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Sunday, July 25, 2010

Long, Hot Summer Menu

Afternoon, everybody ♥
I'm apologizing again on behalf of my
blogging negligence; I never got the chance
to post our weekly B&B Friday the other day :(
It was actually my 22nd birthday this past Thursday, so I've
been all over the place celebrating my "birthday weekend"
... I hope you'll forgive me once more!

To make up for it, I've compiled a little menu particularly 
designed to be served on a long, hot summer day
... aka any day this season, considering the
weather we've all been experiencing!

The following recipes are all courtesy 
of Susan Branch's Summer Book
(our featured book of the month in June!)

- - -

It is suggested you set up a small table outside,
particularly near the water or a garden (if available);
place a breezy lace table cloth upon the table, and weigh it
down with a vase full of wild daisies and/or seashells ♥

Serve meal with chilled glasses of white white

1st Course

- Sea Breezes -
cream cheese, softened
smoked salmon
pickled ginger
fresh lime juice
fresh dill or parsley (opt.)

Separate endive stalks, wash & dry thoroughly. Spread wide end of each stalk with about a tablespoon of cream cheese. Put a thin slice of smoked salmon on top & top that with a piece of pickled ginger. Arrange them on a nice platter & squeeze lime juice over all. Decorate with tiny sprigs of dill or parsley if you like

- Sunshine Salad -
2 lbs. carrots, peeled & grated
1 c. raisins
1 c. coarsely chopped walnuts
1 c. mayonnaise
2 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

Peel carrots, grate them, put them in a big bowl.
Add all other ingredients & mix well. Chill.

2nd Course

- Lemon Linguini with Beach Street Cajun Shrimp -
Lemon Linguini
1 lb. linguini
1/2 c. olive oil
zest from 1 lemon
juice from 2 lemons
1/2 c. chopped green onion
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsey
salt & freshly ground pepper
lots of Parmesan cheese

Cook linguini in boiling salted water till done; drain well. Combine next 5 ingredients in a large serving bowl. Add pasta & toss well. Sprinkle over salt & freshly ground pepper -- toss in Parmesan to taste. Serve, or toss in additional ingredients of your choice.

Beach Street Cajun Shrimp
 1/2 c. olive oil
1 clove garlic, whole
2 Tbsp. Cajun seasoning
2 Tbsp. lemon juice
2 Tbsp. minced parsley
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 Tbsp. soy sauce
16 extra-large shrimp

Combine first 7 ingredients in a 9 x 13 baking dish. Shell & devein the shrimp, pat dry & toss in marinade to coat. Refrigerate 1-12 hrs. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove garlic clove. Bake for 7-10 min., stirring occasionally -- be sure not to overcook. You can also grill them on skewers.

3rd Course

- Fresh Strawberry Ice Cream - 
(an ice cream maker is needed for this)
2 c. whole milk
2 c. heavy cream
1 1/4 c. sugar
1 1/2 c. pureed fresh, ripe strawberries

Bring milk & cream just to boiling point. Remove from heat, add 3/4 c. of sugar, stir to dissolve. Cool. Puree the strawberries in a food processor until liquid. Add the rest of the sugar (1/2 c.) to puree & stir. Blend milk mixture with the puree, taste for sweetness & freeze in ice cream maker. Serve. Keep any leftover mixture & make more tomorrow!


Stay cool, everyone!


  1. Sounds like a yummy feast for these humid days! ;)

  2. Whenever I feel myself slipping in to my "I loathe summer" mode I pull out this book and everything is better again! :-)

  3. First and foremost...HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY Summer is terribly "hot" this year and love all these recipe=thank you so much sharing them.

    xoxo Gert

  4. Happy Birthday WOW 22...boy that seems like a life time ago. Enjoy it!!!

    Thanks for the recipes....going home and eating the first thing I see and having a mojito! just picked the mint!
    stay cool btw

  5. Happy birthday! Love the blog ... my only interest was drinking when I was your age! ;)

  6. Now I want the summer book too! I brought the autumn and have made two recipes from it (my first cooking adventures ever!)

  7. That is the cutest little cookbook! It sounds great and Happy Belated 22nd birthday to you!!!
    I want to be 22 again!!

  8. You are simply too cute for words! Happy Birthday and thanks again for all of your wonderful comments on the new blog - Everything Coastal Style. Don't worry, I am still writing both blogs!

  9. Happy belated birthday! I have the Summer book and the Autumm one too. Aren't they great?

  10. Happy belated Birthday honey. Hope you had a great one. Thanks so much for your kind words on my blog last friday. Hugs. Simone xx

  11. Hi Erin,

    I LOVE Sue's Summer book and use the recipes all the time. Autumn is my fav.

    Sending lov from cooling off coastal Maine. It is glittering and gorgeous here. I smell autumn.


    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

  12. A belated HAPPY BIRTHDAY, Erin. Thanks for that lovely menu, too! Those are some great suggestions and nice ways to stay cool.
    The Cape has cooled down considerably since Sunday. What a relief! It has been awful.

  13. Dear Erin,

    We just recently learned about your wonderful blog through our website person. You take beautiful pictures and it has been fun browsing through your past blogs.

    Thank you for telling your visitors about our business, Cape Cod Specialties, in your April 5th posting. Since then, we have upgraded to a new website with a new summer slideshow now playing on the homepage.

    Wishing you a belated Happy Birthday!

    Janet & David Dohan

  14. Happy Birthday ! I am going to celebrate my 53 next week. Where the heck was I at 22??????


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