So, it’s Memorial Day Weekend and you don’t have any plans. Stop sweating! Take a tip from the Paula Deen Test Kitchen and throw the perfect Memorial Day Grilled Picnic! We’ve got you covered from A to Z for all you need to know for a great grill-filled weekend.
Let’s get started with the basics. Here’s a list of everything that you’ll need for fun in the sun.
Perfect Picnic Checklist
-A bottle of sunscreen for all to share
-Napkins, preferably cloth
-Melamine plates, both large and medium
-Reusable flatware, forks for everyone usually works
-Serving utensils—three should do it
-Thermos for soup or cold drinks
-Stemless wine glasses—small tumblers are good
-Corkscrew and bottle/can opener
-An assortment of condiments in plastic squeeze bottles
-Coarse salt in a jar and pepper mill, or salt and peppershakers
-Damp wipes, soft cloths or paper towels for washing up
-Little flower vase for wildflowers
-Plastic bags for leftovers
-Blanket, bedspread, beach towel or quilt—cotton is best and can go in the wash
Now that we’ve got you all set with your Memorial Day picnic supplies, what are you going to make?
Paula’s Top Recipes for the Grill
Simple Grilled Baby Back Racks
Grilled Cheese and Jalapeno Poppers
Grilled Tuna with Olive Tapenade
Apple and Grilled Chicken Pizza
Cherry Balsamic Grilled Stuffed Chicken Breasts
Did you know that you can even grill vegetables? We’ve got some handy tips, and even more recipes for grilled vegetables!
Tips for Grilling Your Vegetables
-Spray the grill with non-stick cooking spray prior to heating the grill to help make clean up a snap.
-Use kosher salt or sea salt on your vegetables to bring out extra moisture. Seasoning with salt and pepper both before and after grilling helps to make them sweet and full of flavor.
-Prevent your vegetables from drying out on the grill by soaking them in cold water first.
Read more grilled vegetable tips here!
And now, because we always keep our word in the Test Kitchen, are some great grilled vegetable recipes:
Easy Grilled Vegetables
Grilled Vidalia Onion Steaks
Garlic Grilled Tomatoes
Grilled Vegetable Basket
Bacon Wrapped Grilled Corn on the Cob
And lastly, but not least, make sure you outfit your grill with all of the necessities for a successful Memorial Day grilled picnic!Read More From Holidays and Entertaining.
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Inspired by her early days of selling lunches as The Bag Lady, Paula Deen will host a Box Lunch to End Hunger, presented by The Bag Lady Foundation, Springer Mountain Farms, and Hoffman Media. This grab-and-go lunch event will be held at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens on Tuesday, September 16 from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. For a $15 donation at the door (no advanced tickets), guests will receive a box lunch prepared by Edgar’s Bakery featuring Springer Mountain Farms chicken and Golden Flake potato chips, and have the opportunity to meet Paula Deen. Grab these delicious boxed lunches and take them back to your office or share with a friend or neighbor. One hundred percent of proceeds will be donated to the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama, which serves 12 counties in our area. For the price of one lunch, 135 meals or 65 pounds of food can be distributed to the food insecure in our area.
“Since September is Hunger Action Month, the timing of this event couldn’t be more perfect,” says Brian Hart Hoffman, Chief Creative Officer at Hoffman Media. “Paula Deen’s dedication to helping those in need and positively impacting people’s lives every day makes this event ideal for getting our community involved in the fight to end hunger in Central Alabama.”
Each guest will be entered into a raffle to win front-row seats to the Paula Deen Live! show at the Alabama Theatre the same evening.
Sponsors for Paula Deen’s Box Lunch to End Hunger include Golden Flake and Edgar’s Bakery.
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are located at 2612 Lane Park Road Birmingham, AL 35223.
Come see Paula’s live show at the Times Union Center for Performing Arts in Jacksonville, FL and get a heaping helping of Paula’s recipes, and some good old-fashioned fun and laughter!
Tickets available from Ticketmaster here!
Sponsored by Springer Mountain Farms.
Join Paula at DuBois Furniture in Waco, TX for a book signing and meet and greet from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm.