Summer Party Menu

…or why it is I didn’t blog on Friday!  I was in the black hole of my kitchen trying to prepare everything for this party.  My goal this summer is to try and get everything that needs to be cooked – cooked well in advance of people arriving so that the air conditioner only has to deal with cooling the room down and isn’t given the added burden of the heat from the stove.  Especially given the heat outside is so oven-like!

This is the third time I have made many of these items and I think that I am developing a summer menu repertoire with these items as my mainstays:  Soft hard-boiled Eggs with Aioli and Anchovy, Kale Cesar, Succotash with Green Beans, Sweet Corn (and boy is the corn every sweet and delicious this year) and Tomato.

Next up is German New Potato Salad with grain mustard.

Here’s the menu:

Recipe for the Sangria to follow.

About urbanfoodguy

I'm a self taught cook with a dedication to buying and eating food that is as humanely and sustainably raised as possible. Which is why in addition to recipes you will see a lot of environmental/political reporting here. I started cooking when I was about 6, it's something I always loved to do. Watching Graham Kerr - aka "The Galloping Gourmet" - was what got me started and I have never really looked back. Over the years I've been a private chef, a caterer, and a food stylist for magazines such as Bon Appétit, Food & Wine, Real Simple, Oprah, Martha Stewart's Everyday Food and many more. I've also worked in the prep kitchen for the Food Network on the Bobby Flay and Paula Deen shows. Now I work at home in my kitchen sharing with you here recipes that I create or that other people have created that inspire me and I think you will like. I love my neighborhood (the Lower East Side of Manhattan) and I love to travel. Because NYC is such a big place I tend to focus mostly on my 'hood and the ones that are close by: The East Village, Bowery, Chinatown and Williamsburg. My love of travel has no limits really, I'm always ready to get on a plane. I was lucky enough to have a business for many years that allowed me to spend a lot of time in South East Asia. These days I've been spending time in Mexico, Germany, Canada and the West Coast of the U.S., but check back you never know where I might end up. I do consulting, cooking classes, and freelance lifestyle writing so if you are interested please send me a note:
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