Monday, July 23, 2012

EASY SUMMERTIME RECIPES: Enjoy the Day, Eat Well at Night

Seasonal foods inspire Summertime Recipes
What do I mean by an "easy summertime recipe?" Why, a recipe that can be prepared ahead or prepared quickly just before sitting down to the table; a recipe that features seasonal ingredients; and one that does not heat up the kitchen (or the cook!) too much.

Here is one example of a dinner featuring easy summertime recipes.  Bon app├ętit!

Seashore - style Deviled Eggs

Slow Cooker Barbecue Ribs

"Jersey Fresh" Corn on the Cob and Sliced Tomatoes

Watermelon Wedges

Traditional summer foods, right?  Here's how I make them "easy."  First, purchase seasonal fruits and vegetables from your local farmer or Farmer's Market and use them up quickly (corn, tomatoes, watermelon).

Early in the day, or a day ahead, cook (steam) the eggs using this interesting method.  To make them Seashore-Style Deviled Eggs, mash the yolks with mayonnaise and season to taste with Old Bay and a dash of hot sauce and fill the cooked egg white halves with the mixture. Chill. Before serving, garnish the stuffed eggs with small chunks of cooked shrimp. Lumps of crab would work well, also.

For the Barbecued Ribs, I followed a recipe using a slow cooker. Brown the ribs in the oven early in the day while you make the barbecue sauce (or use a favorite bottled variety). Cut the ribs into serving portions. Put some of the sauce in the slow cooker, add some ribs and cover them with some sauce, then repeat until all of the ribs and sauce are used.  Cover the slow cooker, set the temperature to low, and go enjoy the day.

When you return, slice the "Jersey Fresh" Tomatoes and drizzle with olive oil and fresh herbs, if you like, and sprinkle with sea salt.  Husk the "Jersey Fresh" Corn and microwave the ears for about 10 minutes and serve with salt, pepper, and melted butter or use Old Bay on the corn for spicy, seashore flavor.

Slice icy cold Watermelon Wedges for an easy and refreshing dessert.

See? Easy! Delicious! Satisfying! You can enjoy Summertime fun and eat well at night, too!

Carol & Gus, Innkeepers
Scarborough Inn
an Ocean City NJ Bed and Breakfast

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