Simple Summer Celebration

The weather is warming up and outdoor living and entertaining is upon us. Why don’t you invite your friends over and cook up a memorable outdoor meal? Mimi and Mademoiselle will share one of our favorite menus that says, “Yea, it’s summer!”

Summer Menu

 

Shrimp, Vidalia Onion and Chorizo Sausage Skewers
Serves 4
Grilled Shrimp, Vidalia Onion and Chorizo Sausage on Skewers is a summer grilling hit!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 24 Jumbo Shrimp (Uncooked, Deveined)
  2. 2 Garlic Cloves
  3. 1 Large Vidalia Onion
  4. 1/4 Cup Extra-Virgin Olive Oil + 2 Tablespoons
  5. 2 Tablespoons Fresh Lime Juice
  6. 8 oz. Dried Chorizo Sausage
  7. Kosher Salt
  8. Fresh Black Pepper
Instructions
  1. Set out 8 skewers or soak 8 wooden skewers in water.
  2. Heat grill or indoor griddle.
  3. Toss shrimp in garlic, oil and lime juice in a large bowl. Salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate.
  4. Cut onion into 8 wedges, in a separate bowl, toss in extra 2 Tablespoons olive oil. Salt and Pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate.
  5. Cut chorizo on the bias into sixteen 1" pieces.
  6. Thread shrimp and chorizo onto each skewer, alternating pieces with onion wedge slices. Approximately, 3 of each.
Notes
  1. Serve with lime wedges.
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Avocados with Balsamic Vinegar
Serves 4
A simple yummy summer side dish!
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 Firm, large, ripe Hass avocados, peeled, pitted and cut in half.
  2. 1 small lime, juiced.
  3. Balsamic Vinegar, plain, peach or other light variety.
  4. Pinch of Herbes de Provence or Kosher Salt.
Instructions
  1. Plate peeled, pitted and halved avocados.
  2. Squeeze juice of lime over prepared avocados.
  3. Fill seed center with vinegar.
  4. Optional: Season with a pinch of kosher salt or herbes de provence.
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Tequila and Sweet Lime Watermelon
Serves 12
A delicious way to serve watermelon!
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Prep Time
10 min
Prep Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. One seedless watermelon
  2. 4 limes
  3. 1/2 cup sugar
  4. 1/2 cup tequila
Instructions
  1. Cut watermelon into wedges
  2. Zest 4 limes
  3. Squeeze juice of 4 limes
  4. Mix lime juice and tequila in small saucepan, heat to simmer
  5. Add sugar and dissolve
  6. Cool completely
  7. Pour lime syrup over watermelon
  8. Sprinkle with lime zest
  9. Refrigerate until serving
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Summer Fresh Strawberry Cake
Serves 12
An easy but decadent summer cake!
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Prep Time
30 min
Prep Time
30 min
Cake
  1. 1 Package white cake mix
  2. 1 Small box jell-o strawberry gelatin
  3. 1 Cup small diced fresh strawberries
  4. 1/2 Cup hot water
  5. 1 Cup canola oil
  6. 4 Eggs
  7. 2 Tablespoons Flour
Icing
  1. 1 pound powdered sugar
  2. 1/4 cup butter, softened
  3. 1 cup fresh diced strawberries
Cake
  1. Mix cake mix, jello and flour in a large bowl.
  2. Add hot water and oil. Mix until well blended.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, being well.
  4. Add berries folding gently into batter.
  5. Pour batter into a well greased and floured 9 x13 square baking dish.
  6. Bake at 325 Degrees for 30-45 minutes.
  7. Cool completely.
Icing
  1. Cream butter and sugar together.
  2. Add strawberries, Mix well.
  3. Pour over completely cooled cake.
Notes
  1. Serve with vanilla ice cream. Hopefully, homemade! Enjoy!
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