First Cook-Out!

Greetings from Mobile, AL!  I’m down here for a week for my mom’s wedding (which I making the wedding cake for too) and these few days before the festivities and cooking hit full swing, we’re trying to eat as light and flavorful as possible (everyone wants to fit into their dress/suit…such a delicious drag).  So last night we grilled out–my first cook-out of the year–and while the recipes are simple, you can’t beat fresh grilled vegetables.

The eggplant slices were marinated in a store-bought marinade, but the corn was slathered in basil butter (mix 2 tbsp fresh minced basil with 4 tbsp Earth Balance) and wrapped in foil before grilling.  The zucchini and yellow squash were put in a foil packet with olive oil, minced garlic, salt and pepper.  Everything, of course grills at it’s own pace, but the corn takes the longest, followed by the zucchini and the eggplant.  Served over a little leftover quinoa and the plate was perfect!

I’m hoping to keep this updated on my regular schedule, but we’ll see how it goes with the wedding prep and all.  Hope you all had a lovely weekend!

14 Responses to “First Cook-Out!”
  1. shellyfish says:

    Congrats to your Mamma! How exciting, and I want to see pictures of that cake!
    I’m with you – grilled veggies are the best!

  2. lazysmurf says:

    My first cookout is this weekend! Have a super fun time at the wedding!

  3. Kiersten says:

    Grilled veggies are one of my favorite summer foods. If I was allowed to have a grill here I would use it every day.

    Have fun at the wedding!

  4. Cook Out! I totally need a grill! 🙂

  5. Becky says:

    Oooh I can’t wait to see pictures of that wedding cake!

  6. Barbara says:

    Don’t you love this time of year, Jes? Grilling is the best. Make sure to post some pics of your cake. And congratulations to Mom!

  7. I just started eating corn on the cob again, after completely forgetting about it for a few years. I don’t know how that could have happened because I LOVE it! Those eggplant slices look awesome, love the caramelization.

  8. renae says:

    Congratulations to your mother! I hope to see pictures of that wedding cake!

  9. jessy says:

    so super awesome on your making the wedding cake, Jes! i cannot wait to see how it turns out. i just know it will be glorious! yay! you’re so right, you can’t beat fresh grilled veggies. we don’t grill enough eggplant, as i always forget about it – i need not to, and basil buttered corn sounds heavenly. enjoy alabama and the upcoming wedding!

  10. Monica says:

    YES! I love your cook-out style. I ADORE grilled eggplant and corn especially. I can’t wait for the weather here in the UK to warm up a bit to make BBQs more comfortable. Sadly, it’s still hat and scarf weather half the time! (Or maybe I’m just being a wuss.)

  11. BitterSweet says:

    Oh man, that looks like some perfectly grilled/charred squash… This is like summer on a plate!

  12. JennShaggy says:

    Haha I’m so sorry you have that problem. Even though I look really young, I still have all the old ‘lesters hitting on me because I look like a child, so I know your pain.

    Definitely let me know if you make the eggplant alfredo. I love knowing how my recipes turn out 🙂

    From one crazy writer to another…

  13. JennShaggy says:

    I was so glad to hear you say that. Family’s gotta eat! Just not sausage haha.

    Thanks for the props on the salads. I wish I could come to one of your cook outs!

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