The Roanoker - May/June 2019 - 20

SPICY CHILI SHRIMP TACOS

Sizzlin'
Summer Fun
Summer gives us 73 days to fill with the
joy of picking fresh strawberries out of the
garden, watching tomatoes turn plump and
red on the vine, sippin' lemonade on the
front porch and cookin' up summer sunshine
with these recipes.

Pink Lemonade
Vodka Slush
10 servings

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photographed by
ASHLEY CUOCO

Becky Ellis

is a freelance writer
specializing in
champagne and
food. Her motto
is "Don't wait to
celebrate! Pop the
cork now!" She
loves to share tips
for entertaining
with bubbly. Find
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20

MAY/JUNE 2019

W

H AT W I L L
you be doing
during the fun
months of June, July and
August? Playing outside in
the sunshine, dipping your
toes in the lake or cooking
in a hot kitchen? My plan is
to leave the confines of a hot
stove and invite lots of friends
over to dine al fresco on our
patio.
In the summertime we
practically live outside so
I like to stock my freezer
with food that is ready to
serve at a moment's notice. I
recently found tasty Wellsley
Farms frozen appetizers at
BJ's Wholesale Club. Fig
and Brie Bites, Cheese and
Caramelized Onion Puff
Pastry Tarts and Chicken
Pot Pie Bites. A deliciously
good deal. Just pop them in
the oven and in minutes you
are ready to join your friends
outside. I like to serve a lively
cocktail with my appetizers so
let's get the party started with
Pink Lemonade Vodka Slush
cocktails.

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4 ginger peach tea bags
6 cups water
12 ounces frozen orange
juice concentrate
12 ounce frozen pink
lemonade concentrate
2 cups citron vodka
1 cup caster sugar
Ginger ale, chilled
Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Boil the tea bags in 2 cups
water and let steep for 5 minutes.
Add 4 cups more water.
Add orange juice and pink
lemonade concentrate, citron
vodka and sugar and stir until
sugar is dissolved. Place in a
large freezer container (5 quart),
cover and freeze.
To serve, using ice cream
scoop, scoop 2 or 3 scoops of the
frozen slush in a glass and top
with ginger ale, giving each drink
a little stir before serving. Garnish
cocktails with sprigs of fresh mint.

Follow appetizers with a
flavorful garden fresh salad.
You'll love the crisp melon
flavor paired with the
creaminess of Feta cheese in
this summer classic.

Watermelon
Feta Salad
6 servings

Place glass or china salad plates
and salad forks in the freezer
prior to making the salads.

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1 watermelon
4 ounces feta
¾ cup toasted pine nuts
4 tbsp balsamic glaze
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Freshly ground black
pepper
Fresh mint sprigs for
garnish

Cut a large watermelon into
1 ½-inch thick slices. Using a
cookie cutter, cut out rounds of
the watermelon.
Place 2 rounds of watermelon
on each chilled salad plate and
crumble feta over the watermelon,
then sprinkle toasted pine nuts
over the feta.
Drizzle with balsamic and olive
oil and season to taste with fresh
black pepper.
Garnish with fresh mint and
serve with chilled salad forks.

Spicy Chili Shrimp Tacos
or a fanciful BLT Tart are
excellent choices for the main
entrée.

Spicy Chili
Shrimp Tacos

WITH BABY BOK CHOY COLESLAW
AND PICKLED RED ONION

6 servings, 3 tacos per serving
QUICK PICKLED RED ONION
Š 1 ½ cups white wine vinegar
Š 1 tbsp sugar
Š 1 ½ tsp salt
Š 1 red onion, thinly sliced
Š 1 tbsp pickling spice
Whisk white wine vinegar,
sugar, salt and 1 cup water in a
small bowl until sugar and salt
dissolve. Add pickling spice.
Place onion in a jar; pour vinegar
mixture over. Let sit at room
temperature for 1 hour. Cover and
chill. Drain onions before using.
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