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Celebrate all Summer Long
with Great Food, Good Friends & Family

Enjoy these recipes, tips for safe food handling,
and other great ideas
for entertaining in the great outdoors!


Enjoy these great recipes


Beef: Makeahead Hamburger Patties

Cheese Appetizers: Make Ahead Coins and Bow Twists

Cheese Appetizers: Make Ahead Sticks and Straws

Dips: Easy and Quick with Beans

Dips: Hot Cheese and Crab in Microwave

Dips: Ultimate Crab and Cream Cheese

Parchment Paper Cooking (en Papillote): fish and chicken

Potato Salad Basics & Variations

Salads: Easy Bean and Vegetable (2)

Barbecue Dry Rub Recipes

How to choose and grill the perfect steak

Berries: Very Berry Ideas for Summer Treats

A few Tips and Tricks

Charcoal grilling for beginners

Choosing the Right Grill

Food Safety: Home Entertaining Basics

Food Safety: Keeping it safe for - and from - guests

Food Safety: Party Planning Tips

How to build a pit and above-ground spit

How to improve the appearance of your deck

Outdoor Kitchen Ideas

Decorative Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Outdoor Shelters (temporary for entertaining)

Want to throw the perfect party? Here's how!

Display Food on Risers

Etiquette: Serving and Eating Messy Summertime Foods

Party Hosting Tips

How to design a party tray

Great Gear for Grillers

Questions or Comments? Contact Us

Get your Grill on with us for a summer filled with great food - not to mention wonderful family gatherings and get-togethers with friends! Of course, it's always nice to have a little help and that's what you'll find here. Plenty of tips and treats to go around, starting with how to set up a perfect back yard retreat.

Next, it's on to a few hosting ideas. Beginners can start with how to choose a grill while the pros can just skip over to get a few great recipes. If you're feeling adventurous, try digging your own barbecue pit and head down to the local hog farm to pick up a pig.

The debate continues over which is better - charcoal or propane. Don't let that stand in your way - just get out there and enjoy a little fresh air. We're of the mind that a little char is good for the soul, but we're always eyeballing those new propane jobs, too. If you're dreaming of a fresh air kitchen, check out our thoughts on getting that done.

If you're wondering how to set up a spread, we have you covered. A little etiquette advice is thrown in for all those messy foods that are the hallmark of outdoor summer cooking.

Since we're deep in the middle of grilling and eating, food safety is also an important issue. Check out our advice for keeping everyone well in spite of the heat.

If you're in the mood for some new grilling gadgets, check out the store. Some of our favorites are in there with a few new things on our wish list. It's easy to find the right stuff for your outdoor get-up.

Of course, our summer grilling section will be here all year long. Some of us are out there striking the match rain, cold or shine. A year round menu of grilled food is just what the doctor ordered.

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