Summer Entertaining

Deconstructed Chicken Parmesan Kebabs

These little cuties are probably one of the most popular dishes I make that have both kids and parents fighting for the final skewer. These baked morsels of plump and crispy chicken, rich roasted tomato slices, and ooey-gooey cheese are baked, not fried, and satisfy that craving for heavy chicken parmesan, but in a way lighter form, and are perfect for entertaining or feeding little fingers.

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Spiced Vindaloo Kafta Kebabs with Potato, and Onions

These Vindaloo inspired Indian kafta or meatballs are packed full of flavor from fragrant Vindaloo curry spices, fresh lemon juice, and ginger. These might be one of the most surprisingly delicious and popular dishes I’ve made in the last year. Make them with beef for a richer ball or opt for turkey meat to make it a lighter, more lean dish. Even those skeptical family members who swear they don’t like curry will be heading for seconds and thirds.

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Entertaining Essentials: Summer Veggie & Salami Pasta Salad with Yogurt, Cashew, and Herb Dressing

Summer cooking should be bright and full of the freshest produce. This pasta salad has an Italian spin with a tangy cashew pesto vinaigrette and chunks of high quality Salami. The vinaigrette is made with Greek yogurt which gives a lighter taste than a cheese based pesto. I love finding new ways to incorporate raw nuts into dressings and sauces, adding depth of flavor, a smoother, more decadent consistency, plus extra protein. Packed atop a bed of greens, this is one of the prettiest, most brightly colored platters you’ll put on the table, which is exactly why I pair it with a bouquet of summer’s best friend, the sunflower.

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Summer Veggie & Salami Pasta Salad with Yogurt, Cashew, and Herb Dressing

Summer cooking should be bright and full of the freshest produce. This pasta salad has an Italian spin with Salami and a pesto type vinaigrette, without the heaviness of cheese. I love finding new ways to incorporate raw nuts into my dressings and sauces, adding depth of flavor, a smoother, more decadent consistency and of course some protein. Packed atop a bed of greens, this is one of the prettiest, most brightly colored platters you’ll put on the table, which is exactly why you should pair it with a bouquet of sunflowers.

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Entertaining Essentials: Veal Scaloppine Summer Salad Topped with Corn, Leek, and Asparagus Sauté

My easy to make, crispy light veal scaloppine served over this main dish dinner salad is going to be your new go to for all warm weather, summer entertaining. I promise you’ll impress your pals at the next alfresco dinner party or casual date night with these bright colors, bursts of citrus, and simple farm fresh ingredients that combine to make, if I may say so myself, summer salad perfection.

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Veal Scaloppine Summer Salad Topped with Corn, Leek, and Asparagus Sauté

My easy to make, crispy light veal scaloppine served over this main dish dinner salad is going to be your new go to for all warm weather, summer entertaining. I promise you’ll impress your pals at the next alfresco dinner party or casual date night with these bright colors, bursts of citrus, and simple farm fresh ingredients that combine to make, if I may say so myself, summer salad perfection.

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