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15 foods you need to eat before the end of summer

Summer is still in full swing, but we can’t help but notice September sneaking up on us. While the fall brings its own delightful foods (hellooo pumpkin spice!), once summer has slipped by, you just can’t enjoy a juicy watermelon in quite the same way. Take this as your summer foods PSA: Head to the market and get cooking these 15 quintessential summer foods before it’s too late! Blueberry pie Don’t miss out on homemade blueberry pie! A big juicy slice is simply a summer-must. You can even wash and freeze some berries now, if you want to prolong your blueberry pie calendar. That way, you can enjoy them for another month or two.  Get the recipe. Vegetarian SPINach, ricotta stuffed peppers Use up those beautiful summer peppers in the best way we know how — stuffed peppers. Make this recipe tonight. Caprese Summer Rolls Perhaps you’re a fan of…

7 steps to prep your grill for grilling season

You might have already packed away your sweaters and scarves, but before this summer can really heat up, you need to give your grill its annual checkup. It might not be the most exciting item on your upcoming schedule, but nothing can kill an outdoor dinner party faster than a broken grill. So for the sake of future fun, follow this advice to make sure your grill is ready for its Memorial Day debut and beyond. Also read, How to kick off grilling season with proper food safety. 1. Deep clean the grates. Little charred bits don’t add flavor — by now, it’s just dirt that can make you sick. Cleaning your grates regularly will prevent dangerous bacteria buildup, improve the taste of your food, and also reduce the risk of fire. Grill grates can be cleaned a variety of different ways, but to really start the season off right, consider…

4 ways to cook asparagus

No other vegetable symbolizes the start of spring more than long, slender asparagus. The succulent spears begin to appear in home gardens sometime in early April — with the promise of strawberries and longer days of sunshine right on their heels. While asparagus (part of the lily family) is available in grocery stores year-round these days, the best flavor and texture comes from just-harvested local stems. The earliest shoots are called “sprue,” and they’re usually very tender. Asparagus can be enjoyed tossed in a pasta salad, included in a casserole, or suspended in a quiche, but it’s also delicious perfect when cooked and eaten all on its own. If you’ve created a habit of cooking asparagus stalks the same way every time, perhaps it’s time to try this vegetable another way. We get asparagus for as little as two months of the year, so act fast! Try this roasted asparagus…

A cookbook to get you fired up about grilling from Char-Broil

The origins of grilling go back to prehistoric times when our ancestors skewered meat on a stick and stuck it over a hot fire. While there’s something still so satisfying about watching the way the intense heat turns food to a crisp, we’ve come a long way since then. Humans have perfected grilling and barbecuing, smoking, rotisserie cooking and even infrared. We’ve made outdoor cooking an activity instead of a chore. And we’ve moved beyond the meat madness, and have learned to appreciate well-executed vegetarian fare from the fires as well. Char-Broil’s Great Book of Grilling ($24.99, 336 pages) covers the whole myriad of cooking methods with 300 different recipes, from pork, poultry, beef and lamb, to appetizers, seafood, salads, vegetables and desserts. The recipes in each section of the book vary from as basic or creative as you care to get, but in the spirit of outdoor grilling, they’re never fussy. Most require only ingredients you’ll have in your well-stocked fridge.…

14 surprising foods you can grill

If you’ve limited yourself to grilled steaks, you’re seriously missing out. Bring out your adventurous spirit this summer and give yourself more reasons to fire up those flames. Pineapple, pound cake, and pizza are just the beginning! There’s no need to eat boring food when you have a grill nearby. Start with a few of the delicious looking treats below and see what else you’re inspired to sizzle. 1. Grilled bacon Bacon can create quite a mess when cooked indoors. Try grilling it instead. Since it won’t sit in it’s own fat while cooking, it’s a slightly healthier way to cook it. Slices will be crispy and perfect for topping burgers, salads or even just for breakfast. 2. Grilled Caesar Salad You’ve had Caesar salad so many times, you always know what you’re getting. Take that basic salad to the next level with grilled Romaine and grilled croutons. https://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/grilled-vanilla-french-toast-51241430 3. Grilled French…

Kick off grilling season with proper food safety

For many Americans, the official kickoff to summer picnic and grilling season happens this weekend. With all of that food handling happening, it’s inevitable than many of us will end our fun afternoons with no-so-fun circumstances. An estimated 128,000 people nationwide will end up in the hospital with foodborne illnesses this year, but many of these can be prevented by properly cooking and storing foods when traveling and cooking out. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) recommends that you refresh your memory on food safety before diving into summer festivities. Grilling basics: Keep perishable foods at or below 40ºF. Food should never sit out longer than 2 hours. If weather is hot, knock this down to 60 minutes. Pack separate coolers for perishable items and other items like drinks, if people will be reaching in and out. This will ensure your meats or poultry stay cold,…

An Appetite for a Higher Education Course in Barbecue

The south has given us seersucker, sweet tea and a very, very passive aggressive way to address our adversaries. Bless your heart.  But even with that said, the sauciest thing to come out of the South is barbecue. Barbecue is a big deal in the south. If you hail from Texas, North Carolina, Kentucky or anywhere in between, you have a more refined appreciation for the flavors of your favorite cuts of ‘cue than do your northern neighbors. You were raised with it, and you probably know between 10 to 20 local pit masters you can call by their first name. But now these southern secrets are being shared. According to Southern Living, two faculty members at Wofford College—a small liberal arts school located in Spartanburg, in upstate South Carolina—developed a course that teaches students this fine southern art. The month-long course was part of the college’s Interim program, that…