Wednesday, June 23, 2010

~a perfect summer dinner~

Yesterday was my moms birthday.
She thought she was coming over here
for a family dinner,
but we surprised her with some of her friends too.
It was a great evening.
I made a super simple dinner and it was so good,
the perfect summer dinner!
fish tacos
corn casserole
watermelon salad with lime dressing
black beans
strawberry lemonade
assorted cupcakes
Mix one can evaporated milk with fresh lime juice
and let stand until thickened at room temp.
Store in fridge until ready to serve.
I make fresh pico de gallo, but you can buy store bought.
Chop fresh cabbage and fry up some corn tortillas!
A friend of my husbands gave us fresh halibut he caught in Alaska.
It was so tasty, nothing like fresh fish!
I fried it in a little oil with fresh lime juice and a little taco seasoning.
For a lower fat version try sauteing the fish in nonfat milk,
sounds strange, but it's surprisingly good!

I got this watermelon salad recipe from sunset magazine.
I am usually not a huge fan of watermelon,
but I tell you,
I gobbled this down!

It looks so pretty too!

This is my grandmothers corn casserole recipe.
I make it on Thanksgiving too.
So versatile and it's always a huge hit.
Double this recipe for a large crowd.
I had a picture of it, don't know where it went........

I used fresh black beans and soaked and cooked
them for hours but you can also just do canned black beans.
{think I'll do that next time!}

I also served strawberry lemonade~well, my version of it.
I bought bottled organic lemonade and served it in fancy little glasses with a few chopped strawberries in each one.
Again, super simple, that's the name of the game.

That's my mom on the left and a couple of her friends.
It was our first hot day this summer so we got to dine al fresco.
Ahhh, the lazy days of summer are here.
Hope it's sunny where ever you are!


DustyLu said...

Melanie! I love the food you cook! It is wonderful! Yummy! Happy Birthday to Moms!!! ~Lulu

Victoria Hayden said...

I love fish tacos!! I will have to try your recipe. I have that same corn casserole recipe that I use for all our favorite holidays or a Sunday good!! Happy Birthday to your mom and I am sure everyone loved the yummy food!!


Olive said...

We will try this watermelon recipe as it is hot here and we eat melons all the time. Thanks bunches.


ColoradoBlondi said...

Happy, Happy Birthday to your Mama! What a sweet daughter you are, Melaine. Loving (!!!!) your blog.....I cannot get enough of it!

Lindsay said...

ALL those recipes look amazing. Must try! :)

Susan said...

What a wonderful celebration! The food looks FAB! I'm sure everyone had a wonderful time! Happy Birthday to your Mom and blessings to her sweet daughter!

Unknown said...

what a fun and festive menu! the food looks divine! what a great way to celebrate your Mom!

Katie said...

Sun? What's that? You look like such a good cook, Melaine! You are always making some good lookin' food! Thanks for the recipes~that watermelon salad looks so refreshing :)

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Cottage Dreamers said...

What a sweet thing to do for your mom. I bet it was a lot of fun for her! I had no idea you could cook watermelon. I'm so intrigued, I'll have to try that recipe.
☺ Celeste

Cottage Dreamers said...

Wait! Nevermind, as I was copying the recipe, I gathered that you cook the lime dressing and pour it over fresh watermelon. I still want to try it because I'm growing watermelons in the garden.
☺ Celeste

Debilou ~ Mississippi Mama said...

sounds like a lovely time with your mom.. Happy Birthday to her. The menu sounds delicious.

Simply LKJ said...

Happy Birthday to your Mom! The recipes sound sooo yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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