This summer we’ve done our share of grilling and experimentation with hot dog toppings (remember these bruschetta topped dogs?). And now that we’re moving along into football season, I know we will have plenty chances to serve up a hungry crowd. Since I’m always looking for creative ways to spice up a meal, I decided to top these Hebrew National hot dogs with a Vietnamese style topping.
I love so many things about this topping. It’s fresh and crisp (think cucumber, carrots, lime, and cilantro), and it has some heat (I made a Sriracha ketchup to top it all off.
Looking for a flavorful tostada recipe? Well, these babies are bringin’ it! We served these chicken and black bean tostadas this weekend at a small end-of-summer gathering with friends and they were a hit. It was the last few days before the kids returned to school and we wanted to make the most of it. Great food and wonderful company was in order!
We teamed up with Pacific Foods who know a thing or two about great flavors and making things simple. I’ve gotten a lot of inspiration recently from their “Foodie Party” Pinterest board. They sent over some delicious products like Roasted Red Pepper Organic Hummus and Salsa con Queso Dip that our guests devoured while we set up the tosatada bar. And their Refried Black Beans just might be my new favorite thing. They have a hit of green chili that step the beans up a notch.
Summertime and grilling go together like …. well, like summertime and grilling. And this summer we’ve been experimenting with new recipes and flavor combos (like this Bruschetta Hot Dog) which make grilling a lot more fun.
Mixing up traditional grilling staples (like Hebrew National Hot Dogs) with unusual grilling items like watermelon and jalapenos keep thing interesting.
To accompany our Hebrew National Hot Dogs, we decided to try a new recipe: Grilled watermelon with jalapeno, lime, and sea salt. Definitely a unique pairing and WOW it was good! The watermelon had a nice grill flavor on the outside but was still cool and juicy on the inside. And the kick from the jalapeno was married nicely with the lime and sea salt. This recipe is one to try at your next BBQ!
Who says you cannot have a lobster boil in a landlocked state? When event planner Morgan Wetherington (from Nashville, TN) reached out to share this Luxe Lobster Bash I was day dreaming of my own seafood soiree. My favorite elements are the lovely lobster water color paper items and the use of nautical rope. Take a look at the amazing photos:
Barbeque is the typical southern fare, but we opted for lobster for this upscale dinner party. For this New England inspired lobster boil, we used a color palate of cherry red, navy, and shades of cream. The La Tavola red rope linen was the perfect choice to include the theme. We incorporated nautical rope, starfish, and of course lobster. The client’s home provided an ideal outdoor space for the venue. We wanted to create a guest experience, everyone loved cracking lobster and flowing conversation.
The evenings here have been just perfect, not too hot or chilly and just right for a little outdoor entertaining. We’ve been gathering a few new pieces for the patio and finally got together with a few friends for a salads and sips early evening gathering.
I love keeping things super simple when entertaining, especially in the summertime and keeping the menu light and simple makes party prep extremely low key.
Picnics might be one of my favorite things. I love the simplicity of it — gather a few goodies in a basket, grab a blanket, find a shady spot and just enjoy. This past weekend the family and I discovered a new local picnic spot. Best part? We showed up and they provided everything we needed! The basket, blanket, and delicious lunch inside. It was a great afternoon!
I had forgotten how much pleasure a simple picnic could bring and after realizing it’s National Picnic Month I vowed to have many more of them in the near future. I recently had this surprise backyard picnic and that was a treat as well (there are definitely more to come!).
I’m collecting new picnic spots and new picnic recipes! Check out these recipes I’ve gathered on Foodie.com.