Articles filed under Get Your Summer On

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  • Backyards get their chance to shine Jun 22, 2014 6:00 AM
    Sometimes life doesn’t turn out exactly as you plan it. The backyard is a great example. Hidden from view, it languishes from year to year as you do your best to ignore the ugly old bushes, rusting furniture and uninviting atmosphere. That's what we learned from entries submitted for the 2014 “Get Your Summer On” outdoor makeover contest.

  • Subscribers get meaty lessons at Grilling University Jun 13, 2014 5:33 PM
    More than 70 grilling enthusiasts showed up Friday afternoon to learn about grilling dos and don’ts and sample freshly grilled fare from experts at Northwest Metalcraft in Arlington Heights. The event was called Grilling University.

  • Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta Jun 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    Grilled Eggplant Bruschetta is a fresh twist on a summertime favorite.

  • Grilled Pineapple Sundaes with Brown Sugar-Rum Sauce Jun 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    Brown sugar-rum sauce elevates grilled pineapple to a guest-worthy dessert.

  • Grilled Peaches with Honey Thyme Glaze Jun 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    Grilled Peaches with Honey Thyme Glaze can work with a savory salad or with a scoop of ice cream.

  • Grilled Zucchini Ribbon Salad with Charred Tomato Vinaigrette Jun 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    Grilled zucchini becomes the star of Ted Reader's salad; he serves it with charred tomato vinaigrette.

  • Grilled Asparagus with Lemon Butter Jun 4, 2014 5:00 AM
    Choose thick asparagus when you want to cook it on the grill. Use this lemony butter to make grilled asparagus or any grilled vegetable sing.

  • Remember to think sides of the plate when firing up the grill Jun 4, 2014 5:30 AM
    When it comes to grilling, many people focus on the center of the plate, carefully planning and prepping their chicken thighs and shrimp skewers. Yet Weber's annual GrillWatch Survey shows that people are slowly embracing the grill for the rest of the meal, too. “You don't want to have someone in the house making the sides and potato salad,” grill master Ted Reader says. “You can do it all on the grill.”

  • Embellishments, fire pits, sound systems keep guests happy Jun 19, 2014 9:51 PM
    “People today are living outside as much as possible, enjoying fireplaces, pergolas, outdoor kitchens and much more. That trend is just exploding,” explained Colin Taheny, vice president of RYCO Design Group of Lake in the Hills.

  • Picked clean by deer Jun 19, 2014 9:35 PM
    At one time, we had a nice landscape foundation that we slowly built upon during the 22 years in our home. Lush hostas and lilies and shrubs surrounded our backyard. Then, 10-15 years ago, an abundance of deer moved into our neighborhood and suddenly our yard became a limitless “salad bar” for them.

  • Boring backyard Jun 19, 2014 9:30 PM
    Our boring backyard sits in Schaumburg behind our “new” old home that we purchased in August 2012. It’s a great property in a convenient location with lots of potential, but it’s been neglected and unloved for a number of years.

  • Outdoor entertaining Jun 19, 2014 9:20 PM
    I would love to win this contest for my husband. He works so hard in order for me to stay home with our three young children. His hours are long and he never complains.

  • Gluten-free dough allows everyone to enjoy pizza on the grill May 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Pizza on the grill doesn't have to be off-limits to those with gluten intolerance. Gluten-free pizza dough developed by authors and celebrity chefs Elizabeth Karmel and Bob Blumer comes to the rescue in time for summer cookouts.

  • Grilled Mexican Pizza May 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    All your favorite fiesta flavors come together on this Grilled Mexican Pizza.

  • Mo’roccan Pizza May 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    The flavors of lamb tagine come outside on this grilled Mo'roccan pizza from the chefs who brought you "Pizza on the Grill."

  • Gluten-Free Pizza Dough May 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Gluten-free Pizza Dough works on the grill if you take some extra steps.

  • Grilled Endive, Apple and Bacon Pizza May 28, 2014 5:30 AM
    Endive and bacon sit atop grilled pizza

  • Right equipment: Tools of the trade keep yard looking nice May 29, 2014 11:57 AM
    When homeowners think of their backyards, most immediately think of the fun stuff — the flowering trees, beautiful flowers, great patio, comfortable furniture and the fire pit that gives them so much enjoyment. But it is often the basic “nuts and bolts” equipment no one sees that makes it possible for residents and visitors to thoroughly enjoy a yard.

  • Seeking favorite summer side dishes May 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    What's your favorite summer side dish? Share it with us for the chance to win cookbooks and more.

  • Meat, veggies, people benefit from flavorful marinades May 21, 2014 5:30 AM
    Before Julie Widmer tosses anything on the grill this summer, she’ll toss it in a marinade. The Streamwood mom knows that marinades infuse flavor into shrimp, pork or whatever else she might be planning for dinner. This week, as part of the Daily Herald's Get Your Summer On series, we look at the hows and whys behind marinades and share some great grilling recipes for your Memorial Day cookout.

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