Host this Summer’s Best Backyard Barbeque

Summer is heating up and many of us are thinking about heating up the barbecue too – especially for entertaining.

If you need a little refresher before your guests arrive, here are some helpful tips from Ozery Bakery, each one designed to turn up the heat on your next barbecue:

  • Prep in advance. To ease last minute anxiety, marinate meats, assemble side dishes and chop any fruits or vegetables you’ll need, beforehand.
  • Plan your menu. Have a list ready before you leave for the store so you don’t forget burger buns or any condiments.
  • Transform the basics. Go beyond ketchup and mustard, and offer an assortment of cheeses, roasted veggies, hot sauces and other garnishes.
  • Provide entertainment. Classic backyard games like horseshoes or badminton, cards or even a fun music playlist can liven up your backyard bash.

How about a fresh, homemade spread to tantalize your guests as well? This is a quick and easy appetizer to serve with pita, or even as a topping on your burger:

Sundried Tomato Spread

Total Time: 5-10 minutes


  • 1 1/2 cups roasted pumpkinseeds
  • 3/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4-cup sundried tomatoes in oil
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • 8 large fresh basil leaves
  • 1/2-cup extra virgin olive oil


Place pumpkinseeds, Parmesan cheese, sun dried tomatoes, pepper and basil leaves into a food processor. Pulse for a few seconds to blend. Add olive oil in a slow stream while blending, until desired consistency is obtained. Remove from processor, place in serving bowl and chill until ready to serve.

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