With so many barbecues going on, we do our best to distinguish ourselves from any other Minnesota cook-out. Here's a snapshot of one at our place.
First we have Aaron do the cooking out on Schramihana grill. I do all the preparing and then hand him the food and the barbecue tools. Schramihana was one of the first projects Aaron took on when we moved here. As a longtime lover of hibachi style restaurants, he decided we needed to have our own hibachi grill with group seating around the grill. While I thought painting was a priority, Aaron thought we could not go a minute longer without an outdoor hibachi grill. So he built one and we adoringly named it "Schramihana" after hibachi-style restaurant, Benihana.
Mastering the skills of the hibachi chef is not an easy task.
It usually involves tossing eggs up in the air and trying to crack them in the air, lighting onion volcanoes on fire, and throwing random pieces of meat at our guests, which 9 times out of 10, they do not catch in their mouth.
A chef's hat and apron is on our list of things to buy so he can get the full hibachi chef effect and try to catch shrimp tails in his hat.
We had friends from Brazil come visit us a few weeks ago. Lavinia, was my family's exchange student 20 years ago! She came back to visit with her mom and her two Portuguese-only speaking children.
This past weekend, we had some friends and neighbors over for an impromptu Schramihana cook-out.
After aforementioned egg tossing, we threw our guests on the little red wagon that Aaron built and took them for a spin around the vineyard.
They listened to tour guide Aaron talk about grapes, what we have to do to diseased plants, and how to tell when the grapes are ready for picking.
Of course we can't forget the wine on the wagon ride.
Can you tell the children were just so enthralled?
Then we made our guests throw axes at a wooden post.
While Dave and Amy...
..Wes and Caroline all took more of the baseball throw stance by using their left foot forward.