Our entertaining style is not always grilled leg of lamb and roasted eggplant. For example, last Friday, we invited some friends over for a casual cookout, because we’d been wanting to introduce them to each other. If all I do is connect people to other people, I feel like I’m doing some good in the world. And nothing connects people like food … and drink.
I unintentionally created a 1980s (or maybe early ’90s?) theme with my starters for the meal, which came from the first and last Barefoot Contessa cookbooks: sun-dried tomato dip (from The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook) and Cranberry Martinis (from Make It Ahead). The dip was kind of like Thousand Island Dressing, and it made kind of a nice spread for the bison sliders we made for dinner. The drinks were reportedly good – Neil described them as “smooth.”
In addition to the bison sliders, we had hot dogs, baked beans, potato salad, and our friend Greg’s amazing chocolate cake. I guess this was our official first summer barbecue of 2015. To go with the more casual theme, we had boxes of hand-me-downs waiting for our friends in the living room, and the kids kind of ran wild and did their own thing. It was great!