Summer is in full swing and it's time to get the cover off the grill.
Most people have already done this, I'm sure, but as I'm waiting (and waiting and waiting) for our new home purchase to go through, the thought of a nice juicy burger and ear of corn on the grill starts to sound better and better.
Or a kebob with charred yet still crunchy veggies and bits of barbecue chicken.
I've had 2 books on fancy barbecue on my desk for a number of weeks, and though the recipes inside might be a bit high-flying for a grill novice such as myself, I can't wait to try a few of them.
Although our publisher tells me that the only real barbecue is cooked for hours over pecan wood. Who knew?
One of my favorite parts of summer is delicious, golden sweet corn; roasted, steamed, grilled and dipped in butter. I know summer is in full swing because Crown Point's Corn Roast is this weekend in downtown Crown Point. I certainly hope I have time to swing by.
Speaking of on-the-grill delicacies, the Octave Grill has been named the best burger in Porter County in the month-long Burger Wars competition.
Burger Wars, an initiative of Indiana Dunes Tourism and the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission, is designed to highlight the fact that there are so many great burger places in the area and to encourage residents and visitors to experience multiple restaurants.
People can vote for Octave Grill and Franklin House in the regional competition by visiting indianadunes.com/wars from June 13 to 23. The winner of each pairing will advance to a round of four on June 23, with the final round of two kicking off on June 30. The winning restaurant will be announced July 7.