Long Summer Holiday Weekend Special

Well, hip hip hooray! With the Fourth of July on Tuesday, we have an extra-long weekend coming up! Get ready to dodge a few thunderstorms, enjoy a little sunshine and cook up some delicious fun. Here are a few ideas:

An all-American cookout is the default celebration for Independence Day. You’ll probably want to start with a few tasty appetizers. How about:

 

Bruschetta with Grilled Vegetables & Gorgonzola

Crostini with Red Pepper Tzatziki & Greek Salad

Summer Rolls

Baba Ganoush

There are lots of choices when it comes to the main course. Now, will it be fish or fowl, a fabulous steak or …:

Grilled Steak with Rosemary-Balsamic Glaze

Grilled Lamb with Fresh Mint

Grilled Pork Tenderloin

Red Hot Barbequed Chicken

Southwest Turkey Burgers

Not Your Ordinary Burger

Grilled Salmon with Lemon-Herb Quinoa Salad

Grilled Shrimp with Salsa de Cacahuate y Chile de Arbol

Grilled Swordfish with Tequila-Lime Butter

Now, what to serve with it? Or bring along to that potluck:

Grilled Potato Salad

Orzo Salad with Lemony Pesto & Grilled Tomatoes

Grilled Balsamic Vegetables

Mixed Greens with Grilled Asparagus, Cucumber & Avocado

And since you don’t have to grill everything and the first local tomatoes are ready for eating …Heirloom Tomatoes with Balsamic Reduction

Of course, you’ll want to end on a sweet and patriotic note. Think red, white and blue with:

Berry Flag Cake

Double Trouble Chocolate-Orange Cupcakes

Creamy Yogurt Tart with Fresh Strawberries (you’ll have to add a few blueberries to the mix!)

Happy summer – have a great weekend and bon appétit!

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The Long Memorial Day Weekend Special

flag_02It looks like New Hampshire is in for a rainy weekend but what the heck it’s a holiday. You might as well celebrate. Hopefully your roof has a decent overhang and you can stay almost dry at the grill. So what if you eat indoors, it’s the company that matters!

In or out, here are a few ideas for a Memorial Day Weekend feast:

Relax, Nibble and Chat! I found fresh, local asparagus at the, local farm stand yesterday. It is wonderful. Try some on my Asparagus Crostini with Sundried Tomato Pesto & Goat Cheese. Add some Tapenade, some fresh veggies and a few crackers and the appetizers are done.

On to the main course … if you’ve got a big crowd, you can’t miss with my Grilled Lamb or Hoisin Grilled Pork. Salads are great for a cookout. Prepare them in advance, give a last minute toss and serve. My Crunchy Slaw with Cilantro, Mint & Peanuts will be perfect with the grilled pork. If lamb is on your menu, try my Crunchy Salad with Apples & Grapes. Either way, my New Potato Salad Dijon is a good bet to round out your dinner.

For a red, white and blue dessert try my Strawberry & White Chocolate Fool Parfaits. Just add a few blueberries for garnish for the blue. Or churn up some Brown Sugar Yogurt Gelato and serve it with a generous spoonful of berries.

Have a great weekend and bon appétit!

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Weekend Special – A Celebration with Family & Friends

This weekend I’m heading down to Massachusetts for a graduation party. My niece Kaela graduated from high school a few weeks ago. She and one of her friends are joining forces and celebrating together. The girls go way back to toddlerhood.

Menu planning can be difficult for a big group that ranges from eight to eighty-five. My best advice, keep it casual. Although I won’t be cooking this weekend, I took Kaela and Morgan’s party was an inspiration to develop a menu for a fun and festive party for family and friends.

How to start? Think do-it-yourself. In other words, put out some dips and spreads, a platter of fresh veggies and a basket of crackers and pita chips. My favorites include Baba Ghanoush, Roasted Red Pepper Dip and Feta & Walnut Spread. And for the kids, add some of my Simply Delicious Salsa or Guacamole, or better yet, both. And if one salsa is good, two are better, especially for a big group so try my Grilled Corn & Black Bean Salsa.

On to the main event: A cookout works for me. What about you? Chicken is always a good bet. Who doesn’t love chicken? My favorite marinades include a spicy tomato-based BBQ sauce, an Asian-inspired hoisin and a white wine, mustard and herb marinade. Take your pick, they are all yummy. If you’ve got a big crowd, cook boneless breast of chicken. Unlike chicken on the gone, it only takes a few minutes.

Keep it cool and make all the side dishes in advance. Everyone will love Asian Noodle Salad and Crunchy Slaw with Cilantro, Mint and Peanuts. If you believe a cookout is not cookout without potato salad, try my New Potato Salad with Gorgonzola. And don’t forget to add a big garden salad with a Classic Vinaigrette.

And something sweet? With a big crowd, I’d suggest brownies or maybe brownies and more brownies. And for the graduates, Sweet Dream Bars and best wishes for a bright future.

Have fun with family and friends. Bon appétit!

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© Susan W. Nye, 2012