Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer cookout

Recently we got together with 2 of our very favorite couples for a fun, casual outdoor dinner.  I made ribs and southern skillet corn, our neighbor made some grilled and roasted vegetables and caramelized onions. They also made caprese salad bites and grilled some sausages for appetizers.   

I found these 2 recipes from one of my favorite blogs, Eat, Live, Run.  

Both were very simple.  The corn was amazing - and only needed fresh corn, some flour, water, salt, pepper and sugar.  Cook it with a bit of butter, and it's just delicious.  

The cayenne cinnamon baby back ribs with maple glaze were just as easy.  You mix brown sugar, garlic powder, cinnamon, paprika, and some cayenne pepper with a little salt.  After putting the rub on, you wrap it in foil.

The recipe calls for you to bake it for an hour, but we threw it on the smoker instead.  After the hour, you brush some maple syrup on the ribs and let them caramelize a little.  

We enjoyed dinner with some yummy white and rose' wines, which was a great addition to our summer cookout.  Nothing says warm weather, back decks, and big red umbrellas like whites and roses, ribs, corn and grilled veggies.

Our other friends brought dessert - delicious brownies with ice cream - yum!

I love it when friends come over for casual get togethers. It's great when everyone brings something - it's always fun to see what everyone makes, and it's always so delicious!  It takes a lot of pressure off the host, but financially and with the work load.  It's so much easier to host dinner when you're not trying to do everything!

Do you have a favorite dish that you always take to parties?

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