Five Favorite Summer Recipes

August 08, 2015 08:25 AM
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Here’s a list of tried and true summer recipes that I love. Of course, I do like to still make these even in the colder months, but I find the most pleasure eating these when I’m outside on my backyard deck listening to 60’s music or classic rock.

Husk’s Pimento Cheese– From my days down south, a barbecue (or any tailgate) wasn’t complete without this classic dip. This pimento cheese recipe is by far the best I’ve come across. That’s probably because it was created by Chef Sean Brock of the very popular Charleston restaurant, Husk. My KitchKat twist: instead of serving it in a bowl as a dip, I pipe it on a toast point and garnish it with either a tomato or bacon jam mmm. Of course, I’ve never made this with pickled ramps (who has the time?!) but bread and butter pickles do just fine.

Watermelon, Feta and Kalamata Olive Salad- SO simple! Cube up a Watermelon, Crumble Feta (your choice of how much- I like a lot!), Add halved Olives (make sure there are no pits!), Add thinly sliced Red Onions, Salt and Pepper and your favorite Red Wine Vinaigrette. Add Basil or Mint to add a little color and oompf. Mmm. If you’re keen on following a recipe, try Ina’s version with Arugula here!

Barbecued Ribs– I request these from my husband at least once a month- and not just in the summer. Slow cooking the ribs in the oven and then finishing them on the grill makes this dish finger-licking and bone-sucking good. My favorite store-bought bbq sauce (for the chef on the go) is Sweet Baby Ray’s original sauce.

Southern Cucumber Cocktail– Like bourbon? Then you will love this. It’s refreshing and unique- definitely a cocktail that you can wow your guests with. I enjoy mine in copper mug but if you don’t have one, a nice mason jar will do!

Ina’s Lemon Curd Tart– Ina Garten has outdone herself with this delightful and fool-proof dessert. It is also one of the most outstanding lemon curds you will ever have. This is also the base for a lemon meringue pie.  Please don’t pass this one up!

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