Warmer weather in Houston
means the return of meals cooked on the grill. We have all your
grilling needs covered, everything from meat and vegetables to
fruit and marinades. Stop by your local Fiesta and stock up on the
essentials, but don't be afraid to try something new too. With
summer produce in full swing, why not try grilling corn on the cob
or asparagus? How about grilled peaches and pineapple for
Getting the grill ready? Look for wood chips and charcoal.
Planning a picnic or an outdoor party for a large group? Pick up
disposable plates and napkins, maybe even disposable cups. Think
about cleanup too - you might need re-sealable bags to store
leftovers or extra garbage bags if you're not cooking at home.
Once you have the basics, start thinking about specific items
you'll need for the steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs, sausage, chicken
or turkey legs you're grilling. Get the dry rub, steak sauce, or
marinade that's your favorite, or the ingredients you'll need to
make them. One of the easiest items to forget is probably the
bread. If you're using bread for hamburgers and hot dogs, or only
as a side like dinner rolls, you won't want to make a second trip
just for them.
Here's where you might get points for creativity. By grilling
your fruits and vegetables, you can keep all of the cooking in one
location and you won't have to go inside or cook anything ahead of
time if you are grilling in a park. Corn, asparagus, peppers,
zucchini and even potatoes can be grilled. And nectarines, pears,
cantaloupes or bananas would make a great grilled dessert. Just
serve them with ice cream or honey, depending on how much of a
sweet tooth you have.
With all this heat and all that work, make sure you pick up a
great beverage. Whether you reach for iced tea, fruit juice, water
or lemonade during the summer, you'll need enough for the whole
Have fun with your grilling! And check your current weekly ad
for the latest grilling-related specials.