Summertime and the livin’ is…well, if the livin’ isn’t exactly easy, your cooking should be. That’s why we suggest this menu of summertime treats that don’t involve too much time in the kitchen.
An adult summertime drink for those relaxing nights…
For 1 drink you need;
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 tablespoons fresh mint leaves
1 ounce rum
2 ounces water
Mix together sugar and lime juice until sugar is dissolved. Mash (or “muddle”) mint leaves to release the oils. Add rum, water and ice. Sit back and enjoy.
Grilled Chicken Breasts or Steak
8 large skinless, boneless chicken breasts or 5 – 6 rib steaks
1 bottle Italian salad dressing
In a large freezer strength Ziploc bag put the chicken or the meat. Pour in all the dressing and marinate in the refrigerator for a few hours. Grill. This will be the juiciest chicken or meat ever!
Tomato Basil Salad
7 vine ripe tomatoes (medium to large), cubed (you can use yellow and red mixed together or different varieties of tomatoes). Use the ones from your garden if you have them.
4 tablespoons red onion, chopped
¼ cup fresh basil, sliced in long strips (chifonade)
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
½ teaspoon kosher salt
Pepper to taste
Toss tomatoes, red onion, and basil in a glass bowl. Whisk balsamic vinegar, olive oil and salt and pepper. Pour over salad and refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving.
Sweet Grilled Pineapple
½ pineapple, peeled, cut in half, then sliced so that you have at least 10 half moon pieces
3 tablespoons margarine, melted
3 – 4 tablespoons light brown sugar
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
Ice cream or whipped cream
Put the pineapple in a zip lock bag with the margarine, sugar, and vanilla extract. Marinate for 15 minutes.
Prepare barbeque. Spray with nonstick cooking spray for grills. Place the pineapple on the grill over low heat. Grill each side for two minutes. Serve warm off the grill or reheated with ice cream or whipped cream.