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Cookouts are a Memorial Day favorite

May 26, 2011

Compiled by GWEN SISSON
sdnlife@bellsouth.net

Memorial Day is a wonderful opportunity to get together with family and friends.
And with summer just getting started, it is a great time to get out the grill.
According to the Bookmart in downtown Starkville, one of the most popular cookbooks sold locally, also has many exceptional recipes that would be perfect to try at this Memorial Day gathering.
In "Bully's Best Bites: A Collection of Recipes from MSU Alumni and Friends" compiled by the Junior Auxiliary of Starkville, local residents share a variety of favorite recipes. A few we thought would be great for a cookout include:

Spicy Coleslaw
By Ralph Null

4 cups shredded cabbage
1/2 cup shredded onion
1/2 cup sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 teaspoon ground basil
For garnish: a tomato rose

With sharp knife, thinly shred cabbage being careful not to bruise. Likewise, thinly slice the onion. Combine cabbage and onion. Carefully fold in remaining ingredients. Place in serving bowl and sprinkle generously with freshly ground black pepper. Garnish with a tomato rose.

Stuffed Steak A La Weidmann
By T.E. and Gloria McWilliams

Filet Mignon
Roquefort cheese
Bacon slices

Split a nice size Filet Mignon. Lay on grill to sear through. Add Roquefort cheese. Pin together with bacon, and cook on the grill until done.
Pork-a-Bobs
By Harvey and Celia Fisher
Serves 4 to 6.

4 to 6 thick pork chops
1/4 cup soy sauce
1/4 cup lemon juice
1/4 cup salad oil
1/4 up parsley, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 15-ounce can mandarin oranges
1 20-ounce can pineapple chunks
3 bell peppers
mushrooms

Cube pork chops. Combine soy sauce, lemon juice, salad oil, parsley, salt and pepper to make a marinade. Place cubed chops in marinade 2 hours. Partially cook in microwave at medium-level power about 5 minutes, turn and then cook 5 minutes more. Cut up bell peppers. On skewers alternate meat, oranges, pineapple, bell peppers and mushrooms. Grill.

Babe's Baked Beans
By Don and Mary Lou Posey
* Variation By Charlie and Lisa Carr

4 20-ounce cans pork and beans, drained
1 medium bell pepper, finely chopped
1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
1/3 cup Worcestershire sauce
2 cups catsup
1 tablespoon prepared mustard
1 cup packed brown sugar
5 to 6 strips bacon, partially cooked, optional

Mix together all ingredients except bacon. Pour into 9 x 13-inch baking dish. Top with partially cooked bacon, if desired. Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Serves 6 to 8 people.
* VARIATION: Add 1 1/2 pounds browned and drained ground beef.

Homemade Vanilla Ice Cream
By Gayle Stanley Mosby

4 eggs
1 cup sugar
2 tablespoons vanilla
1 pint whipping cream
2 14-ounce cans sweetened condensed milk
homogenized milk

Whip eggs, sugar, vanilla and whipping cream in blender. Stir in condensed milk and pour into ice cream churn. Add homogenized milk to fill line. Freeze.
Cocoa or fruit may be added to recipe with extra sugar for sweetness.

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