Hello sweet readers! How is your summer going? Has it been filled with fun and relaxation?
I’ve been negligent where the “party” part of my blog is concerned so I thought I’d share a recent menu for a very simple summer barbecue we hosted earlier this month. When I say simple well, that might be an understatement.
Appetizer – we prepared a simple cheese board with crackers, almonds and a couple of cheeses we enjoy
Main Course – Grilled Santa Maria Tri Tip
Dessert – Fleur de Sel Chocolate Chip Cookies with Vanilla Ice Cream
Super simple. Below is the recipe for the orzo salad. The Tri Tip we used came from Costco: Bailey’s Pre-Marinated Tri Tip. I adapted the orzo recipe from Ina Garten’s recipe for Roasted Shrimp & Orzo. I knew I wanted to prepare the Santa Maria Tri Tip so I didn’t need the shrimp. If you would like to see her original recipe it can be found HERE. The chocolate chip cookie recipe is Nestle’s Toll House recipe with 2 changes. I used Ghiradelli Bitter Sweet Chocolate Chips and before baking I sprinkled the tiniest pinch of flaked fleur de sel. The cookies were a hit and our friends thought it was some fancy new recipe.
We enjoyed appetizers under the trees and when it began to cool down we moved to the dining room for the dinner and dessert.
*Readers that don’t have a Costco or a Trader Joe’s nearby here’s a recipe for Santa Maria Tri Tip: http://www.simplyrecipes.com/recipes/santa_maria_style_tri_tip/
I wish you a Happy Week during this summer season. If you have questions concerning the recipe, please email me or leave a comment, I promise to try to answer any and all questions. I will be taking a bit of time off from blogging as Olivia, our granddaughter, is coming to stay with us for a couple of weeks (oh, and her mommy and daddy will be joining us for one of the two weeks). ♥