It’s Not Fall Yet Weekend Special

Pleasant Lake cloudsIt’s not fall yet! If you can; say this phrase in a somewhat squeaky English accent, à la Monty Python. Think Holy Grail and the plague when you say it. And then, get on the phone or email and contact your best buds for some weekend fun.

No matter how you spend the day, plan for some quality grilling time for the evening. Here are some suggestions for a Not Fall Yet cookout:

Start with a delicious appetizer. Okay, maybe two … Unfortunately, they need a week to marinate in the vinegar and spice – otherwise, I’d recommend my Dilly Beans. They won’t be ready for a week or two but please, do yourself a favor, make up a big batch to enjoy next weekend and throughout the fall. For this weekend, how about some savory, cheesy shortbread. It’s the perfect time to try my Savory Parmesan Shortbread with Tomato Jam and/or Gorgonzola & Walnut Shortbread with Savory Fig Jam.

Next, how about a great salad … I can’t get enough corn or tomatoes these days. How about you? If you agree, give my Corn, Tomato & Arugula Salad or Heirloom Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Cucumber & Feta a try.

And for the main course … Grilled seafood sounds delicious. Think Grilled Salmon, Scallops or Shrimp with Lemon-Herb Quinoa Salad.

And finally, for dessert … chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate … You can’t go wrong with my Double Trouble Chocolate-Orange Cupcakes. Unless you’d rather go nuts with my Chocolate-Peanut Butter Tart. Or finally, for the quick and easiest dessert ever, enjoy my Pot de Crème.

Have a wonderful weekend and bon appétit!

What are your plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2016

Labor Day Weekend Special

misty_morning_pleasant_lake_04Labor Day Weekend and the local veggies are divine! Make sure you build plenty of green, yellow and red … not to mention purple and orange … into your weekend cookouts. Get out the grill and go fancy or plain with a great steak or burger, delicious fish or wonderful fowl. That’s fowl not foul.

It’s starting to get chilly here in New Hampshire, so don’t forget your sweater. A pair of jeans is probably a better option than that cute, little sundress. If you haven’t had a chance to use the fire pit, well, this is the weekend. The moon will be nothing more than a sliver, all the better to see the stars.

Here are some suggestions to mix, match and enjoy a delicious end of summer cookout:

Start with a great dip, maybe two …

Fresh Tomato Crostini
or
Baba Ganoush
or
Grilled Caponata
or
Roasted Beet & White Bean Hummus

Enjoy a great salad …

Summer Salad with Green Beans, Blueberries & Goat Cheese<
or
Heirloom Tomatoes with Balsamic Reduction
or
Caesar Salad with Parmesan Croutons

And for the main course …

Grilled Filets Mignons with Salsa Verde
or
Grilled Lamb
or
Maple-Bourbon Pork Ribs
or
Grilled Swordfish with Olive & Caper SalsaChimichurri or Tequila-Lime Butter
or
Tandoori Chicken

Now, what about sides? …

Fresh Corn with Sriracha Aioli
or
Grilled Balsamic Vegetables
or
Crunchy Quinoa Salad
or
Grilled Potato Salad

Last but not least – a sweet little sompin’ sompin’ …

Blueberry Grunt
or
\Flourless Chocolate Cake
or
Fresh Berries with Creamy Lime Custard

Have a wonderful long weekend and bon appétit!

How will you celebrate the holiday weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2016

Late August Weekend Special

Pleasant_Lake_SneakersIt might be late August but summer is still with us. The evenings have been lovely, a little chilly but lovely. There’s plenty of time to enjoy an easy evening outside with friends, family and a little grillin’.

Dig out your jeans from the bottom of the drawer, find your most comfortable sweater and have a great evening on the porch. Put the music on, your feet up and relax. Here are a few suggestions for a delicious late summer dinner outside:

Start with a glass of wine and a great appetizer. With local corn and tomatoes at their peak, you’ll love my Grilled Corn, Black Bean & Avocado Salsa. If you are feeling the need for a little variety, add a platter of Fresh Tomato Crostini. (I can’t get enough fresh, local tomatoes – what about you?)

Now, what about dinner? I’m thinking a taste of Asia sounds good. How about marinating some boneless chicken breasts in my Spicy Hoisin Marinade and grilling to perfection. Add a spoonful of  Slaw and some Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce.

Save room for something sweet because my Berry Peachy Crisp is something special. Unfortunately, if you don’t have a bowl of ripe peaches  on your counter, it’s too late. Don’t sorry, put a six or ten peaches in a brown, paper bag and make the crisp in a few days. For this weekend, try my Blueberry Clafouti instead.

My brother John photobombing the Berry Peachy Crisp.

Have a wonderful weekend and bon appétit!

What are your plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2016

I Love August Weekend Special

Harvest_MoonI love August. The heavy heat and steamy humidity slip away. You might need a sweater first thing in the morning and again after dinner but the days are warm and dry – just heavenly. It’s the perfect weather for a hike up Mount Kearsarge or a bike ride to nowhere and back again.

Even if you do need a sweater, you can still enjoy an evening cookout. You won’t want to miss the moon rise. It’s a full moon tonight and the weekend promises clear skies.

Here are a few suggestions for a delicious late summer dinner in the moonlight:

Relax and enjoy the sunset and a glass of wine. You can’t beat my Rosemary Cashews for a tasty nibble. Add some crispy veggies and a bowl of Roasted Red Pepper & Walnut Dip.

swordfish_olive_caper_salsa_01When you’re ready for dinner – how about swordfish on the grill? My Grilled Swordfish with Olive & Caper Salsa is a great choice. Add some Israeli Couscous and a great salad. The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye and the tomatoes are phenomenal so you must give my Heirloom Tomato Salad with Grilled Corn, Cucumber & Feta a taste.

blueberries_02It’s August and anything blueberry is a New England tradition. You can pick your own at a local farm or pick up a couple of pints at the farmers’ market for a fabulous dessert. Go old school with Bluebree Grunt or a bit more updated with Blueberry Crostata. While you’re at it, how about a batch of Blueberry Muffins for Sunday morning.

Have a wonderful weekend and bon appétit!

What are your plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2016

Sun & Fun Summer Weekend Special

John_PLeasant_LakeWoot! Woot! It’s going to be a great weekend! Beach or mountains, it’s all good for sun and fun. Swimming, sailing, hiking or biking, have a grand time outside. (Lazing around in a hammock is okay too!)

Be sure to end the day with a glass of wine and a delicious cookout. Here are a few ideas for dinner …

Sit back and relax with a crostini or two. Try my tasty Crostini with Red Pepper Tzatziki & Greek Salad or just as tasty Grilled Tomato Crostini. The local tomatoes are fabulous!

beach chairs on pleasant lake_ACReady for dinner? How about some Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Basil Aioli? Then again, maybe you’d prefer Grilled Lamb Chops with Lemon-Mint Yogurt Sauce. Serve either with my Crunchy Quinoa Salad.

When it comes to dessert, there may be a few last strawberries at the local farm stand. How about some berries with my delicious Panna Cotta with Strawberries! If you can’t find strawberries, serve the Panna Cotta with fresh cherries or sliced nectarines. Yes, I know they are not local but they are still two of my favorite fruits. If you don’t feel like Panna Cotta, how about Strawberry & White Chocolate Fool Parfaits?

Have a wonderful weekend and bon appétit!

What are your plans for the weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2016

Happy Fourth of July Weekend Special

sparklers_flaresThe holiday weekend promises great weather in New Hampshire! Perfect for hiking, biking, tennis and golf. A few thundershowers on Friday night might send you inside a little early but the garden will be happy. The only question, what to cook?

Here are a few ideas for a star-spangled, spectacular Fourth of July cookout!

Start with a homemade cracker and a glass of wine. My Savory Parmesan Shortbread with Tomato Jam is a great choice. For a change, try the shortbread with a dab of Tapenade instead of Tomato Jam.

How about the main course? Well, I’m assuming you’re thinking cookout. Burgers are a big part of the Independence Day tradition. No need for same-old/same-old, try my Not Your Ordinary Burger or Turkey Burgers with Greek Salsa. want to take it up a notch or three? How about my Grilled Filet Mignons & Mushrooms with Stilton Butter? Of course die-hard New Englanders might prefer Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Basil Aioli.

You’ll need a few sides. There are local tomatoes at the farm stand and my basil is coming along nicely. You can’t beat my Insalata Caprese. Or keep it simple with Heirloom Tomatoes with Balsamic Reduction. Now all you need are a few spuds. My Grilled Potato Salad is a great choice. For a patriotic twist, use red, white and blue new potatoes.

Think stars and stripes for dessert. You’ll love my Berry Flag Cake!

Have a great weekend and bon appétit!

How will you celebrate the Fourth of July? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2016

Happy Summer Weekend Special

Pleasant Lake with BoatsThe beautiful weather continues in New Hampshire! Not sure what we did to deserve it. Whether you are an arts aficionado, a yard sale enthusiast, an athlete or all three … there is plenty to do this weekend. Or … you could just enjoy your garden or a book under a tree.

Just in case you decide to invite a few friends around, here are a few menu ideas:

Start with something to nibble. If you’re lucky, you can find the last few stalks of local asparagus in the market and enjoy my Asparagus Crostini with Sun-dried Tomato Pesto & Goat Cheese. If not, how about Crostini with Red Pepper Tzatziki & Greek Salad?There are local cherry tomatoes at the farm stand.

What about dinner? There is nothing like a barbecue on a warm summer evening. I’m thinking a taste of Asia sounds good. My A Hint of Asia Barbecue Marinade and Sauce are great with both chicken and pork. Complete the package with my Asian Noodle Salad.

Dessert is easy. Just turn to this week’s recipe – Cherry Cobbler. By the way, you can catch me on Cook’s Corner tomorrow at noon … making, you guessed it, Cherry Cobbler.

Have a great weekend and bon appétit!

What are you up to this weekend? I’d love to hear from you! Let’s get a conversation going.

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© Susan W. Nye, 2016