I t’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is next week — some people are still working through their Halloween candy they managed to hide from the trick-or-treaters. When reality hit me that turkey day was just around the corner, I realized I felt unmotivated to put together a big holiday meal.

W hen the weather is hot and humid and a beach day is on the agenda, deciding what food to take can be a challenge. When my kids were little, the menu included things like sandwiches, juice boxes and watermelon. Now that they’re a little older, I can be a little more adventurous.

SUMMER WEATHER IS finally here and that often means hot, humid days. When outside temperatures hit the high 80s and 90s, coming up with a dinner plan can be a struggle. Even standing outside cooking on a hot grill can be downright unpleasant.

During those first warm spring days with sunny skies and rising temperatures, I got reacquainted with my grill. I love grilling weather and when it’s nice out the neighbors have their grills going, too. All the smells drifting through the neighborhood are enough to make your mouth water.