Memorial Day has passed and with it the unofficial start to summer is here! Time for family picnics and backyard barbeques, heading down to the pool or lake, catching a baseball game at the local diamond, and enjoying time outdoors with family and friends!

With all of the hot weather and outdoor eating that happens this time of year, knowing how to keep your food and beverages safe to eat becomes even more important. We all know that hot food should be kept hot and cold food should be kept cold, but what’s the best way to keep everything safe and tasty that’s also easy and will still allow you to have fun? Marybeth from My Fearless Kitchen has some easy, practical tips in her post, Tips for Summer Food Safety. Check out even more food safety tips for year-round eating by visiting this page!

Now that you’ve got your food safety game plan in place, it’s time to start thinking about what you actually want to bring to that backyard BBQ! If you’re looking to change up your normal hot dog and hamburger routine a little, a few of our favorite bloggers have some great grilling recipes for you to try out! From steakhouse style steaks to a refreshing peach iced tea cocktail, these easy cookout recipes are sure to become some of your new go-to favorites!

Almond Chicken Salad from Plowing Through Life

Bacon Wrapped BBQ Chicken from Beyer Beware

Peach Iced Tea Cocktail from The Crossroads Cook

Steakhouse Grilled Steaks at Home from The Farmwife Feeds

Still need an idea for dessert? Since June is National Dairy Month, it’s the perfect time to try out this recipe for Homemade Ice Cream in a Bag from The Farmwife Crafts! It’s the perfect treat to make with the kids, and added bonus? No ice cream maker required!

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