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Phyllis' Fixin's

Someone asked about recipes for grilling stuff outdoors. I have never grilled anything in my life, that was always my husband's territory. I bought a very inexpensive charcoal grill last week and intend to try it. I've run across some recipes that I would like to try.

Grilled Onion Bloom

I first tasted these at SantaCaliGon Days in Independence, Mo.

1 large sweet onion

1 T. minced fresh thyme or oregano

2 tsp. minced fresh rosemary

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 tsp. pepper

1 T. butter, melted

With a sharp knife, slice 1/2 inch off the top of the onion; peel onion. Cut into 12-16 wedges to within 1/2 inch of root end. Place onion on a double thickness of heavy-duty foil (about 12 inch square). Open wedges slightly; sprinkle with thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper. Drizzle with butter. Fold foil around onion and seal tightly. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 30-35 minutes or until tender.

Grilled Corn on the Cob

6 ears corn

6 T. butter, softened

salt and pepper to taste

Preheat outdoor grill for high heat; lightly oil grate. Peel back corn husks and remove silk. Place 1 T. butter, salt and pepper on each piece of corn. Close husks. Wrap each ear tightly in foil. Place on the prepared grill. Cook approximately 30 minutes, turning occasionally until corn is tender.

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Ham Slices on the Grill

1 C. packed brown sugar

1/4 C. lemon juice

1/3 C. prepared horseradish

2 slices ham

Preheat an outdoor grill for high heat; lightly oil grate. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, lemon juice and horseradish. Heat the brown sugar mixture in the microwave on high heat 1 minute, or until warm. Score both sides of ham slices. Place on the prepared grill. Baste continuously with the brown sugar mixture while grilling. Grill 6-8 minutes per side, or to desired doneness.

Zesty Grilled Chops

3/4 C. soy sauce

1/4 C. lemon juice

1 T. chili sauce

1 T. brown sugar

1/4 tsp. garlic powder

6 rib or loin pork chops, 3/4 inches thick

In a large resealable plastic bag or shallow glass container, combine the first 5 ingredients; mix well. Remove 1/4 cup for basting; refrigerate. Add pork chops to remaining marinade; turn to coat. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight, turning once. Drain chops, discarding marinade. Grill, covered, over medium-high heat for 4 minutes. Turn; baste with reserved marinade. Grill 4-7 minutes longer or until juices run clear.

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Have a good Prairie Pioneer weekend!