Backyard BBQs save students cash during summer months

Michelle Murray

Issue date: 7/17/07 Section: Features
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With summer in full swing, an optimistic, upbeat attitude is practically unavoidable. Who can ask for more than good weather, vacations, road trips and most importantly, time to spend relaxing and enjoying the company of good friends?

Unfortunately for college students living within the constraints of a limited budget, figuring out what to do with all this time without breaking the bank is a bit difficult. The answer - a good old fashion barbeque.

Between the cost of gas, movie tickets, carnivals and restaurant prices, a barbeque provides an affordable alternative to the average young adult's summer night out. Some may find the barbeque to be overrated; however, those daring enough to venture outside the realm of hot dogs and hamburgers are sure to find these summer recipes a cut above the rest:

Chicken Pasta Salad with Cucumber

1 cup uncooked Macaroni

¾ cup Mayonnaise

1 tablespoon Onion (finely chopped)

½ teaspoon salt

¼ teaspoon pepper

1 ½ cups cooked Chicken (chopped)

1 cup Cucumber (chopped)

1 rib celery (chopped)


Cook macaroni according to package directions. Combine mayonnaise, onion, salt and pepper in bowl; mix well. Add warm macaroni, chicken, celery and cucumber; mix gently. Chill, covered, for two hours or longer - serve chilled.

Hawaiian Steak Kabobs

1 ¼ cup Soy Sauce

½ cup Oil

¼ cup Honey

½ teaspoon Garlic

3 ¾ lb. Beef Sirloin (1" cubes)

3 (8oz.) Can Chunk Pineapple

5 small Green Peppers

5 Crates of Mushrooms


In a large glass bowl, combine soy sauce, oil, honey and garlic; mix well. Add meat and marinade at least one hour in refrigerator. Remove meat; reserve marinade for basting. Alternate beef, onion, peppers, mushrooms and pineapple on skewers (3 meat pieces per stick). Grill on high for 5-7 minutes; turn. Baste with marinade and grill for additional 5 minutes.
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