Recipes

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Summer Kick-Off

This was one crazy busy weekend!! 

First I want to rewind about a year ago…we bought a house.  Said house had a feature in the back yard that made the decision to make an offer that much easier…

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(this picture is from last year when we bought it).

A cabana!  Plus a great patio, path, outdoor lighting, and a yard!

We knew this would be a perfect spot for parties and spending time with friends, but last summer was so crazy with moving and the wedding, that we never had a party back here…until yesterday.

We invited a bunch of our friends, some who hadn’t even seen the house yet, over for a BBQ to officially break in the cabana and put our new patio furniture to use!

Obviously there was MORE than enough food…when am I going to learn how to judge the right amount??  I mean I’d always rather have too much than too little…but that can get expensive after a while.

The Menu

Appetizers/Snacks:
*=brought by a friend

  • Guacamole and chips* (she used my FAVORITE recipe)
  • bean dip and chips*
  • caprese skewers*
  • a humus/tomato/feta layered dip with pita chips*
  • fresh pineapple

Main Course + Sides:

  • Salad
  • Sesame Noodles
  • Potato Salad*
  • Baked Beans*
  • Pasta Salad*
  • Grilled Veggies
  • Marinated Steak Tips
  • BBQ Chicken
  • Burgers
  • Grilled Corn on the Cob

Desserts:

  • Homemade Whoopie Pies*
  • Cup Cakes
  • Lemon Squares
  • S’mores Brownies
  • Raspberry Choc-Chip Oatmeal Muffins (must get recipe from my friend!!)

Drinks:

  • Various beers (mostly summer brews!)
  • Brian’s latest Homebrew
  • Sangria
  • Wine
  • Soda

Yeah…a lot of food!

One of the dishes I made was my aunt’s recipe for Sesame Noodles!  I haven’t had these in many many years but I remember loving them and this was an easy thing to pre before hand.

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Recipe post to come! 

The finished product came out pretty good if I do say so myself.

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One of the other items I made were lemon squares from this Eating Well recipe.

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When Brian wasn’t busy acting as my Sous Chef (i.e. veggie chopper), he set up the yard.

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You can add the post about how we painted those black chairs and table to my growing list of things I need to blog about!!

And a canopy tent!

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I picked this bad boy up for just $30 at Wal-Mart.  There was thundershowers in the forecast and I was SO worried about the rain!!!

However we totally LUCKED out!!  There was a very short shower lasting about 4 minutes, and other than that it was sunny and perfect :)

Then people started to arrive and then it was go-go-go all day and night!

How beautiful do these Caprese skewers look!  My friend Jen made these.

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The BEST Guacamole…I recommend this recipe to anyone looking to make some guac!

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My favorite God Daughter Riley!!  She’s the cutest :)      IMG_9852

Some of the girls….hey who gave Riley the beer bottle!!??!

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My Sparking Sangria…this was really really good!!!

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I was running around like a crazy person until we ate, so I didn’t get the best pictures of the food…or even all the food but I got some!!

BBQ Chicken made with a rub and then bbq sauce added at the end

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Potato Salad…another Ina recipe!  I made a special request for this salad, it’s my FAVORITE potato salad.

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My salad…it’s another favorite recipe that I make a lot for parties.  So simple:

  • chop tomatoes and combine with chopped garlic, and let those to sit and marinade for a couple hours before.
  • Combine with chopped Romaine, scallions, and grated Romano Cheese.
  • Dressing is equal parts lemon juice and olive oil (I do about 1/2 cup of each for a big bowl) + 1 Tbsp of dried oregano

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Grilled Veggies!

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Grilled Corn…to save time I pre-steamed the corn a bit, then we just put the ears directly on the grill for a few minutes.

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Burgers. This was Brian’s creation.  To the ground beef he added fresh garlic, Worcestershire sauce, salt, pepper, and his favorite seasoning…Emeril’s Essence.

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Homemade Whoopie Pies!!!  My friend made these and they were AWESOME!

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You can’t tell from the pic, but we had just finished an INTENSE game of Badminton and were sweating pretty bad haha!

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We also had a visitor fly in…I fed him some hot dog bun :)

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Lights on.

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Turned out to be a beautiful day, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. I’ll admit I was a bit frantic up until all the food was ready, but I relaxed after that. 

We really lucked out with weather as there was basically a mini-monsoon today!! 

Brian and I were so tired we left the mess until the morning…fine by me!  We also have SO many leftovers.

So what’s your favorite thing to eat or make for a BBQ???

9 comments:

  1. Your backyard is gorgeous- congrats again on the house. Our backyard sold us as well!

    All of the food looks absolutely fabulous. I love BBQ leftovers and we grilled this weekend too. My favorite thing to grill is fruit- pineapple and peaches are my favorite:)

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  2. What a fun time. The backyard and food looked great, nice job.

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  3. yayy for putting your beautiful backyard to good use. I always make too much food too, but I agree- better to have too much than not enough. Everything looks AMAZING. Love the guac and the caprese skewers especially. My favorite things to make for a bbq are dessert ;) and homemade baked beans or roasted veggies

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  4. All your food looks absolutely amazing, your backyard is beautiful! I just found your blog and I am absolutely loving it! You have a new follower! Your wedding dress was crazy gorgeous!

    xo

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  5. Bridget, you never fail to feature a beautiful part presentation! Your backyard is the perfect summer hot-spot ;) Looks like a fabulous time!

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  6. this looked like an amazing party with an absurdly delicious looking spread! i want to try to make ALL of it! and it's making me itch to have a summer shindig, and come on! who doesn't love a sparkling sangria!!

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  7. Wow! You guys are great hosts...the set up looks fab and the food looks tasty :)

    I like eating veggie burgs/sweet potato fries at bbqs...along with snacky foods like gauc+chips! yummy!

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  8. your backyard is gorgeous, so jealous! sounds like a great party :)

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