A Summer Night Dinner (with friends)

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I never thought August would come. I find myself in a race. A race to spend time with as many people as I can before I move at the end of the month (!!!!). My favorite way to spend time with people is over food. I like throwing a dinner party because I get to plan something, be in charge of something, and very often try new recipes. Summer to me is a very low maintenance cooking season. Fresh produce is king and anything is praised when cold, in fact it’s preferred. The ultimate god sent for a dinner party host. Dinner parties can be stressful, because you want to impress your guests but not at the expense of your sanity. The main goal is to not burn/drop/ruin the entrée, once you’ve mastered that, you’re golden. That’s why I like to have a lot of sides, just in case. It’s also because I’m indecisive.

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Planning ahead is your best friend when hosting people over. That’s why making a menu where you can do most/everything before people arrive is the key to an easy party. I had planned an easy prep ahead menu for my summer dinner this weekend and it made for a very easy-going night. I’ll share my menu below.

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A Summer Dinner Menu

Corn Chowder

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Citrus Roasted Shrimp

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Country Drop Biscuits

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Cucumber Salad

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Cream Puffs with Vanilla Ice Cream and Hot Fudge

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When the summer ends in a few weeks, so will this chapter in my life. I was very confident at 18 years old that I would never return from New York again and when I did, I was upset. Honestly for a while after I moved home I was, but then there was moment where I wasn’t. I realized that these moments developing different relationships with my friends from high school, discovering a deep love of Boston, spending time with my family, and cherishing potential last moments in my childhood life were important. I’m glad I ended up coming home because I needed it, even though I didn’t realize it at first. If there’s anything to take away from this it’s: eat and laugh with your friends, do it a lot.

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