Memorial Day BBQ: Tips from Redbook Magazine & Katy Lee

Image courtesy of Getty Images and Redbook Magazine

Image courtesy of Getty Images and Redbook Magazine

Each Memorial Day weekend, I look forward to kicking summer off with a big family BBQ at the house. I couldn’t resist sharing Redbook Magazine’s fun hosting tips from celebrity chef and food critic, Katie Lee. No champagne and white tablecloths needed; just a few original touches that keep this holiday weekend fĂȘte low-key.

Some of my favorite ideas:

1. Frozen Fruit: For a refreshingly sweet twist, use frozen fruit in lieu of ice in soda and seltzer. Up your game with adorable ice cubes: Place a berry in each cube of your ice tray before freezing.

2. Corn on the Cob: Throw some corn on the grill and then jazz up the classic BBQ side dish with Parmesan cheese and chili powder.

3. Zucchini Chips: Leave the prepackaged chips on the shelf! Thinly slice a zucchini, coat with egg and flour, then fry slices in a Dutch oven until golden brown. VoilĂ !

What will you do to celebrate the long weekend?

A Patriotic Snack to try this Independence Day

image courtesty of bonappetit.com

I love the look of this red, white and “blue” Blackberry Salad, don’t you? I found this easy Bon Appetit recipe through one of my new favorite sites, SousStyle, and thought it would be perfect for our upcoming Fourth of July festivities. I’m so looking forward to watching the local fireworks show with the family, enjoying some barbeque and trying these out!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh tarragon
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pint fresh blackberries, halved if large

Preparation

  • Whisk oil, herbs, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. DO AHEAD: Vinaigrette can be made 1 day ahead. Cover and chill. Let return to room temperature before continuing.
  • Gently fold in blackberries.

Et voila! Ready to enjoy. What are some of your favorite things to do to celebrate the 4th?