This piece of nostalgia by Ray Lampe, aka Dr. BBQ, is one of my favorite summertime articles. He writes: “No matter how much you get involved in barbecue as a lifestyle, summer is still the king when it comes to grilling, slow smoking, and the parties we call barbecues. The days are longer, the sun is shining, the weather is generally nice, and we’re all in a good mood. That sounds like a good reason to have a party to me. I’m certainly no domestic goddess, but I do have a few ideas for summer barbecue theme parties. You’ll have to interpret them on your own.” Recipes include: Beefeater Martini, Straight Up, Garden Salad with Homemade Roquefort Dressing, Grilled Porterhouse Steaks, and Dr. BBQ’s Better Baked Potatoes. Dr. BBQ’s retro parties are here.