Hi lovies! I am so excited this time of year. I practically jump out of my seat, after work, to get outside for that gorgeous LA sunshine. I can smell summer is coming, and I know that my Memorial Day party is going to be a lot of work, but so much fun! Memorial Day is coming up. It was originally called Remembrance Day. First established to honor, and remember, the soldiers who had lost their lives in the Civil War. It’s a special day for my family.
First off, this party happens every year, and it’s all about the food. I will talk about just a couple of items on my menu, because there are so many things I make! The first thing I put together is these yummy grilled sriracha wings. I do these the night before and refrigerate them overnight. I always have those pre-party jitters, so I actually enjoy doing some prep work the night before! I love chicken wings, and so do so many of my friends! This takes about thirty minutes.
Grilled Sriracha Wings
3 pounds chicken wings, drummettes
½ cup sriracha hot sauce
3 tablespoons garlic, minced
1 tablespoon oyster sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon onion powder
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 tablespoon black pepper
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
I rinse the chicken really well and pat dry with paper towels. In a large mixing bowl, I add all the above ingredients and mix well. I plop the chicken right into the bowl and cover them with the mixture. I cover the bowl and put it right in my fridge, where it stays all night.
When I’m ready for them the day of the party, I remove the chicken and let it sit until it’s at room temperature. Along with some other delicious meats, I will later grill the chicken for about 12 minutes per side, until juices run clear. Super easy and completely mouth-watering! I found this other amazing recipe via The Owl with the Goblet blog. These pictures are from that blog because I haven't made it yet! It’s my favorite and has been for eons!
Four Cheese Bacon Jalapeno Mac & Cheese
1 pound of bacon
1 1/2 pounds macaroni
1 pound pepper jack cheese
1 pound extra sharp cheddar cheese
1/2 pound gouda cheese
5-7 ounces fontina cheese
1 jalapeno, minced
1 cup sweet onion, diced
1/4 cup bacon grease
5 tablespoons butter
1/2 cup flour
5 cups whole milk
12 ounces evaporated milk
1 teaspoon hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1 sleeve of Ritz crackers, crushed
3 tablespoons butter
I do this a few hours before people might arrive, because it can really easily be popped back into the oven and warmed up again. I preheat my oven, first, to 375 degrees and grease my skillet. I use a 12” skillet that my mother passed down to me.
I put a pan onto the stove, over a medium flame, and then I chop up some bacon into tiny little niblets. I sprinkle the bacon into my skillet and cook until it’s brown and crispy. I drain the grease onto a towel lined plate.
I then grate all of my cheeses into another small mixing bowl. In the pot I use for the pasta, later on, I add that bacon grease, the butter, and melt it all together.
I add the onion and jalapeno, and cook that for about 5 minutes or until they are soft.
I add the flour, and cook for another couple of minutes while I whisk in the milk and evaporated milk. I continue to cook until the sauce thickens and then I add the hot sauce, Worcestershire, salt and pepper. I turn it on a low heat and add about half of that grated cheese. I whisk this around until the sauce becomes smooth and creamy.
I add the bacon and then remove it from the heat. I pour this sauce over my cooked pasta, and then add the rest of the shredded cheese except for about a ¼ cup that I use for sprinkling on top. I pour this into that skillet I had greased at the beginning.
To the remaining 1/4 cup of cheese, add crushed crackers, butter and stir to coat. Top the macaroni and cheese with the cracker topping. I place the pan in my oven and bake for 25-30 minutes until brown and bubbly. I let it cool for at least 15 minutes. You will fall in love with this recipe.
I get a ton of inspiration from Stone Gable. I absolutely love this entry about the way Yvonne decorated for her family get together. I will use much of this as my inspiration for decorating my own backyard for the party. Here is her set-up...
I also found these gorgeous lanterns on Pinterest. You can buy them here!
Memorial Day is also about SHOPPING! Make sure you stop by the SWAK Site this weekend. The entire site will be 40% off! If you sign up to become a SWAK VIP, you can get an additional 10% off bringing your total savings to 50%! Now that's a deal!
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