Menu Ideas

A Summer Weekend Dinner Party

By • July 5, 2014 • 5 Comments

Today: Turn off the grill (just for a night) and host a summer dinner party to balance out your Fourth of July weekend. 

Outdoor Lighting

You came to the rooftop. You saw the fireworks. You conquered the flag cake. Fourth of July is a whirlwind of red, white, blue, and American beer, and it can leave you tuckered out and craving the comfort of a candle-lit table laid with silverware instead of compostable forks. You want something a bit more refined. 

More: Master the art of outdoor lighting.

Luckily, there's still next weekend. Or the weekend after that. It's the summer, and there's no time crunch. Saturday and Sunday will both stretch out into the twilight hour, and who doesn't want to be a guest at a light, summery feast? Invite your favorite people, dust off the dishes, make a cocktail, and step away from the grill.

Here's the menu:

Gin Spritz

Gin Spritz on Food52


Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Lemon Cream

Grilled Bread with Thyme Pesto and Preserved Lemon Cream

 

Radish and Arugula Salad with Pecorino and Lemon

Radish and Arugula Salad with Pecorino and Lemon


Sautéed Zucchini with Mint, Basil, and Walnuts

Sauteed Zucchini on Food52


Creamy Asparagus, Lemon, and Walnut Pasta

Creamy Asparagus, Lemon and Walnut Pasta


Tom Colicchio's Pan-Roasted Sea Scallops

Tom Colicchio's Pan Seared Scallops

 

Blueberry and Rye Slab Pie

Blueberry and Rye Slab Pie


Rosemary Honey Lemon Frozen Yogurt

Rosemary Honey Lemon Sorbet

What's on your next dinner party menu? Tell us in the comments!

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Stringio

about 1 month ago Hector Laracuente

Holy crap. im loving it.

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about 1 month ago marian

I love scallops. Here's a dish from one of my many favorite blogs.

http://cookingwithmrc.wordpress...

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about 1 month ago Amy Nadeau

I feel vindicated that other people serve multiple courses to friends/family. Most of my guests don't find the beauty in the ritual of eating, it's all about the drinks. i still love to entertain in the old ways and love them anyway! Maybe the cooking is for me anyway....

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about 1 month ago Tsu-Min

I am Inspired!

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about 1 month ago Pegeen

Pegeen is a trusted home cook.

I can't believe I want to eat again after yesterday's 4th of July feast, but I want to make all of these! Thanks for a great collection.