Sunday, July 12, 2009

BBQ menu with Mackenzie and family!

Mackenzie is a friend I am so blessed to have in my life. She is one of those friends everyone needs- my support, a confidante, who knows me in and out and still loves me unconditionally. Thus, when she, her 2 children Maddie & Drew (who we adore), and her husband Andy (we like him alright, LOL) were coming over for a BBQ this afternoon, I knew I wanted to make it special. There are 2 things Mack loves- Chocolate and Ranch, and I wanted to make sure I created a menu that incorporates both items, yet make it kid-friendly so everyone could enjoy the meal.

I planned and thought, and re-planned and thought some more. I had all these ideas in my head, but I wanted to ensure the food paired well together as well. I came up with the following menu, and it was well-received!

BBQ menu
Appetizer: Ranch Cheese-Its, Puppy Chow (Something salty & sweet)

Entree: Onion Burgers & Ranch Burgers, both with Steakhouse Caramelized Onions, sliced tomato, and buttered grilled whole-wheat buns

Sides: Garlic fries & Buffalo fries (topped with Basil Salt & Garlic Mayonnaise from this recipe), Grilled Portobello Mushrooms with Tomatoes & Fresh Mozzarella

Salad: Southwestern Wagon Wheel Pasta Salad

Dessert: Black Magic Cake with Raspberry Filling and Chocolate Fudge Frosting and vanilla bean ice cream, Mini "Burgers & Fries"


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