What Should You Do This Month? Throw a Backyard Solstice Party to Celebrate the Start of Summer

Backyard Solstice Party

While many Americans think that summer starts on Memorial Day, it officially begins on summer solstice, usually June 21 in the Northern hemisphere. The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don’t get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there’s no expiration date on these outdoor party ideas!                

 For these summer solstice party ideas, I wanted to spotlight some of the things that are better in summer than any other part of the year. Continue Reading

How To: Make a DIY Mini Tabletop Grill from Household Items!

created at: 02/02/2012

It’s a strangely warm and sunny winter day today and I’ve got the itch to get outside and grill something.  A personal-sized mini grill made from items around the house seems like the perfect lunch-making tool to me!  Just throw on some fresh veggies and you’ve got yourself a tasty treat.   

 

Victoria from A Subtle Revelry created a bunch of these tiny tabletop grills for a party (awesome idea, BTW), but I figure making one for a quick lunchtime snack is a-okay.   Continue Reading

How to Tell the Doneness of Meat with Your Finger

Okay, you know how on Top Chef the contestants can touch a piece of meat with their fingertips and they can tell its ‘doneness’? It always impresses because I’m more of a thermometer girl, or–worse yet–a stick a knife in there and poke around girl. Anyway, there really isn’t any magic behind the finger test. It’s just a matter of knowing what you’re feeling for, so says Elise at Simply Recipes. For instance, raw feels like the fleshy bit at the base of your thumb, demonstrated here:

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Now press your pinky to your thumb and feel the same spot. Continue Reading

Grilling for the Backyard Challenged

Of course you could continue using your little Hibachi or mini Weber.  But all that bending over! Not so with the rail hugging BBQ Bruce. The Bruce offers comfortable waist high charcoal grilling for those restricted by vertical dwelling space. No more achin’ back from bending and flipping.  Available throughlivingtools.de for about $65.00, the Bruce comes apart for easy cleanup and stowing.

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Almost Every Delicious Way to serve Corn on the Cob

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It’s a well-known fact that there is nothing more delicious than Indiana sweet corn in the summertime. Then you start doctoring it up and, well, you’re in heaven. Another fact is that once you get started, corn on the cob simply becomes the vehicle for sucking up tastily seasoned butters. Maybe a seasoned butter bar is all that’s needed at a barbecue and guests can slather up to their hearts’ content. (The key word being heart.) But wait, butter isn’t the only way to jazz up a cob.  Continue Reading

Just Grill It: 25 Tasty Burgers

created at: 05/28/2010

The Nike Air Max 90 burger was created by Swedish designer Olle Hemmendorff as an homage to the “the most powerful, most durable, and most delicious material known to man.”The sesame baguette burger includesbeef patties, pickles, tomatoes and cheese for the Nike swoosh.

And, speaking of burgers going into a holiday weekend, check out these 25 mouth-watering grilled burger recipes that will have you grillin and chillin in no time, like…

Bobby Flay’s Peanut Chipotle Barbecue Burger

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and the Inside-Out Burger with Avocado and Sprouts

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