September 20, 2012 by chicagogrilling365
Hello. My name is Kurt, and my fiance’s name is Jenny.
We decided we want to grill outside every day for a year.
We live in Chicago.
We both love food and we love preparing it. We also like preparing it together, when our schedules permit. We moved into a new place a few months ago, and some of the appliances are a bit on the old side. The microwave didn’t work at all when we moved in, but we didn’t really care.
What did bother us was the soonafter failure of the oven. Baked chicken is one of the many dishes Jenny and I enjoy very much, and we usually baked a bird every week. Unfortunately, we didn’t have the money to purchase a new oven and range right away.
So we bought a grill.
We both like grilling a lot.
Due to our limited access to heat sources, we began preparing our meals on the grill nearly every day. About a month ago, after eating what I think were two ribeyes, one of us commented that we should try to grill every day for a year.
We laughed about the idea of that, especially considering the low temperatures and high winds the winter would surely bring. However, after a few more weeks, we decided it was something that would be a great deal of fun to do together.
A whole year. Lordy.
We think we can do it.
There will no doubt be days when we won’t want to light charcoal on the sidewalk or put in the effort to marinate, butcher, and baste. There will be days when ordering a pizza will seem like a much easier alternative.
But we’ve decided to do it anyway.
Some days, we’ll do interesting and/or more challenging dishes (whole fish, pizza, desserts, etc.).
Some days we’ll do dishes that take a mere matter of minutes (after all, Jenny makes the best barbecue grilled chicken wings, which I could eat every day). While we will cook several items multiple times over the next year, we plan to never duplicate a dish.
Once we do grilled eggplant Parmesan (which we may never do, who knows?), you won’t see it again.
While we don’t plan to do completely composed dishes each day, we will always prepare a meal that incorporates the grill in some manner.
While I’ve always been a little cynical about blogging, I feel good about doing this.
I have no idea whether or not anyone will read it or have any interest in it if they do. If anything, this is a way for Jenny and I to document this project.
So let’s go.
For day one, we decided to do a few things that we both love. Lamb rack, asparagus, and brussels sprouts.