We partnered with Kristin Schell of The Turquoise Table. Try her Prosecco Pops, Potluck Pasta Salad and Cheese Board summer recipes for your next neighborhood get-together!
Summer Time and the Living is Easy
Longer days mean more time to enjoy gathering at the Turquoise Table with family and friends. Conversations linger well into the night and come-as-you-are is the only requirement.
Spontaneous get-togethers are the best. I don’t know about you, but when I have too many planned events on my calendar I begin to get twitchy. I call it commitment-phobia. I love to be with friends and invite neighbors over, but summer should be stress-free.
Stress-free doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice delicious or special. It just means we need a hospitality hack (or two, or three!) to keep things simple and the focus on the main event – the people gathered around our table.
Who doesn’t love a popsicle? Fruity, icy pops are one of our favorite summer treats for twilight talks at the Turquoise Table. The kiddos are bathed—or not, and dinner dishes are done—or not. Whenever I find myself standing at the kitchen sink wishing the evening wasn’t winding down to a close, I imagine at least one of my neighbors must be feeling the same way.
A quick text, “Meet me at the table. Popsicles for kids, Prosecco for mamas.”
Voila! A perfect way to end the day. The kids are delighted by a spontaneous popsicle party and the grown-ups enjoy the Prosecco version, too. Simply pick your favorite flavored popsicle, add a splash of Prosecco, and enjoy.
Perfecto! Potluck Pasta Salad
Bring on the flavors of summer! If you can boil water, this simple pasta salad is your stand-by for all your “What’s for dinner?” and “What should I take to the party?” woes.
The best part of this pasta salad is there are no rules. Well, the pasta needs to be boiled and you need a simple dressing to pull all the flavors together. Other than that, it’s up to you. What’s in your fridge or pantry? Be creative. The hardest part about this recipe is remembering what you’ve tossed in the pasta. Because, your friends will ask for this recipe. Pick a few ingredients (3-4 is great) to toss into your pasta salad.
1 lb package Farfalle (bow tie) pasta
Baby spinach, chopped
Basil, gently torn
Bell pepper, diced or julienned
Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
Cherry tomatoes, halved
Boil pasta according to directions on package. Drain. Add 3-4 of your favorite ingredients. Toss with champagne vinaigrette.
¼ cup Champagne vinegar
½ cup olive oil
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 garlic clove, minced
Salt & pepper to taste
Add all ingredients to a glass jar with a tight fitting lid. Shake until well combined. Drizzle to taste on pasta salad. Champagne vinaigrette will keep in refrigerator for up to a week.
Cheese Board Craze
Remember when I shared one of our favorite ways to gather—the Clean Out the Fridge Party? Well, don’t tell your friends, but the trick to one of the trendiest appetizers is using what you have on hand. Even crackers out of a box look special on a cheese board.
There’s a time and a place to go all crazy with your cheese boards, but summer at the Turquoise Table isn’t it. Don’t go overboard. Keep your cheese board simple and thoughtful. Remember less-is-more.
Less time preparing and cleaning up, more time to spend with your friends.
Start with your favorite cheese board. Add one or two of your favorite cheeses, crackers, and fresh tomatoes or fruit. How crazy simple is that?
What are your favorite summer recipes to bring people together?
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