Fresh sides for a summer BBQ

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For those of you new to this site, I’m a member of a food photography & styling group called The Inspired Plate. We are a group of women passionate about food & photography and have gathered together to challenge one another to improve our skills. Every month we share the results of our challenges in a blog circle. July’s theme was “Barbecue.”

Initially I envisioned a nice big slab of saucy ribs for my assignment. That just screams “barbecue” to me. In the end though, I decided to put the focus on the side dishes! Too often the sides are neglected and a pile of french fries or chips are added to the plate. For me, it’s not a party dish unless I put the same amount of thought into the accompaniments.

I made Martha Stewarts’ Corn & Radish salad, a personal favorite of mine. I’ve been enjoying this recipe for years. It’s perfect picnic food because nothing in it will spoil and it can be served warm or cold.

I also dished up America’s Test Kitchen’s Roasted Smashed Potatoes–the single best pin I’ve discovered on Pinterest perhaps ever. If left to my own devices, I could eat an entire pan of those potatoes. On the off chance you have leftovers, they actually heat up fantastically and I’ve loved to serve them with eggs for breakfast. YUM.

And what’s a barbecue without watermelon?! My Peanut devoured about half that plate by herself.

Now pour yourself a pink lemonade and head on over to see Kim Kelly | San Diego Food and Travel Writer/Photographer who is next in line for our BBQ gallery.

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  1. says

    Beautiful job. I love your styling with the jar for a glass. Everything here sings summertime perfection. I love the sides as well. Your new blog looks great as well, I’m glad that you kept your Develop components while staying true to you.

  2. says

    I love your amazingly unique take on Grilling here – because YES, the accompanying dishes make or break the meal!!! The images are gorgeous. the food looks delicious. i’ve admired that potato pin and wondered if it would be a real life flop. I’ll be trying that one soon, since you endorse it!

  3. says

    Love the colour in these photos Tiffany! The corn and radish recipe looks like it would be great for a packed lunch, I’m always looking for things that won’t go off! The smashed potatoes also look delicious, and the other accompaniments – love the striped straw & jar of pink lemonade, looks so adorable :)

  4. says

    Tiffany, you always amaze me with your talent! The colors and feel and all the food are spectacular. Love the corn and radishes.. and I too love the lemonade in the jar glasses. I know I didn’t get a chance last month to comment.. but your post was my favorite! You do great work Tiffany!! Now take a deep breath and just enjoy the thoughts of your wonderful new life coming yours and your families way in N.C. So excited for you!

  5. says

    LOVE these Tiffany! Your images make me hungry and I love that you chose sides to focus on. Beautiful colors, everything pops off the page! Off to find those potatoes on Pinterest!!

  6. Tammy Bilodeau says

    Oh I love the plates you used Tiffany. They add such a nice pop of colour and make everything feel so summery. I LOVE BBQ’d chicken and watermelon is a nice way to round off a summer BBQ for sure. Nicely done.

  7. says

    I think I love everything about this meal!! Chicken is my meat of choice, however I have to admit I’ve never really had a good shot of meat. You do!
    Love the lemonade photo too.
    And the corn salad? That one is right up my alley! I’ve discovered radishes this year!


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