Entertaining Outdoors

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Entertaining outdoors has been such a surprise pleasure during these difficult times. As the weather turns chilly, I’ve done several things to make sure we can continue the fun. First, for safety, I only entertain people from one “household” at a time so I put chairs at both ends of a 6-foot dining table or both sides of a 5-foot square coffee table to ensure social distancing. Second, although we’re sitting far apart, I want it to feel cozy, so I fill the tables with flowers and candles. Third, I set up outdoor heaters or build a nice fire, plus cushions and blankets for each person so we’re nice and warm under the stars. And finally, since entertaining outdoors is more work than serving inside, I make really easy no-cook appetizers for cocktails and very simple lunches and dinners. This is the time when a take-out pizza and a big Caesar salad makes the best evening for everyone, even the host.

OUTDOOR ENTERTAINING

For recipes, go to the Barefoot Contessa Cookbook Index

*denotes Barefoot Contessa cookbook recipes

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Take-out pizza

*Caesar Salad

Affogato – vanilla ice cream with hot espresso poured over it

Store-bought chocolate chip cookies

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Antipasto – store bought

*Lasagna with Turkey Sausage

*Roasted Broccolini & Cheddar

*Tiramisu

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*Salad with Warm Goat Cheese

*Filet of Beef Bourguignon

*French Apple Tart or apple tart from a bakery

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*Rosemary Cashews

*Chicken Stew with Biscuits

*Beatty’s Chocolate Cake

Vanilla ice cream

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*Rack of lamb

*Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

Cheese & fruit platter

Vanilla ice cream

*Ginger Shortbread

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*Roasted Figs & Prosciutto

*Perfect Roast Chicken

*Baked Farro & Butternut Squash

Store-bought apple pie

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*Kielbasa with Mustard Dip

*Skillet-Roasted Lemon Chicken

*Roasted Broccolini

*Triberry Crumbles

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*Kir Royale

*French Chicken Pot Pies

Cheddar and Carr’s whole wheat crackers

*Apple Crostata

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*Indonesian Ginger Chicken

*Roasted Carrots

Steamed basmati rice

*Easy Cranberry & Apple Cake

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*Cheddar Corn Chowder

*Turkey Sandwiches with Brussels Sprouts Slaw

*Carrot Cake Cupcakes

Recipes from Go-To Dinners

Hasselback Kielbasa

Hasselback Kielbasa

Dinner

Beginner

Heirloom Tomato and Blue Cheese Salad

Heirloom Tomato and Blue Cheese Salad

Sides

Beginner

Pomegranate Spritzers

Pomegranate Spritzers

Cocktails

Beginner

Lobster & Avocado Sandwiches

Lobster & Avocado Sandwiches

Dinner

Beginner

Summer BBQ

Fresh Blueberry Pie

Fresh Blueberry Pie

Dessert

Beginner

Charlie Bird's Farro Salad

Charlie Bird's Farro Salad

Lunch

Beginner

Grilled New York Strip Steaks

Grilled New York Strip Steaks

Dinner

Intermediate

Watermelon Mojitos

Watermelon Mojitos

Cocktails

Beginner

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