“Dressed To Grill” …. Sophisticated Skewers (Part 2)

For me this summer, skewers, kababs, kebabs, or whatever you call them, are my "thang" (if I may uses the "street vernacular" for a minute).

So, here is another batch that I wanted to save off to my online cookbook.

And with another photo shoot of my favorite "Culinary Porn", I'm talking about Cool Custom Outdoor Kitchens.

And this photo shoot of a restaurant owner and chef's outdoor "Dinner Diggs", from
Kalamazoo Outdoor Gourmet, definitely fits the bill for this "Sophisticated Skewers" presentation.

Honey Lime Chicken Skewers

The Healthy Chef's "healthy morsel":  (I'll use a homemade soy sauce in this recipe, because I try to avoid store bought soy sauce, and coconut oil instead of vegetable oil)      (click photo below for recipe)

Grilled Spicy Cilantro Fish Kebabs

The Healthy Chef's "healthy morsel":  (I've been into sustainably sourced Chilean Sea Bass Lately, my best tasting thick/dense fish)

Grilling Tip: Grill fish on top of lemon slices so fish doesn't stick to grill/grate)
(click photo below for recipe)

Grilled Cherry Tomato Skewers (click photo below or recipe)

Sweet Chicken Kebabs with Citrus Soy Marinade

The Healthy Chef's "healthy morsel":  (I'll use a homemade soy sauce in this recipe, because I try to avoid store bought soy sauce)  (click photo below for recipe)

Lime and Chile Butter Chicken Skewers
(click photo below for recipe)

Spring Veggie and Lemon Moroccan Chicken Skewers with Minted Goat Cheese Yogurt
(click photo below for recipe)

Grilled Shrimp and Lemon Skewers with Feta-Dill Sauce
(click photo below for recipe)

Orange and Thyme Grilled Shrimp Skewers
(click photo below for recipe)

Moroccan Fish Skewers  (click photo below for recipe)

…..about the Outdoor Kitchen

Tucked away in an urban Chicago backyard, this outdoor kitchen proves that you don’t need an expansive space to build an amazing outdoor kitchen. The owner, Chef Stephanie Izard, uses live fire cooking at her acclaimed
Chicago restaurant Girl and The Goat, and wanted to bring that same intensity and flavor to her own backyard.

When designing the outdoor kitchen, the design experts at Kalamazoo took into account the couple’s cooking and entertaining needs. The centerpiece of this outdoor kitchen is a K750HB Hybrid Fire Grill. This allows Izard to cook with gas, charcoal, or wood so she can recreate the same incredible flavors of her restaurant dishes in her backyard.

Stephanie’s husband, beer expert Gary Valentine, wanted to make sure there was ample storage for his impressive beer collection so he can pair it with everything his wife pulls off the grill. A 2 drawer refrigerator was installed to keep Valentine’s beer chilled, even on scorching Chicago summer days. And for anything that doesn’t need to be cooked on the grill, two built-in cooktop burners next to the grill can take care of everything else.            

All of this is set into a classic brick enclosure that blends beautifully with the surroundings. A shelf is built into the brick to store the wood for the grill. Large marble countertops sit above the outdoor refrigerator, the grill and the cooktop burners, providing plenty of prep and serving space. A large, rustic picnic table sits at the center of the outdoor space and has ample room for guests to sit and enjoy a meal together.

Kitchen photos from the Kalamazoo Gourmet website
(see copyright disclaimer at bottom of post).

I'm in no way affiliated with Kalamazoo Gourmet, but plain and simple, they are the masters of  the "Art Form" that is Gourmet Grilling. I love their "promo" video below, always sets the right vibe for the summer's grilling!!!      ENJOY!!!

(and remember to try, if but just a little, at making your tasty grill treats a little healthier……..then you got the best of both worlds 🙂 )

~stay healthy~


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"Dressed to Grill" articles within "The Healthy Chef's Corner"

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Bring on the fresh grilled foods and the outdoor conversations. Adding outdoor living space is a smart and affordable way to increase your home’s value and square footage.


Hi David Walters,

Well said sir!!! It’s what get get up and go to work for!!!

Thanks for taking the time to read and comment

Doug at GAIA Health Blog

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