Memorial Day Menu

Happy Memorial Day to you! I hope you have had a relaxing day remembering those who have given their lives for our freedom. Freedom is indeed what we have experienced today.
Our Memorial Day menu was superb! Jonathan has become quite the expert on smoking whole chickens. He takes a whole fryer, coats it in Bad Byron’s Butt Rub (I get the Butt Rub at Piggly Wiggly), and uses his handy dandy little chicken smoking stands. He uses an electric smoker, and he leaves them on for about five hours. They are quite divine. (They look a little charred in the picture, but were in fact a perfect golden brown.)
He has also perfected a potato recipe that we LOVE. He boils red potatoes with the skin on for about 45 minutes. Then he smashes them with a stick of butter, sour cream, a few tablespoons of mayonnaise, salt and pepper. He doesn’t get them smooth, but rather leaves them the slightest bit chunky. Again, DIVINE!
When we were at the beach last week, my mom and dad gave us the biggest zucchini you have ever seen. We sliced them and grilled them with a little olive oil and seasoning. I didn’t have any of the nice large zucchini today, so I cut the small ones I had into spears, covered them with olive oil and Old Bay seasoning and Jane’s Krazy salt, and grilled them. They were excellent.
On our way home from the beach Friday, I stopped at Durbin Farms in Clanton and bought several ears of corn to grill. I didn’t read up on grilling corn until after I had shucked it. Apparently, you are supposed to leave the husk on. However, I did find several recipes in which you wrap the corn in heavy duty aluminum foil with a little butter and about a tablespoon of water. Grilling gave it a delicious flavor, and even gave it a bit of a different texture than boiling it. I will definitely be grilling corn again. I think it’s my new favorite way to make it!
Hope you have had a nice, long break this weekend!


  1. Can I borrow Jonathan? LOL! Everything looks deeelish!

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