Weekend Special – Get Out the Grill!

Finally, it is now really, truly, officially summer! It’s time for fun filled days and long, lazy evenings on the deck or on the beach. Enjoy dinner around the picnic table while the sun slowly sets. After dinner, relax under the stars and watch the fireflies dance.
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Pleasant Lake at Sunset

Stumped on what to cook this weekend? Here are a few ideas!

To Start:
My favorite all time summer appetizer has got to be Summer Rolls with Vietnamese Dipping Sauce. They take a bit of time and a bit of practice to get the hang of it but they are just wonderful.

The pick-your-own strawberry farms are now open! Looking for a festive cocktail to start the evening? How about a Strawberry Tini or a Strawberry Smoothie for the kids (or for dessert)?

The Main Event:

Moving on to dinner, think pork chops hot off the grill. Let them marinate overnight and they will be tender and juicy. My Grilled Mustard Pork Chops are sure to please. Or if you like it a little spicy, try my Spicy Barbeque Sauce. (It’s great with both chicken and pork.)

A nice crispy slaw is the perfect side dish for your grilled chops. Both Jicama Slaw and Asian Slaw are great choices and will add some crunch to your meal.

Sweet Finish:
Load up on ripe sweet berries for a song. Spend an hour or two in the fields picking your own and then head home to make Strawberry Gelato.

Have a great weekend!

Bon appétit!

Strawberry Tini
Serves 2

6-8 fresh strawberries
2 ounces vodka
1 ounce strawberry (or raspberry or orange) liqueur
4 ounces limeade or lemonade
Splash of club soda or sparkling water
Garnish: fresh strawberries

Put the strawberries, vodka, liqueur and limeade in a blender and process until smooth.

Pour the tini into a cocktail shaker (optional: strain the tini through a fine-mesh sieve into the shaker to remove the seeds) with 3-4 ice cubes. Shake vigorously and strain into a chilled martini glasses, add a splash of club soda and garnish with a fresh strawberry.

For a big crowd, blend a big batch of strawberries, vodka, liqueur and limeade in advance. Strain or not and store the mixture in the freezer. No need to fuss with a cocktail shaker, pour directly into martini glasses, top off with a little club soda and garnish with fresh berries.

Strawberry Slushie
Serves 1

6-8 fresh strawberries
4 ounces limeade or lemonade
1 teaspoon honey (optional)
6-8 ice cubes
Garnish: fresh strawberries

Put the strawberries, limeade and honey in the blender and process until smooth. Add the ice cubes and process until smooth. Pour into a festive glass and serve.

What are serving this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below. I’d be delighted to add you to the growing list of blog subscribers. To subscribe: just scroll back up, fill in your email address and click on the Sign Me Up button. You’ll get an email asking you to confirm your subscription … confirm and you will automatically receive a new story and recipe every week.

Want more? Click here for more seasonal menus! In addition, I hope that you will take a minute to learn about my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. © Susan W. Nye, 2011

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