Monday, July 18, 2016

An Easy Summer Birthday

Everyone loves a home cooked meal for their birthdays.Even summer babies are excited over a favorite dish that's been lovingly made. Unfortunately the season brings about hot days when no one wants to be in the kitchen. The solution? Keep it cool!

If the honoree wants a home cooked meal, then think  barbecue.Grilled chicken or salmon with grilled vegetables is a nice treat. If you have a Weber egg  grill, you can roast an entire chicken. A birthday party needs a festive dish so why not grill beer can chicken? This is easy to make.It's taking the chicken , rinsing it and then patting dry with paper towels. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper and any kind of rub.It's then plunking the bird down on an open beer can . The can and the legs will act as a tripod as the bird is being cooked.It usually takes about an hour and fifteen minutes. Serve with a fiesta salad that has cooked corn niblets mixed with diced red and green peppers along with halved grape tomatoes. Sirloin burgers are another celebratory  meal. To grind the meat, first cube the steak and grind in batches in your food processor or meat grinder. You can add egg for richness or butter. The burgers can be served Piedmontese style with bagna calda  sauce on them. Use flattened toasted Italian bread instead of the usual buns for this. Grilled salmon Oriental style with soy and ginger or Mediterranean style is also a lovely birthday lunch or dimmer.. The last can be served with a fancy couscous studded with almonds and raisins.

Nachos are always a fun party food no matter what time of year. The dish outside is extra fun, especially at a pool or even beach side party.Make it really luxurious  with  layers of steak and chicken or fresh roasted pork. For color have both black and green olives along with extra helpings of  guacamole, sour cream and pico de gallo. If  you're hosting a large crowd you may want to try a taco or quesadilla bar where guests can pile on a variety of toppings. A cool idea is a salad loaded with tasty bits and pieces. A taco salad can be fun, It's just a quick cook of and then the meat or soy fake meat can be added to iceberg lettuce along with crumbled tortilla chips and shredded Monterey jack cheese. Buffalo chicken salad is a nice birthday lunch or dinner meal. Making the chicken is the most labor intensive. It's just creating a spicy , chili infused marinade and letting it marinate for a few hours  before cooking and adding it to  a salad , full of  diced celery and Romaine lettuce. Serve with a cool blue cheese dressing.One of the most luxurious and perfect for a birthday lunch or dinner is a seafood salad, chock full of lobster crab and shrimp.Use butter lettuce as a base and also toss in cherry or grape tomatoes. Dress with a simple vinaigrette which will accentuate the sweet flavors of the shell fish. Serve with crusty rolls and  chilled champagne.

Cooking for a summer birthday honoree is actually a cool and easy idea. Try a lush salad or a rich sirloin  burger for a sumptuous meal. It's a great way to celebrate a summer baby's special day.

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