Daily Archives: May 28, 2011

Kicking Off Memorial Day Right — Part 1

This Memorial Day, we decided to start the celebration of summer early. While everyone will be enjoying their Monday at the Park, or Beach, I rather be spending it at home. But, in order to not take away the baptism of summer away from my immediate family (and extended), we’re going to celebrate it on Saturday.

The shopping is done and most of the food preparation is on it’s way (as of 8:05am). The only thing that I don’t like about planning a gathering is the planning part. The food has to be ready to go on, then cooked, and food has to constantly be churning out of the grill (and kitchen) in order for the day to be a success.

What I usually end up doing is cooking as soon as I get to my mother’s home (since I will be hosting it from there), and stop right before it’s time to eat dinner. All the while being on my feet and cooking everything that was on the menu.

My husband suggested that this year we should buy some of the food already made, but I know I couldn’t do that. Packaged or prepared food always have high sodium in it, fillers, or other things that people in my family is allergic to. It may be a lot of work making everything from scratch, but the end results are worth it.

Each dish has it’s own unique taste that you can’t get anywhere else. Yes, you can buy macaroni and cheese anywhere but it wouldn’t taste the same as doing it on your own (regardless of how you make it).

Each BBQ is like creating a fond memory for family and friends, but most of all we are creating memories for our children. This is what I love the most about BBQ.

When I was younger and my dad prepped the grill in the summer, I knew that we were going to be in for a real treat. He always used coal for the grill and every year he showed me how to stack the bricks, soak them in lighter fluid, and light them properly in order to get the best heat. He has done this every year that I can remember even up to the year that he passed away in 2007.

Even until this day, I can remember and recall his instructions and follow them religiously (since it was drilled in me). I knew what he was prepping me for; to be the BBQ Queen in the family.

So in order to start this BBQ right, I need to go to the store and buy some coal since I think we are all out (this should have been my first thing to check).

Stay tuned for updates regarding our BBQ bash.