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Posted Sep 29 2008 9:10pm

This post is both a recipe and a gadget review. I am a kitchen gadget junkie. I always enjoy learning about appliances and gadgets. I love kitchen shops. Kitchen shops to me are like hardware stores are to a man. Appliances = power tools. So from time to time when I find something I like, I will post about it.

If you have been following my blog, you know that I love to grill. I will try just about anything on the grill. So when winter comes here to Indiana, I start missing my grill. Usually I can grill up to December, but beyond that it just gets too dark, cold and sometimes there is snow or ice.

This year for Christmas, my husband finally got me an indoor grill. I’ve been wanting one for a while now. I just love it. It doesn’t get as hot as my outdoor gas grill, but that’s okay. I haven’t caught anything on fire with it that way!

I have a flat cook top stove, so I sit the grill on top of it. That way I can use the fan if need be. The grill has a nice size surface and it plugs in like and iron skillet. The heating coils are inside the grate of the grill. Below the grate is a drip tray that you fill with water so the grease won’t smoke.

I love grilled vegetables. One day while exploring our local Lowe’s store, I found this stainless steel grill pan. I know it looks really bad, but it’s been used a lot! I put all kinds of vegetables in it. I cut up the vegetables and coat them in olive oil. Then I just keep turning them on the grill until they are done.

I love, love, love grilled broccoli. It gets really bright green and stays crispy.

To make your grilled salmon, fill a Ziploc bag with equal amounts of olive oil and lemon juice enough to coat however many pieces of salmon you are cooking. Put in a clove or two of fresh, crushed garlic and a tablespoon or two of fresh chopped rosemary. Add your salmon and marinate for at least a half an hour.

Then grill. It’s that easy. How long will depend on how hot your grill is. On this grill it took about 10 minutes each side. Of course if you don’t have a grill you can broil it or pan fry it.

You can use this same marinade with pork, beef, chicken and all kinds of other fish.

For the potatoes, peel and dice however many potatoes you need. On this night it was just hubby and I, so I used two potatoes. Dice some onion. I diced about a half an onion that night. I love both of these recipes because you really don’t need to measure anything. Just eyeball it!

Place the potatoes and onions in a baking dish. I used a 9×9 glass dish for two potatoes but if I had three or more I would have used a 9 x 13 pan. Once you get your potatoes and onions in the pan, add 1 or 2 tablespoons of fresh rosemary and 1 or 2 cloves of crushed garlic. You could also just slice the garlic or just throw in whole cloves. Then drizzle with olive oil until all ingredients are coated. Add salt and pepper. I love coarse sea salt. Sometimes it’s known as gray salt. It’s very coarse and you will get a crunchy salty bit of it here and there! The brand I use is Trader Joes.

Roast in the oven at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes. I usually stir it a couple times during roasting. If they are sticking you can drizzle more oil on them during roasting.

With these same seasonings, you can roast any root vegetable. Sometimes I also like to throw in asparagus and carrots. Whatever I have on hand.

I personally think rosemary is one of those herbs that goes well with so many things. Sort of like garlic. I can’t think of many things garlic isn’t good in!

If you still not tried fresh rosemary yet, I hope everyone’s recipes this week have inspired you to try it!

Hopefully, tomorrow I will have a product review, so check back!

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