Farm Fresh

There’s nothing better than fresh vegetables.  When you don’t have the time or space to grow your own produce, get the freshest possible by visiting a local farmers market.  You would be surprised at how many there are around the state of Connecticut.

Typically, you can get your produce at a much lower cost by visiting the farmers market, than if you were to buy it at the local grocery store.  The produce is also fresher coming straight from the farm.

Click here for a listing of local farmers markets in Connecticut.

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Photo Courtesy of: Connecticut Department of Agriculture

 

 

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Summer Time Grilled Corn

Who doesn’t love a good ear of grilled corn on the cob?  It’s a summer time favorite in my household.  But, let’s be honest… how many times can you have the same thing over the course of a week?

Click here to find a standard recipe for grilled corn. 

To change it up a bit, I soak the corn (husk and all) in water with some sugar.  I would say 1/4 cup sugar per 4 cups of water.  You want the water to completely cover the corn when soaking. Let it rest for about 30 mins.  When you’re ready, take the corn out of the water, place on a preheated grill, over medium heat on the higher rack (if there is one) for approximately 30 mins.

Ready to change up the flavors from just regular butter?  Click here to find a list of some other flavors that you can try out.

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Grilled aPizza!

There’s nothing better than a good slice of pizza.  Well, in the summertime, crank up that grill and make a pizza of your very own, right on your backyard grill.  Frankly, it’s fun, easy, and so much better as you control the ingredients you put on it.

You can make big pizzas, smaller individual pizzas, or whatever size you would like.  Kids have a great time with this one too as they create their own masterpieces.  Try out new ingredients, new flavors, and better yet, go for that whole wheat pizza dough!

This video says it all on just how easy it is to actually make your own grilled pizza. Check it out and give it a try!

Move That Kitchen Space Outdoors

During the summer, make sure you have the ultimate outdoor cooking space.  Get your grill built into a countertop, maybe add a refridgerator for a supply of beer, and whatever else you may want.

There are plenty of ideas floating around to give you that ultimate dream space right in your own backyard to enjoy the weather, cook out, and still be spending time drinking a cold one with all of your friends.

Click here for a look at some great outdoor kitchens from HGTV.

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Get Outside & COOK!

What’s better than getting out of the kitchen and cooking up an impressive dinner, strictly on the grill? It’s summer time… don’t heat up your house with turning on the stove and oven… rather grab a cocktail, sit out on the deck and enjoy the weather while you can.

From steaks to chicken, pizza, vegetables, potatoes, and even dessert, a grill can do everything you can typically do in a kitchen.

See some of our favorite things to make on the grill here:

Grilled Three Cheese Potatoes

Grilled Chocolate Banana Melt

Grilled Salmon

Grilled Pineapple Pork Chops

Grilled Pizza

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Fiesta Time!

Who doesn’t love a good Mexican Fiesta?  Tacos, Nachos, Burritos…. YUM!

This is a great summer time party theme that you can have loads of fun with.  Create your own taco bars are very little maitenance the night of your party, along with your own nacho bar.  Crock pots & casseroles are a great way to make the fiesta memorable and delicious, but very little hassle.

Enjoy pre made margaritas, which you can make by the pitcher or in individual servings in mason jars.  Another great way to cut back on costs, not play hostess (for too long anyway) and really get to enjoy the night with your ‘ready to party’ friends.

Here’s a few great recipes that are ‘oh-so delicious’ and ready for the ultimate mexican Fiesta… right in your own back yard!

7 Layer Mexican Dip

Layered Mexican Party Salad

Mexican Fiesta Casserole

Mexican Grilled Corn

Margarita Popsicles

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I Scream You Scream, We All Scream For Ice Cream!

Looking for a great way to tire out the kids and give them a tasty treat?  Have them make their own ice cream!

It’s not only a fun activity, but what kid doesn’t like ice cream?  I mean, it’s not exactly just for kids anyways … adults can enjoy this one too!  If you’re having some kids over whether for a party or not, this is a great way for them to burn some energy and enjoy making their very own dessert.  It’s not that hard and everyone typically has all of these ingredients on hand.

Take a look at this great video that shows you exactly what to do!  Tell me… what’s your favorite flavor of ice cream?