What's Cookin' with Jim Peterik

September 1, 2009 9:55:25 AM PDT
Jim Peterik is the latest local celebrity to share his grilling tips with the 11 am news anchor team. The Ides of March front man is sharing his technique for making a gourmet pizza on the grill. He uses a whole wheat crust (pre-made is OK). Then he tops it with mozzarella, goat cheese, fresh basil, toasted pine nuts and prosciutto. He says how much you use of each ingredient depends on you personal taste. After assembling the pizza, put it on a pizza stone (available at most places that sell house wares. Sprinkle corn meal on the stone, so the dough won't stick. Pre-heat the stone to 450 degrees and then put the stone on the grill.In the meantime, Jim and Chicago's own IDES OF MARCH have been busy cooking up a new CD "Keep Rocking" at Jim's home studio in the Western Suburbs. Peterik, who sang and wrote "Vehicle", the group's 1970 Billboard Platinum hit says that the album of new tunes will surprise listeners with a few departures from the band's traditional style, although the melodies, vocal harmony and brassy energy will still shine through.

Among the highlights: "Soul To Soul" finds the Ides in a solid R&B groove, while "For One Moment" glides on an introspective mood. The title cut "Keep Rocking" is perhaps the hardest driving tune the band has ever recorded in their 45 years together. Throughout the Ides history, they have taken some of their favorite songs and produced elaborate arrangements of them. The Beatles "A Day In The Life" gets the treatment this time, and promises to be a show stopper when the Ides perform it in concert.

A four song "EP" is available now through the Ides' Web site www.theidesofmarch.com , with a special code that will allow buyers to download the new songs as they are finished. The complete CD will be released in November.