Summer officially started last Monday. However, being in Louisiana, we’ve been feeling summer-like weather since May. With the heat index hitting 110 degrees sometimes, we wanted to throw a summer party that was most definitely indoors!
I watch entirely too much Food Network. If it wasn’t for Food Network and reading food blogs, I’m fairly certain my husband and I would be living off of Hamburger Helper and take-out. One of my favorite shows lately has been The Best Thing I Ever Ate. Every show has a theme, and it features the cooks/hosts on Food Network and their favorite eats in that theme. So, when Foodbuzz emailed about this month’s 24×24 proposals, I figured it would be a fun party to feature the best things our families have eaten! Thanks so much to Foodbuzz for sponsoring this party!
To come up with the menu, I sent out an email to our families asking for their favorites in each category.
- On the Grill (recipes that are done on the BBQ)
- Dangerously Cheesy (major cheese in a dish)
- No Utensils (finger foods/apps)
- Keep it Comfy (comfort food)
- Frozen Treats (any dessert from the freezer)
- Mix it Up (a food that requires using a mixer—doesn’t have to be a sweet)
- Louisiana’s Best (Louisiana food)
- Cold and Colorful (like a salad or cold app with lots of veggies or fruit)
- Under the Sea (favorite seafood dish)
- Classic American (with 4th of July approaching, tell me a dish that screams American)
After getting many responses, here is the menu we came up with:
Cheese Fondue with Vegetables/Bread*
Steak Skewers with Chimichurri, Onion Cheese Sauce and Compound Butter*
Spicy BBQ Shrimp Skewers*
Macaroni and Cheese
Lettuce Greens with Honey Lime Vinaigrette
Cinnamon Crumb Apple Pie
Fresh Berries with Ice Cream
* recipes will be featured in the blog in future posts
I will admit, I’m still getting the hang of entertaining for a large number of people. Despite doing a lot of prep, I felt fairly stressed in the last hour. Since the party was for family, though, I had loads of help at the last minute. Whew!
The fondue was an absolute hit. I was nervous to make this myself, but this recipe came together beautifully! I served the fondue with day old po’boy bread, carrots and broccoli.
We purchased the boudin balls at a local joint, since they are pretty much my husband’s favorite. The bruschetta was a lighter alternative to the other appetizers. I was super excited to use basil from our garden for this dish!
I need to thank the hubs for braving the sweltering disgusting heat to cook up this magic on the grill. The steak, especially was a real winner to family!
We made 3 sauces available for people to dip/cover their skewers in: a chimichurri, onion blue cheese (not pictured) and a worchestershire chive butter. The chimichurri ended up being a huge hit (and I used parsley from the garden for it)!
Here is some lovely grilled corn that survived a few flare-ups on the grill.
Here is a semi-decent picture of the crawfish fettuccine before everyone digged in. The hubs’ parents made this dish and it was delicious. Perfect flavor with a little Louisiana kick!
This is some macaroni and cheese that is my mother-in-law’s favorite. It was definitely pretty tasty (not to mention, cheesy).
After enjoying some serious eats, we waited a good while before putting out desserts and just chatted, watched TV and played some games.
I will say the desserts were absolutely amazing.
Fresh berries (and ice cream, not pictured)
Strawberry Cake (inspired by a local bakery). I would have just purchased one, but I had no idea an 8″ cake was over $30. What the heck?! I guess I’m just used to baking my own cakes to realize how expensive cakes have gotten!
This was a welcomed surprise. A local cupcake bakery occasionally has giveaways on Twitter, and I won some cupcakes! They were seriously delish! Thank you Sweet Wishes Cafe!
Here is the cinnamon crumb apple pie. This is one of those frozen pies you can find in the grocery store, but has quickly become a favorite with my hubs’ family.
Of course, our puppy was very excited to get all of the attention she got at the party, and thanks to my mom, she tried a piece of steak for the first time. I think she enjoyed it.
And of course, it wouldn’t be a party without family! Here are some pictures of our family.
It was a great time to be had by everyone, especially in the milder indoors. Thank you so much to Foodbuzz again for the party! Everyone had a blast!