Any favorite beach vacation recipes?

Headed for the coast for a week and will have chef duty for much of it which is exciting. Improv in the kitchen is my MO, but since I'm cooking for 6 I'd love to have some simple summer recipes that are crowd pleasers. Seafood will be on the menu often. Also bringing the vitamix and would love suggestions for blender drinks that work with and without spirits. As the house is well air conditioned, it might be fun to do a little baking as well. (My home oven is on hiatus from April-October.)

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  • July 8, 2011


skittle July 8, 2011
We always do a brined turkey. Cook it at home..and then eat it on the back porch as sandwiches with corn on the cob and a mixed salad.
Sam1148 July 8, 2011
A shrimp boil. Easy and a crowd pleaser.
A bag of shrimp raw with peel on, corn on the cob, cut into thirds, smoked sausages sliced, new potatoes.
A bag of zatarain's shrimp/crab boil. Lemons, cocktail sauce and butter.

A big stock pot with strainer (which you might have to bring with you). A clean news paper.

To get all the flavor out the spice bag. Put the bag in in the pot with 1 beer..and a lemon cut in half and juiced. let that simmer a few mins. Fill with water and add salt and bring to a boil ..then add potatoes, and sausages. Boil about 10 mins--then add corn..boil about 8 mins..add shrimp cover and turn off the heat and let sit until shrimp is pink.

Drain and dump it all in a big bowl lined with newspaper or just on a outside table with newspaper. Serve with a salad, crusty bread, butter, cocktail sauce and lemon wedges. (and seasoning salt for the corn/potatoes).
Easy and most everyone can find something they like in there (except for shrimp alergy people, or vegans).
Bevi July 8, 2011
Well good old hamburgers epitomize the beach vacation, and this site ran a great burger contest a while back:

I would also like to offer up my roasted corn and tomato salad, which allows you to use extra ears of grilled corn for a great salad the next day:

I make what I call a "phoof" drink that I love: skim milk, ice, and butterscotch schnapps all go in a blender. Whirr until you get the consistency you like. The skim milk keeps the drink light, and you barely know you are drinking any alcohol (perhaps a little dangerous??!!).
pierino July 8, 2011
I lived at the beach for a long, long time. One my favorite things to do in summer has always been paella cooked outside over a wood fire Hopefully you have a good seafood market nearby and can choose the best clams.
SKK July 8, 2011
A wonderful blender drink for your Vita-Mix:
2 cups watermelon (I include seeds - not rind)
2 cups strawberries
1/2 inch fresh ginger
1 tbsp. lime juice

hardlikearmour July 8, 2011
Oven fried chicken with roasted sweet potato salad. For breakfast I like to do baked French toast and/or individual vegetable frittatas made in muffin tins.
drbabs July 8, 2011
Funny--I was going to post a similar question--we'll be 18 in our house! I'm usually in charge of salads--and there are great ones recently--this week's finalist salad, and last week's winner, for starters. Last year I made Lazy Mary's lemon tart huge hit. We also loved Creamy Cucumber Side

We also love and

We always bake cookies, and I was thinking of trying this for my brother's birthday since you don't need a mixer, and we don't have one. (And the blender at teh house we rent is PLASTIC! But that's all part of teh fun, right?)

Can't wait to see what others post.
AntoniaJames July 8, 2011
Pulled pork with slaw is a Beach Week must in our family. Corn on the cob, corn salads, huge bowls of fruit salad; if baking, fruit cobblers with whatever looks best at the nearest farm stand. My mother always baked a ham which she brought to the beach, and which we ate for one dinner shortly after we arrived, and then at leftovers for sandwiches. Three or four chickens roasted with herbs and garlic also work well. We always plan dinners to have a lot of leftovers, as people tend to fend for themselves during the day, and it's nice to have cold meats and leftover pulled pork in the fridge for sandwiches. Mmmm, how nice. I can smell the salt air now. (BTW, the photo closest to me on my desk is one of my sons sitting on the deck of my extended family's favorite beach house, with the dunes and waves on the Outer Banks in the background . . . . ) ;o)
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