Barbecue Tables and the Joys of Summer Social Grilling

Old Traditions Die Hard While it seems like a great many of us have not enjoyed the experience of eating together in a very long time, the practice, thanks to the barbecue table, is making a welcome comeback. In our busy and hectic lives, old traditions die hard. A return to simple dining basics at the table, eating together in the presence of family and friends should be high on the priority list of all those who value the joy and the importance of social dining. The custom of eating together as a group has been the solid foundation of...

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Sauces & Dips

Grilling enthusiasts may agree on the need for an outdoor bbq table but when it comes to method and technique, there is no unanimity of views. They have honed their cooking skills at the grill over countless hours, carefully perfecting wonderful meals for family and friends. One fact that is generally accepted by most outdoor chefs is the importance of sauces and dips. When married with a variety of grilled proteins or vegetables these sauces and dips impart lasting flavor and punch. They are the perfect partners to grilled foods. Mustard Based BBQ Sauce We find this sweet mustard based...

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Family Night Focaccia Pizza

Practically everyone loves pizza. In our home it's a once a week family event. It's everyone's favorite. In fact, we often have extras around the table. Even our adult friends want to join in. I think it's so popular because we all get to select our own pizza toppings. Pizzas come out of the oven piping hot and dressed up exactly the way each diner wants. This is a great menu item if you have a mixture of vegetarians and meat eaters to feed. We prefer to use homemade focaccia dough for the base of our individual sized pizzas. The...

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The Evolution of BBQ

So ... what is BBQ? As it turns out the answer to this question inspires a fair share of fiery debate. The definition of barbecue changes according to your location on the planet. The truth is, BBQ describes a multitude of cooking styles. It can describe campfire cookery and the sizzling fire pit rotisseries found in many cultures to a more delicate Japanese/Korean yakiniku style of BBQ which focuses on elegant, bite-sized pieces of meat; or in down-under, enjoying a barbie on a luxury bbq grill. And even within our own country, the description of BBQ changes depending on where you...

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