Thursday, June 30, 2011

Grilled summer veggies!

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 know who I mean), but we shouldn't take it seriously.

Silly quotes from the Frugal Yankee:

"It is better to have burnt and lost, then never to have barbecued at all" - William Shakespeare

"It is a far, far better barbecue that I have now, than I have ever had before" - Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

"BBQ’ing is one percent inspiration, and ninety-nine percent perspiration" - Thomas Edison

"Ich bin ein Barbequer" - J F Kennedy

"Spare rib anyone?" - Adam

"Invite couples with children - everyone loves children - espically if they are cooked properly" - WC Fields

Done laughing?
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

Grilled vegetables
[I used pumpkin, onions, yellow onions, zucchini, red onions, mushrooms, asparagus]
Balsamic vinegar
Olive oil
Sea Salt
White or black pepper
Parmesan Cheese

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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  1. I love grilled summer veggies! And thanks for the smiles this morning, too, Avery. :)

  2. When I turn on the grill I search the refrigerator for everything that can go on it. My most favorite is pineapple. Oh, yum! And for some reason, potatoes baked on the grill always taste better than those baked in the oven!

    But I have never grilled pumpkin. I don't think I could find pumpkin around here at this time of year!

    ~ Krista

  3. Riley and Krista, good morning! Riley, glad you liked the humor. Krista, pineapple, yep! Any squash will do, acorn squash? Something firm. Potatoes are a great suggestion!


  4. Love the 'quotes' and the recipe. Veggies rule and these look great. I'll try summer squash and potatoes too.

  5. Fun reminder of how good grilled vegetables can be, even out of the ordinary veggies like pumpkin. Those quotes are adorable, too. In fact, because we use a charcoal grill, which can take some extra effort, Marc and I often quote Hamlet when it comes to dinner. "To grill or not to grill, that is the (culinary) question." :)

    ~ Cleo Coffeehouse
    Cleo Coyle on Twitter

  6. MJ, thanks for chiming in. Summer squash. Yum.

    Cleo, too funny. The culinary question. LOL I used to love to charcoal grill, but it did take so much time, that a few years ago my husband surprised me with a gas grill. When I was living in Connecticut, I could still grill in the winter (in the snow). I learned to love gas.


  7. Mr. Wendy and I have a Weber grill and a chimney for proper coal-firing ... but as vegetarians, the effort of starting the grill and the time it takes to get to the proper temp rarely seem worth it. Most fake meats don't do well on the grill, after all.

    But we recently tried the Tofurkey faux sausages, and they're awesome. And they are sturdy enough to stand up to grilling ... so now I'm thinking it's time to dust of the Weber. And vegies are a must!

    Never would have thought of pumpkin. I'm not sure I could find it fresh, but sweet potatoes?? I think I'll try sweet potatoes, mushrooms, onions, and asparagus.

    Thanks for inspiring me!

  8. Grilled vegetables are the best. I plan on having some over the July 4th holiday.

  9. Wendy, sweet potatoes sound like a winner. Carol, have a great 4th!!! Everyone, have a great 4th!!