Summer BBQ


The goal of summer entertaining is making it stress-free, fresh and enjoyable— even for the hostess. For summertime barbecues I like to follow this fail-proof plan for relaxed and tasty fun with friends.

1. Grill one kind of meat- tri-tip, fish, chicken, ribs, you name it.

2. Utilize my current garden harvest to make easy, fresh sides.

3. Create a menu that allows for early in the day preparation and room temperature serving.

4. A self-serve bar is low-maintenance and let’s guests help themselves throughout the day.

5. Keep the décor casual, but pretty— a few flowers in a simple vase, cloth napkins and real plates and silverware is all you need to make it feel special.

6. It’s great to finish with a comfort food dessert, which brings back memories of summers past.

tri tip

What can I say, we like it rare.

beet salad from the garden

Beet it.


Isn't this prettier than a bunch of plastic water bottles?

watermelon summer salad

Watermelon, Gorgonzola and purple basil salad.

s'mores prep

Keep in mind, it doesn't always have to be perfect. The burnt pie in the background still tasted great!


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