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Party Menus – Late Summer Entertaining

IMG_7441Quite frequently my friends and family reach out to me for menu planning tips, recipes, or for most, they want a menu. Inspired by all of these requests, Ill do my best to post some great menus for entertaining. Starting with the current season.

September is hands down the best month in California. The weather is cooling down a bit, but still insanely beautiful. Summer activities, travels and vacations have come to and end, and you’re not quite ready to give in to the season change. The bounty of Summer produce is still ready available at farmers markets and stands on the side of the road. There is no better time to throw a casual BBQ, cocktail party, or back to school party. Below are some great ideas to take advantage of this glorious time of the year!

Watermelon Salad

One of my all time summer favorites. In my version, I like to use Cotija Cheese crumbles, Cucumber, Arugula, and dressed with Lime Zest and a touchof fresh squeezed Lime. (picture credit: riceandbread.com)

Chili Shrimp Skewers

Who doesn’t like grilled shrimp? This is a phenomenal dish because it can also be served chilled. Cook ahead and chill in the fridge before your party. Can double as an appetizer or main!

Elote – Mexican Corn on the Cob

Not only is this dish delicious, it will make your table look awesome. I like to cut my mayo with other flavors. This recipe uses some chipotle mixed into the mayo. If you are looking to be a bit healthier, you can substitute greek yogurt, or even coconut oil.  

Mango Avocado Salsa

A twist on the traditional. I know you can buy some pre-packaged mango salsa, but it really isn’t the same. Take an extra 5 minutes and dice up some fresh mango. It will make all the difference! If you aren’t too keen on your knife skills, throw all the ingredients, minus the avocado, into a blender and blend until smooth. Add in chunks of fresh avocado and you have yourself a great condiment as well as a salsa! Also goes great on any white fish.

White Sangria

White wine is so standard at parties. Jazz it up by turning a cheap bottle of white into a wonderfully fresh Sangria! If you want to get all Pintrest on it, you can freeze some grapes, or other fresh fruit to use as “ice cubes.”