April showers bring May flowers and May brings… food! When a new month arrives, one of my favorite things to do is see what food holidays are coming up. May certainly did not
disappoint! First of all, May is National Strawberry Month. We are prepared; all I have been blogging about for the past two weeks is summer berries! First, we had A Berry Delicious Taste of Summer where we discussed tons of ways to use berries in everyday meals and snacks, like this California Giant Strawberry and Jalapeño Salsa. Next, we had A Berry Delicious Taste of Summer- Part 2 where we discussed drink tasty recipes that use berries, such as this Strawberry Caprese Bourbon Spritzer. It looks like we’ve got the National Strawberry Month side of May covered.
Not only is May National Strawberry Month, it is also National BBQ month. And National Beef Month. And National Hamburger Month. Don’t these all kind of overlap?! I love it! I have been grilling for the past month, even though it is still a little chilly up here in the
Northeast sometimes! But nothing beats the taste of a burger fresh off the grill, or skewered meats and/or veggies like these Beer and Honey BBQ Chicken Skewers. But of course, it can’t be a BBQ without something like these Backyard Baby Back Ribs. Making ribs like this takes a decent amount of time and effort, but once you bit into that rib it is worth it! Another ribs recipe that is a little less time-consuming are these Sweet ‘n’ Spicy Country Ribs. And of course if you like classic steak, (let’s face it, who doesn’t!?)
you should definitely try this Chimichurri Marinade next time you grill up a steak! I find that it is most commonly found used with rare flank steak. Originally of Argentinian cuisine, this easy sauce can be used as a marinade, to baste while grilling, and/ or to pour on top of your steak.
And of course at any barbecue, you have to have side dishes! My favorites are the kind you can grill, like this Grilled Vegetable Platter. It’s super simple to do, yet super tasty and super healthy! Or, you could try this spin on the traditional Caprese Salad: Grilled Green Tomatoes Caprese.
Speaking of salad… May also just happens to be National Salad Month! Everything is
coming together. The month of May food holidays cover an entire meal! I have two favorite salads I love eating at barbecues: potato salad and pasta salad. Both of them just scream “summer” to me. Plus, they’re easy to make and should be made in advance so they can cool. I have found that the longer they sit in the fridge, the better the flavors come together. That’s perfect for my busy schedule!
There are tons more foods that are celebrated all throughout May. Don’t worry, I have them all in my calendar! Check out Forq’s Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for more foodie news and food holidays!