Cooking Outdoors to Beat the Heat
During warm summer months, markets in many parts of the country overflow with fresh fruits and vegetables and other easy-to-prepare foods -- but who wants to heat up the kitchen to cook them?
Sometimes you just need to get out of the kitchen and cook outdoors to beat the heat.
Fortunately, there are alternatives to hot-weather oven meals. Indoor and outdoor grills provide ways to get dinner on the table without taxing our air conditioners even more.
A charcoal or gas grill can be used for just about everything, including fruits and vegetables. For example, try corn on the cob on the grill: Soak the unhusked ears in water for at least 1 hour; drain and place on a hot grill for about 30 minutes. Turn frequently and sprinkle with water to keep it moist and steamy inside the husk.
Don't rule out the indoor grill, either. If steaks and chops are a bit heavy for your taste in hot weather, consider grilled sandwiches (panini). Or grill meat and vegetables for quesadillas in the indoor grill or pizza in the toaster oven.
Indoor and outdoor grills provide ways to get dinner on the table without turning on the oven and taxing our air conditioners even more. However, you always have to keep safety in mind so on the next page you will find safety tips on the next page of this article.
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