June 4, 2015
This menu is inspired by summer concerts under the stars, picnics at the lake, and backyard BBQs. It explores dishes that will bring zesty life to the barefoot, long, happy days of summer!
The best part of being the planner for my cooking group? I get to pick so many of my favorite recipes.
We made Ina’s bbq sauce in massive quantities, and then bought bulk pork loins at Costco.
Throw this meal in the crockpot when you know you’ll be gone all day fishing at the river, and come back to dinner waiting. Serve on the patio with cole slaw.
We ended up making these with ground turkey meat instead of ground chicken, because that is what Costco carries and it is so much cheaper to buy there!
Great for your backyard BBQ and healthy to boot!
Sliders are so time consuming. This recipe creates a crucial shortcut!
Got a bunch of neighbor kids hanging around your yard playing Kick the Can at dinnertime? They’ll devour these!
Hands down my favorite summer concert meal, this is a meal that will both satisfy and impress. It sets an elegant outdoor table. Be ready to give out the recipe because every time I’ve served it, people ask for it!
Pesto Chicken Pasta – a perennial kid-favorite, this one is for when you get home from a long day at the ball field. Just boil up the pasta and throw the sauce already prepared over it. We roast the chicken, slice it, then put in in a bag with the pesto so its emergency-hungry ready.
You’ve never tasted anything quite like this. It’s totally unusual and TOTALLY AMAZING. Seriously. You will be eating this right out of the bowl. Sweeten it more if you like your BBQ nice and sweet by adding some brown sugar.
Taken from one of my go-to recipe websites, Mel’s Kitchen Cafe, this is a flavorful explosion of Asian cuisine. It’s just really, really good, which is why its on the summer menu also.
I like variety so we rarely eat the same things from week to week. But if there is going to be a repeat, these burgers win every time. I keep my freezer stocked so they are readily available. I know you may think you have a better burger recipe than this, but I’ll put these up against ANY burger ANYTIME. They are perfection on a bun.
Healthy, easy, and flavorful, this is a great go-to for family dinner.
This meal is for the most special occasion. It would be great for an evening under string lights with the crickets singing and a bottle of red on the table.
When you want fried chicken, but without the fried, look to this recipe. It’s great to take along to a picnic in the park where live music jams from the stage while kids run barefoot and adults throw frisbees.
You can download my Summer Fun Cooking Menu List and Direction Sheet HERE.