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.