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Family Beach Picnic BBQ & Perfectly Prepared Baby Back Ribs

I took a little break last week to spend some time with my beautiful girls, family and friends. Even though  I did  not have enough time to blog, I  definitely found time to cook and eat. I will try to find the time to catch up and post some of my recipes and food ventures soon.

In the meantime, please feel free to take a look at some pics from my baby daughter’s birthday.

Ariana’s 5th Birthday Party at the Beach

Even though we celebrated her birthday on Saturday, her real birthday was Monday, 8/30.  When I said “Happy Birthday Ariana! You’re 5 today! Can I get a kiss?”  She said “Wait, wait, I need to see myself first”  Then she came next to me to measure up her height against me.  Then disappointed, she said ” But, I don’t feel anything… I don’t feel like I am 5.”  I wanted to laugh at what she said… I thought it was sooo cute.  Well, it took me a good thirty minutes to convince her that she was really 5.  I hope to share this story with her when she’s older.

Ariana's 5th Birthday

Here is a photo that my sister-in-law, Isabelle took that I totally love.  Isabelle is my husband’s sister, the special aunt in my kids’ life that loves to capture all the special moments on camera.  She’s great at taking pics in our family parties. Oh…  did I mention she’s great at baking cakes?  One of these days, I will have some of her creations displayed.

Dad with his baby back ribs

Here is a pic of my happy dad with his very own baby back ribs.  I wanted to make all the men happy at the picnic too.

Grilled Chicken

Grilled Chicken marinated with pineapple juice, lemon, lime, cilantro and sour cream.

Now that you had a chance to see some of the pics, here is what I served at the picnic.

Picnic/Birthday Menu:

Pick me up before BBQ:

  • American Coffee
  • Labne
  • Feta Cheese
  • Sliced Tomatoes & Cucumbers
  • Columbian Mortodella from Deli
  • Basturma from Deli
  • Nazuk Pastry from Costco
  • Bread

Late Lunch:

  • Slow Cooked and Grilled Baby Back Ribs – cooked to perfection! See below for recipe.
  • Grilled Chicken
  • My mother in law’s Hummus
  • Pasta Salad
  • Coleslow
  • BBQ Red Potatoes – we usually just scrub the potatoes and individually wrap them in foil and grill them.
  • My mother in law’s Cheese Boreg
  • Hot Dogs just for the kids

After Lunch:

  • Assorted fruits
  • Chips and Dip
  • Armenian Coffee
  • Birthday Cake

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  • http://www.jasonsbbqadventures.com Jason’s BBQ Adventures

    Great looking ribs and chicken! Going to post the chicken recipe?

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    I was not planning to post the recipe since I did not get exact measurements.

    I marinated the chicken the night before with some emeril essence, salt, pepper, lime juice, lemon juice, pineapple juice, little sour cream and cilantro. I added sour cream to make the chicken moist. I hope this helps!

  • http://www.jasonsbbqadventures.com Jason’s BBQ Adventures

    Understandable! Still sounds great, I have a tendency to do the same things a lot. Specially when it is for a large crowd.

  • Kateiscooking

    Looks like a great time was had by all. My brother, John, made Alton’s ribs for a family get-together and we declared them the best we’d ever had. I made them a couple of weeks later and we still oooh’ed and ahhh’ed over how incredibly wonderful they were. I keep putting off posting the recipe because it’s so daggone long 🙂 Kate @ kateiscooking

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Hope to see your version when you get the chance to post it!

  • http://twitter.com/SpicyPerspectiv Sommer Collier

    Ooooo, the ribs sounds fantastic! Cute family!

  • http://www.bakingwithoutabox.com Amanda @ Bakingwithoutabox

    Happy birthday baby girl! She is so cute.
    Yum, those ribs look good, but I’d be diving for the chicken.

  • Baking Serendipity

    Your daughter is too cute! I love her reaction to turning five 🙂 Your BBQ picnic sounds awesome!

  • http://frombatoparis.blospot.com Frombuenosairestoparis

    Congratulations Adelina !!! The food is great, but most important, you seem to have an adorable family…and that’s a woman’s greatest achievement !!! Your daughter is just “trop belle”, as they say in France…

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks for all your compliments Cristina! She’s a fun character that’s lucked inside her imaginary world still and makes my day every day!

  • http://livwanchinesecookingclass.com Liv Wan

    Happy Birthday to Ariana and it’s really cute of her reaction about turning to five. The BBQ sounds awesome and the food looks amazing. 😀

  • http://bakingandcookingataleoftwoloves.blogspot.com Becky

    Your little girl is adorable, and I love the sunglasses. Food looks great, too.

  • http://www.mission-food.com Victoria

    Good for you for not doing the typical Armenian khorovatz! I’m so over that at every occasion. Ribs are so much better 🙂 PS My dad has a ring just like your dad’s! It was a gift from a friend of his in LA. It must be popular, haha. Happy birthday to your daughter!

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Thanks Victoria! That’s funny how your dad has the same ring. I guess it’s an Armenian thing. If I left it up to my dad, it would have been khorovatz for sure. lol.

  • http://twitter.com/drickp Drick Perry

    glad to see you using a basting solution – can’t believe how many folks don’t …

  • Marisa @ Cook’s Book

    I love those sunglasses! So cute. It looked like it was such a nice day to celebrate turning 5! What a menu! The ribs sound awesome. Alton Brown is great for advice. I also really like how the marinade on the chicken sounds.

  • Torviewtoronto

    looks like a lot of fun

  • http://themomchef.blogspot.com The Mom Chef

    I can see my father pinching her cute cheeks right now in the Armenian fashion. Aghjik? isn’t that what he’d call her?

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    Yep… Aghjik, anushig, or sirunig.

  • Qangel7

    Next time you’re planning a picnic barbecue, please send an invite to this email address! 😉 Looks beyond fabulous!

  • http://chefwanabe.com Anna

    Your girl look adorable, and your daddy is sure really happy. What beach was that? It looks like a nice place.

  • http://www.mytastyhandbook.com Adelina Badalyan

    I am going to miss her this way when she grows older. We went to Dana Point beach in San Juan Capistrano. We love going here. It’s perfect for picnic/swimming.



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