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The Dads’ EPIC Party!

Hey guys! Melissa here, again!

So, The Dads finally threw their epic outdoor BBQ party! Sure it was thrown on Memorial Day weekend, but really their party was also a launch of their extensive home additions!

Needless to say, it was amazing! Their phones and emails were flooded the following days with praise of how great of a job they did and how much fun everyone had!

The Dads BBQ Party

First of all they added a new outdoor kitchen… Look at the Weber Summit grill with a Viking cooktop!

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They added lots of new outdoor furniture… I love the green!

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They added columns, fans and a new railing to the back porch…

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And a new outdoor bar… Look at that stock!

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(The tags on the chairs were cut of course, post photo.)

They had a special cocktail menu… My favorite was the Coconut Tree Martini! The Dads toasted the shredded coconut right before the party began, and it made it impossible to not want more! It was actually a cocktail designed by my step-sister, Casey (from my mother’s side). She made it for my 21st birthday and The Dads thought it would be a nice personal touch. They also hired their favorite bartender, Megan from City Cafe in Baltimore and her fiancé Tommy, who were super sweet!

Cocktail Menu The Dads

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The Dads Cocktail Bar

They hired their contractor’s brother for the catering called N&M in Pennsylvania. The Dads hired the caters to cook for 70% of the party and The Dads took care of the remainder 30%. They had expected up to 80 guests, so this was not an easy feat!

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The Dads' Grill

The food needless to say was divinity. Everyone seemed to really enjoy the passed ahi tuna from the caters, but the highlight for me was their crab fondue! I’m making you salivate, right?

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Their friend George was kind enough to bring in a huge amount of seasoned shrimp! I couldn’t stop eating them with my cousin, Stephanie!

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The indoor table landscape was designed by their dear friend Leslie…

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Of course, Dave’s sister Carol was a huge help!

Did I mention they had 300 pounds of ice?!!!

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Well there’s a taste of what a party at The Dads is like!

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Want tips on how to throw your next upcoming shindig? Leave your questions in our comments! Or email harrisanddave@gmail.com!

Ready to Party! (We hope…!)

Hey everyone!

Dave’s daughter, Melissa, here! I know… It seems like it has been forever since The Dads have posted something on the blog! For that, we apologize for appearing to have abandoned the ship and leave you all hanging!

Well, what can we say? The Dads haven’t been able to blog so much because they have been busy partying! Actually, more like, getting the party ready. You see, The Dads have been planning to have an EPIC BBQ party at their house this Sunday for Memorial Day weekend in celebration of their latest home edition… An outdoor kitchen!

Oh man, can you picture it now? The beautiful cooking videos that will be coming your way?! The background sounds of their waterfall, the birds, the frogs, Jacques running around like a wild animal chasing after chipmunks? The koi fish pond, the vegetable garden and sunshine glaring so brightly that The Dads will be sporting their latest sunglass fashion?

I know I personally can’t wait!

It has been a labor of love. Dave’s brother Don has been the architect extraordinaire designing the additional space. He truly is a genius artist! He has even worked on homes with Frank Lloyd Wright! So you know we are all in for a very special treat!

I won’t tease you anymore with these exciting details… and surely, I don’t want to give away the specifics! You’ll have to just wait and see, post party for the photos!

What are your plans for the 3 day weekend? What dishes are you cooking up? We want to know!

Also, on a side note, you may have been noticing some aesthetic changes to our blog. We are currently testing new layouts to try to make everything easier for you to find. So, drop us a line in the comments or email The Dads at harrisanddave@gmail.com to let us know what you think or what you’d like to see changed!

And hey, if you see me at the party, don’t be afraid to slip me some of your honest feedback about the blog! I’ll be taking notes because you, the reader, matters most to us!

Party on my friends. Party on!

PS
Remember that this 3 Memorial Day weekend is meant to be a reflection and remembrance of those who have fallen in the war. If you know anyone who is suffering from the loss of a loved one, please give them an extra hug, nod and/or acknowledgement of the sacrifice their beloved has made for us to be able to enjoy our freedom.

 

Quick Tip on Grilling: Non-Stick Grill Grids!

Instead of our usual Tuesday Two Minute Tutorial, today The Dads’ wanted to share with you one of their Quick Tips for Grilling!

At last, Spring is in the air! The flowers are blooming and the birds are chirping! And that means, its time for grilling and outside eating! 

Have you ever tried to grill vegetables or shrimp only to have them fall between the grates? Well we found the perfect (and most stylish) solution: Non-Stick Grill Grids from Sur La Table!

These are a must try if you haven’t already. We love them, as they are not only functional but also a beautiful addition to the grill. 

Dave demonstrates in his love for the product in this Quick Tip, one minute video below:

If you don’t have a Sur La Table in your area, you can also order the grids online here: 

http://www.surlatable.com/product/PRO-1310556/Red+Nonstick+Grill+Grids+Set+of+2

Happy Grilling!

The Dads: Harris & Dave

***Have grilling tips you would like to share? Add your tips or questions in our comments section under our post’s title or e-mail us at: harrisanddave@gmail.com!***

Smokey and Sweet Baby Back Ribs!

Opening Day is next Monday, and spring is in the air. Well, it’s supposed to be anyway, but here in Baltimore we just got some snow! But we’re still trying to get in the spring spirit, and nothing says warmer weather like BBQ! We slow cook our ribs for four hours to ensure that the ribs get super tender. We also use a dry rub which encrusts the ribs in a beautiful crust, or bark. So, never be intimidated by ribs again! Don’t believe us? Give it a try!

Friday Grilling: Dave’s BBQ Sauce!

It’s Friday and we’re so excited for this weekend! We are busy working on our deck and can’t wait to start some outdoor cooking.

So in the spirit of our excitement, we’re making barbecue! Try Dave’s special sauce! In Leah’s opinion, it is smack-your-mama good!

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Ingredients

· 2 Tablespoons Butter
· ½ cup chopped Sweet Onion
· 1 Tablespoon tomato paste
· 1 cup ketchup
· ½ cup apple cider vinegar
· 1/3 cup of chili sauce
· ¾ cup brown sugar
· ½ cup honey
· 1/3 cup Worcestershire
· ½ tablespoon smoked paprika
· ½ tablespoon cayenne pepper
· 2 tablespoon chili powder

Directions

Sauté the chopped onion in the butter. Once translucent, add the tomato paste.

Once the onions are browned, add the ketchup.

Brown the onions and ketchup.

Then, add the remaining ingredients. Cook until the sugar is dissolved.

Once cooked through, process in a blender. You can skip this step if you don’t mind chunky BBQ sauce.

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