Posts Tagged ‘summer entertaining’

Herb Deviled Eggs

June 21, 2013 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Appetizer, Eggs, Recipes, Side Dish, Snack, Vegetarian

I never met a deviled egg I didn’t like. Seriously, I  love all versions of this classic summer potluck staple! This particular version sports tangy dill pickles, Dijon mustard and white wine vinegar, a punch of flavor from fresh herbs, and a bit of heat from cayenne pepper. Feel free to add more dill and/or chives if […]

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Grilled Sausage and Balsamic Onion Sandwich

June 13, 2013 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Grilling/BBQ, Quick Cooking, Recipes, Sandwich

Until about five years ago, I was never that excited about sandwiches. Then all of a sudden I started finding creative recipes for them all over the place, like this one that combines simple ingredients in a fresh new way:  Grilled balsamic red onions and flavorful Italian sausages, juicy tomatoes, and peppery arugula served on lightly toasted ciabatta rolls. It’s a great […]

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Green Bean Salad with Apricot Vinaigrette

June 8, 2013 by andrea | 1 Comment | Filed in Recipes, Salad, Vegetable, Vegetarian

I first had this salad years ago in a dinner group I was part of. It was an amazing start to a great meal. The salad is both beautiful and delicious, with a variety of flavors and textures: sweet and juicy tropical mango (or papaya), crisp tender green beans, salty feta, dry roasted pistachios, and a tangy, easy-to-make apricot vinaigrette.  The vinaigrette […]

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Crab & Avocado Salad

May 7, 2013 by andrea | Comments Off on Crab & Avocado Salad | Filed in Quick Cooking, Recipes, Salad, Seafood

This light and refreshing salad is perfect for Mother’s Day, or a light lunch or dinner. Because the flavors are so simple, fresh crab (not canned) is best in this recipe and definitely worth the splurge! The recipe can easily be doubled or tripled (or more) making it perfect for Spring and Summer entertaining. Serve with crusty artisan […]

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Al Fresco Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage

June 15, 2012 by andrea | Comments Off on Al Fresco Sweet Italian Chicken Sausage | Filed in Grilling/BBQ

Summer entertaining should be relaxed and easy going. It’s okay to have elaborate menus for some festivities, but sometimes you just want to keep it simple. Recently, Al Fresco (the all-natural chicken sausage people) asked me if they could send me some FREE coupons to try out their sausage for a dinner party. I thought […]

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