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Memorial Day 
 
May 27, 2012 2:48 pm 
Updated: May 28, 2012 7:02 am
Memorial Day holds many meanings; honoring and remembering those who've passed on, barbecuing, swimming, "Summer," etc. It's the official turning point for many to say "It's summer now!"

For me, since I have no family graves nearby to go visit I often just burn some incense and remember them that way. After that, I grill out.

Grilling and parties go hand-in-hand. I love to hold large get-together's with open invitations. If someone shows up with several guests, I don't mind. I do have a Bring Your Own Blanket (chair, seating, anything to sit down on and eat) policy because I don't have much in the way of outdoor seating aside from what my complex provides, but most people can easily comply to that.

The great thing about these parties is the people who come. A large majority of those who show up to one of my Grill and Swim parties bring a dish of some kind. It might be a dessert, salad, something to toss on the grill, or drinks; but it helps keep enough food supplied for everyone to eat. That is why I love holding them so often because it costs the same whether four people show up, or fourteen, or twenty-four, etc. I usually grill hamburger (and Boca) patties and hot-dogs, have basic condiments set out, buns, a bag of chips, and drinks. Everything else that gets eaten there is brought by someone else!

I'm having a Grill and Swim party tomorrow, and then depending on how the weather goes and how many people want to come, I'll have one each weekend. If no one can come one weekend, I'll cancel, but I don't believe that will happen often.

Happy Memorial Day everyone, if you have to drive far, go in safety.

M. Hendrix
 
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May 28, 2012 7:02 am
Mhend, welcome to the blogs. You would fit in on Maui quite well. Your soirees sound like our typical "local" get together. Our gatherings are frequently spontaneous and you never know who will show up or what they might bring to share. Sometimes it might be a song or hula in fact. I swear that the "local" unplanned parties are da best :) BTW I live mostly in Las Vegas now (frequently on Maui too) nd I noticed you live just up the road from me :) You should have attended the Las Vegas AllRecipes blowout last weekend!
 
 
 
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Mhend

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Syracuse, New York, USA
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Logan, Utah, USA

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Cooking Level
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Baking, Frying, Stir Frying, Asian, Italian, Healthy, Vegetarian, Quick & Easy

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About Me
I'm a full time university student who loves the simple things in life. Good food, good company, and good entertainment. I'm easy to please, and easily entertained as well!
My favorite things to cook
My favourite things to cook are Asian dishes. I also like making my own pasta sauces, and even made a tomato-based sauce that was sweet. I just like experimenting in general!
My favorite family cooking traditions
My family cooks, and cooks, and cooks. I grew up learning that food is company's best friend, and so food was always available to offer to guests. For birthdays we make a Chocolate cake that has a secret ingredient that is always a hit. Kielbasa is also a staple 'comfort' food, always served with vinegar.
My cooking triumphs
When my older brother developed an allergy to soy products, I helped adapt many recipes to become soy-free so he could eat them. It was a lot harder than I first thought it would be - especially the more I discovered how many products have some type of soy in them!
My cooking tragedies
My most memorable cooking experience has to be the first time I made apple pie. The instructor said to add 'as much brown sugar as you want.' I took that a bit too literally (horrid sweet tooth, I admit!) and ended up making what is now called "Apple Soup in a Pie Crust."
 
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