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Memorial Day 2017 Recipe Deliciousness Roundup

Elevate your Memorial Day foods to a whole new level of deliciousness!  Forgot the dogs and traditional burgers, become a cookout STAR with these recipes!

Oh hello, 3 1/2 day long weekend!  Just look how sexy you are with your carefree attitude, your grilling scents and your tempting dishes. So I don’t know about you but this child is most definitely looking forward to time off. Now while most of you will be chillin’ at some cookouts I’ll be in full TKW mode as I NEED to get at least 2 months of posts typed up and ready to go before I have my surgery on the 9th. Thankfully I have a barrage of recipes done, I just need to edit the photos, type up the recipes and posts. It’s all good though. I can’t just abandon you guys for 2 months.

But this weekend we’re keeping it low-key; no plans, no cookouts. I just want quiet time ya know?  But that doesn’t mean I’m not going to have all kinds of yumminess. I’ll definitely make some burgers and dogs but after making that Caramel Infused Apple Cheddar Chicken Burger, I’m not sure I could eat a plain beef burger again.  It’s so flippin’ good people. And of course Deviled Eggs – gotta have deviled eggs. As for what else, who knows. Maybe I’ll make all of the stuff below and whatever we don’t eat, I’ll make freezer meals so while I’m recuperating, Mr. Fantabulous can eat.

Now there are a ton of recipes to choose from and you’ll see, some use the pressure cooker. Seriously why not use it this weekend?  Save yourself a boat load of time and trouble. You could actually enjoy your party instead of slaving over a grill or oven.  But no worries if you want to grill, go for it. You can make many of these on the grill or better, yet finish them on the grill. And yes you can most definitely make pizza on the grill.

Let the LONG weekend begin!

Memorial Day 2016 Dishes

With the majority of us having a long 3-day weekend, 4 if you’re like me and actually took a vacation day, parties and cookouts will be abundant. While I love me a traditional cookout with burgers and dogs (though my dog has to be burnt) I like to mix things up and have different foods.  You just get tired of the same ol’ same ol’. This year when you’re planning your menu break out a few of these killer cookout recipes below!  Some can be prepared ahead of time, some can be made right on the grill.  Heck some can be made in the pressure cooker and then just heated up the day of the party!  SCORE!  More time to actually enjoy your own party versus standing over a stove or bbq all day.  Even I who LOVES being in the kitchen and cooking does enjoy a party where I don’t have to stand there cooking all day.

Let’s dish first about my latest Man Candy recipes – S’mores!  Yeah I know, dude!  SMORE’S!  It’s crispy bacon that’s coated in chocolate, broiled marshmallows and then graham cracker crumbs.  This is a total game changer when it comes to your campfire smore’s!  Next those addictive Butterfinger cookies.  These cookies are chewy, chocolately (is that even a real word?) and loaded with Butterfinger bits.  You will not be able to stop at just one! And next we have those Asian Sticky Ginger Thighs.  OMG they are INSANE!  And all done in the pressure cooker!  So yeah you could totally make them ahead of time and instead of broiling them to get that nice char just pop them on the grill to get that real bbq char look and taste!
Memorial Day 2016

The most important thing is to remember Memorial day isn’t about the food but rather the men and women serving our country!

4th of July Star Spangled Dishes 2015 Edition

With the 4th of July next weekend and it being a long weekend for most cookouts and bbq’s will be going rampant.  Now if you’re like me you get sick of the same ol’ same ol’.. burgers and hotdogs.  They are fine, don’t get me wrong, but why not mix it up this season and try a new recipe.  Whether you’re hosting or attending a gathering, if you show up with one of these dishes below you will surely be the most popular person there and invited back next year.

Right now we haven’t decided yet on what we will be doing as we’ve been invited to a few parties (LOVE YOU GUYS!) but the past 2 1/2 weeks Mother Nature has been having PMS to the MAX and pretty much raining with monsoon-like rains.  If we have to go anywhere we’ll have to build an ark first.  And when it comes to cookouts, no one likes to host a summer party in the rain.

So this year even if the weather keeps you indoors, go with one of these 4th of July Star Spangled dishes and have your own party in your living room but um, minus the fireworks *wink*

Fudge Ripple Turtle Brownies
Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs
Potato Gnocchi in a Bacon Cream Sauce
Baked Creamy Corn Casserole
Crispy Bacon Wrapped Green Beans Fries
Pressure Cooker Wings with Bourbon Honey BBQ Sauce
Summer Berry Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette
Ultimate Lobster Rolls
Pineapple Banana Upside Down Bundt Cake
Pressure Cooker St. Louis Ribs with Whiskey BBQ Sauce
Meatball Stuffed Manicotti
Butternut Squash Parmesan Gratin
Pulled Pork Pizza Puffs
Simply The Best Mac and Cheese ever!
Crispy Crunchy Crusted Chicken Fingers

Memorial Day 2015 Dishes

With this kicking off the beginning of a long 3-day weekend for a good portion of the US population, I wanted to put together some of my top picks for a traditional Memorial Day cookout. Now there’s nothing wrong with the old standby of burgers and hotdogs but for this girl, I want a variety.  Perhaps a grilled white bean and corn burger.  Or perhaps some finger-sized bbq meatloaf snacks.  And if it rains, you can still have S’mores – make my S’mores brownie batter cheesecake dip!

And while you’re kicking back, relaxing, take a moment and say a prayer and thank you to those that have fought for our freedom to enjoy this day.  Those that gave their lives to keep us safe and out of harms way.  Memorial day while many attribute it to that long 3-day weekend of fun, food and kicking back with friends keep in mind the true meaning of it, please. Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in service of the United States of America. As President Ronald Reagan said “Today is the day we put aside to remember fallen heroes and to pray that no heroes will ever have to die for us again. It’s a day of thanks for the valor of others, a day to remember the splendor of America and those of her children who rest in this cemetery and others. It’s a day to be with the family and remember. ”

Memorial Day 2015

Pepperoni Pizza Pop Tarts
White Bean & Corn Veggie Burgers
Hot ‘n Sticky BBQ Chicken Legs
Grilled Zucchini Pizza Bites
Butternut Squash Cheesy Bacon Gratin
S’mores Brownie Batter Cheesecake Dip
Mozzarella Stuffed Italian Meatballs
Spinach Dip Stuffed Roasted Tomatoes
BBQ Meatloaf Stacks
Honey Bourbon Chicken Wings
Crispy Crunchy Chicken Fingers
Bacon Tomato Marmalade Burger Bites
Guinness Glazed BBQ Ribs
Creole Shrimp Nachos
Sweet Potato Veggie Meatballs
Crispy Bacon Wrapped Green Beans

14 dishes that will rock your Labor Day

With Labor Day right around the corner for most of us it’s the last cookout of the summer.  Now for those of you on the West Coast who sees the sun more than 14 days in the summer (unlike us in the ‘Burgh) this won’t be your last hurrah of the summer. For a lot of people, Labor Day means two things: a day off and the end of summer. But why is it called Labor Day? Labor Day is a day set aside to pay tribute to working men and women. It has been celebrated as a national holiday in the United States and Canada since 1894.

And for a lot of us this is the last day off from work until Thanksgiving (in the US) so we tend to make this 3-day weekend a big ol’ blow out.  For Mr. Fantabulous and I we are taking it easy.  With my still in the hospital all plans are on hold. For me the best medicine is to be at home with my hubby.



With Labor Day coming up, more ‘rules’ if you will come into play. You can’t wear white after Labor Day.
Do you know where it came from? This stupid rule of no white after labor day?

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