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Old 06-19-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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What's a good summer dinner for guests?

We have some friends coming over to dinner on the weekend, and I need a good meal to serve. If it was cold out, I'd go standby lasagna, salad, and tiramisu. But I'm thinking that lasagna might be too hot for a summer get together. What do y'all do for summer dinners?
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:17 PM   #2
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GRILL! With pasta salad, baked beans and banana pudding etc!
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:19 PM   #3
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We have some friends coming over to dinner on the weekend, and I need a good meal to serve. If it was cold out, I'd go standby lasagna, salad, and tiramisu. But I'm thinking that lasagna might be too hot for a summer get together. What do y'all do for summer dinners?
How fancy do you want to be?

Typical dinner for us in the summer is grilled salmon, grilled asparagus, roasted or grilled potatoes for my husband and son.

Tonight was grilled chicken, steamed broccoli, quinoa. Last night was grilled shrimp, roasted red peppers, and I think the guys had some kind of pasta.

On a Saturday, grilled or steamed lobster, maybe also some filets (surf & turf), grilled corn, green salad, rolls.

Grill baby grill!
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:22 PM   #4
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We have some friends coming over to dinner on the weekend, and I need a good meal to serve. If it was cold out, I'd go standby lasagna, salad, and tiramisu. But I'm thinking that lasagna might be too hot for a summer get together. What do y'all do for summer dinners?
anything grilled! Definitely with salad.

Or better yet. Lobsters, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, clams.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:23 PM   #5
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I agree with grilling. If not I'd do a light pasta with grilled chicken, basil, fresh tomatoes, capers, and a white wine sauce. Serve with salad, fresh fruit, and garlic bread. Yum!
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:24 PM   #6
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How about grilled flank steak and/or chicken, tomatoes with fresh mozzarella and basil, grilled corn on the cob, some roasted potatoes and/or good crusty bread. And wine.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:38 PM   #7
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I have tons of summer standbys.

If you're in the mood for pasta, you can whip up some fresh pesto, which makes everything taste like heaven. If you did a pesto-ed pasta and a fresh gazpacho, that would be delightful. Plus, all the garlic would prevent vampire attacks.

Grilled food is great. One of my absolute favorites is grilled pork tenderloin in an adobo sauce, with an avocado-strawberry salsa on the side. Despite initial concerns, the salsa is fabulous. Originally from Cooking Light; I take no credit: http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/chip...0000001611681/

I'm also a huge fan of a quinoa, kale, and feta salad, which is good on the side of just about anything. After hearing people rave about the one at Food 52, I gave it a whirl (except I forgot the scallion, and I didn't have walnut oil--really, you can play with it), and it was great. http://food52.com/recipes/2434-one-p...d-quinoa-pilaf

Otherwise, I just go really simple: mjkacmom's menu sounds like heaven on a plate. (And in a glass.)

ETA: I'm also obsessed with Nigella Lawson's recipes for grilled meat that call for ras el hanout. My supermarket doesn't stock ras el hanout, so I use her substitution: "a teaspoon of turmeric mixed with a tablespoonful each of ground coriander and cumin and a pinch each of ground cinnamon and cloves; a no less magical substitution, I promise you." It's brilliant a million different ways. I like to marinade chicken thighs in a mix of the spice rub, some olive oil, garlic, and lemon juice; it tastes magical. Seriously, my recipe find of the summer.
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:39 PM   #8
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Burgers are always good!! Maybe brats as an alternative?
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Old 06-19-2013, 06:51 PM   #9
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Grilled shrimp and scallops with grilled veggies
A side salad with broccoli, tomatoes, cucumbers and homemade vinaigrette (balsamic vinegar, olive oil and honey)
Blueberry pie with vanilla bean ice cream
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:02 PM   #10
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Grilling is good. So any of the ideas above.

Around here, we do pasta all the time. So even spaghetti will work! I'd keep away from the lasagna--don't heat the oven.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:10 PM   #11
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Tonight, we are having taco salads.

Last night, we had grilled steak & chicken kabobs, steamed green beans, & baked sweet potatoes - we did both the green beans & potatoes in the microwave.

Tomorrow night, we're having grilled pork chops w/ a tossed green salad & quinoa for us & mac & cheese for the kids.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:32 PM   #12
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:41 PM   #13
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a Whole halal lamb
Thats a tricky piece of meat to serve because not everyone is into halal lamb. Plus wouldnt a whole lamb be way too big? I could be way off thou. I'd grill something generic like steak and salmon. Or chicken. As long as you have two kinds of meat, youre good! Plus salad, pasta salad, corn etc.
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Old 06-19-2013, 07:41 PM   #14
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Rib eyes on the grill.
Corn on the cob (also grilled).
Baked beans.
Potato salad, or pasta salad.

yumm
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:55 PM   #15
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Loving the suggestions! I think I will get dh to do a london broil and some chicken on the grill, a big salad, some fresh fruit, and a key lime pie for dessert! Thanks for all the ideas!
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