Columbus Day Weekend Special

Yippee! It’s a perfect Indian Summer weekend …

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and a long one at that!

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It looks like we’ll be able to spend at least one last evening on the beach, sipping a glass of wine, nibbling a few goodies and listening to the geese squawk overhead. As soon as the sun goes down, the temperature plummets as well so it’ll be back to the house for a long lazy dinner.

Here are a few ideas for a delicious Columbus Day Weekend:

On the beach: A dip or spread or two is always nice. How about Baba Ganoush, Feta & Walnut Spread or maybe White Bean Dip. Add some fresh veggies, flat bread and enjoy.

For the Main Event: I’m thinking Grilled Lamb sounds pretty yummy. A butterflied leg of lamb is great for a crowd and chops are great for a smaller group. My red wine marinade works with both. Or slather the chops with a mix of Dijon mustard, garlic and rosemary.

My Grilled Ratatouille Stacks are the perfect side dish. You’ll think you’re dining in sunny Provence. Then again, my Greek Green Beans will a bright note. To complete the meal, you might want to add Lemon Roasted Potatoes or
Couscous with Dried Fruit and Pine Nuts.

For a Sweet Finish: Honeyed Apricots with Creamy Yogurt will complement your dinner’s Mediterranean theme. Unless some cute, little Pumpkin Cupcakes are calling your name or one of my favorites, Café Glacé .

Have a great weekend! Bon Appétit!

Affogato 
Need a simple dessert, one with only a few ingredients? If you are a coffee enthusiast, Affogato is the easiest dessert you will ever love. The secret to making Affogato is to use only very good coffee and very good ice cream. Adding a little Irish whiskey creates an interesting departure from a traditional Irish coffee.
Serves 1

1 good sized scoop of premium vanilla ice cream
2-3 ounces of strong espresso made with high quality coffee
1/2 – 1 ounce Irish whiskey or Kahlua (optional)

If you don’t have one; buy an espresso maker. You can find Italian stovetop espresso makers on the internet, in kitchen specialty shops and discount stores for $20 or less.

Brew a tiny, perfect cup of espresso. (While many aficionados will disagree, I think decaf is ok. Instant is not!) Scoop the ice cream into a glass.

Pour the hot espresso over the ice cream. Add the whiskey or Kahlua. Enjoy.

What’s cooking in your kitchen this long holiday weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. To make a comment, just click on Comments below.

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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