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Grilling Vegetables and Enjoying the Last of Summer

It seems like we were just kicking off summer and now it’s the final weeks before school is back in session (where did the summer go?!). Although we’ve packed in lots of beach time, several fun trips (and of course a few great poolside cocktails), we’re just not ready to let the carefree summer evenings go. We’re packing in as much time together as we can doing the simple things like playing yard games and grilling outdoors.

We love to keep our grilling simple which makes for more time for fun with the family. Fruit and veggies kabobs like these are a go-to summer grilling item. A bonus is that they are simple to make and can be done up to a couple of days ahead of time if you just keep them in the fridge until you’re ready to toss them on the grill.

grilling vegetables

Fresh veggies and some sweet pineapple are my favorite combos for the grill. We simply skewer them and toss them on for about 10 minutes. They make the perfect side dish for our favorite Hebrew National hot dogs (we love that they are all beef).

We also had some grilling “firsts” this summer: pizza and fruit. Both were delicious!

What is your favorite thing to grill? If it’s Hebrew National you’re in luck! Share and you could win free franks by entering their Facebook contest.

 

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Hebrew National via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Hebrew National.

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Summer Shandy :: Perfect Summer Beer

Last week I shared my new favorite potluck dish (warm potato salad) that I had discovered while tuning into The Chew on ABC. This week I’m sharing the perfect accompaniment to your next BBQ meal. Dish up the potato salad, get your meat off of the grill and pour one of these beer cocktails!

After seeing Mario Batali’s Summer Shandy served up on a recent episode (see clip below), I knew I had to give this a try.

To start, I opened two bottles of beer.

Beer Cocktails

Then, pour the beer into two glasses leaving some room at the top. Next, pour in a chug or two of italian orange soda (you don’t want sweet orange soda). Finish by pouring a couple drops of Aperol into the glass. Watch the clip below for more info on this.

summer shandy

 

What I love about this recipe is you can create a really great summer shandy anytime the mood strikes.

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All summer-long, ABC’s The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. From grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics, The Chew is dishing out the most sizzling, mouth-watering meals to satisfy your summer cravings!

Tune In: Fresh Daily. Weekdays 1e|12p|c Stay tuned for more of my favorite clips and recipes I’ll test along with them!

 

Compensation was provided by ABC via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ABC.

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Summer Dish: Warm Potato Salad

We may be past the 4th of July, but the summer entertaining season is just heating up! If you’re like me, you like to have that go-to crowd pleasing dish that you can whip up for impromptu BBQs and get togethers. I recently discovered Mario Batali’s Warm Potato Salad while watching The Chew and I’ll admit, I got a little excited. Why? The recipe calls for NO mayo (the main reason I am not typically a potato salad fan) and it includes fried eggs. Fried eggs is one of my favorite foods so I knew I had to give this recipe a try. See Mario whip it up here:……….

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And here is my version:

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WARM POTATO SALAD  based on Mario Batali’s recipe, a few alterations 

Ingredients

2 pound Tiny New Potatoes

2 teaspoon Balsamic Vinegar

1 tablespoon Whole Grain Mustard

1/4 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil plus 1 tablespoon

Salt and Freshly Ground Pepper

3 eggs

Handful of Chopped Fresh Parsley

-Bring a salted pot of water to a boil. Add  potatoes & cook until just tender. Drain and allow to cool. Once  cool enough to handle, slice them in half. Place them all in a large bowl.

-In a pan add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and fry each egg. Remove from heat when cooked and thinly slice.

-In another bowl, combine the balsamic vinegar, mustard,  a pinch of salt and a few grinds of freshly ground pepper, and whisk in the olive oil. Pour over the potatoes, then add the parsley and sliced eggs. Toss everything to coat, and serve warm.

Hostess Tip: You can even make this ahead of time, just warm in the microwave before you serve.

If you’re looking for more ideas to serve up a crowd this summer. This episode is a “burger throw down” and there are several great burger recipes to try (some really unconventional, so mix things up a bit!).

 What will you serve up this summer?

All summer-long, ABC’s The Chew is your one-stop shop for everything food. From grilling and outdoor entertaining to road trips and picnics, The Chew is dishing out the most sizzling, mouth-watering meals to satisfy your summer cravings!

Tune In: Fresh Daily. Weekdays 1e|12p|c Stay tuned for more of my favorite clips and recipes I’ll test along with them!

 


Compensation was provided by ABC via Glam Media.  The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of ABC.

 

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Summer Entertaining :: Yard Games

I was recently asked by the folks at CustomMade to share some tips on “How to entertain outdoors this summer” and have been thinking a lot about one of my tips — play fun outdoor games! There is just something about an outdoor gathering that gets me in the mood to have a little fun and whip out the yard games. You?

Fun outdoor games :: yard games

One of my favorite games is Murbles (which is similar to Boccie but doesn’t require a court). Plus, the balls come in cute colors like pink, coral, and mint. Yard games are fun, but cute yard games? More fun.

Here are three other fun outdoor games that are perfect for your next picnic or backyard gathering:

Fun outdoor Games

Top: Buoy Bat — Ask my kids, this is my FAVORITE! We play at the park, in the street, but the best place? The beach! It is sooooo much fun.

Middle: Yard Dice — They look so nostalgic, and everyone can play. Perfect for all ages.

Bottom: Croquet — I almost forgot about this game! I used to love to play but haven’t in years. I think it’s time to invest in a nice set. Any tips on where to get one? Please share!

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4th of July Recipes

There’s still time to make  that shopping list, run to the market and whip up something festive for the 4th! Looking for 4th of July recipes? Here are a few of my favorites this year that I spotted on Pinterest. Which will you make?

4th of July recipes

Blueberry, Strawberry & Jicama Salsa :: Fruit and Brownie Kebabs :: Red, White, and Blue Sangria

They all look impressive and delicious to me! Looking for more patriotic cocktails? Here are 5 tried and true red, white, and blue cocktails to try.

What are you making for the 4th?

 

 

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Gin Cocktails :: Who Knew?

Last week was a week of poolside lounging and much needed down-time. I was eager to soak up the sun with the family and also super excited to test out 3 new poolside cocktail recipes that I’ve had my eye on. One cocktail really appealed to me because I have never had gin before. Gin cocktails? Okay, I knew I should try this because I have been eating a ton of cucumbers lately. It was  a sign, right?

I picked up gin and the St. Germain ( I also have never had this but the guy at the liquor store said it has been flying off the shelves lately. Another good sign in my book).

Here she is …

Gin Cocktail

The verdict? Gin is goooood. Who knew? This drink was super refreshing and crisp which made for the perfect summer sipping in 100 degree heat. Ahhhh summertime.

Cucumber Cooler (found on Fruetcake)

1½ parts Gin
¾ part St. Germain
¾ part fresh lime juice
¼ part simple syrup
soda water or club soda
5 mint leaves

Directions:

1. Muddle mint in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice
2. Add Gin, St. Germain, lime juice, simple syrup, and then shake well
3. Strain into a tall glass filled with ice and top with soda water

Garnish with cucumber slices (I also liked to pop them in the glass and let them soak up all the gin-goodness)

Next gin cocktails on my list?  This blackberry gin fizz!

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