Backyard and Social Cooking Season Is In

Unless you are a very avid camper, the camping season is coming to a close as the summer ending Labor Day draws near. While I would encourage you to go out and enjoy the Labor Day weekend to the fullest, my main purpose is to point out that just because summer is ending doesn’t mean that cooking outside has to.

The People

While cooking as a camping event may be over, cooking as a social event is just beginning. Neighbors are back from trips, family members are back in town and, most importantly, so are you. In most areas, the weather for a couple more months will still be perfect for cooking outdoors.

The trend these days has more and more people cooking in their backyards or on their patios. Eating is again becoming a social event and many folks find their dining room to be cramped for space. Often, family or neighbors join us for dinner and some simple backyard furniture can create a very comfortable environment for eating and socializing. Not to mention the fact that as soon as I mention we are eating outside, the kids jump into action to help finish getting dinner ready.

The Food

There are two major stereotypes that should be crushed at this point. One, mostly men like use the backyard grill. This is positively wrong. Women all over the nation are finding this type of cooking activity to be fun and exciting. Grilling in the “backyard kitchen” is a much more compelling experience than cooking indoors for men and women. Two, backyard cooking is a meaty experience. Again, this is not necessarily so. I will be the first to admit that I love a good steak or burger, however, vegetables like potatoes, onions, peppers, zucchini, asparagus and many others are excellent cooked over the flame. Squash mixes, jambalaya, and vegi chili are also very easy to whip up in a Dutch oven as well.

Outdoor cooking is a good way to enjoy some family time at home and put a great spin on dinner. Try it out over the next few months before the temperature begins taking to take a dive. It will be well worth your time and effort. As always, please feel free to share your outdoor cooking experiences and recipes here by commenting.