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I am lucky that I live between Los Angeles and Italy so I never get a real winter, but I know so many of you are excited to say goodbye to snow and cold indoor weather. So a huge July 4th barbecue or braai is the best way to celebrate the start of summer.

I have created a mix and match menu loaded with so much yumminess to get the party started. It’s time to fire up the BBQ and chill the beers. And make the most of the warm weather, outdoor grilling with friends,  good times, and plenty of sunshine.

Hope you have an awesome holiday day feast that is epic xxxx MM

FIRST THE APPETIZERS

CRUDITES WITH ROASTED BEET HUMMUS – gorgeous

ROASTED-BEET-HUMMUS

SATAY CHICKEN SKEWERS

SPICY HOT CHICKEN LIVERS AND ONIONS – obviously

GOAT CHEESE WITH MARCONA ALMONDS & HONEY – insane

BUFFALO MOZZARELLA ARUGULA & OLIVE PIZZA

Then we need a few SALAD & VEGGIE OPTIONS

DRIED FRUIT & NUT SALAD – yes please

Dried-Fruit-&-Nut-Salad

LOADED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD

LOADED CHICKEN CAESAR SALAD

ROASTED FENNEL ONIONS & CARROTS WITH MINT

ROASTED-FENNEL-ONIONS-&-CARROTS-WITH-MINT

CHILLI GRILLED CORN

CHILLI-GRILLED-CORN

STONE FRUIT CAPRESE – hell yeah

STONE-FRUIT-CAPRESE

SAGE ROASTED VEGETABLES

SAGE-ROASTED-VEGETABLES

SALAD BAR SALAD

KITCHEN-SINK-SALAD

ASIAN KUMQUAT & BROCCOLI SLAW

ASIAN KUMQUAT & BROCCOLI SLAW

ISRAELI COUSCOUS & ROASTED VEGGIES

ISRAELI COUS COUS & ROASTED VEGGIES

GREEK KALE SALAD WITH A TWIST – delish

GREEK KALE SALAD WITH A TWIST

Now for some options for the  MAIN

GRILLED SALMON WITH CORN SALSA – heaven sent

GRILLED-SALMON-WITH-CORN-SALSA

CHICKEN SOSATIES WITH APRICOTS & ONIONS – old skool SA style

BALSAMIC FIG GLAZED RACK OF LAMB

THANKSGIVING LAMB WITH ROSEMARY BALSAMIC FIG GLAZE

PASTA ALLA VODKA – Italy on a plate

PASTA-ALL-VODKA

STEAK SOSATIES

SOSATIES

SAUL’S SIGNATURE BURGERS – check check check

SAUL'S-SIGNATURE-LAMB-BURGER

PAP & GRAVY WITH BOEREWORS – but of course

MIELIE PAP & GRAVY WITH BOEREWORS

PERI-PERI GRILLED CHICKEN THIGHS  – the very BEST!!

PERI-PERI GRILLED CHICKEN THIGHS

ROSEMARY MUSTARD & CITRUS CHICKEN THIGHS

Rosemary-Mustard-&-Citrus-Chicken-Thighs

BONE IN RIB EYE STEAKS

BONE IN RIB EYE_

Then it is onto DESSSERT

SOUTH AFRICAN CHEESECAKE – so worth it

SOUTH-AFRICAN-CHEESECAKE

BAR-ONE CHOCOLATE SUNDAES – a real winner

BAR-ONE CHOCOLATE SUNDAES

NUTELLA & STRAWBERRY PIZZA – incredible

NUTELLA & STRAWBERRY PIZZA

OREO STUFFED CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES – oh so pretty & tasty

OREO-STUFFED-CHOCOLATE-CHIP-COOKIES

RED WINE POACHED PEARS

RED WINE PAOCHED PEARS

MERINGUE CUPS WITH SOUTH AFRICAN CHOCOLATE

MERINGUE-CUPS-WITH-SOUTH-AFRICAN-CHOCOLATE

And the most important part I saved for last – A GORGEOUS COCKTAIL

BLOOD ORANGE MARGARITAS – I am complete now

BLOOD-ORANGE-MARGARITA

NEGRONI – A strong cocktail created in Italy a century ago

ROSEMARY INFUSED FRUITY SANGRIA – everyone needs a cockatiel

SANGRIA-WITH-CRANBERRIES

APEROL SPRITZ- the cocktail that screams summer on the Italian Riviera

Happy fourth my beautiful friends

xxx Chef MM

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A Food Network chef, author, mamma, eternal optimist, wannabe-mermaid, spice mixologist, and “dough therapist” (yep, it’s a thing)—

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