I spent a few days this week in The Outer Banks of North Carolina. Every summer my family gathers to relax on the beach, hang by the pool and of course eat great food and drink summer cocktails. Since there are 15 of us (including 5 kids under 6), the eating and drinking aspect is never enjoyed in small quantities (blogger’s note: always drink responsibly!). Each couple is responsible for preparing at least one dinner and purchasing cocktails, wine or beer for the group. Being the only “chef” in the family, I am called on regularly for advice, discussion and assistance, which I enjoy because I get to share my tips and am able to spend time with each couple versus a big group.