Columbus Day Weekend is a busy time on Pleasant Lake. Stray beach toys and chairs are put away. Boats go under cover. Storm windows slide into place. Grills are tucked away. With a big sigh, we say a final goodbye to summer.
Even if it’s too chilly for a cookout, there’s no need for long faces and gloom. Bring the party inside. Invite a few friends in, light a fire in the fireplace and enjoy a relaxing evening.
Start with flavorful appetizers with a taste of the Mediterranean. Steamed and chilled artichoke leaves, broccoli and cauliflower will be delicious with Bagna Cauda, a warm dip with olive oil, anchovies and garlic. Add small bowls of Roasted Almonds and Spicy Olives, sit back and enjoy a glass of wine and each other’s company.
Moving on to the main course, celebrate Columbus Day with a pasta dish from the sunny Mediterranean. Try my Lemon Pasta & Shrimp with Olives & Capers s bright and tangy. If you’re not quite ready to stow away the grill, you might enjoy my Grilled Swordfish with Olive & Caper Salsa. Both are great for entertaining and sure to please.
And for dessert? With all the wonderful, local apples available, how about a delicious Rustic Apple Tart or an Apple Crumb Cake? Don’t forget to finish the evening with tiny cups of espresso (decaf is okay) and maybe a shot of grappa!
Have a great weekend and bon appétit!
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© Susan W. Nye, 2013