Summer Recipe Roundup

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Memorial Day weekend begins tomorrow, so to kick off the start of Summer, I rounded up some of my favorite recipes that are a perfect addition to any pool party or backyard barbecue.

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{Summer Berry Salad}

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{Watermelon Mint Tequila Popsicles}

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{S’more Pie}

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{Firework Cupcakes}

Atlanta Eats: Jim N’ Nick’s BBQ

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One of the many perks about living in the South is that there is no shortage of barbecue. Last weekend, my boyfriend and I were craving some, so we headed over to Jim N’ Nick’s Bar-B-Q in Vinings for a dinner date. When we arrived, we were greeted with a warm basket of cheese and corn biscuits. They were absolutely delicious. We may or may not have had two baskets. I am still regretting not buying the mix to make them at home. After my biscuit indulgence, I enjoyed a plate of baby back ricks, baked beans and homestyle mac n’ cheese. The ribs are smoked, basked in Jim N’ Nick’s signature barbecue sauce and served ready to be peeled off the bone. It’s no secret that I love good barbecue. After my trip to Pigfest, I’ve been on the hunt for great barbecue in Atlanta. I highly recommend Jim N’ Nick’s. The atmosphere is casual, the service was excellent and our meal was incredible. I’m ready to go back for seconds.

{Famous cheese and corn biscuits}

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{Fork tender baby back ribs topped with pickles, baked beans and mac n’ cheese}

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{Signature sweet and spicy sauces}

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Pigfest

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This past Saturday, Matt and I ventured out to the North Florida Fairgrounds for Pigfest 2013. Aside from the cold and windy weather, we managed to enjoy some awesome barbecue, beer and live music. After sampling barbecue from all over the state of Florida, we decided that E.T.’s BBQ was our favorite. The ribs were so tender and moist, the meat fell right off the bone. You could pick your choice of mild garlic barbecue sauce or spicy garlic barbecue sauce. I chose the mild and it was to die for! For dessert, we stopped by the Turnover Cafe Truck for some Picarones-a fried turnover filled with butternut squash and sweet potato. If you have never had one, I highly recommend it! Before leaving Pigfest, we munched on some fried gator (like true Seminoles) and purchased a few goodies for our kitchen including a gun powder chicken/rib rub that I can’t wait to experiment with!

{One of the most creative looking BBQ Trucks}

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{It’s not BBQ without some butt fries!}

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{E.T.’S BBQ Platter: Ribs, Chicken & Pork served with Mac n’ Cheese, Baked Beans & Garlic BBQ Sauce}

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{Getting my hands dirty}

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{Fried gator on a stick}

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{Picarones from the Turnover Cafe Truck}

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