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Memorial day is really a great summer kick off. Most schools end the week before the Memorial Day holiday, and the weather is warm enough to swim without feeling like you're swimming in bath water. What better way to celebrate the holiday than with a summer barbecue? (Maybe after a parade to commemorate those brave men and women who have served in our military.)
Well, we have no short supply of great recipes to whip up for your Memorial day Barbecue party, and I am putting them all right here, in one handy tasty place, for you!
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Happy Memorial Day!
Main Dishes and Sides
We have a few options here! We've shared some pork recipes with you a few times. Like when I made these Honey Mustard Pork Chops! Although in my post I used a pan on the stove top, this recipe would work nicely on the grill as well.
Continuing with the pork theme, remember when my husband made me a delicious Grilled Raspberry Chipotle Pork Loin? It was so tasty, and the raspberry chipotle sauce puts it over the top!
Maybe you're in the mood for chicken instead. This post had a great grilled chicken recipe. If you're in the mood for sea food there was skewered shrimp as well! It also has some great side recipes. You'll never stop hearing my mom raving about the cilantro butter corn, and as you know from Friday Faves last week, I love grilled pineapple!
Another great side is grilled asparagus! It is so easy to make! Wash your asparagus. Make a tinfoil packet by laying two strips of aluminum foil in a t shape. Spray with a little cooking spray. Place your asparagus in the center with 2 TBSP of butter and one minced clove of garlic. Fold the edges up and seal them together so you have a foil packet. Place on the grill in a spot with medium heat. Grill five minutes, flip the packet and grill another 2 minutes. You can serve the asparagus on top of your meat, or to the side!
We did a round up before of our favorite summer salads. This includes the vegan taco salad I made a while back. That taco salad can be a great option if you don't have a grill but still want something more hearty and filling.
My mom gifted us our own stuff 'em sticks for Christmas this past year and I think they'd make a fun addition to your Memorial Day Barbecue! There are lots of food options here, and I think the dessert ones would be a lot of fun. If you don't have a fire pit in your backyard then the grill is a great option!
Last year for our Memorial Day Swim Party and Barbecue I made this Strawberry Rhubarb Pie! I had a lot of fun doing the star topped crust! You know what goes great with homemade warm, fresh from the oven pie? ICE CREAM! Especially homemade ice cream. If you want a tasty homemade vegan ice cream recipe, sign up for our email! You'll get access to that recipe, and other tasty recipes to come, as well as some fun printables for your home/office/whatever space you'd like to spruce up!
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Hello! Alicia here with another food from my ancestry post. This time is a little different though because I have an injury that is making it painful to stand for long. It makes cooking difficult. So although I am in the midst of my Danish month, I was not able to make a Danish meal this past week. I decided I would instead pick my Favorite meal from each month so far.
If you're new, my family has been picking one country from our ancestry every month and each week we try to make a meal from that country. It's been a very fun experiment that you can see the results from in the slideshow below. If something looks tasty to you, clicking on the picture will take you to the post where I talk about that dish! Everything has been delicious so you'll be safe with any choice!
Our first month we picked Germany mostly because I wanted bratwurst. I think Brats are still my favorite, but paired with the Swabian Potato salad. Bratwurst have the best flavor, a little spicy (not hot but flavorful), and juicy. They pair perfectly with mustard.
The potato salad was best after being left in the fridge over night. And then I ate it all! So keep that in mind if you decide to make it. It is so good!
I also loved the Black Forest Cake, and have honestly been thinking about it since I last had it. The only thing that stops me from making it again is thinking of all the calories.
This is a hard choice, but I think my favorite still stands as Encebollado. This fish and onion soup is amazing! I love the flavors. I love that it's traditionally eaten at breakfast. I love that I have cans of it brought from Ecuador every time some one visits.
Runner up would be Encocado de Camarón. The coconut and shrimp together were so delicious!
So I stereotypically picked Ireland for March. And I'm glad I did. My favorite from this month I have made again already! Bacon and Cabbage Pie. It's actually easier than it looks, and our pie crust recipe is so delicious and easy. This also makes great leftovers, if you can get everyone to stop eating it the night you make it.
A runner up for me would be the Irish Stew. I'd say it's practically a tie. The stew was so good. Similar flavors as the pie, but with lamb instead of pork. And it's not an Irish stew if it's not made with lamb.
There is a reason the French are known for their cuisine. They have mastered combing delicate flavors to give you an amazing experience with every bite. It makes choosing a favorite difficult. My husbands favorite from France is theBoeuf Bourguignon. A very delicious and hearty stew, it has really deep and earthy flavors. So good.
I also really enjoyed the Gratin Dauphinois. These rich potatoes have no cheese, yet you still get a deliciously crispy top layer. And the nutmeg adds a richness and decadence to the dish.
May isn't over yet and I've only had chance to make two Danish dishes; Æbleskiver, and Smørrebrød. They were both delicious! I have made both of them twice already! I think I prefer the Smørrebrød mostly because I usually prefer savory to sweet. But this doesn't mean I'm not dreaming about making the Æbleskiver again already.
And there you have it! I hope you will try out some of these recipes, or try to find recipes from your ancestry to make. Please let us know if you do.
And if you'd like to up your cooking skills, you may want to check out Panna! It has courses taught by Michelin starred chefs. You not only learn the recipes but tips and techniques from the pros!
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If you are thinking, "what? Pumpkin? In MAY?!?!?!" Then clearly, you don't know me. Yes, pumpkin, in May, because why not? Pumpkin is too good to be confined to one season, pumpkin should be consumed all year long.
A few weeks back a woman I go to church with let several people in our ward (congregation) know that she had several CASES of pumpkin. Yes, cases. Her neighbor has a job at the nearby air force base. He is somehow involved in the stocking of the commissariat, which results in her being the recipient of extra supplies.
Well of course, I jumped on the chance to get some free pumpkin.
Now, my husband definitely thinks I have a problem and need to go to Pumpkin Lovers Anonymous. I have no regrets. Well, armed with all of this pumpkin I needed to bake a cake for someone recently and I thought, a pumpkin bundt cake would be perfect. All I have to say is, I was not wrong. You are going to love this cake. You will love it in May like you will love it in September, October, and November. In fact, I believe you will love it in any month you choose to eat it.
There is something so elegant about Bundt cakes. I mean, they come out with a design with no real effort on your part. Just pour the batter into the Bundt pan and voila, you will have yourself a pretty looking cake!
Of course, pumpkin cake calls for cream cheese frosting. The frosting and the chopped walnuts are what put this cake over the top! Normally I am not a fan of nuts in my dessert. You could leave the walnuts out and be totally okay. However, I used candied walnuts, and the crunch is just perfect.
So, summertime is upon us. You know you have a BBQ to go to and you volunteered to bring dessert. Bring this cake. You will not regret it. I promise you.
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