It’s the weekend! Time to relax and spend time with friends and family, and this weekend is shaping up to be a fun one.

I am blessed with an incredible group of friends and family who are awesome in more ways than I can count, but are also obsessively, outrageously, and unapologetically passionate about food. With the summer almost upon us, that means it’s BBQ season! Which means the oven mitts come off to find out who’s the best cook of us all!

So far we’ve had Spam challenges, dairy challenges, potluck challenges, and bring-the-best-sausage-you-can-find challenges. Every time, the stakes are high, the festivities devolve into heated debates about the legitimate use of lobster as an “ingredient,” and everyone wins….cuz we all get to eat.

Check out scenes from our 1st Annual Fry Fest. It was a gas!

I love BBQs in the backyard. It’s a tradition that’s carried over from when we used to have the restaurant, and it’s become an important way for us to connect with our loved ones (and end up with awesome leftovers…mwah ha!).

Our family comes, our friends come, sometimes the family of friends come — they’re all family — the cats skulk around waiting for things to slip from the BBQ tongs, and the kids run around and play underneath the big pecan tree. BBQs make me so happy. 🙂

This weekend we have a new challenge: The Iron Chef – Yo Mama! Whoo hoo! Entries must be from handwritten 50+ year old recipes in celebration of Ninja Jim and Katyusha’s birthdays! Kat will be 2, and Ninja Jim will be…well, old. 😉 (Just kidding, Jim!)

Anyway, make sure to come back tomorrow night to see pictures of the best of the best of Iron Chef – the Yo Mama Challenge!

So what do you guys have cooking this weekend? Anything yummy?

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