End of Summer Grill: Everyday Steak and Blistered Shishito Peppers


So there’s this thing I need to tell you about. I used to complain about homework and college budgets and stuff but now…Well, I’ve graduated and gotten a real adult job (!) and I just complain about different stuff, like not having time to cook or sleep or not having friends.

I’ve moved to a new city. I’ve got a whole lot of emotions. I’ve got a whole new definition for sleep deprivation. There’s this whole thing about finally being in the “real world” that you’re always warned about but no one actually really warns you about. All you hear your entire life is, “Wait until you’re an adult in the real world,” but they never tell you that it might be really sad and stressful and you and the other adults don’t really know what’s happening, ever. So I’ll tell you. I’ll get a little personal.

It’s going to be really hard. The culture shock of coming from college where you’re surrounded by thousands of people in a social environment where you’ve got friends and it’s acceptable and accessible to go to the bar every weekend, to a world where you don’t know your new co-workers, your job and the town is horrifying. You might get really sad because you’re not used to not having friends around all the time and you can’t really chat up anyone waiting in line at Starbucks about the terrible economics professor you both shared. Then you might get angry because you don’t understand why you’re so sad.

It does eventually get a little easier with time. But it’s pretty tough to get through it, so just know you’re not alone if you’ve felt that way because I still do here and there. Hell, I’ve only been an ‘adult’ for like, two months now…So.


On the plus side? You do pretty much whatever you want. You can eat like six meals or eat chips for breakfast. Or eat at the same taco place twice in one day…Not that I’ve done any of those things. (I’m blinking with one eye at you. Oh wait, that’s called winking.) You can cook food. Over fire. While drinking root beer mixed with bourbon. Next to the pool.

Grilling is the best because it’s so damn simple. These aren’t even recipes.


Blistered Shishito Peppers

12 oz raw, washed shishito peppers

1 tablespoon olive oil

1 tsp flaky salt

  1. Toss peppers with oil, sprinkle with salt.
  2. Place foil on grill grate so peppers won’t fall through.
  3. Put peppers onto foil, turning and grilling until peppers are slightly charred, about 5-7 minutes.

Everyday Spiced Steak

Favorite cut of steak, I used top sirloin (seasoning per steak)

1 tsp salt

1 tsp garlic powder

1 tsp cracked fresh pepper

1 tsp worcestershire sauce

  1. Sprinkle each side of steak with 1/2 tsp of all spices.
  2. Let sit at room temperature for 5 minutes.
  3. Place on hot grill grates to sear outside, adjust position or heat and cook over lower heat to desired doneness.

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