Delish Features Memorial Day Recipes To Drool Over

Delish Features Memorial Day Recipes To Drool Over

Avid readers of “Design Your Lifestyle” know that 2 recipe blogs make us salivate like none other – Delish and Epicurious.

Since our inception, we’ve relied on Delish and Epicurious more than any other sources for food tips, recipes, drink recipes, and seasonal menus that always fit the bill and ‘hit the spot’. And boy, has Delish delivered once again with its Memorial Day Recipes feature page.

BBQ in style with Delish's Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)
BBQ in style with Delish’s Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)

From the Delish team:

We wanted to make a space that was for everyone — people who liked to eat more than they actually liked to cook. We created a place that was as much about delicious, easy recipes as it was about food as a fun lifestyle and cultural phenomenon. We produce nearly 200 recipes a month, but we’re also creating videos about our favorite brands, restaurants, and stores, or celebrities and their eating habits. Plus, we’re all about telling the crazy food stories you won’t find anywhere else.

How could we not love that mission statement? (And if that’s not enough, check out their Pinterest page – we dare you not to get hungry and make a recipe immediately.)

The thing we love most about the Delish Memorial Day Recipes feature is that it’s drawn from the real world. We’re not saying that some people don’t adorn their Memorial Day dinner table or cookout table with “deconstructed crawfish etouffee” or “artisanal curated something-or-other with lemongrass foam”. We’re just saying that most people eat burgers, hot dogs, salads and sides.

BBQ in style with Delish's Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)
BBQ in style with Delish’s Memorial Day Recipes!(Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)

And this is precisely the foundation of the Delish Memorial Day “menu” of recipes. The splashy lead article, 43 Insane-Slash-Brilliant Things To Do With Hot Dogs“, hooked us from the beginning. Simple summer pastas, summer salad recipes, kebabs and homemade condiments follow the charge, and soon you may find yourself like us…

(“Did I really just spend 52 minutes looking at Memorial Day recipes? Yup, I sure did.”)

Vegetarians and vegans, fear not – Delish has you covered for Memorial Day as well, with grilled veggie recipes that are more than satisfying.

So if you’re at a loss for Memorial Day cooking ideas and need some recipes for inspiration, head over to the Delish Memorial Day Recipes site and get searching! (We’ll give you a call in a day or two if you get carried away.)

July 2016: Celebrate National Grilling Month in Style! [PART 2]

July is National Grilling Month: Our Favorite BBQ Recipe

In case you missed Part 1 of this feature July 2016 is National Grilling Month!

As we told you in Part 1, barbecue and style CAN go hand-in-hand if you have the right approach! Last time, we told you about some of our favorite grill cutlery and accessories to step up from amateur to grill master.

BBQ in style - July 2016 is National Grilling Month! (Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)
BBQ in style – July 2016 is National Grilling Month! (Photo: Gyfjonas via Wiki Commons)

Now that you have your one-of-a-kind piece of EDGES custom cutlery and your GrillBot handy, it’s time to get to the best part of National Grilling Month – firing up the charcoal or the gas burners and making the best meal of your summer!

From traditional BBQ favorites to new, intriguing sides and entrees for grilling, there are hundreds of ways to make your BBQ menu unique. But if you want that one perfect entree to make your meal a perfect 10, we’ve got you covered in this installment of our National Grilling Month 2016 special. So get ready to loosen up your belt a notch (or 3), and let’s cover some of our favorite all-time barbecue recipes!

A special thanks and congratulations to the unbelievable team at AmazingRibs for creating our favorite recipe of Summer 2016, and the perfect centerpiece for National Grilling Month. Let’s give you a sneak peek at this awesome recipe – then head over to AmazingRibs to check out the full article!

National Grilling Month 2016: Our Favorite Recipe

BBQ Beef Brisket (from AmazingRibs)

The great thing about recipes from AmazingRibs is that you’re guided, step-by-step, through the often complicated process of creating delicious barbecue. In this case, their Texas Barbecue Brisket recipe has it all covered: recipes for homemade sauce and rub, exactly what to look for when buying brisket, how to prepare and slice the brisket, and exactly how much prep and resting time your brisket will need. Even the most inexperienced BBQ cook will look like a grill master!

This recipe for BBQ beef brisket is one of Peter Salerno's favorites. (Credit AmazingRibs)
This recipe for BBQ beef brisket is one of Peter Salerno’s favorites. (Credit AmazingRibs)

There’s no way we can convey all this brisket recipe material without giving due credit, so we’re posting the most pertinent details to get you started. Once you’re ready, make sure you check out the full recipe, instructions and guide at AmazingRibs to achieve the perfect Texas BBQ beef brisket recipe and results.
Texas BBQ Beef Brisket Recipe Essentials (from

1 grill or smoker with lots of fuel
6 feet of heavy-duty aluminum foil
16 ounces by weight of hard wood chunks, chips, or pellets for smoking
1 digital meat thermometer
1 digital oven thermometer
1 plastic beer cooler bigger than the brisket (not styrofoam, which could melt)
1 towel or blanket
1 long, thin, sharp knife
Cooking log

The Meat
1/2 cup Big Bad Beef Rub (check out AmazingRibs for this recipe!)
1 whole packer brisket about 12 pounds, untrimmed, USDA Choice grade or higher
1/8 cup of beef broth per pound of raw meat for injecting
1/2 cup of beef broth for use in the Texas Crutch

The Sauce
2 cups of Texas Barbecue Mop-Sauce (check out AmazingRibs for this recipe!) for a packer, or 1 cup for a HOF

July 2016: Celebrate National Grilling Month in Style! [PART 1]

BBQ Lovers Rejoice! July is National Grilling Month

Barbecue lovers and grill masters, it’s officially YOUR time to shine! July 2016 is National Grilling Month in the United States. That means it’s your chance to break out the brisket, sharpen your best knives and heat up those hot dogs – and it’s time to grill in style!

July 2016 is National Grilling Month! (Credit: Elena Chochkova, Wiki Commons)
July 2016 is National Grilling Month! (Credit: Elena Chochkova, Wiki Commons)

Yes, we know many of you don’t associate “barbecue” with “style”. From the grease to the heat, tacky aprons to messy stains, getting back to your backyard grill is often a down-and-dirty experience. But it doesn’t have to be that way!

Great barbecue chefs and grill masters know that, if approached with the proper tools and mindset, an average summer cookout can become an extraordinary culinary occasion!

From the perfect grill approach to the perfect knives, bold new recipes to flavorful complimentary grill dishes, we have you covered for the summer as National Grilling Month (July 2016) draws near!

Make sure you keep checking back to our blog so you can Design Your Lifestyle with the grill in mind. Let’s start this National Grilling Month series off in style, with your perfect accessories for the perfect backyard BBQ.

National Grilling Month: Best BBQ Knives & Accessories

EDGES Custom Cutlery

If you’ve been to our blog before, you know how in love we are with EDGES custom cutlery. Handcrafted by artisans and steel barons here in the USA, every EDGES knife is handcrafted to your unique specifications – ensuring every single piece of EDGES cutlery is one-of-a-kind, never to be duplicated!

EDGES BBQ knife, custom built for every order. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)
EDGES BBQ knife, custom built for every order. (Credit Peter Salerno Inc.)

Just in time for National Grilling Month, EDGES introduces their custom BBQ knife, which by our standards is the very best on the market. The EDGES BBQ knife (pictured above) comes equipped and ready for grilling action, with 6″ AEB-L blade and your choice of handle.

EDGES custom cutlery also delivers one of the finest paring knives on the market, perfect for meal preparation for the best barbecue of the summer. To order your own custom EDGES BBQ knife, paring knife or other fine custom cutlery, contact Peter Salerno Inc. at (201) 251-6608.

Grillbot: Automatic Grill-Cleaning Robot

If you’re a tech junkie who wants a state-of-the-art way to clean your grill, then the Grillbot is perfect for you. An automatic grill-cleaning robot, the Grillbot saves you valuable time and energy – not to mention does a better job than virtually any human could!

The Grillbot automatic grill-cleaning robot is one of our favorite BBQ gadgets!
The Grillbot automatic grill-cleaning robot is one of our favorite BBQ gadgets!

Simply turn on your Grillbot and let it go to work, and spend more time with family and loved ones enjoying the barbecue meal you worked so hard to create.

The Grillbot offers push button start for easy use, and a built-in CPU chip regulates its speed and direction. It also alerts you when the job is done, and comes with an on-board timer. Talk about easy cleaning!

Keep visiting our blog in the coming weeks as we continue to celebrate National Grilling Month (July 2016) in grand style!

Ultimate Tailgate Recipe: Melissa D’Arabian’s Game Day Chili

Ultimate Tailgate Recipe: Melissa D’Arabian’s Game Day Chili

Our Favorite 2015 Tailgate Recipe is This Awesome Chili!

Every September, football season gives us two reasons to get excited – some great action, and some even better tailgate parties and food! But with grills and smokers getting more sophisticated, tailgate parties (and their hosts) are always trying to step their game up to have the best tailgate party at the football game.

Every year, Peter Salerno and his son, Anthony, go on the hunt for the very best tailgate recipes around. For 2015, their new favorite is a 5-star classic from renowned Food Network chef Melissa D’Arabian, host of 10 Dollar Dinners. (public domain image)

An easy recipe that takes just under an hour of prep time and the perfect blend of savory, smoky and spicy notes, this “Game Day Chili” recipe is a knockout for your tailgate party this season.

Peter Salerno and his team thank Food Network and Melissa D’Arabian for publishing this awesome chili recipe – we’ve never met, but we love your chili!

Ultimate Tailgate Recipe: Game Day Chili (click here for original recipe):


2 slices bacon, chopped
1 onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound ground beef
1 (12-ounce) bottle beer
3 cups black beans
2 (14-ounce) cans tomato sauce
1 (14-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
2 1/2 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon cocoa powder
Kosher salt
Sour cream, for garnish
Grated Cheddar, for garnish
Chopped scallions, for garnish


In a large saucepan or small Dutch oven, cook the bacon over medium heat until the fat renders and the bacon is cooked, about 5 minutes. Add the onion and cook until the onion softens, about 5 more minutes. Add the garlic and cook for another minute. Add the beef and cook until no longer pink. Raise the heat to medium-high, deglaze with the beer, and allow to bubble and boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the beans, tomato sauce, crushed tomatoes, chili powder, red pepper flakes, cocoa, and salt. Stir to combine well. Simmer for 30 minutes, or more, and serve with sour cream, shredded cheese, and chopped scallion, if desired.

Recipe courtesy of Melissa d’Arabian & Food Network

Best Memorial Day 2015 Recipe: Epicurious Beef and Andouille Burgers with Asiago Cheese

Best Memorial Day 2015 Recipe: Epicurious Beef and Andouille Burgers with Asiago Cheese

The Best 2015 Memorial Day Burger Recipe. Period.

Since Peter Salerno and the team at Peter Salerno Inc. are all about the extraordinary and providing the very best in award-winning kitchen design, we’re always on the look out for the best recipes for every occasion. So with Memorial Day 2015 right around the corner, we had to find our choice for the best new, unique burger recipe online.

Memorial Day burger recipe. Beef and andouille sausage burger with asiago cheese recipe. Photo by Mark Thomas, courtesy of Epicurious.
Beef and andouille sausage burger with asiago cheese recipe. Photo by Mark Thomas, courtesy of Epicurious.

Leave it to Epicurious to once again provide us with the most delicious burger recipe for Memorial Day 2015. Nothing says Memorial Day weekend like a barbecue cookout or BBQ grill experience with family and friends, enjoying the beautiful weather with a cool drink and a burger. But which unique, delicious burger recipe fits the bill?

We found this outstanding recipe on Epicurious for a Beef and Andouille Burger with Asiago Cheese. Sometimes, a meal is so good you’re not left with many words to describe it. These smoky, mildly spicy burgers left us with very few words – most of them were simply “Wow!”.

The mix of smoky grilled onions and spicy Andouille sausage (built right into the burger patty) was outstanding, and the added tastes of roasted red peppers and shallots takes these beefy burgers over the top. It’s no wonder this recipe has a 98% approval rating on Epicurious and a perfect 4 out of 4 review.

But believe us – you need to try these beef and andouille burgers for yourself to truly understand their unique, delicious appeal. This recipe yields 6 servings, enough for you and your family and friends to enjoy. (Next time, we’re doubling the recipe!)

Thanks to Epicurious for the recipe and Mark Thomas for the original photo.

Favorite Memorial Day 2015 Recipe: Beef & Andouille Sausage Burger with Asiago Cheese

yields 6 servings


  • 4 oil-packed sun-dried tomatoes, drained
  • 1/2 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain Dijon mustard
  • 8 ounces andouille sausages,* cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2 1/2 pounds ground beef (15% fat)
  • 2 large shallots, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 6 large sesame-seed hamburger buns
  • 6 1/3-inch-thick slices red onion
  • Olive oil
  • 1 cup coarsely grated Asiago cheese**
  • 1 7- to 7 1/2-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained


Finely chop sun-dried tomatoes in processor. Blend in mayonnaise and mustard. Transfer to small bowl. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cover; chill.)

Finely chop andouille sausages in processor. Transfer to large bowl. Add beef, shallots, salt, pepper, and crushed fennel seeds. Stir with fork just until blended. Form mixture into six 1-inch-thick patties.

Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Grill hamburger buns until golden, about 2 minutes. Transfer to platter. Brush onion slices with oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Grill until golden, about 7 minutes per side. Grill hamburgers to desired doneness, about 5 minutes per side for medium-rare. Sprinkle cheese over top of burgers.

Spread cut sides of hamburger buns with sun-dried-tomato mayonnaise. Top bottom halves of buns with hamburgers, then red peppers. Top with onion slices. Cover with top halves of buns and serve.

*Smoked pork-and-beef sausages, sold at specialty foods stores and supermarkets. Kielbasa can be substituted.