Summer time recipes

The air is warmer, the days longer and the sun shines bright. Summer is finally here! Hot days bring a desire to cook on the grill. No one wants to be inside slaving over a hot oven. This is your one-stop article for great summertime recipes.

If you are hosting a summer get-together, then it’s a great time to make an easy no-fail delicious pulled pork. All you need is a bottle of your favorite bbq sauce, a pork roast, some slider rolls and a crockpot. Put a quarter of the bbq sauce on the bottom of the slow cooker, then add the pot roast and cover it with the rest of the sauce. Turn the crockpot on to high and cook for three to four hours depending upon the size of the roast. Once it’s finished, take two forks and pull apart the tender meat until the entire roast is shredded. Turn the slow cooker to warm and leave there until your guests arrive. Be sure to serve the pulled pork on little slider rolls. I like to add a quinoa salad made with quinoa, roast sweet potatoes, sauted purple onions, apple chunks, dried cranberries and a dressing of cider vinegar and olive oil. The salad is best served at room temperature. Serve with a vegetable salad and you have a simple and delicious summer meal to serve to your guests.

Of course, no summer cook out would be complete without beverages. Serve your guests beer and a scrumptious sangria. To make the sangria syrup, softly boil orange juice, lemon juice, whole cloves, mint leaves, a cinnamon stick and peppercorns until the juice is thickened into a syrup consistency. Cool the syrup and add to a bottle of cava with a few mint leaves. Serve over crushed ice and your guest will be raving about this sangria the rest of the evening.

You have delicious food and beverage, now all you need are guests for a wonderful summer night. Be sure to invite your landscaper, so she can appreciate your beautiful yard and delightful food.