Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Now, let's get to the best part of the Buckaroo Birthday Bash series...the grub!  A cookout would help serve the big group of people attending, but I wanted to try some new recipes.  Where do I look?  Pinterest, of course.  Below you will find the recipes we tried along with some comments on how they turned out.  If you'd like to give them a try, just click on the name and it will take you to the original website with the recipe.

Grilled Corn Disks
Recipe Notes: Cut ears of corn into 1" disks, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning before grilling 2 minutes on each side.
Thoughts: These were a huge hit.  It made eating corn on the cob so much easier and less messy.

Jalapeno Popper Bites
Recipe Notes: The only difficult part about this is cooking the bacon and that's a cinch.  These use crescent dough, cream cheese, bacon and diced jalapeno peppers.  You pinch them up and bake them at 350* for 10-15 minutes.
Thoughts: I've made them for a few get togethers and they're always gone in a flash.

Broccoli, Grape and Pasta Salad
Recipe Notes:  Super easy to make, but too many steps to list here. Again, cooking the bacon and boiling the noodles are the most complicated parts.  My kind of recipe!  Click on the link for the complete recipe.
Thoughts: This is my new favorite pasta salad.  A few people asked for the recipe so I guess it was a hit too.  It makes a ton so there is no need to double it unless you're feeding 3 football teams.

S'more Pops
Recipe Notes:  Place large marshmallows on candy type skewers/sticks, dip them in melted chocolate and again in graham cracker crumbs.  That's all she wrote.
Thoughts: These were so yummy we doubled the batch so everyone could have more than one.  They were super easy, especially since we used a box of graham cracker crumbs and didn't even have to smash up graham crackers.  Delicious!  The first picture is the inspiration picture from someone's party blog.  The other pictures are of our actual S'more Pops from the party.  We put dried beans in a trifle bowl and stuck the pops in the beans.

Quick Summer Fruit Salad
Thoughts:  This was an easy fruit salad to make, but I wasn't all that fond of it.  It may be that we used a sugar free pudding mix, but I don't know.  I don't think I'd make it again and would personally file it away under misadventures.
Last but not least, we have the cake.  This was not homemade.  We were choosing our battles, remember?  Bethany ordered the cake and smash cake from Merritt's Bakery in Tulsa, OK.  We took in a couple of different inspiration pictures and told them to do whatever they wanted.  Not only was it delicious, it looked great too.

Inspiration picture
Grant's birthday cake.
Grant's cake, smash cake and a collage of pictures from his first year.
 If you try out any of these recipes, let me know how they work out for you.

Buckaroo Series:
Part 1, Homemade Decorations
Part 2, Store Bought Decorations
Part 3, Party Favors

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  1. Needed in order to add 5 more stars! You know it's nice when everything is made in house. Even down to sauces, the beef brisket, pickles and pickled jalapeños! You can literally walk-in, closes your eyes, and point at the wall menu and end up with something incredible to eat at http://www.fastfoodnearme.org

  2. I have to admit that I am also a big fan of fastfood since I was a kid because they smell so good and taste so much better. Silvina's Nature


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