Grill Gifts! I recently returned from a wonderful trip to the GE Monogram Appliance Center in Chicago where I learned so much about all their new appliances and was inspired by all the wonderful food prepared for us by Chef Jon. I had such a great time and my sincere thanks to all of you on the team at GE that made it possible for me to attend!
One of the recipes Chef Jon made for us was Red Wine Grilled Peaches with red wine dessert sauce and vanilla ice cream. It tasted so, so good...and if you know me, you know I love a little wine... :) . Chef Jon gave me the recipe to share with you...look for it at the end of this post.
Because the peaches were grilled, it got me thinking about how much I love outdoor living and how much my family enjoys grilling whenever we can. My clients enjoy it, too! One of my clients installed this outdoor fireplace and grill several months ago and are sure to enjoy it year round here in NC. Here's the *during installation pic*, which I also shared over in my Insta Stories on http://instagram.com/janadonohoedesigns and you can see the *after pic* below, too.
Speaking of grilling, GE Monogram Appliances makes this streamlined outdoor grill on casters, in case you need one for your home and their full line of outdoor kitchen appliances is so elegant, as you can see below in this installation featured on their website.
The http://instagram.com/monogramappliances tagline is #elevateeverything, and if you want to see more, follow that tag on Instagram. Be prepared to swoon!
Besides their grill, one of my favorite appliances that I saw last week was their new pizza oven. Chef Jon cooked our grilled peaches in this oven. What makes their pizza oven so special is that it heats up to 1300 degrees, far hotter than most conventional ovens, (which only heat up to about 600 degrees) allowing it to add that crispy black char to the crust of a pizza that is so prized by pizza lovers, including me.
In addition, it can be controlled from your smart phone, making it really easy to keep your eye on the kids and your guests at the same time as you're preparing your pizza.
You can read more about it in this post, but all I know is I want this pizza oven, pronto, in my own kitchen!
Since grilling is on my mind, and I know many of you enjoy it, too, I'm sharing my favorite *grill gifts* that you can purchase directly from my site by clicking on the links below each image. ( NOTE: If you purchase from my site, I will make a tiny %, which helps me offset the costs of running this blog. Thank you if you do! )
In the image below, I really love the corn on the cob grill basket and the big fish grilling spatula. Having those two implements makes it so easy to lift them off the grill. No more fish falling apart, or corn on the cob rolling around!! Do any of you have one of these already? What's been your experience using it?
In this next group of grill gifts, I love the portable grill that folds up and the grill light. It would be great to be able to store this grill when it's not in use, to leave more room for parties with friends and family. And that grill light? I can't tell you all the times my husband (and me too) has wished out loud that he'd had extra light - especially during the fall months when it gets darker here, earlier.
Okay, it's time for me to dish on Chef Jon's grilled peach recipe. Ready?
3-4 peaches, halved and pits removed
Your favorite red wine, or any red wine will do.
Half a stick of butter
1/2 cup of sugar
Marinate peaches up to 3 hours in the red wine, then:
1. Preheat your grill or grill pan to medium high heat and brush the grate with oil.
2. In a bowl, coat the fruit with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar and cinnamon. Grill the fruit for 2-3 minutes or until light char marks appear, flip and grill another 2-3 minutes. Remove from the grill.
3. Serve the grilled fruit warm, with red wine dessert sauce and a large scoop of vanilla ice cream.
Click here for a recipe for the red wine dessert sauce from Martha Stewart.
See? Easy and ....
If you make the grilled peach recipe, please come back here and let me know if you liked it as much as I did!
As always, I appreciate you taking the time to read my blog, and I want to once again thank my GE Monogram hosts for making my time with them in Chicago so interesting and so much fun.
I know my interior design clients will benefit from what I learned there, and I loved getting to meet more of my professional colleagues from around the country.
And, lastly, if I can help any of you in any way with the design of an outdoor kitchen or living area for your own homes, please reach out to me, here. I'd love to talk with you.
Jana Donohoe, ASID