Many of you might have already heard that Chris' family surprised us with a super-sized grill for our wedding gift. We weren't sure if we'd ever be able to use such a large grill to it's capacity, but we were wrong. On monday our friend Louisa came over and we grilled squash, sweet corn, chilies, onions, and even a few more unusual items like Devil's Claw from our yard, and our CSA watermelon.
We had never tried grilled watermelon before, and were skeptical. Someone (I can't remember who) recently told me that grilled watermelon was something worth trying. I love grilled pinapple, and we were at a loss as to how we would eat an entire watermelon so...
We also used more of the frozen prickly pear to make an iced tea. Prickly pear, berry zinger iced tea. It was tasty, and, like everything made with a little prickly pear, beautiful (at least in my purple-loving opinion).
I don't know about you, but for me it's hard to eat a meal of primarily vegetable items without at least a little something cheesy. We had a little kalamata olive bread left over from breakfast in Bisbee, some garden tomatoes, mushrooms, and some homemade pesto. We used the upper shelf of the grill to melt the cheese and toast the bread for some delicious bruschetta.
As you can see, this large grill is getting used. We're planning to make the most of the grill and the CSA veggies for the rest of the summer and the fall. The weather here would be absolutely ideal for outdoor living right now if not for the swarms of mosquitos. You woulnd'd thing Tucson would have such a mosquito problem but, man, they are around until December. My ankles are covered right now, and writing this is just barely keeping me from scratching.
Seriouly, the next time you have a watermelon lying around, try grilling slices of it. You won't be dissapointed.