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My favorite easy creative recipes for summer parties

June 30th, 2011 No Comments

I’m sure you’re going to be involved in the Fourth of July festivities in one way or another. Whether you’re hosting the party or attending, consider whipping up one of these recipes to satisfy your friends:

1.  Avocado Pesto Dip

Opt for something other than traditional guacamole!  Combine these simple ingredients to taste.

  • Very ripe avocados
  • Sliced basil
  • Minced garlic
  • Fresh ground salt and pepper
  • Lemon
  • Thick grated Parmesan cheese

The more lemon you add, the thinner it will get.

Serve with pita chips OR Handmade Tortilla Chips (see instructions to make below).

2.  Fresh Pineapple Salsa

Another recipe you can make to taste.

  • 1 pineapple chopped into very small chunks.
  • Chopped red pepper
  • Chopped fresh jalapeno
  • Minced garlic
  • Chopped cilantro
  • A teaspoon of EVOO
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lime (squeeze in the juice)

Serve with bagged chips OR….

3.  Handmade Tortilla Chips

People are always so impressed when I make these.  The process is time-consuming, not difficult.

  • Wheat or White Flour Tortillas
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • Salt or galic salt
  • Dried herbs (optional)
  • Large sauce pan
  • Paper towels

Heat about 3/4 inch of oil in the pan.  Cut tortillas into triangles like a pizza. Throw a few drops of water into oil; if it bubbles when it hits, oil is hot enough.  Put one layer of tortillas in oil, turn once or twice until golden brown.  Set on paper towels and season.

4.  Berry Infused Vodka Cocktails

This is one of my signature recipes that my friend love and hate me for :)

  • LOTS of fresh strawberries, blueberries, and raspberries
  • 2 handles decent vodka
  • Soda water
  • Fresh squeezed orange juice

The night before the party, muddle most of the berries in the bottom of a pitcher with a lid.  Pour in vodka and let it sit overnight.

For the cocktail, fill a cup with ice, add vodka with soda water and a splash of oj.

5.  Spicy Cayenne Shandy

Sooo refreshing and unique.  I found this recipe in Real Simple magazine.

  • 3 cups fresh lemonade (simple syrup, lemons, water)
  • 2 bottles of beer
  • Course kosher salt
  • Cayenne pepper

To make the lemonade: put 1/2 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup of water into a saucepan.  Bring to a boil stirring occassionaly until sugar is dissolved.  Put syrup, 1 cup fresh lemon juice, 2 1/2 to 3 cups of water into a pitcher.  Add beer.

Mix the salt and pepper together to rim a tumbler.  Add ice and lemonade.

6.  Bad-Ass Smokeless Ribs

I posted the full recipe a month or so ago.  Unbelievably delicious!

7.  Broccoli and Sweet Onion Kabobs

Instead of hassling with a salad, grill up these greens that don’t require a fork.  Simple cover with a little oil, salt, and pepper.  Maybe even drizzle a little agave on the onion.

8.  Cucumber Hummus Crostinis

A healthier snack to munch on.

  • Thinly sliced cucumbers
  • Hummus
  • Toasted bread or crackers

Spread hummus on bread and top with cucumber.

9.  Dessert!

I can’t choose between all of the recipes I’ve posted recently.  Click here to browse.  My friend’s favorite has always been this chocolate pie that is super simple to make.

 

 

 

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