Recipes: Get Your Grill On

Celebrate the long days and warm nights of summer by gathering your friends and family for the ultimate backyard barbeque. We got you covered for recipes from burgers to grilled shrimp and macaroni salad to strawberry shortcake. So fire up the grill and kick off summer.

Grandma’s Macaroni Salad

• 4 cups uncooked elbow macaroni
• 1 cup mayonnaise
• 1/4 cup distilled white vinegar
• 2/3 cup white sugar
• 2 1/2 tablespoons prepared yellow mustard
• 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
• 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
• 1 large onion, chopped
• 2 stalks celery, chopped
• 1 green bell pepper, seeded and chopped

Bring a large pot of lightly salted water to a boil. Add the macaroni, and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Rinse under cold water and drain.
In a large bowl, mix together the mayonnaise, vinegar, sugar, mustard, salt and pepper. Stir in the onion, celery, green pepper and macaroni.
Refrigerate for at least 4 hours before serving.

Chili Lime Grilled Shrimp

• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• Juice and zest from 1 lime
• 1 teaspoon chili powder
• 3 garlic cloves, minced
• 2 pounds large shrimp, deveined and peeled
• Bamboo skewers

Preheat the grill to  450 degrees F.
In a large bowl, mix together the first four ingredients. Stir in the shrimp and coat completely.
Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes. While the shrimp is marinating, soak the bamboo skewers in water for 15-20 minutes. Stick the shrimp onto the skewers. Discard any remaining marinade.
Place the shrimp skewers on the grill and cover. Grill 2 minutes. Flip and grill another 2 minutes or until opaque.

Best Burger Ever

• 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
• 1/2 onion, finely chopped
• 1/2 cup shredded Colby Jack or Cheddar cheese
• 1 teaspoon soy sauce
• 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
• 1 egg
• 1 (1 ounce) envelope dry onion soup mix
• 1 clove garlic, minced
• 1 tablespoon garlic powder
• 1 teaspoon dried parsley
• 1 teaspoon dried basil
• 1 teaspoon dried oregano
• 1/2 teaspoon crushed dried rosemary
• Salt and pepper to taste

Preheat a grill for high heat.
In a large bowl, mix together the ground beef, onion, cheese, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, egg, onion soup mix, garlic, garlic powder, parsley, basil, oregano, rosemary, salt, and pepper. Form into 4 patties.
Grill patties for 5 minutes per side on the hot grill, or until well done. Serve on buns with your favorite condiments.

Old-Fashioned Strawberry Shortcake

• 3 pints fresh strawberries
• 1/2 cup white sugar
• 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
• 4 teaspoons baking powder
• 2 tablespoons white sugar
• 1/4 teaspoon salt
• 1/3 cup shortening
• 1 egg
• 2/3 cup milk
• 2 cups whipped heavy cream

Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Slice the strawberries and toss them with 1/2 cup of white sugar. Set aside. Grease and flour one 8 inch round cake pan. In a medium bowl combine the flour, baking powder, 2 tablespoons white sugar and the salt. With a pastry blender cut in the shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Make a well in the center and add the beaten egg and milk. Stir until just combined. Spread the batter into the prepared pan.

Bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until golden brown. Let cool partially in pan on wire rack. Slice partially cooled cake in half, making two layers. Place half of the strawberries on one layer and top with the other layer. Top with remaining strawberries and cover with whipped cream.