Summer’s Here: Grilling From Dash

Summer has officially arrived! It’s time to dust off the barbeque and get grilling. If you’re looking for some inspiration, Grilling from Dash is a free app with 50 recipes for “cookout classics,” from burgers to coleslaw to ice cream sandwiches. Dash is a food magazine insert found in newspapers, distributed by Parade, featuring content from magazines like Bon Appétit, Epicurious and Gourmet.

The app features 7 themed menus, such as Fiesta Mexicana, Fourth of July and a Kid’s Party. Learn how to build a charcoal fire, make your own barbeque sauce and cook the perfect burger, whether it’s beef, black bean or salmon. Grilling from Dash is a beautifully designed app with tons of fun features that enthusiastically embrace all that mobile has to offer. Before you start throwing block parties and grilling by the pool, you’ve got to download this free app.

Ready to get grilling? Keep reading to learn more.

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Getting Started

Launch Grilling from Dash and you’re transported to a summer barbeque, staring into the embers of a charcoal grill as the screen becomes clouded with smoke. It’s fun and unusual way to engage users from the very beginning. Immediately you notice this app is beautifully designed, with bold, punchy typeface and the sleekness of a mobile magazine. It seems no detail is overlooked, and sound plays an important role in the immersive experience, from the sizzle of steak on the grill to fireworks popping in the summer sky.

Launch the app and a smoking barbeque clouds the screen, introducing you to the app theme in a fun and unique way.

Launch the app and a smoking barbeque clouds the screen, introducing you to the app theme in a fun and unique way.

The app is set up in magazine format, with many different ways to work through the content. Swipe left for a short tutorial on How to Use this App. Tap the screen to view a toolbar and scan the table of contents for quick access to articles or browse through the articles by swiping left, right, up and down. It’s great to see how the design guides users, giving them help when it’s needed without interrupting the experience.

The Menus

The creators of Grilling from Dash have done a great job utilizing all the capabilities of mobile to enhance the user experience without overdoing it. They’ve also delivered a ton of content, in the form of recipes, tips and product recommendations — but rather than coming across as overwhelming, it’s a fun journey broken up by intriguing animations, imaginative design and mouth-watering photography.

The Contents gives users a bird’s-eye-view of all 7 menus featured in the app.

The Contents gives users a bird’s-eye-view of all 7 menus featured in the app.

Each menu delivers multiple riffs on favorite summer recipes, inspiring you to think of your own new flavor combinations plus making it easier to cook for guests with special requests, like no meat or pescetarians. The Kid’s Party features All American Cheeseburgers plus three bonus burgers: Curried Chicken, Salmon and Herb and Black Bean Burgers. Tap the screen to make each new burger recipe appear, which is better than constantly swiping and scrolling.

The Kid’s Party menu features a recipe for All-American Cheeseburgers plus Three Bonus Burgers, as well as recommendations for the best pickles.

The Kid’s Party menu features a recipe for All-American Cheeseburgers plus Three Bonus Burgers, as well as recommendations for the best pickles.

Grilling from Dash embraces summer at its best with indulgent treats, creating nostalgia with an ice cream sandwich gallery and adding adult flavor with drink recipes like the luscious Strawberry Margaritas and Fruity Red Sangria. Meat lovers will enjoy the variety of recipes, from Spice-Rubbed Skirt Steak Tacos to Beef Kebabs with Blue Cheese Dip to the Grilled Sirloin with Shallot-Mustard Sauce.

The ice cream sandwich slideshow is fun and nostalgic, with fun, clever ideas like dipping the cookies in melted chocolate and coating the ice cream in colorful sprinkles.

The ice cream sandwich slideshow is fun and nostalgic, with fun, clever ideas like dipping the cookies in melted chocolate and coating the ice cream in colorful sprinkles.

The app puts stunning professional food photography on center stage, which is a great strategy for engaging users, asking them to tap the recipe button to learn more. Slide shows function seamlessly and GIF animations are peppered throughout the app, adding liveliness without becoming annoying. Fireworks explode across the screen, bubbles fizz in a bottle of sparkling wine and the clear blue water of a pristine pool shimmers in the sun.

Recipe Index

At the very end of the app, you’ll find the Recipe Index, organized by Main Dishes, Starters & Sides, Drinks and Desserts. It’s sleek and clean, perfect for quickly scanning all the selections Grilling from Dash has on offer. Note the 17 seasonal side dishes, like the Grilled Avocado and Tomato Salad and Slow-Cooker Baked Beans. Dessert fiends will go crazy for simple but stunning dishes like the Blueberry Crisp and the Mango-Raspberry Trifle.

The Recipe Index is handy for referencing recipes by category, like Main Dishes, Starters & Sides, Drinks and Desserts.

The Recipe Index is handy for referencing recipes by category, like Main Dishes, Starters & Sides, Drinks and Desserts.

The Recipe Index could improve in two areas: navigation and favorites. Once you tap on a recipe, like Country Corn Bread, there is no easy way to return to the Recipe Index. Also, if you try and add a recipe to your favorites, it actually adds the whole menu from that theme, which doesn’t really make access quicker or easier.

Conclusion

Grilling from Dash is a great app full of easy recipes and fun themed menus to inspire your summer cooking. Recipes are simple and straightforward, featuring bold flavors and interesting twists on classic favorites. The app is free, but will exceed your expectations with a generous amount of professional, magazine-worthy content and seamless functionality. The app does contain advertisements, but they are so tastefully integrated into the content you’ll hardly even notice.

Whether you’re firing up the grill for a backyard cookout, looking for a side dish to bring to a garden potluck or need an easy cocktail to serve a crowd, you’ll find a fuss-free recipe that’s guaranteed to impress. The only thing that could make this app better and add a bit of personality is incorporating video featuring famous chefs. Otherwise, Grilling from Dash has it all — kid friendly foods, easy recipes, bold flavors, tons of fun and a little something for the adults too.

Summer cooking isn’t about fussing over complicated recipes, and the app recognizes this, successfully delivering fun and simple ideas so you can spend time where you want to be: outside with family and friends soaking up the sun.


Summary

Grilling from Dash is a collection of 7 themed menus for summer entertaining featuring 50 easy and fun recipes, including main dishes, classic sides, refreshing drinks and luscious desserts.

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