I don't know about you but I sure do love cooking out on Memorial Day. A group of friends and I used to make it an annual event until they moved away, but I still break out some of my favorite Memorial Day Recipes.

  • Jalapeno Poppers


    Ingredients:

    25 jalapenos halved 1 block of cream cheese

    1 cup of finely shredded cheese (I love the colby/jack variety)

    Pound of thick sliced bacon

    1/4 t. Onion powder (add more or less according to your taste)

    1/4 t. Garlic Powder (add more or less according to your taste)

    toothpicks

    Directions:

    First half the jalepenos and seed them. I wear gloves when I do this because this stuff gets hot on your hands. (To kill the heat of the jalapenos I usually throw them in a pot of boiling water for about 2 minutes then straight into a ice bath. Then pat dry)

    Cut the strips of raw bacon in half.

    Mix the cream cheese, shredded cheese and garlic and onion powder together.

    Take a teaspoon and fill each jalapeno half with the cream cheese mixture.

    Wrap a piece of a bacon half around each stuffed jalapeno and secure with a toothpick

    Throw the jalapenos on a hot grill and cook until the bacon is crisp.

    Be careful because the cream cheese mixture gets drippy as it heats up.

    Enjoy.

    As a change of pace try a flavored cream cheese such as pineapple, however if you do that go with a milder shredded cheese.

    Photo Courtesy of Lori Crofford
  • Ranch Burgers


    This one is real easy.

    1 package of ranch dressing mix

    1 lb of hamburger meat

    1 cup of your favorite shredded cheese

    Put your hamburger in a bowl and mix in the ranch dressing mix and shredded cheese.

    Form into patties and throw on the grill until cooked to your perfection.

    Throw it on your favorite buns and top it with your favorite condiments and fixins.

    flickr/kalleboo
  • Grilled Corn


    4 or 5 ears of corn in husks

    Butter

    Your Favorite seasoning

    Big Bowl of Cold Water


    Heat the grill and get it ready for BBQing

    Soak the corn in the husks for about 15 minutes, remove and shake dry.

    Peel back the husks and remove the silk.

    Cover the corn and butter and sprinkle on your favorite seasonings. Or just mix your favorite seasonings in the butter then slather it on the corn.

    Replace the husks and put your corn on the grill on direct high heat. Turn occasionally making sure the husks get charred on each side. This should take 15-20 minutes

    Removed from grill and allow to set for about 5 minutes.

    Shuck your corn, cover in more butter and enjoy.

    Flickr/ChrisDag
  • Grilled Potato Wedges


    3 large potatoes (I use Russets)

    Your favorite seasonings I use Pinto Bean Seasoning because it has a little bit of everything. Old Bay works well Seasoned Salt is good also

    Olive Oil


    Cut the potatoes into wedges about 1 inch thick.

    Toss them with the olive oil. Add your seasoning, toss to coat

    Throw them in a grill pan and throw onto the grill stirring occasionally so they cook evenly.

    Or place them individually on the grill grates.

    flickr/Dinner Series
  • Homemade Ice Cream


    This is my favorite homemade ice cream

    Big Red Homemade Ice Cream

    1 can  sweetened condensed milk

    1 can evaporated milk

    2 pts. frozen strawberries in sugar or add sugar

    3 large bananas cut into pieces

    2 liter bottle of Big Red

    Mix first 3 ingredients and place in freezer.

    Fill to capacity with Big Red.

    Let set after freezing about 1 hour.

    flickr/jeffreyw