After several days of rain, the weatherman is promising a beautiful weekend in New England.
… sooo, when it comes to dinner this weekend, there is no debate, get out the grill!
I’m thinking you could go in two directions … casual elegant or super cas!
Unless you prefer a shorts-and-T-shirts cookout …
Here are a few ideas for an elegant outdoor feast:
Start with a sip champagne or crisp white wine and nibble on Artichoke Leaves & Shrimp, Tapenade and cucumbers and Roasted Almonds. Take your time and relax while the sky turns a lovely shade of pink.
At the table: Enjoy a crispy-crunchy first course with my Crunchy Salad with Apples & Grapes.
Moving on the main event, Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Basil Aioli would be a delicious (and my) choice. Throw a few asparagus spears on the grill while you are at it and top off your meal with some Israeli Couscous.
Not interested in salmon? How about Grilled Chicken with Shallots & New Potatoes. And yes, throw a few asparagus spears on the grill while you are cooking the chicken and vegetables.
Have a wonderful weekend! Bon appétit!
Asparagus – about 1/4 pound per person or more for asparagus lovers!
Extra virgin olive oil
Preheat the grill to medium high.
Snap off the asparagus spears’ woody ends.
Put the asparagus on a large baking pan, drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper and toss to coat.
Place the asparagus on the grill and cook for about 1 minute, turn and cook an additional minute or until tender-crisp. Remove from the grill, spritz with lemon juice and serve.
What’s on tap for you 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.
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© Susan W. Nye, 2012