Summer is officially here and the only thing hotter than yesterday's World Cup themed #Menday post is my BBQ -- who doesn't love a fabulous summer BBQ bash? Who's breaking out the margaritas already?
I was so excited to share this with you guys. I'm not much of a cook but I can definitely GRILL, thank goodness. And here comes the newest book from Better Homes and Gardens, FRESH GRILLING. Its packed with 200 grilling ideas that focus on preserving the refreshing “pop” of fresh produce, generating tons of flavor, and - my favorite - throwing things into the BBQ mix that may not have ocurred to you before! Ever grilled a dessert? Made a dip with grilled veggies? An amazing salsa? (Me either!)
Of course, the BEST part of any cookbook is the vibrant food porn. This book did not disappoint. The first time it was in my hands, I didn't even read a word. I just glazed over and went to my happy place looking at all the delicious photos.
Recipes include everything from apples to zucchinis, vegetarian to meat-lover, and appetizers to desserts. Burgers get crunchy toppings, sauces and marinades are improved with smoky fruits and vegetables, side dishes are no longer simple salads but charred veggie platters, and luscious fruits fill desserts given a punch of flavor from the grill. That was a cool find for me. I don't think "grilling" and "dessert" have ever crossed paths in my tiny mind. Genius.
The book has a lot of other marvelous innovations, in fact. And do not be intimidated -- they walk you through the basics and even include a produce guide in the back; every seed will be revealed! (Pun intended.)
The book is under $15 on Amazon and would be a terrific gift to bring with you to any upcoming Fourth of July bash. Plus, I loved it so much, I am giving away a copy! Enter below: