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Memorial Day Entertaining with Chef Jamie Gwen

We’re starting to open up – let’s celebrate! Make this year’s cookout unforgettable! Chef Jamie Gwen will show us how “the-girl-at-the-grill” turns up the heat for the holiday weekend.

I like to stay cool at the grill with this Berry Back serve. You simply pair a chilled can of Smirnoff Seltzer Red, White & Berry with 1.5 oz. of original Smirnoff Red, White & Berry flavored spirit. This limited-edition seltzer is zero sugar, only 90 calories and delivers a delicious combination of cherry, citrus and blue raspberry. And this summer, check out the new premium malt beverage Smirnoff Ice SMASH Red, White & Berry in an easy to grab and go format, perfect for the BBQ season. As always – drink responsibly! Click here to learn more.

How can we deliver big flavor?

I also like to bring the heat. I like to wrap almonds in foil and heat on the grill for a minute for a tasty snack or appetizer. These Blue Diamond XTREMES Almonds are made with real peppers and have a spicy rush of mouth-blazing fiery flavor. This superfood comes in three super-hot flavors—Cayenne Pepper, Ghost Pepper, and Carolina Reaper. These almonds have only 5 grams of plant protein in a serving and are an excellent source of antioxidant Vitamin E and magnesium. Available at major groceries nationwide,, or go to to find them near you.

What are some “new favorites” we can explore?

Summer BBQs are all about keeping things as simple as possible. Whether you’re hosting or bringing a dish to share, Lundberg Organic White Rice Pilafs are a shortcut to delicious and their “took-all-day” flavor cooks in only 20 minutes. My favorite is the Cilantro Lime. You can dress it up with your favorite ingredients, or enjoy as-is. Lundberg side dishes are more than just your basic side, they're organic and feature clean, easy-to-read ingredients. You can order at —directly from the farm—for deliciousness delivered to your door.

Summer salads bring freshness and flavor to grilling get-togethers and in honor of National Olive Day, June 1, I made this Olive and Avocado Salad with Tomatoes, Cucumber and Feta Cheese. People who love olives, love and trust Pearls. They are perfect for any holiday and make meals, snacks and entertaining even better. My home state of California is perfect for growing black ripe olives with long summer days, cool evenings and rich, fertile soil. You can see and taste the difference. Pearls is committed to keeping jobs in the U.S. and ensuring the highest quality olives in their cans and cups. Look for them in the sunny yellow packaging. Click here to learn more.

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