This Weekend’s Special – Ya Gotta Be Grillin’

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.

End on a sweet note: I scream, you scream, we all scream for gelato. Brown Sugar Yogurt Gelato or Strawberry. Serve either or both with lots of fresh strawberries!

Have a wonderful weekend! Bon appétit!

Grilled Asparagus

Asparagus – about 1/4 pound per person or more for asparagus lovers!
Extra virgin olive oil
Lemons

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.

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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.

And if you’ve got a minute … many thanks for taking a look at my philanthropic project Eat Well-Do Good. Why not join me at the next Eat Well-Do Good dinner?

© Susan W. Nye, 2012

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4 thoughts on “This Weekend’s Special – Ya Gotta Be Grillin’

  1. The menus sound wonderful – I vote for the grilled salmon. Thanks for the post! I didn’t realize you were living in New England. I grew up in the beautiful state of Vermont … a part of me still misses it. Have a great weekend! 🙂

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    • Thanks Cheryl – You can take the girl out of New England but you can’t take New England out of the girl – after 2 decades in Europe and on the West Coast, I moved back in 2003 … Take care – Susan

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  2. No grillin’ in store here. We are having “summer weather”: cool, foggy and most windy. It is not the time to be outdoors unless exercising or doing something else to keep warm. We’ll grill in September or October when it is hot and we don’t want to heat up our kitchens.

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    • Sharyn – Forecast is for 80 on Saturday and mid-70’s on Sunday – gorgeous early summer weather … which in not necessarily common in May! Stay warm and cozy – Susan

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