Laid Back Weekend Special

rain_boots_02What the heck? It’s going to be one of those gray and drizzly, maybe rainy, maybe icy, maybe snowy weekends. Yet again, Mother Nature is tormenting us. When, make that will, we have one of those idyllic spring skiing weekend. Forget weekend, how about one perfect day.

Okay, that’s enough whining. On to the wine-ing. Make a few calls, figure out dinner, get out the Scrabble board and find the corkscrew.

How to start? A few easy snacks should do. Roast up a batch of Rosemary Cashews; they are addictive. Add a few veggies, maybe some crackers and a bowl of Tapenade. Cucumber chunks, bell pepper strips and endive all make great scoops for tapenade.

When the game starts to wind down or people start grow a little faint with hunger, serve small mugs of Chipotle Sweet Potato Soup or head to the table and enjoy a Roasted Beets with Goat Cheese Salad

And for dinner? I hope you will try out my White Beans Provençal with Bacon & Baby Kale. If your Saturday night equals franks and beans, they are a delicious alternative. Now, what to serve with the beans? You can keep it traditional and grill up some sausages to go with the beans. Unless you’d prefer seafood, Seared Scallops are a great match for beans. A Roast Chicken, Duck Breast (since the beans are nice and saucy, the sauce is optional) or Pork Tenderloin (skip the mushroom sauce) are also great choices.

And finally, end the evening with something sweet:If you want to take another crack at the Scrabble board or just enjoy the fire, a portable treat is just the thing. Try my Sour Cream Cupcakes with White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting, Lemon-Lime Squares or Espresso Brownies.

Whatever you do or cook, make it a great weekend! Bon appétit!

How will keep from going stir-crazy this rainy-icy-snowy weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going. 

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© Susan W. Nye, 2014


6 thoughts on “Laid Back Weekend Special

  1. My goodness, your recipe for Cream Cupcakes with White Chocolate-Cream Cheese Frosting is a recipe that I will be making for Easter. They sound so delicious. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I *love* your boots! You certainly will need them for this weekend. I hope we will have some dry weather but if not we will soon.Hope you have a lovely weekend.

    Mary from NH


    • Thanks Theadora – by the way – great name – The boots definitely stop traffic when I’m out shoveling snow or in the garden. I’ve got plenty of writing to do this weekend – articles for summer issues so that should cheer me up! Plus a movie tonight and a birthday dinner party to plan for a friend for Tuesday night. All in all, I’ll think positive and try to be productive! Take care – Susan


    • Thanks Lorraine. They were a gift from my nieces. I think I am going to need them this weekend. It is bucketing down and the forecast suggest the rain/ice/snow will continue through Monday. Yuck! Take care, Susan


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