Isn't summer one of the best seasons? It's not just the great weather, but it's the attitude people have. Everyone seems happier. You can be outside a lot more, and the options for entertaining are more plentiful. There are BBQs and picnics and outdoor parties galore.
I've always thought that food tastes the best when you have good company. For me, cooking is the most fun when you can share it with friends and family. So on a bright summer afternoon, I gathered with some friends and fellow food bloggers to enjoy a multi-course meal near the beach, with each of us bringing a dish to share.
Do you know what happens what food bloggers get together? They take A LOT of pictures, and share a lot of tips and eat really good food.
Today, I'm sharing our afternoon with you and the recipes we put together so you can create your own summertime garden party. The only pre-requisite is that you cook and consume all of these great dishes with great company. Bon Appetit and Happy Summer!
Summertime Garden Party
I'm kicking off the Summertime Garden Party with an all natural fruit focused beverage. This refreshing summer drink uses no refined sugar because we have all the sweetness we need from ripe mangos, juicy oranges and a squeeze of lime. Mint brightens things up and jalapeño throws in some spice. Depending on the summer soiree you’re looking to have, you can top this with sparkling water for some effervescence and clear headed thinking, or have some fun, and throw in some tequila to get the party started.
Hi! I'm Valentina from Cooking On The Weekends. Working with whole foods and seasonal ingredients, my focus is creating unique and comforting food for casual entertaining. I love rich and intense flavors, and serving them in ways my guests will never forget. This scrumptious summer appetizer is no exception -- creamy goat cheese, sweet and spicy heirloom tomato preserves, and fresh mango make it a bite to remember!
Hello! I’m Cathy from She Paused 4 Thought and I think summer entertaining should be simple, flavorful and visually appealing. My blog focuses on getting out of a rut in the kitchen with fun, uniquely combined whole foods with a global spin. This gorgeous gazpacho will have your guests swooning over a unique combination of garden fresh tomatoes and seasonally ripe strawberries. You can make this ahead of time and keep it chilled until your guests arrive. Garnish with strawberries or mint and keep the party rolling.
I'm Judy from A Well Seasoned Life, where I write thoughts and stories on food, travel and many points in between. I love to make this dish for the lamb haters out there. After one bite, I've heard my guests proclaim, "this is the best beef I've ever tasted!" It can be served as a starter or main course, depending on how large you want to make your skewers. Serve it at your next party for beef and lamb lovers alike.
Hi I'm Christina from Christina's Cucina, a Scots-Italian who has been baking since I was 7 years old. Today, I'm sharing a fresh fruit and meringue dessert to end your meal. I was inspired to create this dessert based on a recipe card I saw while in the UK at a Mark's and Spencers grocery store. It's fresh, light and balanced, and should be a perfect way to end your Summertime Garden Party! Enjoy!