Another September Weekend Special

Fall is my favorite season and September is my favorite month. I’m partial to September because the temperatures are almost summerlike. More often than not, the summery temperatures come without oppressive humidity. It’s a great time for hiking and biking, relaxing on a beach, picking apples or baking a pie.

After all that hiking and biking or relaxing, it might be fun to cook up a Mediterranean feast. The key to this approach to dining is more than a few small courses. Think variety. Here are a few ideas:

Start with a relaxing glass of wine and couple of lovely dips for an easy antipasto. Try my Artichoke Pesto and Tapenade with fresh veggies and your favorite artisanal crackers. Add a wedge of Parmigiano-Reggiano and a few Roasted Almonds.

At the table, start with a lovely pasta. Keep the portions small – this is your first, not the main course. Pasta with Grilled Zucchini, Tomatoes & Feta would make a lovely start to your dinner.

After a rainy week, it’s time to grill. You’ll love my Grilled Lamb with Fresh Mint. Serve the lamb with your favorite Grilled Balsamic Vegetables.

Now it’s time for salad. Yes, salad comes after the main course with a Mediterranean feast. May I suggest my Romaine & Radicchio Caesar Salad?

Finally for dessert, time to take advantage of apple season. Pick a peck or grab a bag at the farm stand and make a delicious Rustic Apple Tart.

Have a great weekend. Bon appétit!

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Welcome Fall Weekend Special

Saturday is the first day of autumn. Summer lovers will be a little mopey this weekend. Cheer them up with a welcome fall cookout. While you might end up eating dinner inside, you don’t need to put the grill away for another month or more. (Although not often, I grill throughout the winter.)

Here are a few ideas for a delicious end of summer cookout:

Before those beautiful local tomatoes are gone for the season … start with Fresh Tomato Crostini. They definitely taste like summer – even if there is a little nip in the air.

Now to the table … one of my favorite summer salads is sure to please. With the grill out you can’t do better than Grilled Romaine Salad.

For your main course … If you have never enjoyed my Grilled Swordfish with Olive & Caper Salsa, now is the perfect time. Serve the fish with a spoonful of Grilled Ratatouille.

There’s always room for dessert … late summer or early fall – it’s time for plums. It’s the perfect weekend for my Cardamom Plum Tort.

Have a great weekend. Bon appétit!

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Welcome September Weekend Special

After a bunch of soggy days, I’m ready for a little sun. It looks like the weekend will cooperate. That’s not the case for our friends to the south facing Florence. To you, I send my best wishes for a safe weekend. Please don’t be heroes – get out of there. Go someplace safe; come here if you like.

Rain or sun, what will you be cooking this weekend? How about you invite friends in for the best of the harvest and a little spice?

Okay, lets start with… Summer Rolls. They definitely are one of my favorite summer appetizers. If you are short on time, whip up a batch of my Peanut Sesame Dipping Sauce and serve it with fresh veggies.

Now to the table … for a refreshing salad, give my Spicy Cucumber & Radish Salad or Vietnamese Salad a try.

For your main course … the season is so short, you’ll want to get your fill of delicious local corn! How about you stir up a pot of my Spicy Shrimp, Corn and Coconut Soup. It’s delicious.

There’s always room for dessert … is it too late for local blueberries?
How about a Blueberry Pie or Almost Nana Nye’s Blueberry Cake. No – well … chocolate is always in season. You’ll love my Chocolate Panna Cotta.

Have a great weekend and bon appétit!

 

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Another Labor Day Weekend Special

And just like that … it’s Labor Day Weekend. The time certainly passed at warp speed. It will be a busy weekend – with last minute hikes and bike rides as well as end of summer chores.

Make sure you save some time for a cookout with friends and family. If you aren’t sure what to throw on the grill this year … I’ve got a few suggestions for a delicious cookout.

Start the evening with appetizers loaded with fresh from farm produce. You will love the simplicity of my Fresh Tomato Crostini. Chip and salsa lovers with flip for my Grilled Corn, Black Bean & Avocado Salsa.

For fabulous summer salad, try my Green Bean Salad with Tomatoes, Olives & Feta. Fresh, local green beans are a treat you will miss all winter long.

Now for the main course. How about my Citrus & Spice Grilled Chicken? It is delicious. If your cookout is at home on the deck, add a spoonful of my Cheesy Polenta with Fresh Corn. If you’re picnic-ing in the park or on a beach go with my Couscous with Dried Fruit and Pine Nuts.

For dessert, local blueberries are calling. Try my Almost Nana Nye’s Blueberry Cake. If you like, add a few candles and raise your glass to toast … what would be my mom’s eighty-ninth birthday.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend. Bon appétit!

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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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