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Chef Stacy believes that cooking from scratch and using the best ingredients are the secrets to preparing delicious and memorable meals. She has created dozens of classes for the home chef and teaches students how to master culinary techniques and recipes in just one session. Read on to see what she's dishing up for The Oakland Press today....

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Spring has Sprung.... We Hope

What gorgeous weather! I know I don't speak for myself when I say that I am ready to break out the BBQ and move the patio furniture outside for some light, fresh dinner fare! Though I may be getting WAY ahead of myself, if you're thinking of breaking out the grill this weekend, here are a few things to keep in mind.

1. Give your grill a thorough cleaning - from the exterior (cobwebs, dust, dirt, etc.) to the grates, a thorough cleaning will ensure that your grill works at optimal performance for the upcoming season. Don't forget to take the time to clean the internal workings of the grill (drip pan, etc.)!

2. Go to the hardware store and buy an extra tank of propane. Working off of two tanks ensures that you never run out of gas at a critical time!

3. If you do not already have a cover for your grill, it is a good idea to invest in one. A cover protects your grill from the fickle Michigan elements, and makes it easy to keep your grill outside, instead of wheeling it in and out of the garage or shed.

Even if this beautiful weather is a false alarm, it never hurts to prime the grill for the upcoming outdoor dining season.


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