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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Savor Summer With A Labor Day Backyard Bash

As much as I hate to face it, Summer is about to come to an unofficial close.  New beginnings are always exciting but endings of anything make me a bit sad.  Let's enjoy the long weekend with one last Summer fling in our own backyard. So call your friends and family, fire up the grill, and get inspired! Before you press the send button on Summer, celebrate one more time.


Summer Fruit Sangria
Get the party started with this crowd pleasing and oh so pretty beverage. It's made with white wine, fruit, and liqueur. Refreshing!
Martha Stewart

Grilled Blackberry, Strawberry, Basil and Brie Pizza Crisps
Take advantage of Summer's bounty of berries and create a sophisticated appetizer.
The Glitter Guide

Steak for a Brooklyn Barbecue
I selected this recipe not only for how perfect it looks, but for the rub that is used. Then the finishing touch is a sprinkle of fresh mint.  I have never used mint on steak. Sounds interesting!

Grilled Tomatoes with Basil Vinaigrette
The vegetarians in your group will love this recipe. The tomatoes also add a beautiful pop of color to the plate or buffet.  For more Tomato Recipes click HERE
My Recipes

Grilled Flatbreads With 
Rosemary Oil
You better make plenty of these. They look too good to pass up. Who doesn't love hot bread fresh off the grill?
Jamie Oliver

Sherry Baked Beans with Chorizo
Everyone loves homemade baked beans. I do too, but I don't like the way they look on a plate. The beans as presented above are so stylish. Find similar servers to those above at Amazon
Fine Cooking

All Grown Up S'Mores
A dessert that both adults and kids will love!

Colorful Idea For An Outdoor Party
Fresh veggies and some dip are all you need when displayed with such a playful presentation.
Colin Cowie

Heirloom Tomato Beet Salad
We had heirlooms all this week, finding them for less than $2.00 a pound. Oh My! Not only are they deliciously juicy, but they are so beautiful.  So is this salad.
Martha Stewart

Grilled Harissa Shrimp Skewers with Basil Oil and Cilantro
I love a kabob for a crowd. 
Blogging Over Thyme

Grilled Radicchio With
 Lemon-Hazelnut Dressing
What an unique idea for a salad or side dish! 
Food and Wine

Daniel Boulud's Summer Trifle
 Decadently delicious and visually dramatic, this is the perfect dessert while fruit is still in season. Layered with yellow cake, it is easy to assemble and make ahead of the party.
Elle Decor

Garlic-and-Rosemary Grilled Chicken with Scallions
I am not a poultry lover but this recipe could make me a believer.Rosemary makes everything better!
Bon Appetit

Plantain Chips And Tropical Salsa
Pretend for the day that you are on the beach in the Dominican Republic or poolside in Puerto Rico. This beats potato Chips and Dip any day!
Running To The Kitchen

Grilled Portobello Burgers
 with Chipotle Mayo
Meatless but not without tons of flavor. This is a must make for me, if I ever get off my low carb and low fat program. Chipotle anything peaks my interest.
Clean Green Simple

Indian Grilled Corn
I just see no need for basic corn on the cob when there are variations like this one. Isn't this a pleasing platter?
Food Republic

Skirt Steak Fajitas with Grilled Cabbage and Scallions
Now this is a party on a plate! Just make sure to make plenty of it. Your guests are sure to come back for second helpings.

Coconut and Strawberry 
Ice Cream Terrine
This recipe takes less than 10 minutes to assemble. The hardest part will be waiting for it to freeze! 
Bakers Royale

Grilled Orange Teriyaki Tofu Skewers With Coconut Rice
What a stylish dish for non meat lovers or people like me who just love tofu! Grilled tofu is the only way to eat it.
Flourishing Foodie

Three Hot Burger Toppings
It's Labor Day for goodness sake, go big or stay home alone. These bold beauties will please every guest no matter what they are in the mood for: Tex-Mex, savory steakhouse or creamy Mediterranean. And please, make your own burger, too!
Pure Wow

Watermelon Cupcake Cones
Who could resist these adorable treats? If you can believe the cake batter is made with watermelon jello. Not every dish needs to be gourmet, right?
Hoosier Homemade

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