Schools out and droves of summer people are spilling into our little town. It will be a busy weekend. The flares and fireworks are on Saturday night – yes, a week early. We’ll need to throw together a family cookout of some sort. Sunday morning is the fun Run/Walk for the Lake. It will be an early start but I’ll be done, showered and ready for brunch around 10!
We’ll kick off summer with a cookout on the beach before the fireworks. You must try my Heirloom Tomatoes with Balsamic Reduction. Serve them up on grilled country bread for a starter or enjoy them as a salad. Either way, they are delicious. Need another appetizer or two? How about Artichoke Pesto and/or Feta & Walnut Spread with pita chips or crostini.
For the main event, it’s time to get grilling. Nothing says welcome summer like a burger. Give my Not Your Ordinary Burger a try or lighten up with my Turkey Burgers with Greek Salsa. Add a couple of great salads like my Orzo Salad with Lemony Pesto & Grilled Tomatoes or New Potato Salad Dijon. Plus, something green like a traditional
Caesar Salad or my oh-so colorful Rainbow Salad with Black Olive Vinaigrette. Delicious!
If you want to take it up a notch, try my Grilled Scallop & Asparagus Salad. Not just elegant, it’s summer’s answer to the one-dish supper.
When it comes to dessert, strawberries are in season. The pick-your-own fields at the end of my street is open and the berries are wonderful. Why not enjoy the quintessential early summer dessert Strawberry Shortcakes with Cardamom Cream. For a lighter dessert, try my Strawberries with Yogurt Cream or enjoy the last of the rhubarb in my Strawberry-Rhubarb Soup.
Have a great weekend and bon appétit!
What will you throw on the grill this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going
© Susan W. Nye, 2015