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Grillin’ Season

Good news!  I remembered my purse this morning, and I no longer feel like death.  I spent the majority of yesterday trying to figure out if I was going to throw up on my desk and freezing.  No bueno.  I hightailed it home after work and immediately crawled into my bed and stayed there until my alarm went off at 7:15 this morning, and now I’m feeling much better.  My stomach still feels a little off though, I don’t know, whatever.

With this weekend being Memorial Day and all and the official start of summer weekends and bbqs let’s chat about your favorite summer bbq foods!  Sunday I’m heading to a “Crab Fest” bbq and while our gracious host is providing the main dish, she’s asked us all to supply the sides.

One of my favorite summer dishes is this amazing Black Bean and Corn Salsa.  I made it for the first time last summer, and it is always a huge hit.  Minus the cilantro, I don’t really like cilantro.  This is what I’m bringing on Sunday.

And what’s a bbq without a delicious summertime cocktail?  This Sangria is always a crowd pleaser with both those who like red and white wines, plus it has rum, which is always a nice surprise :).

Now don’t get me wrong, I dig a nice juicy cheeseburger as much as the next person, but sometimes an amazingly seasoned Turkey burger is more up my alley.  These Turkey burgs, combine peppers, onions, garlic and Worcestershire all in the patty, which fills every bite with flavor.

Finally, it’s not unusual to find mayo loaded pasta and potato salads at every bbq, but I personally prefer a version that includes tortellini and Italian dressing.  Season it with McCormick’s Pasta Salad Seasoning and you’re good to go.  I also make a version of this with Riggatoni, cucumber, and carrots.

So there you have it, some of my favorite summer time bbq staples.  What are your go-to recipes when you’re asked to bring something to a bbq?  Go ahead, share some recipes, I need some new ideas for this summer!