In summer, outdoor cooking is king — and it lets you eat like one

By Pam George  |  Photograph by Scott Nathan
From the July 2017 issue

feature-bbq Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #96It doesn’t matter whether you’re taking an evening stroll down Pilottown Road in Lewes or Bunting Avenue in Fenwick Island, you’ll likely find the same tantalizing aroma wafting onto the sidewalk.

Nose tilted toward the sky, you can picture juicy steaks, their ivory frill of fat curling above the flames. You can also see plump burgers sizzling over ashy briquettes. The telltale plume of scented smoke gives it all away.

Grilling is a tradition in summer, but it’s particularly appealing at the beach, where residents and renters want to be outside whenever possible. But in coastal Sussex, barbecuing has different meanings.

The effort to clean up the inland bays is making progress, but the mission is far from accomplished

By Larry Nagengast  | This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
From the July 2017 issue

feature-inlandbays Our Content - Delaware Beach Life - Results from #96Mike Dunmyer grew up as an Army brat, never staying in one place for more than a couple of years, but there was one constant in his life — summers at his grandmother’s place in Dewey Beach.

“We’d go out on boats, on kayaks, crabbing and fishing on the bays, having a good time,” he recalls. “It was a real summer lifestyle.”

At the time, Dunmyer had no idea that the water in Delaware’s inland bays was nowhere near as clean as it had been 10 or 20 years earlier, and that its condition was rapidly deteriorating.

That was back in the 1970s, in the early days of environmental awareness but well before the development of sophisticated measurements of water quality.

The fifth annual Rehoboth VegFest takes place this month, but plant-based options are becoming more widespread all year long

By Pam George  |  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
From the June 2017 issue

june-culinary-coastWhen Deb Griffin was 10 years old, she stopped eating meat and seafood. A teacher who’d become a father figure to her was a vegetarian, and Deb decided that she would become one, too. She went home to tell her mother and stepfather. “Of course they had a fit,” she recalls. “It wasn’t even hippie-cool back then. But I was determined, and that was that.”

To counter their concerns, the precocious elementary school student read up on the benefits of being a vegetarian. “I learned a lot ... so that I had a response for every adult that thought I was crazy,” she recalls. “And I’ve not read anything since to change my mind.”

That was in 1964, and the Lewes resident now has plenty of company. For proof, witness the growth of the Rehoboth Beach VegFest, scheduled for June 9-11. Now in its fifth year, the event — which includes a free Saturday gathering at Epworth United Methodist Church — will have 100 vendors, up from 35 the first year. (VegFest does not keep a count of attendance.)