Bridge the seasons by rocking out your barbecue and grill until the snow falls.

Sep 23, 2016

While the change of seasons may be official now, there are still ways you can drag summer into the fall. Bridge the seasons by rocking out your barbecue and grill until the snow falls. Enjoying your patio and using your barbecue until it gets to be too cold is a great way to entertain guests for dinner parties or enjoying a quiet night as a couple.


Here are some great barbecue ideas to bridge the seasons.
Bringing the heat of summer with the grill together with the warmth and spiciness of fall.

Think maple glazes and sweet squashes to turn up the heat, and don’t worry about sticking to
the traditional hamburgers, hot dogs and steak routine.


Skewers/Kabobs:

There’s the end of summer and beginning of fall veggies that are crisp, fresh and most importantly, perfect for grilling. There are so many ways to tackle barbecuing vegetables, and they are that much better when they’re in season.
Think potatoes, zucchini, carrots, squash, pumpkin, sweet potatoes, onions, or anything that can be cut into pieces, marinated and grilled.

Grilling skewers is a great date night activity. Spend quality time preparing the kabobs together and enjoying the end of season while you grill. If you want to get fancy, try wrapping maple flavoured bacon around the veggies and sprinkle a mix of cinnamon and oil for the fall flavours.


Bourbon pork chops or sweet and savoury steak:

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Pick your favourite protein and play around with its marinade. That’s where you really get to bring in warm flavours that will help you transition. Whether you’re buying the marinade from the store or making it from scratch, don’t be afraid to reach for maple, honey or apple based flavours, and balance the sweet with a spice. Using ginger, garlic, cinnamon or even pumpkin flavours will pleasantly surprise your tastebuds and your dinner guests.


Sweet Potato Fries:

This is always a home run, and you can kick it up a notch by grilling them outside. This will involve cleaning and cutting the potatoes into wedges, seasoning them and carefully flipping them outside. Because they are naturally sweet and savoury, a dash of salt and pepper, with some fiery cajun seasoning will have your guests demanding you keep the barbecue out year-round, even when it’s snowing.





Flawless fruit desserts:

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We all have our fall favourites — peaches, apples, pears, you name it. Whatever it is, cut them in half and remove the core. Before you put them on the grill, melt a 1/3 cup of butter and mix it with cinnamon sugar, a touch of nutmeg and a dash of salt. Mix the ingredients together and brush onto the fruit. Grill until it’ cooked through and sprinkle more cinnamon sugar on top with a mint leaf to garnish. It’s sure to be the newest family favourite.

And while your whole meal isn’t expected to be made outside, remember to bring in fall favourites such as squash or pumpkin to serve as a scrumptious side. Hearty soups, decadent desserts or putting toasted pecans and cranberries on your starters are a great way to blend the seasons and achieve ultimate taste. Hold onto summer while embracing fall with these full flavours!



Category: September 2016

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