I am proud and thrilled to make a nice party for my husband, a wonderful father, and all the other father’s in the family. On the other hand, I miss my dad who passed away the evening before Father’s Day 52 years ago. He missed so much of our lives and yet I feel his influence even now, in my creativity, my love of adventure, travel, architecture and design. My dad had his own dark room in our house when I was a child and I am trying to channel his talent, I have signed up for another photography workshop. He had a keen scientific yet artistic mind and I feel my oldest son has received a lot of that. 
This Sunday we will also celebrate my oldest son’s graduation. He is now Doctor Sendowski a PHD in Electrical Engineering bringing new technology to the world. I am very proud.
Well with all of these goings on plus a birthday or two, we will be having a big barbecue! Twenty eight people at last count. I will share my menu with you. Many of the recipes are on the blog and I will link the name as I type the list. Just click and poof you will be transported to the recipe page. 
Pastelicos de Carne  Pico De Gallo
Pastelitos de El Salvador  Chips
Lahmajun  Hummus
Moroccan Beet Salad Israeli Salad
Moroccan Carrot Salad  Eggplant Salad
Fresh Corn Salad 
Mango Salad Cashew Cauliflower
Fingerling Potato Salad Curry Cole Slaw
Texas Smoked Brisket 
Grill Chicken Thighs
Cheery Nectarine Crisp
Plan Ahead: anytime this week, bake cake layers and freeze. Pastelicos and Pastelitos can be made way ahead and frozen. Heat and fry day of party. Make Pie dough and freeze.
Wednesday Shop for vegetables. Meat can be purchased ahead and frozen or purchased on Friday morning. If meat is frozen start defrosting in refrigerator on Thursday night and chicken on Friday.
Friday set up back yard. Friday set up kitchen, label all serving pieces. Get out deposable plates and cutlery. Saturday night start washing and chopping for salads. Saturday night dry rub briskets. Late Saturday night fire up smoker and start smoking. Sunday finish smoking brisket, assemble salads. Make Lahmajun. Cut watermelons, frost cake, make peach pie and fruit crisp. Heat Pastelicos. Fry Pastelitos. Grill chicken thighs. Good luck. Feel free to serve fewer salads or eliminate some starters. I freely admit it is too much food.