Monday, September 26, 2011

Backyard Cookout

There is nothing better than finishing off the summer with a backyard get-together!

A couple tips:
1) Pick some great colors or set a theme to make the day even more fun.
2) A simple flower arrangement can make the perfect center piece.
3) Don't be afraid to try some new recipes!

To help plan your next backyard event, check out the recipes below.

Homemade Salsa
(Country Living Magazine)

1 Pot of salted water
3 Large Tomatoes
1 Large Lime
1 Small Jalapeño (finely chopped)
1/2 Small Red Onion (finely chopped)
2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro

-Bring pot of water to a boil
-Slit the bottom of each of the tomatoes in
the shape of an "x"
-Place tomatoes in boiling water until skin
splits (about 20 secs)
-Remove tomatoes from boiling water and
immediately place in a tub of ice
-Once cooled, carefully peal back the skin
-Cut tomatoes in half
-Squeeze out seeds
-Chop the tomatoes and place in bowl
-From the lime, create 1/2 teaspoon of peel
and squeeze 1 tablespoon of juice and
add both to the chopped tomatoes
-Add chopped jalapeño to bowl
-Add chopped onion
-Add fresh cilantro
-Mix and let cool for at least an hour

Homemade Guacamole
(Country Living Magazine)

2 Large Avocados
1 Large Tomato (finely chopped)
2 Tablespoons Onion (minced)
2 Tablespoons Fresh Cilantro (minced)
1 Lime (juiced)
2 Jalapeños (seeded and minced)

-Remove pit and scoop "meat" from avocado (place in bowl)
-Add all other ingredients
-Add salt and pepper to taste
-Blend with a potato masher

Rose Punch
(Food Network)

1 Cup Fresh Strawberries (Halved)
1 Cup Fresh Peaches (sliced)

Alcoholic Version:
2 Bottles of your favorite Rose Wine
1 Bottle Sparkling Water
1 Cup Granulated Sugar

Nonalcoholic Version:
1 (2 L) bottle of Canada Dry Raspberry Ginger Ale

-Pour your choice of liquids into a pitcher
-Top with fruit

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