When it's hot, my family will go to any lengths to keep the house cool (while making sure the AC bill doesn't break the bank!) We keep the shades drawn against the heat of the day. We leave the lights off until it gets so dark that we start bumping into things. All heat generating appliances are banned, including blowdryers and curling irons - everyone
has to wear their "summer hair".
So turning on the oven or stovetop? No way. Not going to happen.
Since I can remember, the backyard grill has been our summer stove. My grandfather taught us how to grill steaks, burgers, hotdogs, and chicken, of course, but he also showed us how to make yummy potatoes, vegetables, and even fruits on the grill. Fish is trickier, but once you get the hang of it - use a grill basket and don't leave it on too long - a freshly caught trout makes a quick, easy, and healthy dinner.
The men in my family have always fancied themselves Master Grillers, which makes summer cooking their domain. That doesn't bother us one bit. Just like generations of women before us, we're perfectly happy to sip wine and chat while the men sweat it out over an open flame. After all, it's family tradition!