While any meal is technically a good meal to make in an outdoor kitchen, with the summer temperatures in full-swing, we find ourselves craving certain seasonal foods. If you are in need of ideas regarding what to cook in your backyard, we’re here to help.

At Creative Environments, we specialize in innovative backyard designs that unite the interior and exterior and one of the best things we love about getting outside, is cooking. This summer, here’s what’s on our menu:

BBQ
Always a summer crowd pleaser, there’s nothing better than smelling fresh grilled meat. A good steak, fresh fish, chicken, or grilled vegetables, options are endless.

Pizza
If your outdoor environment has a pizza oven, we like a weekly pizza night completed by DIY toppings for each member of the family.

Cold Drinks
From sangria to sparkling water, cold beer to aqua fresca, chilled beverages make a meal to remember; especially in the Arizona desert. Have some fun throwing cut fruit into water or break out the blender for icy treats.

Fresh Fruit
It’s simple, it’s easy, just slice up whatever fruit you fancy and plate up. Berries and melons make for great poolside snacks as well as a good accompaniment to any al fresco dining experience.

Pasta Salad
Make a delightful pasta salad outdoors on the stovetop while chopping any other ingredients at your kitchen island.

Let us know what you are cooking! We’d love to see your summer meals outdoors by the pool.