Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Al fresco with friends

I love this time of year. The weather is finally warming up in Boston. It doesn't get be much then dining outside with amazing friends, wine and good food. My friend is coming over Thursday night with her kiddies, our children will run around the yard while we sip wine. I've decided that I'm going to make Avocado and grilled corn salad. It's delicious. I'll most likely serve it with a side salad, with some grilled chicken and a crusty french bread. Dessert is going to be ice cream sandwiches. If you're pinched for time and can't make the homemade version just purchase cookies from your local bakery and fill them with your favorite ice cream or sorbet. (I think that's what I'll be doing on Thursday)
I love the concept of this image,  delicious food displayed for all to enjoy.
There's something very romantic about dining under the stars
Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette

5 Ears Corn, husk removed, brush with olive oil and grilled, remove corn with sharp knife
2 Avocado’s, diced and sprinkled with lemon juice to prevent browning
2 C. Tomatoes, red and yellow cherry variety or equivalent
1 Small red onion, finely diced
¾ C. Feta, crumbled
1 ½ C. English cucumber, skin on and chopped small dice

Add to a large bowl and refrigerate until ready to use.

Cilantro Vinaigrette

6 T. Olive oil
2 T. Sherry vinegar
1 t. Garlic powder
2 T. Fresh cilantro, minced
½ t. Salt
10 Grinds of fresh ground pepper

Add all of the above ingredients in a small glass jar with a lid. Shake really well. Taste and adjust seasoning and ratios of oil and vinegar as you desire.

peanut butter and jelly with raspberry yogurt ice cream sandwich

home made ice cream sandwiches - I have to try these this summer! Yum. Father's Day maybe?

   1. Pillow / 2. Bench / 3. Wine Glass / 4. Outdoor Globe Lights / 5. Dining Table / 6. Kate Spade 7. Pottery Barn
Bring color to the table with the food and fresh flowers!
We can't forget the wine selection, 14 Hands Red Blend,  is under $12.00 and very good!


Paula said...

WOW - you really do know how to set a scene don't you! The sun has just come out in England, and the air is (dare I say it!)quite warm - so these suggestions are fabulously timely. I will definitely be trying that salad - it looks absolutely scrumptious!
Paula x

Jen of MadeByGirl said...

The Avocado and Grilled Corn Salad with Cilantro Vinaigrette looks to die for...sounds like a great night. Love the color of those flowers for the table!


Anonymous said...

I was just planning my summer porch supper ideas and the salad looks amazing! Also love your ideas for the setting....

kim at northerncalstyle. said...

Love this post! I am ready for the weekend now! I think I'll make that salad too. Love all your picks for decor .


Like Me Some said...

Um, super yum!! Looks delish! You do it all, fabulous design and cook!

My name: Julie My design firm: SHELTER said...

thank you! ;)

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

that salad looks amazing, im gonna make it TONIGHT. YAY - thanks for the recipe!


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