Prepare for the best barbecue season ever
(NC)—As the temperature rises and the flowers start to bloom, we begin to plan our warm weather escapades. Whether you're planning on long weekend getaways, patio parties or simply staying home and spending quality time with family and friends, there's one thing that'll play a consistent and important role in most of your plans: the barbecue.
Follow these few simple tips and tricks and you'll soon be the best barbecue host on the block:
• Use fresh ingredients and go local: many fruits and vegetables are in season during the summer months, so take advantage of the fresh, crisp, taste of locally-grown favourites.
• Be creative: Grill items you wouldn't normally think of, like fruit kabobs. The charcoal grill will give them a hint of smoky flavour, and the heat will allow the juices to naturally caramelize.
• The right tools make all the difference: The 365 line from Nordic Ware, for example, lets you take your creations from the indoor kitchen to the outdoor patio. Try the Chicken Leg Griller & Jalapeno Roaster (you can grill up to 17 chicken drumsticks or stuffed jalapenos) or try substituting tomatoes in place of beef in the Meatball Griller. These versatile appliances will help you create culinary masterpieces, any day of the year.
• Have fun: Get the whole family (or neighbourhood) involved with planning and preparing summer meals. Enjoy the warm weather and good company, and don't miss a chance to go from amateur chef to barbecue veteran.
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