PUBLISHED: 3:55 PM on Wednesday, May 18, 2005
Sizzle, smoke and spice
Summer Meals on the Grill in Minutes

Steak your claim to the best backyard barbecue ever! Go beyond basic hamburgers and hot dogs or traditional steak and potatoes, and venture into the mouthwatering world of garden-fresh asparagus and zucchini, tender and juicy filet mignon or well-marbled ribeye, even succulent peaches or pineapple on the grill. With a little sizzle, smoke and spice - and a few easy grilling tips and recipes - you can become the resident grill gourmet.

First, the signature steak. For the best taste and texture, start off with grain-fed Midwestern beef that is well-marbled, hand trimmed and aged to perfection. Next, enhance the natural goodness of the beef with a select seasoning. Create a little culinary magic by sprinkling a savory blend of herbs and spices on the steak itself. Or serve fabulous dips, sauces, marinades or salad dressings to complement whatever you grill.

  Clockwise from top: Magic Grilled Steak With Orange Magnolia Sauce, Steak and Potato Knife and Fork Salad With Southwest Chipotle Dressing and Sensational Steak Strips With Creamy Garlic Dip
Grill trimmed spears of asparagus or lengthwise strips of zucchini, brushed with a little olive oil and sprinkled with a seasoning blend, right along with your steak. While the grill is still hot, brush peeled peach halves or fresh pineapple rings with melted butter and sizzle on both sides until warmed through. Serve the grilled fruit with a scoop of ice cream as a grand finale to your sensational summer meal.

For a free "Good Life Guide and Cookbook" filled with mouthwatering steak recipes, call (800) 228-9055 or visit For Chef Paul Prudhomme's tips, recipes and online catalog, visit Magic Seasonings' Web site at or call (800) 457-2857 for a free brochure with recipes.