June through September gardens are awash with juicy red tomatoes, thick green beans, purple eggplants and bushy basil. Fresh vibrant foods are in order. Summer means quick cooking or no cooking.
Summer Cocktails and Apps
Get the party started with sun-drenched cocktails and three islandy appetizers.
Here are some decorating ideas we used to transport our guests to the tropics: Banana leaves: Visit your local florist, World Market or Pier One…
Blender pesto is a snap to make. You’ll use it in so many ways, it’s like money in the bank.
Fresh bananas, yummy vanilla custard, and a froth of whipped cream combine for a gloriously simple summer dessert.
No-Cook Summer Dinners
Stay cool with no-cook meals that are crisp, wonderfully light and made for hot summer evenings on the porch.
Homemade Ice Creams
Ice cream, gelato, sherbert and sorbet are all on our summertime dessert menu this year.
Key Lime Pie
The sweet and tart custard filling in a graham cracker crust is a dessert classic—and one of our favorites.
Fresh Okra Salad
With a few other ingredients—greens, red bell pepper and jicama—okra makes a terrific side dish.
Fourth of July Potluck
Celebrate Fourth of July Louisiana style with our pot-luck friendly menu of oven ribs, blue cheese slaw and summery sides.