Monday, July 1, 2013

Rainy Day Reflections: Popular Summer Recipes

Rainy Day Reflections:  Popular Summer Recipes
It's been raining and raining and raining.  Seems like it will never end.  We've had rain every single day for the last week and it looks like it will continue into the holiday weekend.  Ugh!
Summer is on my mind, nonetheless, so I thought I would reflect on some of the popular summer recipes that have been posted here on Feast Everyday over the years.
More and more I am utilizing the recipe index (at the top of the blog main page) and the search engine (on the side of the blog main page)  to look for ideas for what to make.
Here are some of the popular summer recipes I picked out from the past  --- click on the title to go directly to the recipe.
Grilled Pork Chops with Grilled Peaches  --  makes my mouth water to think of this one
Grilled Scallops with Lemon Tarragon Vinaigrette by Tom --- we learned to make this recipe at the New York Wine and Culinary Center cooking school in Canandaigua 
Filipino-style Steak Marinade by Marty -- easy to make and a nice BBQ flavors
Our Favorite Grilled Lamb Marinade by Tom  --  soy, red wine, rosemary, and garlic --- a tried and true favorite
Beer Can Chicken --- Christine and Howard first taught us how to make it --- the chicken is always moist  -- unlike some grilled chicken can be
Grilled Chicken with Pistachio Salsa -- the marinade for this chicken is yummy, even without the pistachio salsa
Spiedies and Speedy Spiedies  --  a central New York tradition
Three Great Flank Steak Marinades  --- including Tom's most popular Asian marinade which I think is a Laddie recipe
Chimichurri by Colleen  -- a fresh and lively sauce to serve with grilled steaks or chicken  -- uses parsley
Shrimp with Ginger Herb Butter by Jeanne  --- I have this on my list to make
Flank Steak with Chimichurri Sauce by Jeanne   --- her sauce features cilantro
QKA Grilled Pork Loin --- from our oldest lake cookbook --- Healthy Grilled Recipes
Buttermilk-Brined Pork Chops by Tom  --- Tom's current best way to make moist grilled pork chops
Easy Fish Tacos  --- this is our go-to recipe for the summer when we are too busy to plan ahead
Summer Spring Rolls by Chelsea  -- they take a little effort but these are a great summer starter
Summer Salsas by Tom ---  so much better than the stuff in the jar
Grilled Pizzas by the Spinas --- I am going to try grilling pizzas this summer
Grilled Portabella Sandwich  --  decadent but delicious
Picnic Pita Pockets by Chris  -- a clever idea for finger food
Rice Salad with Sesame Dressing by Chris  --  always popular with a crowd and easy to take to a picnic
Tuscan Bread Salad with Mozzarella and Basil  --- a Tom Douglas standout recipe
Caprese Salad  --- It wouldn't be summer with this dish! 
I love summer   --- for all of the fresh produce  --- and for getting to eat outside on the deck --- and for seeing family and friends at the lake.
Tom is counting down the days until we'll have local corn --- all of this rain should make for a bumper crop this year. 
As the summer goes on, please think about sharing your summer favorites with us on Feast Everyday ----
or let us know some of your shortcuts for summer meals and entertaining ---
Happy Summer!

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