Since I got back into radio recently, I haven't had a lot of time to grill out or cook in the kitchen.

I love preparing a meal for my family and friends. To me, there's nothing better than getting together with my village to have some good times and good food. Meals bring us together. I will cook anything.

This weekend I plan on spending some time grilling up some grub for my family and my friends if they're lucky. Sarcasm aside, I will include my friends too. Since it's supposed to be nice this weekend, I think I'll break out the gas grill. Cooking with gas is very convenient and it's quick. If someone is starving, it shouldn't take long to throw some burgers on the grill and have them cooked and ready to eat in no time. I also have a Green Egg that I like to use. That is in storage right now, unfortunately, but it's my favorite way to grill and smoke meat and fish.

My menus vary depending on the occasion. This weekend calls for burgers, sides and some dessert. To save time, I prep my food first so that when guests arrive I can just toss the food on the grill and hang out with my friends and family. I also have disinfectant wipes handy to clean my hands off with to avoid cross-contamination.

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I plan on purchasing my meat at one of the fine meat markets or butcher blocks in the Lansing area. Most likely I will be able to get my sides at the store I shop at. That saves time and it means that I can work sooner on the feast.

Mojo's Grill Menu for This Weekend

First up, burgers. I like an 80/20 ground beef. I season the meat with garlic, salt, pepper and some onion powder before I mix it and form it into patties. I let the patties sit in the fridge covered until it's time to go on the grill.

Next, sides. You can toss anything on a grill. I like grilled asparagus, wrapped in foil. Spray some non-stick spray on the foil, place asparagus on the foil, drizzle some olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste. Wrap up the foil so the ends are sealed then toss it on the grill. Don't overcook it. It should only take a few minutes on each side.

Another side you can try is sweet potatoes. I prefer to cube my sweet potatoes. After they are cubed I put them on a piece of foil that I sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. I drizzle with olive oil and add salt, pepper and onion. You can make them any way you would like.

As far as dessert goes, you can use your grill to make smores. If you don't have a campfire, this will do the job. Use the flame from the grill to toast your marshmallows and build your smore any way you would like to. I like using peanut butter cups.

Another dessert item is fruit salad. Summertime means fresh fruits and veggies. A nice bowl of fruit salad on a hot day is refreshing. I will not be cooking that on the grill, though.

What's on your menu when you cook for friends and family? I'd love to know so I can try it myself. Drop me a note.

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