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In a food processor pulse together cream cheese and Cheddar and Jack cheeses with mayonnaise and onion powder. Add pimentos and relish and pulse until blended but still chunky. Stir in bacon, transfer to a bowl, cover and chill at least 1 hour to allow flavors to develop. Serve with bread, crackers or chips, or spoon into celery ribs.
In a food processor puree all ingredients until smooth. Transfer to serving bowl and chill for at least 1 hour to allow flavors to develop. Serve with crudités.
Make marinade: Mix all ingredients in a ziplock bag. Add chicken, seal bag, rub marinade all over and chill at least 2 hours.
Preheat grill to mediumlow and cook chicken, 6 minutes per side, until cooked through. Let cool, then slice. Mix mayonnaise and chili.
Assemble wraps: Spread mayonnaise mixture over tortillas. Divide all ingredients among tortillas. Roll up; serve.
Serve grilled chicken, turkey, or pork sausages, serve on hot dog buns, and top with Mixed-Pepper Compote—a mixture of bell peppers and onions seasoned with garlic, chili powder and Italian seasoning. This recipe makes 12 servings, so it’s great for summer entertaining.
Preheat grill to mediumlow. Push a metal skewer through onion rings horizontally.
Mist onion rings with nonstick cooking spray; season with salt and pepper. Grill for 20 minutes, turning often, until tender. Remove from grill, cut each ring in half and separate. Set aside.
Grill sausages, turning often, until a meat thermometer registers 170°F when stuck into thickest part, 20 minutes. Serve in buns with onions and pepper compote.
Make salad: Preheat grill to medium. Brush corn with oil; season with salt and pepper. Grill for 10 minutes. Cool; cut off kernels. Place in a large serving bowl.
Brush zucchini, eggplant, onion and pepper with oil; season with salt and pepper. Push a metal skewer through onion rings horizontally. Grill vegetables, turning often, until softened but firm, about 7 minutes. Cool; cut into chunks and add to bowl.
Cook lima beans according to package directions; plunge into cold water to stop cooking. Add to bowl with vegetables.
Make vinaigrette: Whisk together all ingredients except oil. Pour in oil in a steady stream, whisking constantly. Pour over veggies; toss. Serve at room temperature.
An easy homemade pesto elevates a casual pasta salad recipe to a must-try dish. Pasta salads are ideal for summer days when it's too hot to eat fresh-from-the-oven dishes.
Make pesto: In a food processor puree basil, parsley, garlic, lemon juice, salt, pepper and pine nuts until smooth. With motor running, add olive oil and process until a thick paste forms. Add Parmesan and pulse twice. Season with more salt and pepper, if desired.
Make salad: Cook pasta according to package directions until al dente. Drain and run under cold water to stop cooking.
In a large bowl, combine pesto and Greek yogurt and stir until well blended. Add cold pasta and toss to coat with dressing. Top with tomatoes. Serve salad at room temperature or cover and refrigerate to serve chilled.
Whisk 1/2 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup red wine vinegar, 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper and 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint. Toss with 8 cups diced seedless watermelon, 1 chopped sweet onion and 1 chopped, seeded English cucumber. Crumble 4 oz. feta on top.
Nothing says "summertime" like a homemade peach pie. The filling mixture is thickened with both tapioca and cornstarch, and a sprinkling of sugar over the crust adds a bit more sweetness.
Make crust: In a food processor pulse flour, salt, cinnamon and sugar. Add butter and shortening; pulse until mixture resembles bread crumbs. Beat yolks with 1/4 cup ice water and pour onto flour mixture. Pulse until dough just comes together into a ball (add more ice water, 1 tsp. at a time, if dough is too dry). Flatten dough into a disk, wrap in plastic and chill for at least 30 minutes.
Make filling: Bring a pot of water to a boil and have ready a bowl of ice water. With a knife make a few slits in skin of each peach. Drop peaches into boiling water for 1 minute, then plunge into ice water. Remove peaches from water and slip off skins. Quarter each peach, remove pit, and cut each quarter in half. Toss peaches with remaining filling ingredients. Let stand for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a baking sheet with foil. Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll out half of pastry to an 11-inch circle. Cut a 1-inch-wide strip from outer edge of pastry. Place trimmed pastry circle in a deep-dish 9-inch pie plate. Brush edge with water and place pastry strip on edge, pressing to seal. Fill with peach mixture. Place remaining pastry over pie dish. Press pastry together, trim any excess and crimp edges together to seal.
Brush top of pie with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sugar. Make a few slits in top crust to allow steam to escape. Place pie on lined baking sheet.
Bake for 20 minutes, then reduce heat to 375°F and bake for 40 minutes, until pastry is golden brown and filling is bubbly. Let pie cool on a wire rack for at least 25 minutes before serving.
Make this colorful watermelon bowl the centerpiece of your summer tablescape.
Cut a small piece off one side of watermelon. Remove just enough to allow watermelon to sit flat, lengthwise; be careful not to break through rind. Score a line lightly around top third of watermelon (the line may be straight or serrated, as shown in photo, left). Carefully cut through line. Scoop out flesh from base (use it for the Watermelon and Feta Salad recipe on p. 114), taking care to leave rind intact. Fill bowl with prepared fruit and serve.
Mix 8 cups water, 2 1/2 cups sugar and 1/2 cup chopped fresh ginger in a heavy pan over medium heat; stir until sugar has dissolved. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Cool completely; strain. In a large pitcher combine sugar syrup, 2 cups fresh lime juice and 4 cups chilled ginger ale. Serve over ice.
Pimento Cheese with Bacon
White Bean Dip
Tex-Mex Chicken Club Wraps
Grilled Sausages with Mixed-Pepper Compote
Grilled-Vegetable Succotash Salad
Pesto Pasta Salad
Watermelon and Feta Salad
Deep-Dish Peach Pie
Fresh Fruit in Watermelon Bowl
While it's still warm, enjoy this easy, al fresco meal. (Serves 8)
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