Warm and sunny days have arrived and so has National Barbecue Month! The month of May is a great time to get outside more and start cooking and eating al fresco. Grilling is great because it results in a specific smokey flavor and allows the opportunity to gather outdoors and enjoy the weather. We’re talking marinated and grilled chicken, grilled corn on the cob, and of course burgers too! There are so many different foods and recipes to choose from and try out when grilling. Search the web and walk the aisles of Tacoma Boys to get inspired with recipes and ingredients.
The end of summer is slowly approaching and that means it's time to celebrate with Labor Day appetizers! While the holiday represents and recognizes the American workers labor movement, it also marks the end of summer for many. This year’s Labor Day is on Sunday, September 5— It's often a long weekend for both kids and adults. And if you plan on gathering with friends or family to enjoy this first weekend of the month, Tacoma Boys has plenty of ingredients and ideas for delicious dishes to cook up!
The summer season is winding down but it's not too late to cook up some fun burger recipes! Sauces, cheeses, vegetables, and other fixins are an easy way to add flavor and customize a tray of burgers. And while juicy ground beef hamburgers are probably first to come to mind, burgers can be made with other meat, seafood, and even veggies. So when it comes to grilling up your favorite chicken, salmon, or hamburger, there are plenty of different ways to make your burger recipes shine.
Say hello to August and get ready to celebrate National S’mores Day! The summery day is all about enjoying those tasty treats in new or traditional ways. Ooey gooey, warm, and crunchy, s’mores are something to look forward to in anticipation of the summer months and especially camping trips. This year, celebrate summer and s’mores on Wednesday, August 10! Mix it up with different fillings and toppings from Tacoma Boys and you’ll appreciate the sweet treat even more.
Fresh and full of flavor, summer tomatoes are delicious and plentiful throughout the season. At the end of August especially, there are tons of tomatoes to enjoy in the Pacific Northwest! It’s the peak time when tomato plants are ripe, gardens are overflowing, and the produce section is packed with the fruit. Some people —Especially those with vegetable gardens— find themselves with an abundant amount to eat. Good thing there are plenty of ways to cook and savor late summer tomatoes!
Tart, juicy, and sometimes just a little sweet, sour beer is becoming common and is a favorite for many! Same goes for fruit flavored beer. Simply enough, sour or fruity beer is made by infusing fruit or fruit juice into the brewing process. Sour beer is as refreshing as lemonade and might make you pucker up like such! While many types of beers fall into this category, they vary with the process and ingredients used. But if you want something new to try, any sour or fruit flavored beer should be unique at first sip!
When the warm summer weather hits, nothing sounds more refreshing than a fruity smoothie? It's both a snack and a drink in one! And smoothies are so easy to make at home. They’re perfect for sunny afternoons and go so well with outdoor activities and picnics. Cool and satisfying smoothies are great for families with kids and toddlers, too. Sneak in some greens like spinach or kale while you’re at it and the kids won’t even notice!
The combination of margaritas and tacos is hard to match. Tacos are usually light and flavorful which compliments the subtle tartness of margaritas. The classic duo of Mexican food and drink sometimes share flavors like lime, jalapeno, and of course salt: Margaritas can be spicy, extra sour, or nice and sweet to match your tacos. And the summer season is a perfect time to enjoy the light and refreshing pair!
Juicy, sweet, and scrumptious, stone fruits are quite a common sight throughout the warm summer months in the Pacific Northwest! While most of the year’s climate doesn’t accommodate these fruits, late July and August in Washington is time for harvesting fruit like peaches, nectarines, and plums. These stone fruits are easily cherished and enjoyed by everyone in the family— It’s something refreshing and delicious to look forward to towards the end of the summer!
It’s just about that time of year to get started with cooking summer recipes! With graduation parties, holidays like the 4th of July, and time off to vacation, there’s a lot of cooking and eating to be done. It’s a fun time to experiment in the kitchen and cook with an abundance of the local produce that’s available. This season supports a bountiful supply of fruits and vegetables that bring nutrients and freshness to your plate!