shelley and the foodSarah thought it be fitting to have a “southern style” barbecue for her graduation party since she graduated from the University of Alabama (roll tide!). She specifically said “mom, no healthy food here!” Ha, what do you mean, you’d think I was killing my family with my “wellness makeover” and having them eat fruits and veggies all day long, but I know what she was saying, there will be butter, and yes the f-word… “Fat” in the food. And come on that’s life, learning to eat and balance all of your meals… So as I usually do I made a list and she made a list of her favorites and this is how the menu went:

Spinach dip
Hot and Spicy Nuts

Main Course:
Barbecue chicken “Nelly style”/Hot dogs/Mini Hamburgers and Turkey Burgers
Sweet and Spicy Slaw
Old fashion Potato Salad
Five Bean Salad
Fried Green Tomatoes with Basil Mayonnaise
Molasses-Baked Beans
Caribbean Cornbread
Green Salad with Gorgonzola and Green Apples
Tomato, Basil, Mozzarella

2 flavored cupcakes
Fresh Fruit salad
Chocolate Chip Cookies
White Chocolate Chip and Cranberry Oatmeal Raisin Cookies

photo credit: Pottery Barn

Peach Sangria
Raspberry ice tea
*plus the usual beer and sodas lol

And I will tell you I made ALL of the above from scratch! I know I’m a little bit like “Martha” when it comes to events! I go all out and nuts. My husband stays as far away from me in the kitchen as possible.

Yup, I made enough food to feed an army, but I had NO idea how many people were actually coming because it seems that no one rsvp’s to events anymore which I find a bit annoying, so just remember that the next time you are invited to a party, rsvp so the host having the party doesn’t have to “quess-timate” on how much food to prepare. (Ok, I’m hoping off of my soapbox lol). But I’m happy to report we only had enough leftovers for the next 2 meals… You know the thanksgiving feeling of, uhhh do I have to eat this again… But a great time was had by all and everyone loved the food!

Everyone knows I’m a “food network” kind of gal, I love the variety… Just wished they’d come knocking on my door already! LOL

I thought the Peach Sangria would make a good recipe to share with “ya’ll” today, it was so refreshing and everyone loved it! So make lots. I made 5 times the amount and put it in a huge glass canister, which got a little clogged with the fruit; I’ll have to think of another way to serve it next time or maybe take out some of the fruit and put it on the side…

Fresh Peach Sangria via Down Home with the Neelys

2 bottle of Pinot Grigio or Sauvignon Blanc chilled
½ c Brandy
1c pineapple juice
½ c sugar
4 peaches pitted and sliced
2 red plums, pitted and sliced
2 c of green grapes, halved
1 lemon sliced into rounds.

Combine the wine, brandy, pineapple juice, sugar, peaches, plums, grapes, and lemon in a large pitcher and stir until the sugar is dissolved. Add ice cubes to fill and serve immediately or refrigerate up to 1 day in advance and add ice cubes before serving. Delicious!

What are your favorite barbecue recipes? Happy summer grilling!

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