I love summer. I love to barbecue. I love to sit outside and read a book while I barbecue. Perhaps sip a glass of wine. It's like a mini-vacation while making dinner.
And last night, while barbecuing, I thought there must be famous quotes about barbecuing. I mean, we've had all these famous people over the years grilling, having their pictures on the front of a magazine, the front of a newspaper, a grill fork in their hands, sloppy smiles slapped on their faces.
So I looked for a few pithy words, and I found some of the silliest websites I've ever found. I thought I'd share a bit of their silliness. Hopefully you'll smile. Because we can't take barbecuing seriously, right?
We want to, and we probably know some that do (the dictators who won't let you near their barbecue...you know who I mean), but we shouldn't take it seriously.
Silly quotes from the Frugal Yankee:
Okay, me, too.
One of my favorite sides to serve with a barbecue is grilled vegetables. You can use whatever looks fresh at the grocers. I like my greens and I love onions and mushrooms, so that's what's on my plate.
You don't need a lot to make them taste fabulous.
Summer Grilled Vegetables
[I used pumpkin, onions, yellow onions, zucchini, red onions, mushrooms, asparagus]
White or black pepper
Heat your grill to high. ** I like to use a grill grid (something non-stick) that sits on top of the grill. This keeps the vegetables from falling through to the coals.
Slice the onions in wide chunks.
Peel the pumpkin, removing the rind, and slice the pumpkin in thick slices.
Slice the zucchini in thick slices.
Wash the mushrooms.
Brush the vegetables with balsamic vinegar and then with oil. Season with salt and pepper.
Brush the grill grid with olive oil. Set the vegetables on the grid for three to four minutes a side, charring slightly.
Serve with Parmesan cheese sprinkled on top.
For other barbecue-related recipes from our very own Mystery Lovers Kitchen try:
Riley's Dr. Pepper Barbecue Sauce
Avery's Burgers and Blue
Cleo's Fire-fighters Ribs
Avery's Strawberry Shortcake (Gluten-free)
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