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Friday Favorite 5: Summer Grilling

This week’s picks include cool grilling tools and yummy recipes for a fun-filled BBQ!

by Margaret Williams

Summertime makes us think of BBQs – one of the best things about summer!  Check out some great grilling tools to add to your arsenal along with some tasty recipes for sliders, grilled dessert and a refreshing cocktail for your next BBQ party.

Williams-Sonoma Himalayan Pink Salt Grilling Block

The beautiful Himalayan pink salt plate offered by Williams-Sonoma adds amazing flavor to meats and seafood.  It can also be chilled and used as a serving platter for fruit, vegetables and more.


 

Sur La Table Squid Bottle Baster

I have to admit that I hate mess while I’m cooking.  The adorable Squid Bottle Baster from Sur La Table helps eliminate sauce drippings when dressing up your grill delectables.


 

Food Network's Hibiscus Tequila Cooler

A summertime party is not complete without a refreshing cocktail.  Try a Hibiscus Tequila Cooler courtesy of Food Network’s Ted Allen.  YUM!


 

Bobby Flay's Sliders with Chipotle Mayonnaise

Bobby Flay’s Sliders with Chipotle Mayonnaise.  Enough said.  I would actually recommend trying these on Hawaiian bread rolls for a touch of sweetness.


 

Food Network's Grilled Summer Fruit

You can always go with the expected grilled dessert: S’mores.  Why not switch it up some and try Warm Plums with Gelato?  This quick and easy recipe along with many other grilled summer fruits are available at FoodNetwork.com.

So…who’s hosting the next BBQ???

Event Report: A Charitable Confection

by Kikanza Harris

We’re suckers for a good dessert so you can imagine our excitement about heading to the Chicago Urban Art Society to attend A Charitable Confection, a dessert cocktail party created by Jocelyn Delk Adams of Grandbaby Cakes.

Jocelyn, a fabulous baker in her own right rounded up some of the city’s best sweets and pastry makers to create an evening that included cake pops as passed hors d’oeuvres, tastings of gourmet taffy apples, limoncello spiked pudding, organic fruit preserves and other sweet samples from around Chicago.

If an elevated twist on tradition is more your speed, then how about strawberry and crème cake push-up pops or salted caramel, and Tabasco cotton candy.

A Charitable Confection

Even the beverages were beyond the ordinary with unique combinations from orange-jasmine-nutmeg and lime-hibiscus-clove, from Joia All Natural Sodas. The taste was big on flavor but not overly sweet, which we’re thinking will make a great addition to some new summer cocktail recipes.

And speaking of cocktails, Head Over Heels (Sweet Riesling), We’re Movin’ On Up (Cabernet Sauvignon) and Good Times Good Friends (Pinot Grigio) provided by Love Corkscrew and CH Distillery’s vodka and limoncello, took the event from sweet nostalgia to officially grown-up.

A Charitable Confection

We were like kids in a candy store, and we mean that literally, as we scooped up to-go goodie bags at the candy bar.

But the sweetest part of the evening was that proceeds from A Charitable Confection went to support the youth operated anti-violence organization, Project Orange Tree, a subsidiary of the Lupe Fiasco Foundation.