Tuesday, June 1, 2010

A Memorial Day BBQ

I had a lovely, long weekend. We couldn't have asked for better weather and spent a lot of time outdoors. Erik and I went up to our friend Nick's cabin, then had a date night and had my family over for Memorial Day.

On the Memorial Day menu:

Tomato, basil and mozzarella crostini
Chips and guacomole
Cheese and crackers
Spicy Italian brats
Chicken brats
BBQ ribs
Corn on the cob
Raspberry jello with whipped cream
Cheesy potatoes
Tuna salad
Pistachio dessert

Yeah...we had too much food and ate too much. Good thing my household enjoys leftovers!

Mmmmm, cheesy potatoes.  These are exceptional.

Cheesy Potatoes (adapted from a recipe sent to me by my sister-in-law)

1/2 C. butter (melted)
2 lbs. frozen hash browns (cubed or homestyle work, too) (thawed)
1/2 C. onion (chopped
2 C. Cheddar cheese (shredded)
2 cans cream of chicken soup
1 tsp. salt
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 (8 oz.) carton sour cream
2 C. crushed corn flakes or panko bread crumbs (I used panko)
1/4 C. butter

Mix first 8 ingredients in a large bowl. Place in 9x13-inch pan. Top
with crushed corned flakes. Drizzle melted butter over the corn
flakes. Bake at 350 degrees for about 50 mins.

The pistachio dessert my mom makes is my husband's favorite. Funny story...Erik is a huge Yankees fan and my mom is a Twin's fan. She told Erik today that she was considering not making the dessert unless the Twin's beat the Yankees in last Thursdays game. Fortunately, they did.

Pistachio dessert


50-55 ritz crackers (crushed)
1/4 pound butter, at room temperature
1 quart vanilla ice cream
1 container cool whip
2 packages instant pistachio pudding mix
1 1/2 cup milk
1 bag of Heath Bits O Brickle Toffee bits


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Make the crust; mix the crushed ritz crackers and butter in a bowl and spread on the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.  Bake for 8 minutes.  Cool crust completely. 

In another large bowl mix the 2 packages of instant pistachio pudding mix with the milk and vanilla ice cream.  Spread on top of crust.  Top with cool whip and sprinkle with Heath toffee bits.  Keep frozen.

My brother and sister-in-laws dogs (Peaches and Oliver) joined the bbq. They are cute little things, a bit naughty, but cute. This is Oliver, he is very photogenic.

I'm also excited to announce I finished the recipe index. I still have to trouble-shoot and make sure all the links work, so I'm calling this a beta version. I'd love your feedback, should I incorporate photos/images into the index or leave as is?


  1. Sounds like you had a great weekend! I think you should incorporate photos into the recipe index. It's nice to have a visual, and you take such great food pics!


  2. OMG, my mouth is seriously watering looking at those ribs!

  3. Great pics and the food was delicious as always, Jenna! I love that picture of my little guy, too! :)

  4. Love the crostini at the top! Such a perfect summer appetizer. And I can't wait to see this pistachio dessert - looks heavenly! xxSAS

  5. Looking forward to that recipe for the pistachio dessert. what a lot of food you had, fun!!!

  6. Hi! What a Beautiful blog! I discovered it from StylemePretty :)
    The Pistachio dessert looks absolutely amazing!!! Mmmm. I critique and rate desserts at my site, www.DessertDarling.com if you ever want to check it out!
    Congrats on your SMP feature.. you totally deserve it!!

  7. I love love your mom's pistachio dessert...as does Jay!!! Langer did a great job on the grill and your appts were amazing as always! I ate TOO much that day! :(