I'm not coming into this as a rank amateur. I'm pretty handy with a grill and people enjoy what I make. But I have a haphazard approach to how and what I make. Sometimes it's good and sometimes it's not.
The corn I made was also another example of random experimentation. I mixed in some parsley, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
The good news is that pretty much everything worked this time. The grilling technique worked much better. The ranch in the sauce added a really nice flavor. The spices in the corn were great. The oranges turned out great especially for my first attempt. And the wine paired better than expected, especially considering rieslings are usually sweet.
What I didn't like is that I got lucky. I want to be more confident going into the meal that it's going to be good, rather than just hoping it will.
But overall, yum! =o9