NPR is also offering some grilling tips for the holiday including clean your grill before using it (yes, that is among their actual tips):
If there's one grilling tip to remember this Memorial Day weekend, it should be this: Flame is bad.
"Flame does nasty things to food," food historian and science guy Alton Brown tells NPR's Scott Simon in the kick-off segment of Weekend Edition's "Taste of Summer" series.
"[Flame] makes soot, and it makes deposits of various chemicals that are not too good for us. The last thing you really want to see licking at your food while it's on a grill is an actual flame." says Brown, who kicks up the science on Food Network's Good Eats, Iron Chef America, and Food Network Star.
But NPR's big story would have to be the Afghan Whigs. Cedric (my husband), Kat, C.I. and Stan are huge fans of that 90s band. I have become a huge fan but had the misfortune of knowing the days were over because the band broke up before the 90s ended. But now they're back together. Will have a new album shortly and you can download "See and Don't See" -- new single -- for free at their website. That's basic information I would've thought Ann Powers would have provided in her piece about the band and their concert this week but she doesn't. She does provide videos. Go to the second video. That's the song that hooked me.
Cedric was listening to the second and third albums mainly and I just wasn't hearing it. And I said something to C.I. who told me to listen to "Why We Two Parted" on the first album. That's the one that did it. After that, I got where the band was coming from. I love that song to this day.
This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"