I haven’t been to the zoo yet this year. Last year we didn’t have a spring, but this year I’ve passed up at least two beautiful potential zoo days so far—today and last week. The reason: I’m still not walking quite normally yet, and on top of that somehow I managed to hurt my other foot last week—thankfully not nearly as badly, so it healed quickly, but in a similar way. This is killing me, because there’s a good chance I’ll miss out on the zoo this year too because of this stupid injury.
But the good news is, I can grill again. My previous grill was basically falling apart, so it was time for a new one, and I decided this time I’d bite the bullet and have Lowe’s deliver it (at an upcharge) because I am not assembling one from scratch ever again. This grill was on sale, which was a nice bonus. It has three burners, making it more versatile than my last grill which had two (and the one before that, which had only one), with a bigger cooking surface. Best of all, I have a thermometer in the hood again.
So tonight to break in the new grill I made a lovely teriyaki ribeye steak, which I had marinating since late last night; mushrooms with butter, minced garlic, Worcestershire sauce, and a couple grinds of black pepper; and for my wife (and the kitties), honey mustard chicken from Wegmans.
I’ve had other steaks so far this year, but there’s something special about what comes off my own grill. And steak marinated in Kikkoman teriyaki sauce is one of the great joys in life. There are lots of good teriyaki sauces out there, but that one is far and away my favorite.
I only ate half the steak, because it was a full pound and normally I start to fill up just past 4 oz. For a special occasion I can fit in half a pound, but honestly tonight I probably could have kept going. Probably best that I stopped when I did, though. And the leftovers will be wonderful too.
The only thing I don’t like about my new grill was that I had to wait for it. They couldn’t deliver it last week, so over the weekend when we had some really gorgeous weather (Saturday at least) I was out of luck.
Speaking of waiting, I’m still waiting on that proof copy for my next book. It shipped Thursday, the same day I put in the order, but it’s not here yet. Maybe Amazon has spoiled me, but I would think $3.50 ground shipping could have gotten it here by today. I wish CreateSpace had tracking, so I could stalk the package. I want that book in my hands already!