Don’t put away your grill just yet! There is still time for a great summer cookout before the weather cools. The best thing about summer is that some fresh fruits and vegetables are in season. Hit the farmer’s market or the local grocer to find out what’s in season. You may be surprised what you can do with a gas grill and some fresh ingredients. At Chesapeake Chimney, we are here to share some recipes to try on your gas grill today!

Shop in Season

fruits and veggiesDon’t buy overpriced produce that has spent more time on a truck than on the grocery shelf. You can buy great ingredients from local sources that are fresh-picked and never frozen. Summer vegetables include radishes, arugula, cucumber, beets, rhubarb, corn, garlic, zucchini, squash, carrots, and bell peppers. Summer fruits include limes, apricots, lemon, plums, melon, cherries, passion fruit, blackberries, tomatoes, nectarines, peaches, and strawberries.

The Best for Every Occasion

Don’t settle for the same old burgers and hotdogs this summer. Don’t settle for the same squishy squash either. Instead of mac n’ cheese and potato chips, try grilled corn for a side dish. Wrap it in tin foil with butter, pepper, or even bacon. Try summer squash or zucchini that isn’t bland or mush. This recipe paired with red onion and feta is absolute perfection. If you’re looking for a more exotic dish, these chili-lime clams and tomatoes cook perfectly in a cast-iron skillet over a gas grill.

Sometimes simple recipes are exactly what you need on a hot summer day. A thick salmon fillet grilled on lemon slices with a little cracked pepper and a hint of salt will have your guests and family craving more. A master grill will tell you that grilling the salmon fillet on lemon slices also prevent the salmon fillet from sticking while it cooks.

Desserts on the Grill

Fresh fruits are light and sweet and perfect for dessert on a hot summer day. The only way to truly enjoy pound cake is on the grill. Wrap a thick slice of pound cake in tin foil with your favorite berries and a couple of other things and top it with vanilla ice cream after it grills for about 10 minutes. A favorite among kids and adults alike is peachy pizza. Grab a bag of peaches at a local orchard and start slicing for this simple and tasty treat.

Mastering Your Gas Grill

Whether you’ve had your grill for a weekend or a decade, it will need to be cleaned and maintained in order to work properly. Chesapeake Chimney & Co. can service your gas grill so you stay safe. The only thing worse than a cookout being rained out is a sunny day, a large guest list, and half-cooked entrees because the grill malfunctioned. If you’re looking to schedule a gas grill service, call Chesapeake Chimney & Co. at 410-535-0052 today!