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Easy Summer Recipes

Summer is here, and what better way to celebrate than with a cookout? Here are some suggestions for great meals you can enjoy all summer long—without a lot of hard work.

Burger, King of the Grill

Burgers rule supreme in the summer time, and it’s no wonder why. Turkey, veggie, lamb, sliders, the possibilities go on and on. Whatever kind of mood you’re in, there’s a burger to suit your taste buds. Check out these ten burger ideas—though there’s plenty more where that came from.

Baked Beans with a Twist

What’s a cookout without baked beans? Turn your usual side dish into the main event—or at least a fancier companion—by adding sausage, vegetables like collard greens and other spices to make your meal that much better. Beans work in a variety of recipes, so you can incorporate this easy-to-make ingredient throughout your summer.

Two Meals in One

We’ve all had macaroni and potato salad. But have you ever had BLT pasta salad? It’s more than a sandwich, and much more than those simple macaroni salads with some chopped celery and carrots. If you’re looking for a light meal with a short prep time so you can enjoy the summer weather, give this recipe a try.

Easy Mexican Cuisine

If you can cook a grilled cheese, you can cook a cheese quesadilla! All you need is some tortillas, plenty of cheese of your choosing, maybe some salsa for the side, and a frying pan. Cook your quesadilla just like a grilled cheese, but be a little more cautious of burning your tortilla. Toss a salad or heat up some Spanish rice on the side, and you’ve got yourself a meal better than Taco Bell.

All-In-One BBQ

Kebabs are glorious. Little prep time—especially if you buy them pre-made—and not many additional ingredients needed. Choose your veggies, often peppers and onions, your meat, and a seasoning or BBQ sauce of choice and you’re ready to fire up that grill.

It’s not Delivery, It’s Fresh From the Oven

When you’re feeling lazy, you may be tempted to order some pizza. Save yourself the wait and money, and make fresh calzones at home with refrigerated pizza dough. Combine whatever ingredients you want on the dough, do a quick roll, and presto, dinner’s ready in 20.

Don’t waste half your summer slaving over the stove. Find the food staples, give them a twist, and you have a nice summer meal on your hands. Dinner doesn’t have to be complicated or make you break a sweat—that’s what the summer sun is for. Happy cooking!

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What to Bring for a Perfect Football Tailgate

Tailgating is a great way to bring people together: eating, drinking, playing games, and cheering for the home team. Or if you’re anything like me, it’s about the experience and the fun. There’s something awesome about 30,000 people all having a great time on a sunny Saturday afternoon. It’s entertaining to watch and even more entertaining to be a part of. Whether you go to Alabama, Ohio State, or Florida Atlantic, tailgating is an American Pastime that most will fondly remember well past their rowdy college years. Here is what you should bring to have a perfect football tailgate.

An R.V.

An R.V. can solve many of the problems that go hand in hand with tailgating; like waiting 30 minutes to use a port-o-potty that probably requires a penicillin shot after use. It can also provide a vital safe haven for those suffering from “tailgating fatigue.” An R.V. will also allow you to watch the other football games while you wait for your team to kickoff.

A Grill

You just can’t tailgate without food. Most people stick to cooking the usual burgers and hot dogs, but this doesn’t mean you should settle for that! Slow cook some ribs for 3 to 4 hours (try Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce) and enjoy them after a day of corn hole or flip cup. You’ll thank me later.

A Football

Tossing around a football on game day is a common thing to do, even if your athletically challenged like myself. This is a great way to meet girls (try the “go long” scheme) and a great way to bond with your family or buddies.

Corn Hole Sets

This game is becoming increasingly popular for football fans because it’s fun, competitive, and doesn’t require much movement. It also allows you to play an entire game without setting down your drink.

Face Paint

Tailgating has become a competition lately, with every fan trying to prove their self as the ultimate football fan or ultimate tailgater. You must paint your face to separate yourself from the rest of the pack. Besides, it’s harder to tell that you’ve been drinking all day when your face is painted red.

Your Family

Ok maybe grandma shouldn’t be around watching you party from noon to 8 PM. But when you have the opportunity to bring your family, do it. It will be a fun day that none of you will soon forget. Your parents may even surprise you with how fun they will can be once they get some school spirit in them! Bonus: They will probably help you pay for food and drinks. 🙂

Your Rowdy Friends

You know that guy that gets on your nerves because he uses his outside voice at all times? Bring him along with your tailgate crew. It’s easier to wander into new parties throughout the parking lot when you have a group of obnoxious fans. Don’t let a group of 70-year-old tailgaters party harder than you.