Saturday, May 14, 2011


The official start of the BBQ season is almost upon us and, while I'm not planning to entertain this year, I have done so many times in the past. That got me to thinking of some of my favorite food choices for this inaugural foray into al fresco dining. I should explain that BBQ is a misnomer since most of the foods I prepare are done ahead of time in my kitchen. But since my DSO insists that no outdoor dining is complete without hamburgers and hot dogs, we do actually turn on the grill.

If you're thinking about hosting your own celebration this year, you might want to check out some of these favorites that I've posted in the past.

An easy "starter" is hummus with crackers and vegetables.


No BBQ or picnic is complete without these all-American salads.

Old-fashioned Potato Salad and Confetti Cole

One of my favorites is pulled pork on toasted buns with cole slaw. This is an incredibly easy version.

Easy BBQ Pork

I love chicken and this quick and easy version is satisfyingly sweet and moist.

Huli Huli Chicken

This cake was a show-stopper and tasted even better than it looked.

Barefoot Contessa Flag Cake

Whether you host your own Memorial Day celebration or plan to bring something to share at someone else's party, enjoy the freedom to spend the day just as you please; and please remember that we enjoy that freedom  because of the sacrifices we honor on that day.


  1. Love the all-American menu! The cake is indeed a stand out! What smiles must appear when that is unveiled!

  2. Great menu what time do you want me there!

  3. mmmm, can i come to your bb? :)


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