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Homemade Coleslaw, Potato Salad, Macaroni Salad & Skillet Baked Beans

Everyone's Favorite Sides for a Great BBQ
May 25, 2016

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It isn’t a true barbecue without all of the traditional sides, everyone knows that.  And this year I kicked it up a notch with my take on homemade coleslaw, potato salad, macaroni salad and last but not least, skillet baked beans. And you know the funny thing about all of these side salads (besides the beans of course)?  They all use the same main ingredients: Veganiese/mayo, mustard and sugar.  Easy breezy.

We kicked off our barbecue week on Monday with the best ever grilled veggie burgers and peppercorn crusted beef burgers (which are to-die-for, if I do say so myself…well okay, I’m taking the Mr.’s word for it on the beef burgers). And yesterday, we shared a few of our top must-haves for anyone hosting the barbecue this Memorial Day weekend.  But today may be my favorite of all simply because I could live off of sides alone, and a barbecue always has THE BEST sides. 

The thing about all of these side salads is it’s really all about how you like it, and you can adjust the recipes accordingly to make them creamier/spicier/soupier/etc. truly making each one your own. For example I like my coleslaw like KFC‘s…(#noshame) nice and dressing loaded and my potato salad more on the mustardy side. 

And lastly, the only side that doesn’t include copious amounts of mayo…my skillet baked beans.  They’re just as divine as they sound.  There’s something about the sweet BBQ flavor alongside the tangy side salads that’s just second to none.  This year, I chose the the cast-iron skillet over the Big Green Egg rather than the oven, and being a vegetarian, I actually smoked the bacon and put it on the side for guests to add if they prefer.  I also changed up my recipe a bit this year by adding green peppers and onions, which I hadn’t done before.  But after reading and taste testing a few different recipes, I decided it was a great addition to an already winning recipe. 

Stay tuned as we round out our barbecue week here on the blog, just in time for all of your Memorial Day party dreams!  Truly, MKR

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Best Ever Grilled Veggie Burger & Peppercorn Crusted Beef Burger

My spin on the All-American classic, just in time for Memorial Day Weekend
May 23, 2016

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If you follow me on Snapchat (username WAITINGONMARTHA) it will come as no surprise to you that I’m a firm believer that everything tastes better cooked, grilled or smoked (preferably on the Big Green Egg) over an open flame. EVERYTHING.  And while I’m a pescatarian, I don’t let you meat eaters have all of the fun when it comes to barbecues.  Over the years, I’ve perfected my go-to recipe for the best ever grilled veggie burger…and let’s just say that it could tempt even the biggest carnivores at your Memorial Day party. 

The problem with veggie burgers, if you’ve ever had them, is they tend to fall into two categories: bland tasting and stiff as cardboard, or an un-grillable mushy-like consistency that is neither appetizing or easy to grill.  So, I’ve made it my mission to perfect a grillable, tasty, veggie burger that will give any beef burger a run for it’s money.  And after numerous trial and errors, I believe I have finally figured it out.  With a combination of black beans, cauliflower rice, grilled onions, panko breadcrumbs and a plethora of sauces and spices, this may just be the best veggie burger recipe out there, if I do say myself.  Of course I couldn’t forget all of you carnivores, so along with my veggie burger, I’ve included my ultimate peppercorn crusted beef burger recipe below.  Both recipes masterfully satisfy that burger craving (because those exist, especially on a long weekend), and I’m telling you that it’s quite hard to believe they’re homemade.

All week, and just in time for the long weekend, join us as we usher in the start of grilling season and celebrate the art of the barbecue.  It doesn’t stop after today’s drool-worthy burgers, we’ll be keeping it going with what I like to consider the Top 10 Memorial Day Party Essentials, all of the beloved sides every barbecue needs (think homemade coleslaw, macaroni salad & more), a great Memorial Day party outfit and last but not least, root beer floats (which you can most definitely make boozy!).  Tell me friends, what are you most looking forward to grilling this season?  Truly, MKR

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A Lesson in Biscuits With Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit

How The Waiting on Martha Team Spent The Best Day
May 20, 2016

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You know those days that are just the. best. days? The ones when you stop to slow down and ones you know you’ll always cherish?  That was our recent afternoon spent with Carrie Morey, founder of Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit here in Atlanta and Callie’s Charleston Biscuits.  The team was lucky enough to get an insider’s peek into the magic that is Carrie’s homemade, hot little biscuits (and believe me, they were soooo good).  We were welcomed into the Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit kitchen to learn the secrets behind the tender, buttery, made-by-hand biscuits by Carrie’s mother, Callie, that have received press from Saveur, Food & Wine, Southern Living, The New York Times and Oprah (just to name a few). 

The team arrived ready to learn (and get their hands dirty), donned in our gorgeous new Waiting on Martha team aprons by Oatmeal Lace. We learned that baking the best homemade biscuits is really all about a few good, simple ingredients (apparently you shouldn’t even dream of making biscuits with any type of flour but White Lily), and of course patience for the steps that can only be taught by a loving hand. 

As we waited for our buttermilk and shortcake biscuits to bake, we chatted with Carrie and could see how biscuits, truly an iconic Southern staple, can be done SO many different ways. We happily taste-tested several unique (and irresistible) combinations from Callie’s Hot Little Biscuit menu, from warm grits in a sharp cheddar biscuit bowl to sweet shortcake biscuits with warm cinnamon butter and a homemade chocolate pecan poptart. We kept joking that she’d have to roll us out of there! Everything we tasted was just so good. 

A big thank you to Carrie and team for welcoming us into their kitchen for a little biscuit bootcamp and quality team bonding.  I know we’ll be talking about this bake sesh for years to come!  Truly, MKR

P.S. If you’re craving biscuits now, but can’t make it to Atlanta or Charleston anytime soon, don’t fret; Callie’s Hot Little Biscuits can be found at all of these retailers across the country AND they ship nationwide! xo

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