Three Marinades for your summer barbecue

Having a great marinade takes the guesswork out of grilling meats and vegetables.  Mix, marinate and you’re ready to roll with maximum flavor and minimal effort.  These three marinades can be used on a variety of meats, seafood and even veggies.  They’re so versatile and that’s of course, always one of my goals when developing recipes.  If you’ve been paying attention to my previous posts, you’ll have most of the ingredients from 55 ingredients you should always have on hand, to make these marinades. Continue reading

How to be a guest at your own party

(or that time I talked my friend out of having a DIY grilled cheese bar at her son’s first birthday party)

Once upon a time, my friend, a mother of two boys, was running ideas by me for her second son’s first birthday party.  She was expecting 77 guests (43 adults and 30 kids). It was October, two weeks shy of Halloween.  She ordered a bouncy castle, organized mini pumpkin painting and a DIY grilled cheese bar. Continue reading