FINALLY!!!! Beautiful Sunshine and comfortable temperatures here in the northeast. This weather is just perfect.
Grilling is our mode of cooking this time of year and it becomes difficult to come up with something different to grill -- only because everyone's favorite is burgers and steaks.
I usually prepare whatever the majority requests. There's nothing worse than preparing a meal that you think is great and everyone else is just not enjoying it. With that in mind I make their favorites and then I try to include green salads and fresh vegetables.
My daughter has a vegetable garden and the boys enjoy taking care of the plants and harvesting as well. This makes it easier for me to include all the fresh vegetables they pick.
Last week I made a fresh green bean and tomato salad but this week I grilled fresh zucchini, red peppers and sliced red onions in a simple marinade of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. If it were not for these veggies on my burger, I think I would have skipped the grilled supper and just had an ice-cream Sunday later on.
El Circulo 2006 Rioja($10) Some of our group enjoyed this Tempranillo with their burgers and salads. This was a very fruity no-oak blend of Tempranillo and Grenache. My husband thought it was sweet, but it was really the rich red fruit flavors of black cherry and boysenberry that came through.
2007 Simi Winery Rosé "Roseto" ($15) I've been trying different Rosés with our grilled meals and this weekend I chose this Rosé from California. It is a blend of 97% Shiraz and 3% Viognier and was light and fresh with strawberry and tart cranberry flavors. I liked this much better with my burger.
I hope you do have a chance to try some of the wines, especially the Rosés during the summer. Many of them are very food friendly with the summer foods most of us prepare.
Please share your favorite wines with everyone. I would love to hear from you with your wine picks.