to operate. When it
is turned on, the igniter rod is activated, the auger
begins to feed pellets into
the firepot, and the draft induction fan feeds air into
the firepot. The igniter
rod glows red hot for the first four minutes of
operation - just long enough to ignite the pellets in the firepot. Then you set the thermostat, let it preheat, and you are ready to go. No more worries about propane. We could not wait to start cooking. I used it to make my fried eggplant, without the frying.
Before I started the grill I lined the grill plate with aluminum foil. It took me longer to cut and bread the eggplant than it took the Traeger to heat up. Before I new it we were smoking. Our grill came with mesquite and hickory pellets, I used mesquite pellets. (we got ours through QVC - through the end of August it is the best deal around)
Don't they look so perfect and golden brown. And the taste, oh my what flavor, just a hint of the smoky mesquite. Just look at these beauties...
Our first official dinner we made on the Traeger was BBQ Chicken with some veggies. I used boneless chicken breast and slathered them with BBQ the last 10 minutes. I combined potatoes and onions with olive oil, salt, parsley and garlic. And finally some green beans drizzled with a little olive oil and sprinkled with rosemary. Look at this masterpiece...
Is your mouth watering? Mine is just thinking about how good this was. It was so easy, no flare ups, supper great flavor, and the chicken was juicy. I can not wait to create more delicious meals on our new grill! What is your favorite dish to grill? Have great week, Luanne
Hello Friends! I hope you enjoyed your weekend! The Hubby and I had a very laid back weekend. We are in for a week of humidity, so there is no turning off the air conditioner in sight.
Last weekend the Hubby and I went to the North Branford Baked Potato and Roasted Corn Festival. It is in its 14th year and brings tens of thousands of visitors, over four days, to the typically sleepy farm town.
Emerging, almost overnight in a hay field at the former Augur Farm on Rt. 22, is a gathering of dozens of food vendors, craft vendors, a midway with rides, potato sack races, corn shucking contests, tractor pulls and a classic car show. There are local and far flung bands that perform and a spectacular fireworks display on Saturday night. And of course, there are plenty of baked potatoes and roasted corn.
As we entered the fair we were greeted by a display from local garden center, Van Wilgens.
First order of business, check out the food vendors. It's why you go to a fair, isn't it? I instantly spotted this little grilled cheese stand called Monster Mouse Grillhouse. This was the first stop where we enjoyed a grilled cheese sandwich with fresh tomatoes and fried pickles. What a great way to start off the fair! (this was our pre-lunch snack... lol!)
With our bellies full (for the moment), we set off to catch the tractor pull competition. But first they had to prep the field. Bring on the back-hoe.
Now for the tractors...
This boy was only 13 years old and drove a tractor better than most people drive cars.
We then headed out on a hay ride. What a gorgeous day, slight breezy and the field was beautiful. We even passed over a small brook.
Now it was time for lunch and a fresh squeezed lemonade.
We got our lunch from this place called Chompers...
Yes, you read it correctly... Crunchy balls of goodness!!! And they were.
Ours was filled with bacon cheeseburger and came with a kickin ketchup. They were fabulous!!
We took a stroll through the midway rides. These kids were having a blast.
There were many local artisans with an array of crafted items for sale that we checked out.
Of course we could not leave the fair without taking home a little goodie.
The Potato and Corn Festival is certainly a weekend chock full of events ~ we had a blast!