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Summer Traditions

What’s your favorite summer dish? 

With the Summer season about to begin, it is the perfect time to plan a fun outdoor barbecue. This is time to enjoy that outdoor space that you created and fire up the grill. Having lived in numerous parts of the United States, I have had to opportunity to experience several different traditional dishes that locals enjoy in various regions.

Growing up in New York state, the backyard gathering could have been referred to as a “clam bake”. Steamed little neck clams over the grill were a specialty that everyone enjoyed. Some also enjoyed shucking some raw clams and sharing conversation throughout the day. This coupled with home grown sweet corn was a family favorite.

Living in Central California was a mecca of fresh produce. Homemade salads and salsa were a staple while living there. Nothing beats the sound of the ocean, fish on the grill and an amazing array of fresh vegetables and side dishes.

BBQ is huge in Texas. Everyone has their own recipe and specialty. Ribs were my guilty pleasure during my stay in the Lonestar state. I tried dry rubbed and wet ribs along with a large variety of side dishes that complimented them well. A plate of pull apart ribs with a side of cole slaw and western beans can satisfy anyone’s craving for a summertime meal.

Maryland is home of the Blue Crabs. While in Maryland and Southeastern Pennsylvania many afternoons have been spent picking crabs, drinking beer, and exchanging conversations with the best of friends. As is with most local dishes, many people have their own “take” on how to do this. Do you like Old Bay? What sides do you serve? And what is your method of picking?

While each of these areas have delighted my palate, it is more the friendship and conversation that occurs during these summertime gatherings that stand out the most in my head. Share with me what your “traditional summer barbecue” tastes like.



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