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Old 06-30-2012, 06:02 PM   #1
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Evolve Grill!

I'm so excited. I just placed an order for a George Foreman's Evolve grill. It has removable plates and comes with a grilling set, a muffin set, and a lasagna pan. I also ordered the griddle set.

Pretty amazing for me to be this excited since I do. not. cook!

I chose the free shipping option (I am cheap after all), so I won't get it for 5-8 business days. That's okay though. That gives me time to plan what I'm grilling first!
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:06 PM   #2
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I'm so excited. I just placed an order for a George Foreman's Evolve grill. It has removable plates and comes with a grilling set, a muffin set, and a lasagna pan. I also ordered the griddle set.

Pretty amazing for me to be this excited since I do. not. cook!

I chose the free shipping option (I am cheap after all), so I won't get it for 5-8 business days. That's okay though. That gives me time to plan what I'm grilling first!
Wow! I am excited for you! Steak, Chicken, Burgers! Even grilled veggies!!!
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Old 06-30-2012, 07:51 PM   #3
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From one non-cook to another, congratulations! I'm hooked on Food Network and cookbooks, yet I've never made a single dish from either.

Enjoy your grilled food - hubby just grilled some zucchini tonight - sprayed with olive oil spray and sprinkled with salt/pepper. Pretty tasty. And my MIL grilled some peaches a couple nights ago that were fantastic.
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Woohoo! I know you'll enjoy it. I don't have the Evolve but it's predecessor the Grilleration...basically the same thing but without the muffin capability. I do have the grilling pan, waffles, grill plates and the saute base, which I've never used. I love the grill and the waffle plates but have seen the muffin set and actually thought about buying one for those. (I am the kitchen-gadget queen, self proclaimed) I thought the muffin set would be perfect for the MIM (which are different when baked) and those zucchini tater tots that have been posted here before. BUT, I have the Xpress Redi-set-Go which is also perfect for them....

Anyway, congrats, you'll love it...
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:34 AM   #5
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Sounds neat! I just looked at it. You have to let us know how it goes when you use it! You WILL use it, right?

Note: I say that because I bought a juicer and a food processor and have not used either yet!! They are taking up shelf space in my closet!
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:40 AM   #6
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I WILL use it! At least twice.

I can't wait until it gets here! I'm having it shipped to my work address since we'll be out of town this weekend. I'm hoping to get it by Friday, but it could be some time next week. The only problem I'm having is finding recipes for it, including time and temperature. That seems to be a common complaint in the reviews I've read.

And I ate at home for 3 meals yesterday! That's unheard of. I'm evolving too.
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I WILL use it! At least twice.

I can't wait until it gets here! I'm having it shipped to my work address since we'll be out of town this weekend. I'm hoping to get it by Friday, but it could be some time next week. The only problem I'm having is finding recipes for it, including time and temperature. That seems to be a common complaint in the reviews I've read.

And I ate at home for 3 meals yesterday! That's unheard of. I'm evolving too.
Hey, you are right! I evolved also! Quit the junk food back when I began this lowcarb way of eating. I have not missed it.

You know what, I only cook once or twice per week! I usually make a couple of my favs on Sunday and then again on Wed and it saves nicely for me to eat several times. I mix it up by adding different veggies or soups as sides. I am the slowcooking queen. Love my convection oven too.
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Old 07-06-2012, 03:43 PM   #8
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It just shipped TODAY! Argh, don't they know how impatient I am?? I'm bringing a piece of fish and fresh veggies to work on Monday, just in case it comes on a DD, so I can use it right away!

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Old 07-06-2012, 04:05 PM   #9
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Sounds very nice! Let us know how you like it. I am always looking for new kitchen gadgets!
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Old 07-14-2012, 05:46 AM   #10
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Okay, I got the grill on Monday.

Monday night I made frozen salmon burgers. I learned a valuable lesson. I can't run the grill and the microwave at the same time. It blows a circuit. This has happened with the toaster and the microwave going at the same time, so it's not the grill. It's my wonky wiring.

The salmon burgers were partially cooked when the power went out, and I don't know how long they were on, so I had to estimate remaining cooking time. I overestimated and they ended up pretty dry.

Wednesday night, I made grilled asparagus, vidalia onion, and large portabella caps. Everything was amazing. I didn't add any oil or butter. My DD dinner was 81 calories!

Friday night (see the pattern--I've only used it on DDs so far), I grilled boneless, skinless chicken thighs. 400* for 8 minutes and they were perfect.

I will be trying steaks in the next week or so, maybe some turkey burgers or something as well.

So far, I've been quite impressed. Clean up is a breeze since the grill plates are non-stick and removable. I wipe with a damp paper towel when they're hot, then just wash with a tiny bit of dish soap and a soft sponge and they're done.
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Old 07-14-2012, 12:51 PM   #11
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I knew you'd love it, congrats...and thanks for some great ideas...I'll have to try the bellas for DD tomorrow...
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Old 07-14-2012, 03:20 PM   #12
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Dawn has evolved into our grill chef!

I nearly wet myself at the 'wonky wiring'. Remind me to tell you about my freezer issues when you have an hour or two to spare.
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Before you try steaks...have you heard of "salting" them?

I am terrible at cooking steaks, which is a shame, because I love them and we have a good butcher shop 10min from my house.

But I finally found a really good method!!!
(My review/comments on 7/5/12)
Steak Recipe: Turning Cheap "Choice" Steak into Gucci "Prime" Steak | Steamy Kitchen Recipes

PS: the link is to a blog, and--in case anyone might be offended--the language is a bit colorful.
But it's written quite humorously, and the instructions are very clear!

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Old 07-14-2012, 10:24 PM   #14
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I have done this salting method, heard about it last year and do it frequently...and there is another reason you leave the steak out of the fridge for that hour. It remains loose and as a cold steak tightens up when it is hit with heat...and the final secret to keep your steak nice and juicy is DON'T CUT INTO IT WHILE IT IS HOT. Let it set for ten to fifteen minutes and every bite will be nice and juicy.

Try it and you'll find yourself eating the most tender, juiciest steak you've ever eaten.
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Old 07-15-2012, 04:42 AM   #15
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Mary, you hit the nail on the head, cook meat from room temperature and let. it. rest.
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That blog was hilarious PJ and makes a lot of sense. We tried New York strip steaks last night and we overcooked them. Next time I'll totally salt them per the directions on the blog, then cook less time. It's trial and error with the contact grill since it cooks so much faster than a regular grill.
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Dawn You are so funny! You may become a cook after all! I love grilling foods but use a big old cast iron grill. Makes for wonderful flavor.

I have been using the salting method and like the results. And Cindy and Mary are so right about the room temp and resting.

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