BlackRedGrillFriendsLogoTo me grilling is about FUN and FUNCTION. My line of Grill Friends® and Kitchen Friends™ cooking and grilling tools combine fun, contemporary colors and features with functional designs. After 15 years of grilling and cooking for a living I’ve learned a thing or two about what does and doesn’t work. When I design these pieces, I make sure that each bugsigitem in my line will work as well — around the grill or in the kitchen — for the new cook as it does for me. Each piece is both FUNCTIONAL and FUN because when it doesn’t function, you dont have fun!

For more information:
Kirsten Newman-Teissier—610-459-5575
Elizabeth Karmel—312-951-8394

Grill Friends™ Cedar Smoking Sheets are a Revelation in Grilling
Japanese–Style Cedar Sheets put a Twist on Traditional Cedar Planking

The traditional “barbecue” of the Pacific Northwest has been adopted by the entire country—cedar planked salmon. Five years ago, you had a hard time finding cedar planks in kitchen stores and in most markets, you had to buy untreated cedar at lumber yards and have the wood cut into planks for cooking. Today, home cooks across the country can find these “gourmet” planks in most stores and they are using them frequently. And, if you stick with the traditional salmon fillet, there is no better presentation than serving the fish directly from the wood—until now!

Grill Friends is excited to introduce the latest grilling and kitchen innovation: 8-inch square Cedar Smoking Sheets. The thin wood sheets are made from cedar wood and are used in a similar way as cedar planks. Like a plank, the Cedar Smoking Sheets must be soaked before use to prevent burning. The soaking also makes the sheets flexible enough to wrap around the food. The Grill Friends sheets are larger than their Japanese counterparts and perfectly sized for American portions. The sheets are designed for individual servings and make a dramatic presentation whether you wrap them around the food or place the food on top. Best yet, they are disposable and make clean-up a snap.

“I’ve always loved cooking with cedar planks,” said Elizabeth Karmel, author of Taming the Flame: Secrets for Hot and Quick and Low and Slow BBQ. When I stumbled onto cedar papers in a Japanese kitchen store, I was elated. The sheets were as thin as paper and made to be used once and disposed of. I loved the way they cooked but found them to be too small for most of my American recipes. That is when I decided to update the idea for the American grill and add them to my line of Grill Friends products.”

The Grill Friends™ Cedar Smoking Sheets will turn you into a gourmet griller in a jiffy! Simply soak them in cold water for ten minutes and they are ready to use. If you want an extra-fancy presentation, roll one serving-size portion of food (about 6-ounces) in the wet sheet and tie with a piece of wet cooking twine or a long scallion or chive that has also been soaked in water or blanched—it should look like a tube. Or, simply place your seasoned and oiled food on the smoking sheet. Try this technique with salmon, scallops, pork chops, filet mignon, sliced pineapple or any of your favorite foods for cedar-smoked food that will have your guests begging for more. Because the wet cedar adds a bit of moisture to the cooking environment, meat, fish and fruit come out moist, succulent and slightly smoky—an unbeatable combination! But that’s not all, the added bonus is that your food won’t stick to the grill and has its very own built-in serving tray!

The Grill Friends™ Cedar Smoking Sheets are packaged with 10 one-time use sheets and a recipe booklet in a plastic bag with a colorful red and black header card. The recipe booklet explains the different ways to use the smoking sheets and provides basic recipe and instructions for both the grill and the oven.

The Grill Friends™ Cedar Smoking Sheets are available nationally at kitchen, gourmet and housewares stores and in mail-order catalogs, and online at, and . The suggested retail price for the set of 10 Cedar Smoking Sheets is $12.99.

The Cedar Smoking Sheets can be used in the grill or the oven and are distributed by Harold Import Co. along with the rest of the Grill Friends line of ceramic serving pieces, aprons, kitchen and outdoor cooking tools. The other products include the award-winning Super Silicone Angled BBQ Basting Brush, the GrillMat™ , the Grill Friends™ Turkey Brining Bag™ and the SuperGrater™.

Harold Import Co. is also distributing Karmel’s cookbook, Taming the Flame: Secrets for Hot-and-Quick Grilling and Low-and-Slow BBQ, published by John Wiley & Sons and released in May 2005.

Look for seven additional Grill Friends products this Spring; the first-ever Super Silicone Angled BBQ Mop, the Steakhouse Burger Press, the Super Silicone Off-Set Meat Pounder, the Double Kabob Skewers, the line of Perfect-Fit Aprons, the Everyday Basting Brush and the Super Silicone Blending Fork. For more information, contact Elizabeth Karmel at 312-951-8394 or e-mail her at

Grill Friends is a line of kitchen and grilling tools that solve problems that real cooks have in the kitchen, around the grill and at the table. .

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