Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Backyard BBQ - Part 1

Inspired by the summer season, assorted cooking shows, and my brother's pictures of his BBQ goodness, we decided to try some new recipes for our summer get together. You can stop by any party this time of year for burgers, hot dogs, potato salad, and traditional cole slaw - not here! We had a delicious spread of food and I can't imagine that anyone went home hungry.

While this might seem like an intimidating list of foods to prepare, it is easy for you to do at home. There are some shortcuts that you could take (i.e pre-chopped veggies) to save time or you could enlist a few friends to help out. Most things can be prepared a day or two in advance and stored in the fridge until the guests arrive. I used a few recipes that I've posted previously (links to posts are included below).

Here's the menu for the party - descriptions of the new recipes will follow shortly. I've got a lot of writing to do!

Tortilla Chips (yellow and blue)
Pita Chips
Carrots, broccoli, and celery
Fresh tomato salsa
Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

Main Course
Smoked BBQ Ribs with a coffee rub
Sirloin burgers with sharp cheddar
Grilled Honey Mustard chicken breasts
Tangy Apple-Cabbage Slaw
Couscous Salad with sundried tomatoes, arugula, and kalamata olives
Grilled mini-peppers (orange, red, yellow)
Grilled vidalia onions
Smoky baked beans
Homemade BBQ Sauce

Regular and double chocolate chip cookies
Delicious Party Favors marble sheet cake
Assorted cookies and brownies

Sparkling Limeade
Orange Cream Soda and Root beer
Assorted Beer (with plenty of leftovers!)

Monday, June 15, 2009

Here's a Preview - more to come

I'm still recovering from the whirlwind weekend in St. Louis. Here's a photo of the smoked ribs - recipe and story to follow!

I hope that you are enjoying the blog and are creating fun meals in your kitchen too! If you have a minute, leave a comment and say hello. It's fun to see where all the readers are from and hear what you think!

Stay Tuned for More Delicious Dishes

We've had a few busy weeks in the Z's kitchen. Don't worry - new posts are on the way tonight! Upcoming features include smoked ribs, delicious salads, a new "When He Fends for Himself", and highlights from the wedding weekend we just attended. Stay tuned!


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