It’s summer time!  It’s the perfect time to take the cover off of the barbecue grill and get grilling. BBQ food is the perfect start to a great summer. As the smells of neighborhood grills begin wafting down the streets of towns all across America, there is a theme that permeates the breeze. Summer is here; it’s time for fun in the sun.

VEGETABLES AND SHISH KABOBS COMING RIGHT UP!

There is nothing that takes me back to my childhood quite like BBQ food. The smells, the flavors, and most importantly, the feeling of quality time spent with family and the knowledge that we are building memories  to someday share with our  children.  My  grand parents bar be qued almost every weekend in the summer and the memories my cousins and I  have will  last a lifetime! If you think about it, you can have BBQ food of some sort, almost any night of the week. As long as you are willing to use your grill, which has the benefit of keeping the heat of cooking on the outside of your home.  So let’s talk SUMMER COOKING or should I say summer grilling!  Check out  https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections…/bbq-side-dishes for delish side dishes for your next BBQ!

Add some fun to your BBQs.    There is no rule that the food should be one thing or another. If you are tired of the same old burgers and hot dogs on this celebration, go ahead and add more to it or change it up the way that you would like to.  There is no rule that the food should be one thing or another.  In fact, a potluck of choices is the most American of all ways to celebrate.  Gather up some new menu ideas and make this fourth of July fun and enjoyable for everyone!   See allrecipes.com/recipes/88/bbq-grilling/  for 100s of recipes sure to make your mouth water! 

Need some help coming up with fun ideas for party food?  If so, there are more than a few things that you can do.  Here are some great talkboss ideas!

 Add more choices.  Instead of just burgers, chicken  and hot dogs, why not cook up some shrimp, crab or even lobster?  You can add  fish, ribs  and steaks to the menu.  Yes, you can cook all of this right on your grill (with the help of a side burner in some cases) and still enjoy the grilling atmosphere that the 4th is all about!  I would be remiss if I did not include decoraitng your yard for your fete!  Check out great ideas here!  www.countryliving.com/entertaining/g801/summer-party-ideas-0609/  

 Dress up dessert.  How about a cake that is in the shape of an American flag?  For red stripes, go with strawberries in rows.  For the stars, add enough blueberries to make them shine through.  Frost the cake white and decorate.  This is a great way to make a special treat. Kids will love this cake!

Don’t forget the drinks.  You can make various types of drink specials by just adding in flavored ice cubes, in blue and red, of course.  To make them, add strawberry and blueberry flavoring to the ice cube trays.  Or, just use the right colored Kool-Aid to make it work.  Drop them into drinks for a festive yet fun way to add to your food celebration. 

Veggies taste better when cooked on a grill. You can also have fun mixing flavors and seasonings. Kraft had a great idea of butter mix-ins for vegetables, I also like to marinate mine in Italian dressing and grill them in foil packets.

Get creative! Almost any meat you can purchase will taste better cooked on a grill. I even enjoy smoked sausage cooked on a grill with BBQ sauce.

Make it a great night by allowing family members to make their own shish kabobs. Have all the ingredients in individual pretty bowls and they pick and choose the things they want on the skewer. Pretty cook and super fun!

Mix it up! Have theme nights for your BBQ food, you can do Italian BBQ, Mexican BBQ, Caribbean, be creative and have fun.

You can add virtually any side dish, any dessert and any type of appetizer to your menu and find those that will love it.  The only rules to consider about food for the 4th is that it should be something that does not require fine china, something that can handle being out in the sun and something that is all about fun eating.  You can come up with your own fun menu of foods, but don’t forget that some will want the traditional fare nonetheless. 

 

Happy Grillin’

Talkboss Kecia Clarke

 

Written by Kecia Clarke