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Hot August Nights!

by | Jul 30, 2013 | Market News

“Hot August Nights” seems to ring a bell with me.  Could that be a song lyric?  Whatever made me think of that—August is a very warm and wonderful month of the year.  I think of beautiful balmy evenings on the patio enjoying some of our garden treasures right off the grill.  A cold beverage and life is good!

Many of the freshest of vegetables are very easy to grill.  Let’s begin with some bell peppers.  Just wash and remove the seeds and quarter the peppers. Brush your peppers with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.  Next place them on a medium hot area of your grill for 10 to 12 minutes turning once. Use all the colors of peppers  (red, yellow, orange, and green) to make a beautiful addition to steak,  Italian sausage, or chicken.

A wonderful side dish to go along with any grilled meat is a simple packet of potatoes and onions.  I use fresh Yukon gold or baby “B” red potatoes and whichever onion you prefer.  Quarter the onions and pierce the potatoes to let steam escape.  I coat everything with a little olive oil and sprinkle with garlic salt.  Place everything in aluminum foil and fold over to close.  Put the packet on your grill for 30 to 35 minutes on medium heat and you will have a tasty side dish for anything from ribs to burgers.

How could we talk about grilling veggies and leave corn out?  Corn is absolutely mouth watering right off the grill.  Peel back the husks on fresh corn without removing completely and remove the silk to expose the kernels. Coat the corn with butter and put the husk back over the corn.  Place the corn directly on the grill with medium heat for 20 to 25 minutes.  I truly think you can make a whole meal of just corn!!

Summer squash is also great on the grill.  Cut lengthwise into 1- inch thick slices.  Brush with oil and season with salt and pepper.  Ten to twelve minutes on medium heat, turning once, and you are ready to serve your squash with salmon, tuna, or shrimp.

As I think of all these vegetables,  let’s just make a kabob of the whole works.  Cut the veggies in chunks and place them on a skewer.  I brush it all with olive oil, salt and pepper, and place directly on the grill.  Turn the skewers every couple of minutes and when the veggies are just tender remove and enjoy.

Now that we are all hungry and ready to find all the best vegetables you only need to  come to Pahl’s.  We have excellent homegrown produce waiting for you.  As a farm we take pride in growing wonderful produce and bringing it in from the fields daily.  Fresh, tasty, and healthy produce from our fields to your table.

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