For our appetizers, Chris prepared two different dishes. The first was Italian Flat Bread with Roasted Eggplant Spread, and the second was a Corn Dip (please see the BITE page for this recipe).
|Delicious and right up my alley! Served up with chips, I could see taking this to any cookout that I am invited to - fresh and cheesy!|
|Flatbread with roasted eggplant - I apologize for not getting a very good picture (nor did I get any decent picture of our beverages, strawberry lemonade and peach margaritas!) The roasted eggplant was in turn tangy and with a bite - just delicious!|
I was in charge of the side dish and did Barbecue Baked Beans. I deliberately chose a recipe that I could do in the crock-pot, not wanting to turn on my oven in this weather. I must say that I was disappointed by this dish. The only other time that I cook beans from scratch is when I make black bean soup. In that case, I always soak the beans the night before. I carefully checked this recipe and did not find instructions to do that. Thinking that because they were going into the crock-pot for 8 hours, I decided that soaking them might cause them to be mushy. I followed all of the directions and had everything in the pot and turned on low at 8:00 am. By 2:00, with only two more hours till they were supposed to be done, the beans were still very firm. I turned the pot up to high, and with dinner at 6:00, it was able to cook on high for a few more hours. The beans were definitely edible by that time, but I am glad that I got them started earlier. Also - I was not all that keen on the flavor. I will admit that when I serve beans at a cookout, I open a can of Bush's Baked Beans, doctor them up with a little bit of brown sugar and bacon, and call it done. So - I am no bean connoisseur - but I like my quick beans better. It's all part of the experience though - which makes trying new things worth it.
Lastly, Tierney made Blueberry Hand Pies.
|Delicate, buttery crust with a firm, sweet blueberry filling - just delicious. The taste of summer!|
So - all in all - another BITE success on a warm summer's evening! Next month it is my turn to host again, and in an attempt to continue with our summery themes in ths summery weather, I have chosen "Luau" as our theme. I think that this lends itself to an endless variety of recipes to try - and drinks as well! A Blue Hawaiian anyone?