Hi everyone! I have not done a cooking or entertaining blog in some time, so I am excited for this one! Memorial Day and summer is a stone’s throw away and we host a lot of BBQs this time of year. In addition to the summer, I am beyond excited to be getting ready to do a complete renovation of our kitchen. I love watching the food network and all the chefs, and have always dreamed of my very own “Food Network” kitchen! I am going to throw a “farewell” old kitchen party, and I want to make it a summer BBQ theme. However, as we say goodbye to the old kitchen, I want to go all out. So I thought today it would be fun to give you one of my favorite corn recipes (a step up from your typical grilled corn recipe) and also some cute ways to spice up your BBQs this summer. Let’s get started:
- 2 tablespoons Olive Oil
- 4 pieces of bacon crumbled
- 1 small onion chopped
- 1 red pepper chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1 (16 ounce) bag sweet corn
- 1/2 cup of cream cheese (room temperature)
- 1 cup grated parmesan cheese
- 1/4 cup fresh basil
- Heat oil in large skillet over medium high heat
- Add the bacon, cook and set aside
- To the same skillet add the chopped onion, pepper, red pepper flakes, and saute until soft (about 5 minutes)
- Stir in the corn
- Add salt and pepper to taste
- Stir in the cream cheese and parmesan cheese and bacon
- Take off the heat and sprinkle with fresh basil
I love this recipe as it takes your simple corn on the cob recipe to the next level!
Here are my top tips on creating a fun, laid back, and turned up BBQ:
- Play music. Music always creates a laid back atmosphere. Make sure the music is not too loud where guests cannot hear each other speaking. A nice subtle background music always warms up the party. I love listening to the Margarita station on Pandora. It goes with the Florida summer BBQ theme.
- Hand out cute gifts when your guests walk in. I love these adorable summer themed cups you can find at Party City. Getting a small gift always breaks the ice and makes the atmosphere warm and inviting.
- Serve a fun drink in an oversized mason jar beverage dispenser. I love a great sangria recipe!
- Spice up your recipes. Try and take your traditional BBQ foods and turn it up a notch (like the fun corn recipe I made today). Make a few different style stuffed burgers that guests can chose from, or some fun summer salads. I love this blog on summer salads I did awhile back.
- If you have a pool, open it up and let the kiddos swim and play. Buy some cute rafts and summer themed toys like bubbles and slip and slide. This is a great way to be able to have some drinks with the adults while the kids are preoccupied. We made a whole bunch of water balloons for the kids and let them go to town!
I hope you enjoyed this blog and got some new and innovative ideas for your next BBQ. Stay tuned for our upcoming kitchen renovation blogs where we will be discussing design, function, and what it’s like to do a huge renovation while living in your home with kiddos (I am a bit nervous)! Happy summer and happy hosting everyone!