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Monday, December 12, 2011

Organic Spices - Key Ingredient for Grilling Corn and Tomatoes

Summer time and grilling season are almost interchangeable terms. What makes it so special is that all the things we enjoy about this time of year kind of come together at the same time. Fresh vegetables and fresh herbs and spices from the garden are readily available and the fun of cooking on the grill provides a wonderful opportunity to add some extra flair to our dinner time menu.

Here are a few ideas for using organic spices and preparing some great summer time food for your family and friends.

Sweet Corn is a summer time favorite. However you plan to cook sweet corn, one well known tip is to keep your corn in the husk to retain the rich flavor and husk it only when it's time to cook. Grilling sweet corn is an easy way to prepare it, so leave the husk on and soak the corn in water for an hour before you put it on the grill. The corn cooks best on medium high heat and takes about ten to fifteen minutes to cook. Mean while, melt a stick of butter in a coffee can, half full of water, and add some fresh, finely chopped cilantro and organic basil to melted butter. When ready to serve, remove the corn from the grill and pull the husk back. Dip the corn into the coffee can mixture and remove. End result, you get a well coated, delicious ear of fresh corn, with a great taste.

Fresh Tomatoes are certainly another great grilling time favorite. Although there is nothing that can beat a freshly sliced tomato, with just the right touches of organic pepper and salt, you may want to try this grill pleaser. Slice the tomato about one half inch thick. Season with organic salt and pepper and add some chopped fresh basil leaf and place on the grill. Turn after a few minutes, from one side to the other. For an added treat, top each slice with a thin slice of mozzarella cheese after you turn it the first time. With or without the cheese it is a wonderful way to enjoy fresh grown tomatoes.

Add these two to your favorite grilled meat or fish and you are certain to please. If fresh organic spices and herbs are not available you can use the dried variety. Just remember that when using dried organic spices to use lesser amounts, as they tend to be more robust.

Enjoy your summer time grilling season.

Doug Stranahan is the owner of and knows the importance of picking the right organic spice for the right job.


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