Memorial Day

Celebrate the unofficial start of summer with cool cocktails, grilled burgers and fresh salads. And dessert!
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Here's the thing. These Black Bean Burgers can be topped just like any regular beef hamburger, so your burger spread will be easy to do.


These beans are just so good. They are fabulous side dish, but they also really good as a (messy) burger topping.


These. Ribs. If it's easier, rub the ribs the day before and refrigerate them overnight so you can right to grilling. Make the sauce the night before too.


This burger is all about the toppings. Top a spicy burger with bacon and jalapenos -- and cheeeeeeeese!


Kick off summer with a pitcher of Peach Sangria. Freeze peach nectar in ice cube trays and plop a few in each glass before pouring. Don't want to water down those cocktails!


Serve Grilled Potato Salad with Pancetta warm off the grill or at room temperature. Imagine how good it will be with a burger. Mmm.


Wanna how to create that angle for these No-Bake Gelatin Cheesecake Desserts? Pour the gelatin in the cup and place at an angle in a muffin tin. Easy with great results!


Think about it. Cola really does make the perfect base for barbecue sauce - it's sweet with some spice and a little bite. And served on these steak sliders? That's some good eating!

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Check these out! S'more Sherbert Sandwiches are going to rock your next campfire. Use those giant marshmallows for even more marshmallowy goodness.

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Wanna make the neighbors jealous? Throw Chef Mark's KC Smoked Brisket on the smoker. You might just have extra guest for dinner.


Use the beer you like to drink in Tangy Beer Mustard. Better yet, use one that complements what you serve it with - burgers, hot dogs, chewy pretzels, etc. Ooh, try it mixed into pasta or potato salad too!


How about making your own barbecue sauce? It seems like a pretty good idea to us!


Looking for that recipe you'll be making all summer long? For grill outs and family gatherings? Found it! Chef Jim's Smoke Baby Back Ribs are fall-off-the-bone tender and oh, so flavorful. Use your favorite wood chips for these.


Dress up a bag of broccoli slaw and a jar of dressing with some basil, almonds and chow mein noodles. Everybody loves Creamy Basil Broccoli Slaw. It's so darn easy!


Using cellentani pasta makes this pasta salad lots of fun. Its curls and twists hold lots of dressing and veggies. Be sure to keep it on ice if you're serving it at your picnic.

Pesto Cellentani Salad - Recipe

Every potluck, picnic and family gathering calls for Calico Beans, right?

Baked Calico Beans - Recipe

Smoking ribs or grilling steaks for Memorial Day? Kansas City Rub is just what you need. Add a little sweet heat to your picnic!

Kansas City Rub - Recipe

We've doubled nearly everything on this Home-Style Double Cheeseburger. Double the cheese. Double the condiments. Double the bacon. What's not to love?

Home-Style Double Cheeseburger - Recipe

Mix together a batch of Spicy Barbecue Blend to put on everything you grill. It works on steaks, chicken and fish. Pork too!

Spicy Barbecue Blend - Recipe

We're always on the lookout for pasta salads that can feed a crowd. Tricolor Rotini Salad fits the bill! It's meatless and dairy-free as well. Double bonus.

Tricolor Rotini Salad - Recipe

Sure, the slider patties already have bacon and cheese in them, but we put more on top of the BBQ Bacon Sliders anyway. We had to make sure there was enough in each bite.

BBQ Bacon Slider - Recipe

Anything with the words "gooey bars" in the name has to be good, right? Make the perfect for the season by using strawberries and rhubarb.

Strawberry-Rhubarb Gooey Bars - Recipe

Make Picnic-Perfect Potato Salad the night before you want to serve it. And don't forget the secret ingredient! You must add the pickle juice to the dressing. Trust us.

Picnic-Perfect Potato Salad - Recipe

Need a dessert idea for Memorial Day? Ice cream sundaes! Make Simple Vanilla Ice Cream your base.

Simple Vanilla Ice Cream - Recipe

How does a watermelon slushy sound? Pretty good, right? Frozen Watermelon Refresher is just what you need to cool down after a long day of picnicking.

Frozen Watermelon Refresher - Recipe