It’s officially summertime, which means parties and gatherings with friends and families! We like to host intimate get togethers in our small back yard, usually with simple meals or sushi take out and summer drinks while we visit. But if you are planning a larger gathering and want to make sure you have everything in order, consider a few of these tips to keep the party going, and the stress levels down. Read full article
It’s a little cliché (it’s a lot cliché), but when I think of summer I think of cottages. And when I think of cottages, I think of days spent by a lake drinking lemonade and more adult-themed beverages as well as eating food. Lots of food. Read full article
Barbecue, popsicles, beer and fireworks – these are the key ingredients needed for the ultimate summer block party. Agree? Read full article
Heat and humidity are not my favourite things, and on the hottest of hot summer days, cooking dinner for the family can be groan-worthy. I mean, who wants to heat up their kitchen in 30+ degree weather? Not me, that’s for sure. And I will do anything to avoid it. Read full article
My favourite summer get togethers are always the impromptu ones. Read full article
For each of the last four years, I have waited with anticipation for my favourite summer memory maker. Read full article
We have a lot of small family dinners over the summer, so I really enjoy the opportunity to do something different and share a meal with friends. This is especially fun when it happens in the form of a block party. Read full article
As a grilling connoisseur I must admit to having some obvious favourites. Who doesn’t like a good steak or a perfectly grilled hamburger? With summer just around the corner, I decided that it was time to think outside of the box. In the past I used to think that when it came to a BBQ it had to include meat and veggies. Today, I challenged that concept. Read full article
Grilling on the BBQ is something that I have always shied away from. The grill and I, well, we have a love/hate relationship…I love to eat BBQ’d steaks and burgers, but my BBQ hates me. You know that little red button meant to light the BBQ? That is usually where my frustration begins. Read full article
Last summer I overcame a couple of my biggest grilling fears; I grilled a pizza and I finally tried the famous ‘Beer Butt’ Chicken – both were outstanding if I do say so. One thing that I haven’t tried yet though is wood, either chips for smoking or planks. I decided to start with planks, since that sounded way easier. Read full article
This month, Sobeys gave its food bloggers a grilling challenge, and I am so glad they did. I have always wanted to try grilling pizza, but I have always been too scared to try it.
I can still remember the first time I attempted to cook ribs on the BBQ. I had just received a great book, filled with grilling tips, and I set off to feed my family and our guests. I carefully wrapped the ribs in tin foil, popped them on the BBQ and walked away to let them cook.
I alluded to my grilling phobia in my last post for Sobeys. I never BBQ. I let my husband do it 100% of the time because I’m afraid of going up in a ball of flames. Don’t tell him I said this, but if he’s working late and something needs to be grilled; I’ll actually plan a different dinner because I am afraid of using the BBQ.
Let’s start off with a fact: Grilling and I have a deep love-hate relationship.
How I love the taste and smell of food cooked on the BBQ, there’s really nothing quite like it. It’s one of my favourite things about summer. Yet, the ‘hate’ part comes in because bluntly put, BBQ’s hate me. I cannot cook on it to save my life, and this drives me insane. Read full article
I have a confession. Our BBQ stopped working last year, and we haven’t replaced it. That means that we are without a BBQ. BBQ-less. And we may not replace it.Some people when I tell them, nod with some understanding, maybe they don’t grill very often like us. Others open their eyes wide and their voice is silent while their face is screaming ‘why, oh my, why?’