Dinner tonight was a success. The grill did its work spectacularly as always. We had chicken, hamburgers and hotdogs from the grill. Corn on the cob, baked beans and my wife’s famous “side dish” was made inside. Everything was delicious.
Why is this important? The title of this post says it all: small victories. Cooking dinner out on the grill may not seem like seem like a big deal to most people, but any success, even a small success, maybe especially the small successes, are what I celebrate. Small victories. When so many things are out of my reach, celebrating the small things becomes all the more important. To me it is a critical aspect of my effort to construct a life.
One more thing, if you read yesterday’s post, you will see the dinner we had tonight was scheduled for last night. I wasn’t able to do the grilling, so we settled for pizza delivery. The promise of yesterday became the reality of today. This doesn’t always happen, but when it does, it is worth celebrating.
More about dinner…the chicken was dry-rubbed with Pensey’s Northwoods Fire spice mix. It has just the right mix of spice and heat and it wonderful on chicken. I have become a big Pensey’s fan. The hamburger meat was mixed with ground ancho chlie, chipotle chile and Worcestershire sauce The hotdogs were from Hebrew National. After 30 years of grilling, I don’t think it is too immodest to say that I was able to execute everything just right. There is nothing quite as satisfying or as primal as preparing a meal over fire.
Oh, in case you were wondering, my wife’s famous “side dish” is onions, mushrooms and peppers sauteed with butter and olive oil, a little salt and some fresh ground black pepper. Simple, but delicious and perfect with grilled meats.
Best of all? Lots of leftovers for tomorrow.