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TASTEEBQ SAVES VALENTINE'S DAY
5 Sizzling Hot Romantic Dishes for the Grill
Well, it is not an interplanetary mission this time. However, our SuperHero managed to save a very special couple from the clutches of his evil nemeses, BoreN'GFood. The ever-popular Romey is known worldwide as a famous Singer/Entertainer. Young female fans can't seem to get enough of his abs and puffy undergarments. And, of course the hair. But Romey has a deep secret that he has been hiding from the world, lest it ruin his wildly successful career.
It seems, Romey's in Love,
much like his favorite cousin Chucky. ...Not with Chucky. Romey has fallen hard for a young maiden named Julliette.
Valentine's Day is coming. Our fair lady Juliette is bored with late night, clandestine forays to trendy diners. Juliette's family is dead-set against her relationship, because famous lads like Romey aren't known for treating damsels with much respect. They think she should start a career of her own.
TasteeBQ to the Rescue! Using a special Global Satellite Posting Device, a forlorn Romey was surprised to receive such a rapid response from our Hero. [The wonders of what they call "Email".] Together, they developed a scheme that would not only please Juliette, but would prove to the world (i.e. her family and his fans?) the great Legendary potential of Romey and Julliette's relationship.
A menu was created of 5 SIZZLING HOT ROMANTIC DISHES for Valentine's Day.
-Smoked Mussels with Bacon and Spinach
-Spicy Smoked BBQ Oysters
-Green Beans with Grilled Veggies in Bacon Dressing
-Grilled Ribeye Steak
-Garlic Heart Toast
Our SuperHero proclaimed:
"Grilling is an excellent choice. Couples have cooked over the open flame since the times of our ancestors. For some women, it was a hair-raising experience. In fact, Grilling is one of the first forms of Cooking. Prior to that, Cavemen specialized in preparing Sashimiand Tar Tar. Making such a Grilled Feast for your Beloved is surely more Romantic than signinga check at some overcrowded eatery."
Fortunately, Romey owned a shiny new Charcoal Grill with the best accesories: BBQ Tongs, Spatula, Charcoal, Lighting Fluid, Oven Mitts and Wood Chips. Not to mention Romey's state-of-the-art Gaggenau Kitchen. [OK we did].
It had been decided that TasteeBQ should use his Powers of Disappearance before the arrival of Juliette. Otherwise it could be Awkward(!?). Plus, why shouldn't Romey take credit for these dishes that would melt anyone's heart? [Assuming they have one.] He and Juliette would have a romantic night alone. An unforgettable night, like a Love Song.
With mere hours to spare, our Hero flew to the store and returned with all of the necessary ingredients (which are Capitalized for your Shopping/ Pantry Checklist). In less than an hour, they were able to complete all preparations.
First he had Romey clean 8 Oysters and 1lb. Mussels and place them in one layer on a double plied Aluminum Foil basket. Then cut (1 each) Yellow and Red Bell Peppers, in half. Next he peeled 1 Large Carrot, and cut it lengthwise into 3 thick strips.
After rinsing and drying 2 (8-10oz.) Ribeye Steaks, he made a Marinate consisting of 1 cup Creamy Italian Dressing, 1 tbs. each Garlic, Thyme and 1 tsp. BBQ Seasoning (or Rub). He then Marinated the Veggies and Steak in separate Foil baskets. He was also sure to sprinkle Salt, Pepper and BBQ Rub on both sides of the Steaks.
Who knew cooking was so easy? Romey then rinsed and cut the tips of 1lb Fresh Green Beans, placing the Beans in a Microwave-safe Bowl with 4oz. Water, and covering it with Plastic Wrap. Onto the Garlic Heart Toast. He mixed 1/2 cup Softened Butter with 1tbs each Garlic, Thyme and added a dash of BBQ Rub for fun. Using a Heart Shaped Cookie Cutter, he created 6 Hearts using Thick Sliced Sourdough Bread, spreading the mixture on both sides. Lastly, he coursely Chopped 1/2 cup Fresh Spinach and folded it into Butter Mixture.
Romney proceeded to fire up the Grill with just enough Coals to heat one half. Then he immersed Wood Chips in Water, using a Small Bowl. Once the Grill was ready, he spread 1/4 cup Wood Chips over the Coals. As a final preparation they placed 6 Thick Bacon Strips (Turkey ok) on the Grill, on the end farthest from the flame. They Grilled the Bell Peppers and Carrots for 4 minutes on each side. Letting them cool, the Veggies were cut into short Julienned Strips.
Juliette arrived to Romey's crib, expecting to be "surprised" with another typical restaurant reservation. She was pleasantly astonished by the aroma of smoked food, emanating from her Boyfriend's patio. By now, our hero TasteeBQ was "in the wind", as they say. There was no sign of BoreN'GFood to be found.
Romey greeted Juliette with a hug, Roses and a box of Chocolates. He started to woo her by saying "You're Beautiful." But Juliette interrupted with "Baby, Baby when are we gonna eat?"
In a Flash(!), Romey replenished the Wood Chips (for smoke) and placed the foil basket of Oysters and Mussels in the middle of the Grill (near but not directly over fire) for 8 minutes. Then he put a pinch of the Spinach/Butter Mixture on each Mussel. While crisping Bacon over the heat, he quickly seared the Garlic Heart Toast (1-2 minutes, per side). Crumbling the crispy Smoked Bacon over the Mussels, Romey was able to serve a delighted Juliette in a short 12 minutes. Fresh Lemon Wedges and green Parsley garnish made the Plate.
As she ravished the Mussels, Romey returned to the Grill to fetch the Oysters, which easily popped open with the use of a Paring Knife and Oven Mitt. He sprinkled some Spicy BBQ Rub (w/Cayenne or Red Pepper) over the Oysters and added Lemon Wedges. Soon Juliette was swooning "What's Next?."
Not wanting to waste time steaming a pot of Beans on the Gaggenau stovetop, Romey popped the prepared Bowl of Green Beans into the Microwave on High for 5 minutes. In the meantime, he Grilled the Ribeye Steaks on the open flame, 4-5 minutes per side, closing the Grill to let them cook through for the final 2 minutes.
Romey returned to the kitchen to add crumbled bits of Smoked Bacon into the Italian Dressing Mix, then he folded it into the strained Green Beans, along with the chopped Carrots and Bell Peppers. The Bowl was covered and returned to Microwave to cook on High for 2 additional minutes.
Ding! Ding! Dinner time. After plating the Steaks, the Boyfriend placed the Green Beans in cute Heart Shaped Souffle Cups, and sprinkled them with bits of Bacon. He served it with Garlic Heart Toast and Julliette ate it up! Literally.
Romey had planned to enjoy the Chocolates next to the fireplace after Dinner. But Juliette had other plans in mind… The next day, Juliette wowed her family by texting pictures of the Valentine's Day feast from her iPhone. Somehow, the photos were leaked to the Tabloids. Soon, the world learned the true story of Romey and Juliette. Instead of receiving "hate mail" from Romey's fans, Juliette was surprised to read so many letters that said "Congratulations!", "You go Girl!" and "Wow! He must really Love You to do all thatI" Most of them also wondered if she could find a way to steal the Recipes… She almost died!