Patriotic Tunes, and Grilling Out

There's no such thing as being too patriotic on Memorial Day. Decorate with American flags and red, white and blue balloons, flowers, vases, tablecloths and tableware. Just remember, Memorial Day is the day we thank those who died protecting this country, so if you're flying an American flag, it flies at half-mast until noon.

Some popular Memorial day weekend parties include: BBQ, Beach party, pool party, or Picnic. This weekend, my posts will be themed for the above full of decorations and recipes.

Need to get in the mood for the party? check out some of the suggested songs below:

1. Stars and Stripes Forever / John Phillips Sousa
2. Born in the USA / Bruce Springsteen
3. American Pie / Don McLean
4. Breakfast in America / Supertramp
5. Blowin' in the Wind / Bob Dylan
6. Games Without Frontiers / Peter Gabriel
7. What You Talkin' About / Genghis Blues Soundtrack
8. American Without Tears / Elvis Costello
9. Hail, Hail, the Gangs All Here / Fred Astaire
10. The Star-Spangled Banner / Francis Scott Key

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Herbed Balsamic Chicken with Blue Cheese

This dish requires just four ingredients (aside from oil, salt, and pepper). Serve with an arugula salad.
* 6 skinless boneless chicken breast halves (5 to 6 ounces each)
* 1/2 cup balsamic vinegar
* 3 tablespoons olive oil
* 2 teaspoons coarse kosher salt, divided
* 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided
* 2 teaspoons herbes de Provence*
* 1 3-to 4-ounce wedge blue cheese, cut into 6 slices
Place chicken in large resealable plastic bag. Whisk vinegar, 3 tablespoons oil, 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper in small bowl. Add to chicken; seal bag. Chill 2 hours, turning bag occasionally.Prepare barbecue (medium-high heat). Brush grill rack generously with oil. Arrange chicken on grill. Sprinkle with herbes de Provence, 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Grill chicken until cooked through, about 6 minutes per side. Transfer to plates; top each with slice of cheese.

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  1. Titles - I need titles on the daily blogs and daily quotes of the day - please, for your readers' sake :o)

    I do not know What You Talkin' About / Genghis Blues Soundtrack, and I want to know it

  2. Consider them labeled... I will back label this weekend.. but check it out for now..

    I am sure you will know the song when you hear it.. Check it out on itunes