How to Master Your Grill

05/29/2014 at 11:45 AM ET

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There’s nothing more fun than a summer barbecue, enjoying sunshine with friends and cold beer in hand, a juicy burger and a buttery ear of corn on our plates.

We spend afternoons hovered over the grill to see which of our favorite summer staples will come off next — always hungry, perpetually thirsty. The only thing that could possibly stand between us and perfect summer days like these are lackluster grilling skills. Don’t be that person — be prepared. Here’s what you need to know:

Let’s start from the beginning. Your grill is your temple — keep it clean, or you’ll sacrifice flavor and those much sought-after grill marks.

While we’re talking basics, let’s review how to light a grill. We’ll even show you how to do it without lighter fluid.

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Now let’s start grilling — a whole fish. It’s sure to impress your friends, and it’s one of the best ways to enjoy seafood all summer long.

Feeling fancy? Try grilling your fish on a wood plank. Your fish will be tender and moist, with a delicious woodsy flavor to boot.

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For the carnivores among us, this is also the time to get to know your meat, its different cuts, and how to cook them.

Go out with a bang — or at least shut down your grill properly. It will keep you safe, and it will make firing it up that much easier and more efficient for your next barbecue.

What’s your favorite thing to grill in the summer? Let us know in the comments!

—Julie Myers

This article was originally published on Food52, a site that brings cooks together to share recipes, ideas and support.

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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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My last pay check was $9500 working 12 hours a week online. My neighbour’s sister has been averaging 15k for months now and she works about 20 hours a week. I can’t believe how easy it was once I tried it out…..

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