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20.5.17

Simple Summer Menu : Lemon Basil Shrimp Skewers, Pesto Pasta, Tomato & Prosciutto Salad, Glazed Lemon Cake


When you think of backyard entertaining, burgers or steaks are usually on the menu.  If the crowd is right I like to take a fresher approach and serve pasta with Homemade Pesto Sauce
and Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp.

You can use any pesto for the pasta that you like - it is so much easier to make than you'd think.  The basil in my garden is not quite ready to harvest, so I bought a huge bunch to use at Trader Joes for just a couple of dollars.  I like the put the hot pasta in a big bowl straight from the pasta water and toss it with the pesto - the heat takes a little bit of the edge off of the fresh basil and raw garlic.

Recipes :

Homemade Pesto Sauce

Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp




For a simple, but elegant summer party you can't go wrong with hydrangea.  Here, I put them in a rustic pot to make them feel a bit more casual.  How-to, here >




Lemon Basil Grilled Shrimp


This Tomato, Goat Cheese & Prosciutto Salad would be the perfect thing for a seated starter.


If it is more of a gather around sort of party, the Tomato Mozzarella Platter is always my go-to in the summer.  


This Glazed Lemon Cake is perfect ending for a summer party.  No one will say no to lemon - it always sounds so light and refreshing.


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