More Muggies Weekend Special

The muggies just won’t quit. Looking forward to the weekend it’s going to be more humidity, heat and a few thunderstorms for good measure. Unless you decide to pack I in and spend the weekend in the movie theater, I’ve got a few suggestions for dinner.

First invite some of your favorite people over … then serve up something simply cool and delicious …

Start with something simple. Sip a glass of prosecco and nibble Roasted Almonds and cool cucumber slices with Tapenade.

Keep it cool and light with salad for dinner. It’s summer’s answer to the one dish supper. I’d like to suggest my Moroccan Grilled Chicken & Carrots with Chickpea-Quinoa Salad.

Dessert – keep it simply cool as well. Blueberries, raspberries and blackberries are ripe for the picking. Throw a handful on a scoop of ice cream. If you’d like to try something just a bit more special, serve the berries with a spoonful of my Creamy Lime Custard

Stay cool and have a great weekend. Bon appétit!

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Muggy Summer Weekend Special

As soon as I start to think that this slog of muggy weather is about to end … it rains again. Then the sun comes out for a few minutes and hot steam billows off the pavement. Without whole-house air conditioning, I’ve got a few window units and fans working overtime. I can’t wait for a break in the weather – the noise is deafening.

When it comes to cooking this weekend, keep it cool. Between the muggies and rain, it will be a shorts and flip-flops type of weekend. But what the heck, invite your friends over, park yourselves on the porch and take it easy.

Start with a dip or two and chips. If you love salsa, give my Grilled Corn, Black Bean & Avocado Salsa a try. Alternatively, my Feta Walnut Spread is delicious with fresh veggies. If you want to wow your guests, whip up a batch of my Gazpacho Shots.

When it comes to dinner, salads are summer’s answer to the one-pot supper. You and your friends will love my Lemon-Tarragon Lobster Salad, Grilled Shrimp & Vegetable Salad with Salsa Verde or Grilled Chicken Salad Provencal. If you like, round out your meal with a spoonful of New Potato Salad Dijon, Couscous with Dried Fruit and Pine Nuts or Wheat Berry Salad.

Local blueberries are ripe for picking and at the farmstand. As long as you do it early, you should be okay baking my dad’s favorite Blueberry Pie or a tasty Blueberry-Ginger Cobbler. If you can’t stand the thought of turning on the oven, try my Blueberry Soup with Mascarpone Cream.

Can’t deal with company on a steamy night? I can’t say that I blame you. Give yourself a break. Send a text to friends and family to see who else might like the evening off and make a reservation at your favorite local restaurant.

Or relax at home with a quiet dinner on the porch. Start with my Summer Salad with Green Beans, Blueberries & Goat Cheese and then enjoy my Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes & Basil. Dessert? It’s been a while since I made up a batch of Brown Sugar Yogurt Gelato. Now might be a good time!

Have a wonderful weekend. Bon appétit!

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Burger Time – Summer Weekend Special

Summertime is burger time. If you don’t have any special plans this weekend, why not roll out the grill and flip some burgers? Backyard or beach, gather friends and family together, I can’t think of anything better with this beautiful weather. Here are a few suggestions …

Keep the appetizers easy with chips or veggies and dips. The first corn is at the farmstand. It’s not NH native but it’s still pretty good. Toss a few charred kernels into my Grilled Corn, Black Bean & Avocado Salsa and dig in. Alternatively, you might enjoy fresh veggies and chips with Baba Ganoush.

For the main course … bring on the burgers. Beef eaters will love my Not Your Ordinary Burger with goat cheese and sundried tomato aioli. If you like a little spice with your burger, add a slice of cheddar and a dollop of my Roasted Tomato-Chipotle Ketchup. If you prefer a delicious turkey burger then give my Turkey Burgers with Goat Cheese & Rosemary-Tapenade Aioli or Southwest Turkey Burgers with Cheddar & Chipotle Aioli or my Turkey Burgers with Greek Salsa.

Don’t forget the salads. To stay with the grilling theme, treat yourself and your friends to my Grilled Romaine Salad or Grilled Zucchini Salad. You might also like to add a platter of Heirloom Tomatoes with Balsamic Reduction. It wouldn’t be a summer cookout without potato salad. Try my Grilled Potato Salad or Dijon Potato Salad.

Brownies are the perfect cookout dessert. I have two great suggestions for you – Triple Threat Brownies or Cheesecake Browines. Want more? Well, then, bring on the s’mores.

Have a wonderful weekend. Bon appétit!

p.s. It’s too late for this weekend but don’t forget to put up some pickles. If you mix up a batch of my Spicy Refrigerator Pickles this weekend, they’ll be ready for your next cookout.

p.p.s. It’s too early for local green beans in New Hampshire but they’ll be here soon. Be sure to put up a few jars of my favorite Dilly Beans.

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Another Hip Hip Hooray Holiday Weekend Special

As I mentioned last week, a midweek holiday can be a bit awkward. Do the celebrations start the weekend before the Fourth of July? Or do you start on the Fourth and keep celebrating through the weekend? The best solution is to take the entire week and do it proud.

With all this warm weather, a picnic or cookout is a happy holiday must. Need some help with your menu? Not to worry, I have a few suggestions …

For a light and bright appetizer, your friends will love my Rosemary Cashews and
Tapenade with crispy slices of cucumber and red bell pepper.

Now, gather around the picnic table and enjoy my Vietnamese Salad. Next, try my Grilled Shrimp (this time without the peanut sauce) and Szechuan Noodle Salad.

As long as the local strawberries are in season, you’ll want to head to the PYO for dessert. What could be more festive than a Berry Flag Cake or Strawberry & White Chocolate Fool. Parfaits.

Have a wonderful summer and holiday. Bon appétit!

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Is It the Holiday Weekend Yet Special?

The Fourth of July falls on Wednesday this year. A midweek holiday is a bit awkward. Do the celebrations start the weekend before or continue through the weekend after? Better you celebrate both!

This weekend and next, invite friends over for a happy holiday cookout. Fly a flag, roll out the grill and have a delicious weekend. Need some help with your menu? Not to worry, I have a few suggestions …

For a light and bright appetizer, you can’t beat my favorite Shrimp & Cucumber Bites or Crostini with Cucumber, Radish & Feta.Want something more exotic? How about Baba Ganoush with pita chips and fresh veggies.

Now for the main course … get the grill going and enjoy my Grilled Vietnamese Beef or A Hint of Asia Barbecued Chicken or Hoisin Pork Ribs. Complete your main course with my fabulous Asian Noodle Salad with Spicy Peanut Sauce and Asian Slaw.

As for dessert, it’s strawberry season. What could be better? For easy, you must try my Strawberries in Cointreau. If you want to get a little fancy try my Creamy Yogurt Tart with Fresh Strawberries.

Have a wonderful summer and holiday. Bon appétit!

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Let Him Eat Steak! Father’s Day Weekend Special

How will you celebrate Father’s Day? It promises to be summery this weekend so a cookout sounds like a good idea. Fire up the grill and throw on some steaks for some deliciously fun family time.

Need some help with your menu? Not to worry, I have a few suggestions …

My latest steak recipe is perfect for dads who like a hint of Asia. My Grilled Vietnamese Beef is a wonderful combination of beef and greens. Serve it with a spoonful of basmati rice. To keep with the theme, start your meal with one of my favorite warm weather appetizers – Sumner Rolls.

Perhaps your dad likes his steak bistro style. If that’s the case, then start with my Mixed Greens with Grilled Asparagus, Cucumber & Avocado. For the main course, dads will love my Grilled Steak with Gorgonzola Sauce or Grilled Filet Mignons & Mushrooms with Stilton Butter. Add a few Grilled Red Potatoes.

Now for dessert. If your dad has a favorite, then by all means, make it. If not, then maybe he’d like my dad’s favorite Blueberry Pie. Dad is also pretty found of my Chocolate-Espresso Cheesecake and Chocolate-Peanut Butter Tart.

Happy Father’s Day and bon appétit!

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Another Memorial Day Weekend Special

In my neighborhood, Memorial Day Weekend is a busy few days. A lot of the houses up and down my street belong to summer people. They bide their time. They are only here when days are warm and the sun shines. A few come up to ski in winter but they are still summer people.

This weekend they will all be around to sweep the cottage, put the boat in the water and maybe, just maybe, take a swim in the ice cold lake.

Mixed with all the hustle and bustle will be a ton of good cheer. Who doesn’t love to be in New Hampshire? … even if the black flies are as thick as thieves. Anyway, if you play your cards right you may get invited to a cookout. So, get out your favorite recipes, make a list, head to the supermarket and be ready for fun.

Here are a few dishes you can bring along to that neighborhood potluck this holiday weekend:

How about a tasty appetizer?
For something a little different, may I suggest … Chickpea Salsa or Crostini with Cucumber, Radish & Feta or Lettuce Cups with Stir-fried Chicken & Vegetables?

Maybe you’d rather bring a salad or a side dish … with asparagus of course.
You can’t lose with my Grilled Asparagus with Lemony Tarragon Butter Sauce (it’s delicious at room temperature) or Mixed Greens with Grilled Asparagus, Cucumber & Avocado or Asparagus Salad with Reduced Balsamic Vinaigrette.

No, then, I guess you’d rather bring a sweet treat:
Rhubarb is in season, so, why not try my Ginger Shortcakes with Rhubarb Compote or Rhubarb Crumb Cake? Want something patriotic for Memorial Day … how about Berry Flag Cake? When all else underwhelms you, bring a batch of the world’s best brownies … Espresso Brownies.

Have a great weekend and bon appétit!

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

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