Summer starts on Saturday! (well, according to the calendar at least, but any Pacific Northwestern can tell you that the true start of summer is July 5. But that’s beside the point.) The fact that the daylight hours are long and the rain stays mostly away means that we can all pull out the grills and start the season of outdoor cooking with fire.

Before we had a child, my husband and I used to spend almost every Friday and Saturday in June, July, August and September either hosting or attending some kind of barbecue. And I’m not talking about a hot dogs and burgers type of barbecue. We would have everything from slabs of beef to pork spare ribs to asparagus and zucchini to whole salmon. And all of it would disappear.

While we don’t get the opportunity to attend group barbecues as often anymore, we still fire up the grill at least once a week on our own this time of year. We have a dual grill – gas on one side and charcoal on the other – with a smoker box attachment. This means we can smoke a salmon and grill chicken at the same time.

I don’t know if it’s the outdoor cooking, the smokey flavor or the variety of serving options that make barbecuing so awesome. In fact, if my husband had his way, we’d only eat food that was cooked over fire. What kinds of things do you like to throw on the grill?

Kira Cox

Hi, I’m Kira. I joined Verity in early 2012 after a seven-year stint as a newspaper reporter. While I never thought my career path would veer off in this direction, I am loving my time at Verity. I recently moved from being a member services representative at the Alderwood Branch to being the marketing coordinator for the credit union.

I’m originally from Texas, but I have lived all over the country and the world, including Boston, Massachusetts, Anchorage, Alaska and Sydney, Australia. But in all my travels, the Pacific Northwest is the only place that has felt like home.

When not at work, I am usually home with playing with my son, husband, dog and three cats. During the rare times I don’t have a to-do list to plow through (and it’s not raining too hard), I can be found digging in the vegetable garden, training for a half-marathon, or grilling in the backyard.

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