For a lot of years I spent my summers cooking at a private club. (Somehow or other, that sentence sounds fancier than the reality. It was a nice place with nice people but a hot kitchen is a hot kitchen.) At the end of last summer, I gave it up. It was time to get my summer back! Definitely, the right decision, I’ve spent more time on the beach in the last few weeks than I did in the previous five or more years.
Not to venture too far from the kitchen, I’m still doing a little catering – including this weekend. If I wasn’t, here’s what I might be grilling up for family and friends this weekend! The timing is perfect – there’s a full moon on Saturday night.
For starters, try my new favorite thing (at least for this week)! My Grilled Tomato Crostini will be the prefect start to your cookout. Grilled tomatoes are amazing. I’ve promised to make them at another catering gig at the end of the month. If you feel the need to add some nuts, give my Rosemary Cashews a try. They were such a big hit on the beach a few weekends ago, that a few old friends offered to invest it I agree to make and sell them commercially. They also had great fun coming up with more than a few silly and suggestive names for the company. (Don’t hold your breath – it won’t be happening anytime soon.)
Moving onto dinner … A steak sounds pretty good about now. Try my Grilled Rib Eye with Compound Butter. It is delicious. Grill up some vegetables to go with the steak. I enthusiastically suggest mushroom caps and asparagus. And add a salad. Watermelon Salad with Arugula and Feta is a refreshing choice on a hot night.
The local strawberry season is winding down. Enjoy the last of the berries before they are gone. Try my Strawberries with Yogurt Cream or dip fresh berries in my Lavender Infused White Chocolate Crème. Yum!
Have a wonderful weekend! Bon appétit!
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© Susan W. Nye, 2014