summerfoodAs Summer serves up outdoor get-togethers, we’re often on the lookout for new twists to amp-up our favorite meals. Z’Scoop has gathered some inspired ideas for keeping Summer suppers delectably interesting.

salmon cakes and cucumbersCertainly, hot dogs, ribs and burger platters are staples of the season. But at this time of the year, the abundance of seafood makes it a tempting option. Consider a salmon cake recipe (find it at from chef-blogger-author Anna Watson Carl (“The Yellow Table: A Celebration of Everyday Gatherings”) that can make a light and zesty dinner appetizer or the main event at luncheon when paired with Carl’s fresh cucumber dill salad (also at

anna watson carlInsanely easy, open sandwiches are a fun and interesting DYI mealtime solution. Borrowed from savvy Scandinavians, the basic recipe calls for solo slices of interesting breads and an array of yummy toppings from which your family and guests create their own sandwich variations.

BaconAvocadoAn interpretive take on the BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato) the BAT (Bacon, Avocado and Tomato) substitutes avocado for lettuce. In addition to its good looks, an open BAT sandwich is tasty and nutritious.

open sandwichesThe open sandwich technique invites imaginative, mouth-watering variations, like fresh-baked corn bread topped with pulled pork barbecue. Of course, an old-fashioned dessert, strawberry shortcake, is in fact, an open facer. Traditionally, the recipe starts with homemade biscuits (preferably day old) as the base. You simply pile on some of the season’s strawberry bounty that have been gently tossed with powdered sugar and a spritz of lemon juice. For topping off, have a bowl of just-whipped cream or vanilla ice cream handy.

strawberry shortcakeNothing can really replace the allure of hamburgers, ribs and hot dogs on the outdoor grill. But these tantalizing and easy to create options are sure to seduce summer palates at any al fresco feast. YUM!

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The Yellow Table: A Celebration of Everyday Gatherings
by Anna Watson Carl
(Anna Watson Carl’s website)

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