Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Finding a summer party home for great recipes

Looking over the recipes I reviewed for the summer season this year and last, it occurred to me they were begging to be suggested dishes or drinks for summer parties.
   Some would be work for a large get-together; some for a homestyle, country barbecue, while others would surely impress foodie friends at a dinner party.
   Here are some of the recipes I think would work for these three types of summer parties.

The large get-together (ie., nieces, nephews, grandpas and grandmas in attendance). These recipes can easily be doubled or tripled; are family friendly (with the exception of the alcoholic rum punch); and the bulk of preparation can be done ahead of time:
- Grilled Lemon-Oregano Drumsticks
- Barbecued Pork Burgers with Slaw
- Antipasto Pasta Salad
- Black-Bottom Peanut Butter Mousse Pie
- Tunnel of Fudge Cake
- Rum Punch with Passion Fruit and Lime
- Raspberry Limeade
The "homestyle country barbecue." Think red-and-white checkered tablecloth on a picnic table, situated on the sprawling lawn behind a farmhouse.
- Barbecued Chicken Parts
- Tuscan Potato Salad
- Creamy Dill Cucumber Salad
- Warm Bread with Garlic Herb Butter
- Summer Berry Icebox Pie
- Icebox Key Lime Pie
- Mint-Glazed Butter Thins
- Watermelon Gin Punch
- Hibiscus and Ginger Iced Tea
For a backyard dinner party. Impress your foodie friends with these elegant yet easy recipes.
- Porterhouse Steak with Pan-Seared Cherry Tomatoes
- Grilled Scallops and Nectarines with Corn and Tomato Salad
- Shaved Zucchini Salad with Parmesan and Pine Nuts
- Grilled Peaches with Pecorino and Proscuitto
- Brown Butter Raspberry Tart
- Red Wine-Raspberry Sorbet
- Fresh Cherry Margaritas
- Limoncello and Mint Sparklers

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