Friday, June 19, 2009

Simple Summer Supper

We enjoyed dinner by the pool when my best friend, Vonda, visited with her husband, Mike, and their daughter, Hannah. Our simple summer supper included several favorite recipes I've requested from friends.



Hot Bacon Swiss with Corn Chips

Roasted New Potato Salad

Asian Slaw

Ice Cream

Pink Lemonade

Hot Bacon Swiss

Although my friend Lara Graham usually doubles this recipe when she serves it to girlfriends, there is rarely any left for her husband when we leave!

1 cup grated Swiss cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
8-ounce block of cream cheese
1 jar Hormel Bacon Bits
Crushed Ritz crackers (about 1 sleeve)

Mix cheese, mayonnaise and cream cheese with a blender, then spread mixture into a baking dish. Top with Hormel Bacon Bits, then crushed Ritz crackers. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes, or until bubbly. Serve with corn chips.

Roasted New Potato Salad

This recipe from Debra Norton is delicious served warm as soon as it's tossed, but leftovers are good served chilled the next day.

2 tablespoons olive oil
2 pounds small red potatoes, diced
1/2 sweet onion, chopped
2 tablespoons minced garlic
1 teaspoon coarse salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
8-10 slices crisp, cooked bacon, crumbled
1 bunch green onions, chopped
1/2 to 3/4 cup Ranch dressing
Salt and pepper to taste

Place olive oil in a jelly roll pan; add potatoes and the next four ingredients, tossing to coat. Arrange in a single layer. Bake at 425 degrees for 30 to 35 minutes, or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Cool slightly, then transfer to a large bowl. Toss together potatoes, bacon and green onions. Drizzle dressing over a little at a time, and toss with potatoes. Add salt and pepper to taste, and garnish with green onions. Serve immediately, or cover and chill.

Oriental Broccoli Slaw

This recipe is a summertime favorite around here. I first sampled it when a sweet lady from our church, Karen Pruitt, invited the young mothers of our congregation over for a pool party a few years ago. Karen asked us to bring sack lunches for our children, and she treated us mommies to a delicious ladies lunch.

1 pound bag broccoli slaw
1 cup sunflower seeds
1 cup slivered almonds
2 packages ramen noodles (Oriental or chicken flavored)
3/4 cup oil
1/4 cup vinegar
1/3 cup sugar
Seasoning packets from ramen

Toss broccoli slaw, sunflower seeds and slivered almonds in a large bowl. In a smaller bowl, whisk oil, vinegar, sugar and seasoning packets from ramen. Toss with dressing. Just before serving, break up ramen noodles and toss them in (uncooked and crispy). Notes: This recipe stretches to feed a crowd, but can be halved for a family dinner. Unfortunately, it doesn't keep well, so encourage guests to enjoy extra servings while it is fresh.


E and T said...

Hi Melissa

That menu sounds scrumptious and would make for a perfect afternoon catch up with dear friends. Your table setting, as always, is so inviting, vibrant and such a delight to see.

I can see why that photo of Carson and Hannah at age 2 is one of your all time favourites - it looks like a picture straight from one of those beautiful story books.

Getting together with friends that you have known for years is certainly one of life's greatest pleasures.


Donna @ Party Wishes said...

I LOVE Broccoli Slaw! Thanks for the recipe. Everything sounds so delicious!

Allidink said...

Yum! Thanks for the recipes! That dip sounds really good!

All he best,

Elise said...

Melissa I don't know how you have time for all this ! Everything looks wonderful.

Do you ever get time to yourself ???

blushing rose said...

Yum! That is going to our next gathering. TTFN ~Marydon

Melanie said...


I am just catching up myself!

I have been peeking in on you from time to time, always ejoying my visit, of coarse!

If you come to Michigan please let me know!!!! My schedule is very flexible during the summer months and I would love to see you!

I hope your summer is filled with joyful memories. God Bless!!!


Workin' MAMA! said...

I personally Thank the Lord Jesus that you posted the recipes for this lovely meal -

SIMPLE? Don't think so sister -
You make everything look so effortless - which makes it fab!

Thanks for sharing your gift with us! You are one talented lady...

Working Mama in the NW
(up late trying to clean house and preparing for vaycay!)

Tara said...

I think I went to school with Lara Graham (maiden name Sides?). If this is the same Lara, tell her Tara from ACA said hello. Would love to hear from her!

These all sound so yummy!

Joanne Kennedy said...

You always make every meal seem so special. Your guest much feel so honored when they come to your house.


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