This post comes courtesy of Kris Balloun, a member of the Williams-Sonoma content team.
Celebrate the red, white and blue with this festive menu that features old-fashioned favorites plus fresh new ideas. Baby back ribs, creamy potato salad and a homey peach cobbler share the spotlight with lighter fare, including lemon-herb chicken breasts and a summery bean and corn salad. Offering something for every taste, this meal is perfect for a gathering of family and friends.
|Green Goddess Dip
Redolent of fresh herbs, this dip is inspired by the classic green goddess salad dressing. Serve with potato chips or crudités for dipping.
|Grilled Baby Back Ribs with Citrus Barbecue Sauce
This preparation intensifies the flavor of baby back ribs with a long marinating time and a tangy sauce with a kick of spice. If you’ve never made your own barbecue sauce, this will be a revelation: citrus juices and honey add a depth and freshness lacking in bottled sauces.
|Lemon-Herb Chicken Breasts
When hosting a barbecue, it’s generally a good idea to offer a choice of at least two different grilled meats — and you usually cannot go wrong making chicken one of them. Chicken breasts marinated in lemon and herbs are a nice contrast to barbecued ribs or other rich meats.
|Old-Fashioned Potato Salad
Nowadays, potato salad often seems to arrive with all sorts of “new” ingredients, which might be tasty, but just don’t evoke the simple dish you remember. For those of you who think old ways are often the best ways, here is a recipe that makes nearly everyone reminiscent about family picnics and grandmother’s potato salad.
|Summer Bean and Corn Salad
Use the freshest ingredients you can find to prepare this simple salad, which showcases summer beans and corn at their seasonal best.
|Tomato and Cucumber Salad
This salad is reminiscent of deli-style Greek versions. Use the ripest, most flavorful tomatoes you can find.
Made with fresh peaches, this homey cobbler captures the essence of summer. Scoops of homemade vanilla ice cream add the finishing touch.
|Sparkling Mint Lemonade
Lemonade is a welcome drink when summer temperatures reach their height. Choose lemons that are plump and firm. Before juicing each lemon, press and roll it firmly against a work surface to break some of the membranes holding the juice.
About the author: Kris was raised in Kansas on JELL-O and frozen fish sticks. She rebelled at a young age by learning to cook, whipping up a batch of fluffy scrambled eggs that impressed her family. These days, she’s an avid home cook who loves to host dinner parties for friends. Her favorite techniques are grilling in the summer and braising in the winter. Now she’s landed her dream job — editing all of the recipes for Williams-Sonoma.