Homemade BBQ Sauce

Perhaps one of my favorite things to make, this tastes better than any bottled BBQ sauce I’ve found. It’s possibilities or endless. And you can also just eat it off a spoon like I do.

 

 

Whole Wheat Orzo with Grilled Chicken and Roasted Veggies

This can be made ahead of time and is delicious served hot or cold.

 

 

South of the Border Burger

A burger that is kicked up a notch.

 

 

The Ultimate Marinade

Perfect for marinating steak, chicken or seafood before it hits the grill.

 

 

Chocolate Chip Cookie Pie

Refreshing with a giant scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

 

 

BBQ Ranch Shredded Chicken Sliders

Who doesn’t love sliders at a party?

 

 

Cobb Salad

Make a party-sized version of this salad. It has bacon.

 

 

S’mores Brownies

Start summer with a classic – s’mores!

 

 

Parmesan Roasted Potato Wedges

A crispy, crunchy, healthier version of french fries.

 

 

Lightened Up Four Cheese Mac and Cheese

This healthier mac and cheese can be made ahead of time and heated right before the party.

 

 

Kiwi Mango Salsa

What’s more summery than salsa? Just hand me a margarita. Or 6.

 

 

Happy Memorial Day!

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41 Responses to “10 Memorial Day Party Ideas.”

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    Amy from She Wears Many Hats — May 29, 2010 @ 6:30 am

    That just ain’t right.

    Yum.

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    Wei-Wei — May 29, 2010 @ 6:33 am

    Salad? Oh, bori- Oooooooh, bacon. S’mores brownies. Parmesan Roasted Potato Wedges! MACARONI AND CHEESE!

    I concur. Yum.

    Wei-Wei

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    Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) — May 29, 2010 @ 6:50 am

    Have a great weekend! I have been asked to make sh*t on a shingle…that is how my husband like to celebrate Memorial day. I think I will enjoy a black bean burger instead! Our men and their requests…

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    The Candid RD — May 29, 2010 @ 6:52 am

    I’ll take a little of each, please!

    I always want to make so many of your dishes, but with this whole FODMAPs diet it’s so difficult (and that’s the case with most blogs I read). The mac & cheese always makes me drooool.

    Pittsburgh was quite an amazing city! We were only there for a bit but I loved crossing the bridge where the three rivers met. So neat!

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    Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) — May 29, 2010 @ 7:16 am

    Oh God, those chicken sliders look sooo good! I was going to look for a recipe for homemade BBQ sauce, I’ll try this one. Thanks! :D

    Jenn

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    Jil — May 29, 2010 @ 7:33 am

    Ahh the bbq chicken sliders look awesome!!! So does that choc chip pie!

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    sophia — May 29, 2010 @ 8:11 am

    I’d like each of everything, please. And I don’t mean in itty bitty appetizer sizes. :-)

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    JocelynEatsFresh — May 29, 2010 @ 8:15 am

    My mouth is watering right now! Those sliders look fun!

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    Katie@The Baby Factory — May 29, 2010 @ 8:28 am

    Seriously…..Do you deliver!?!? I will take one of everything! Be-autiful!

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    Heather — May 29, 2010 @ 8:38 am

    hell yes to all of it! especially the s’mores brownies…those disappeared immediately when i took them to work!

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    Anne — May 29, 2010 @ 8:55 am

    Those potato wedges look awesome :)

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    homecookedem — May 29, 2010 @ 9:41 am

    I think I’ll take a little bit of each please, yummmmmm!! I hope yall have a very Happy Memorial Day weekend!! :)

    P.S. I was telling my grandmother who was born and raised in Pittsburgh all about your blog yesterday. I told her you mentioned that cookies are a big thing to have at weddings up there and she immediately said, “ohhh yes, soooooo many cookies!!” ;)

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    Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) — May 29, 2010 @ 10:32 am

    Commence drooling NOW!!

    I made one of your recipes for breakfast this morning!!!! I will post about it tonight!!!!

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    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — May 29, 2010 @ 11:28 am

    Okay, I want to make ALL of these. Actually, I want someone to make them for me :-)

    Have a great holiday weekend, Jess!

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    Erica — May 29, 2010 @ 11:41 am

    Fabulous ideas. The chocolate chip cookie pie looks out of this world. I can imagine how good it is all melty and hot!

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    Jackie (Peaces of Earth) — May 29, 2010 @ 12:54 pm

    Kiwi mango salsa!!! Holy yum!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — May 29, 2010 @ 1:35 pm

    It all looks amazing. But the 1st one, the bbq sauce. I remember when you posted that, and i wanted it then and still do. I mean who doesnt want smores brownies but i could eat ketchup with a spoon. And sauce. I just hate the sodium in most prepared foods so this one, ahhh, great work.

    I hope you’re having a ball! I am on a little packing break…Ugh. So much work.

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    Sherrie — May 29, 2010 @ 1:38 pm

    Everything looks amazing!

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    Katie — May 29, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    I made those s’mores brownies for a grill-out and everyone LOVED them! Thanks for such a fun delicious recipe!

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    Stephanie — May 29, 2010 @ 4:06 pm

    So this morning I woke up and totally had the urge to make homemade bbq sauce. So I did. And from what I tasted it is delicious! About to bbq up the chicken that has been marinating in said bbq sauce really soon, can’t wait :D Hope you are having a great holiday weekend!

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    GirlonRaw — May 29, 2010 @ 5:43 pm

    That kiwi salsa looks A-may-zing. I am drooling!!!

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    Katrina — May 29, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    Mac and cheese and cookie pie? YES PLEASE!

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    Helen — May 30, 2010 @ 3:09 am

    Jess your blog is brilliant for food ideas! You definitely know how to enjoy food!!

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    CaSaundra — May 30, 2010 @ 5:12 am

    All of these sound great–where I do start!?

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    Amanda — May 30, 2010 @ 5:58 am

    Great job Jessica!! I love these posts… when you put a bunch of recipes together… it makes my very lazy self feel so much better. :)

    Blessings!
    Amanda

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    Bridget — May 30, 2010 @ 7:55 am

    Those s’mores brownies look ridiculous!! I want one right now! I’m having a BBQ next weekend and gathering ideas…think I found some :)

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    Evelyn @ cheers2healthy — May 30, 2010 @ 8:06 am

    Perfect post, girl!

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    Julia (Taste of Living) — May 30, 2010 @ 8:20 am

    WOW, thanks for all the inspiration! Gonna check out the recipes. Mac n cheese and especially that orzo dish: gonna try them out!

    x Julia (Taste of Living)

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    Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly — May 30, 2010 @ 3:23 pm

    YUM! That cookie pie looks to die for!!!

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    Lisa @bakebikeblog — May 30, 2010 @ 3:26 pm

    What great dishes!!! SO awesome :)

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    Miz — May 31, 2010 @ 3:55 am

    goodlordITotallyAdoreYou.

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    Blond Duck — May 31, 2010 @ 4:10 am

    I’m totally craving burgers and Mexican at the same time now….

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    Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) — May 31, 2010 @ 4:55 am

    10 fabulous ideas!?! You spoil us!

    Have an amazing day!

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    Ashley — May 31, 2010 @ 5:25 am

    I just came across your blog and those smore brownies are going to keep me staying! I am new to the community, and I have added you my blogroll (if that is okay!)

    I hope I make it to lunch after reading this post! :)

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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — May 31, 2010 @ 9:38 am

    Man, I’m coming over to your house for Memorial Day!

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    Tracy — May 31, 2010 @ 10:20 am

    Great collection of recipes! I especially love those BBQ ranch shredded chicken sliders…a must try!

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    Katie @ cozydelicious — May 31, 2010 @ 2:48 pm

    That salsa looks awesome! I’ve never used kiwi in salsa… such a great idea! Yum!

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    Jen @ My Kitchen Addiction — May 31, 2010 @ 6:57 pm

    Yum… Love all of these ideas! Hope you had a great Memorial Day :)

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    Nicole, RD — May 31, 2010 @ 7:46 pm

    I’ve made your BBQ sauce…it is TO DIE FOR!!! Happy Memorial Day, girl!

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    Yum Yucky — June 1, 2010 @ 7:25 pm

    Whew! that’s one good lookin’ slider.

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    Courtney (Pancakes & Postcards) — June 2, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    Amazing!!! Saving this for when I move back to the States :) especially that pie…

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