Summer Food Websites
Review by Debbie Mazo
Summer is a season for firing up your barbecue, packing a picnic lunch for the beach, and sampling the finest produce your local market has to offer. To help you swing into summer, here's the top ten summer food sites featuring everything from basic grilling techniques to light and cool recipes prepared with fresh summer ingredients.
Barbecue'n On the Internet offers answers to all your burning questions with grilling tips and recipes for some of the best darned barbecue known to man or woman. For barbecue novices, the Getting Started section will have you mastering the thrill of the grill in no time.
If you like your grilling Texas style, Texas Cooking Online has some scorching Texas and Southwestern recipes, listings of upcoming food festivals, and great articles guaranteed to show you the ropes when it comes to preparing traditional Texas fare.
Want to give new meaning to shrimp on the barbie? Then, point your browser to www.shrimp.com where the catch of the day is fresh from the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the ordering is easy with just a click of your mouse. From the boat to your doorstep, www.shrimp.com not only delivers the ingredients for dinner but also offers a stash of recipes guaranteed to make fish dinners the most popular meal of the week.
Easy to prepare and great for light eating, grilled chicken is always a summer favorite. For the ultimate chicken recipe database and more, step over to Eatchicken.com where you'll find a wealth of information on cooking chicken, kitchen safety, and proper handling techniques. With hundred of recipes at your fingertips, this is the Website chicken lovers have been waiting for.
Nothing beats the summer heat like a tall glass of iced tea. An entertaining site where you can settle in for tales and trivia about these trendy leaves is A World of Tea. Find out how you can cool off this summer with some special tea creations like Chai Iced Tea, Wild Black Currant Escape, and Mango Passionfruit Fiesta.
When putting together your picnic basket, don't forget to add your veggies. How about a juicy red tomato or, as the French call it, the Apple of Love? Discover how to serve up fresh tomatoes at the tomato PAGE -a site full of the latest information and news about tomatoes. For tomato lovers, there's also a collection of super-easy, healthy recipes in the Recipes section.
When it comes to a summer, nothing is better than crunching on a ripe cucumber. B's Cucumber Page with science, lore, and great recipes is sure to keep you "cool as a cucumber". If you're a pickle fan, there's also some helpful pickling tips and a tangy selection of pickle recipes.
Stumped on what to make for dinner? Then, make your reservation at Cafe Creosote-a rich resource of food information including a recipe archive complete with easy-to-follow selections. Don't forget to check out Fresh from the Farm where you can find recipes featuring fresh produce as well as a Farmers' Market Index listing markets for most U.S. states.
A favorite fruit of summer, strawberries can spruce up your meal and your well being. The California Strawberry Commission home page offers a delicious collection of information about strawberries including nutritional details, recipes for summer dips and drinks, trivia, and more.
Planning a cross-country vacation this summer? Eat Here, a site dedicated to the best of roadside dining, lets you in on the dining secrets of the road with an interactive celebration of popular roadside spots in the United States and Canada. There's also authentic recipes, budget vacation planning links, and more.
Whether you're camped out at the cottage or lazing around the backyard this season, the Net has a lot to offer when it comes to the tastes of summer.
About the Writer
Debbie Mazo is a writer and editor based
in Vancouver, Canada. She currently specializes in technical
and marketing materials, but is also pursuing opportunities
in food journalism.