How to Create a Rocking BBQ Menu for your Cookout

Food for Cookout

One of my favorite rooms in our new house is the sunroom that looks out over the backyard. It is full of windows and is the perfect place to entertain. Now that we are finally settled in, we decided to throw ourselves a housewarming party and invite all of our friends over for a good old fashion BBQ. Since I have been in Las Vegas, and prior to that San Francisco, for the better part of 10 years, I haven’t had the opportunity to show off my new found cooking skills to a large group of people. For my first big cookout I didn’t want to just buy some Costco patties and call it a day. But I also didn’t want to be stuck in the kitchen during my own party. So I put a lot of thought into what I wanted my menu to be, and strategizing how to put together a manageable number of dishes. As it turned out, our party was a great success- all of the guests had a good time, got fed, and Luke and I were able to socialize without having to worry too much about the food. Putting together a comprehensive menu is a task that always ends up being more difficult than anticipated, so I thought I would share my helpful rules for planning a cookout.

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New Culinary Adventures in Dayton, Ohio!

Welcome Sign

We’ve moved! My apologies for not updating the blog over the past few months. Once we got back from Tokyo, things got crazy. Our original plan had actually been to move to Napa, California. In March, we flew out to Northern California to look at housing rentals. Have you ever tried to rent anything in California? It is like a competitive sport. Dozens of people show up to rental viewings. Have pets? Good luck. Even if an ad says they accept animals, chances are, they will pass you over for a non-pet owner. Long story short, we came home without secured housing in March, which gave us a chance to think. Continue reading New Culinary Adventures in Dayton, Ohio!

Tokyo Food- Oodles of Noodles

I love noodles. All kinds of noodles. Pasta makes up a big part of my weekly menu, but I am also a big fan of big bowls of soup with noodles in them. And Chinese stir-fry? Yes, please. Before coming to Tokyo, I was excited to try various types of noodle soups, but what I didn’t realize was how many different types of noodles are actually available in the Japanese diet. While I know I didn’t even scratch the surface of noodle types- I didn’t make it to trying ramen or soba- all of the dishes we did eat were completely different, but amazingly tasty. Continue reading Tokyo Food- Oodles of Noodles

Tokyo Travels- First Day Learning Curve

Street sign Sunjuku

Tokyo Marathon Expo
2015 Tokyo Marathon Expo
Birds eye view of Tokyo

Top Chef is over, and I am way behind on my challenge. It isn’t because I haven’t been cooking, but because for the past two weeks I have 1) been working like crazy, and 2) been cooking ultra healthy to help Luke prepare for his marathon. I have some dishes planned to finish up the Challenge, but in the meantime, I am super excited because we are in Tokyo! Neither one of us has ever traveled in Asia, so this is a big adventure. We have now been in Japan for approximately 24-hours, and I feel like in that small period of time, we have learned a lot. So for my first official travel post, I thought I would document our looong journey getting here, our initial impressions, and the struggles we had attempting to maneuver around Tokyo. Continue reading Tokyo Travels- First Day Learning Curve

Super Bowl Time at Hi-Score Bar Arcade in Henderson

I am the kind of sports fan truly dedicated sports fans hate. I loosely support a handful of teams based on various states and cities I have lived in. When a team I kind of like has a bad season, I barely notice. When the same team is having a great year and makes the playoffs, I turn into a super fan. I love a good bandwagon, and the party that comes with it.

This year for Super Bowl XLIX, I wasn’t loving either the Patriots or the Seahawks. But I do love quality bar food and a lengthy micro beer list- not to mention entertaining commercials and a flashy half-time show. So Luke and I called a cab two hours before the big game started, and staked a claim to one of four booths in the bar area of our favorite sports bar in Henderson, Hi-Score Bar Arcade. Continue reading Super Bowl Time at Hi-Score Bar Arcade in Henderson