ב' לחודש הראשון תשע"ג
This baby which will run you around NIS 35, about US$9.50, is the single man's answer to a Happy Pesah (Passover).
Even a student should be able to afford it. If not, then certain a group of students or roommates could. Then keep using it during the rest of the year. Bring it to the park. Bring it to the beach. Bring it camping. When Pesah rolls around again, just buy a new grill for the top, and keep that one Pesadik (Kosher for Passover).
No more noodging families to have you over for EVERY Pesah meal! Not only will you will you overcome your proverbial helplessness, as a single man, but you will also be able to do the misswah of entertaining guests!
After a couple of years sharing a house with the Kalashnokover Rebbe, and my having to deal with all of his hassidishe humroth (stringencies) for Pesah, he had this brilliant idea.
We DID clean the kitchen. But then, after he sold his hametz (leaven products), and I got rid of mine, we blocked off the kitchen, turned the now "spik 'n span" refrigerator to face the living room.
After that, if was על האש ("on the fire" - BBQ), matzah and salad. It works, no?
If you keep a qitniyoth-free Pesah, try my homemade guacamole and salsa recipes.
Are you vegan? You don't have to feel left out. Onions, peppers, mushrooms, zucchini (sliced), the proverbial potato, and even tomatoes work great on the grill! I haven't tried butternut squash myself, and I hear that with olive oil brushed on it, it turns out very well when grilled.
Worried about the health hazards of using charcoal? Use olive wood. It works great!
And, just to show that grilling isn't just for men, here's a shout-out to my favorite women writers: Debbie Schlussel, Tomer Devorah, Shiloh Musings, A Soldier's Mother, Ki Yachol Nuchal!, and Jew In The City.