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Author Archive | Meredith Steele

Cucumber, Watermelon and Feta Salad

from A Summer Concert Picnic

This refreshing salad highlights the bounty of summer with a sweet-and-savory flair.

MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVING

4 cups cubed watermelon
1½ cups peeled, quartered and sliced cucumber
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons chopped basil
1 tablespoon chopped mint
½ teaspoon fresh-ground black pepper

In a large bowl, toss to combine all ingredients.…

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Ginger Lime Spritzer

from A Summer Concert Picnic

This bright, citrusy and spicy spritzer can easily turn into a cordial with a splash of your favorite spirits, such as vodka or tequila.

Makes 4 servings

1½ cups sugar
1 cup water
1 (3-inch) knob of ginger, peeled and sliced
Zest of 1 lime
½ cup lime juice
Mint
Soda water

In a small pot over medium-high heat, combine sugar, water, ginger and zest (grated green peel) and bring to a boil.…

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Lemon-and-Herb Butter Beans

from A Summer Concert Picnic

Bring a staple of the barbecue table to the picnic blanket by tossing these deliciously creamy beans with a lemon vinaigrette and fresh herbs from the garden.

Makes 6 servings

1 pound dried lima beans/butter beans (see note)
½ tablespoon kosher salt
1/3 cup neutral oil such as canola
1/3 cup lemon juice
¼ cup chopped parsley
1 tablespoon thyme leaves
¼ teaspoon sea salt
¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
Good quality extra-virgin olive oil
Flaked sea salt

Place beans in a large pot with kosher salt and enough water to cover by 2 inches.…

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Summer Steak Wraps

from A Summer Concert Picnic

Thinly sliced steak, peppery arugula, beautiful summer tomatoes and shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano are wrapped in a tortilla for a mouthwatering, handheld meal.

Makes 4 servings

1 pound sirloin flap steak, 1-to-1½-inch thick
1 teaspoon kosher salt
2 cups arugula, packed
4 burrito-size flour tortillas
2 ripe tomatoes, sliced
1/3 cup quartered and thinly sliced red onion
Extra-virgin olive oil
1 lemon half
Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano
Black pepper

Heat a skillet over medium-high heat.…

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A Summer Concert Picnic

Photography: Meredith Steele

I can’t think of a better way to embrace a North Texas summer than with a picnic on cool, green grass and live music in the air. The perfect Texas summer picnic spread must be simple to make, convenient to pack and easy to eat while watching a gorgeous sunset and listening to music at an outdoor venue like the Dallas Arboretum and Botanical Garden, whose spring series continues through June 27.…

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Texas Rye Punch

Texas Rye Punch

Serve in a pitcher or punch bowl garnished with organic edible flowers—like pansies, violets, nasturtiums or marigold petals.

Serves 8 to 10

4 cups fresh grapefruit juice
2½ cups Herman Marshall Texas Rye Whiskey
⅔ cup sweet vermouth
1 cup club soda
Garnish: strawberries, grapefruit wheels, edible flowers

Pour grapefruit juice, whiskey, vermouth and club soda in punch bowl or pitcher.…

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Strawberry & Goat Cheese Popovers

Strawberry and Goat Cheese Popovers

Crispy on the outside, airy on the inside with a surprise—a strawberry-and-goat-cheese center.

Makes 6 large or 12 small popovers

Butter
2 cups milk
2 cups all-purpose flour
½ teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon sea salt
3 eggs, at room temperature
4 ounces fresh goat cheese
2 tablespoons honey
¾ cup fresh strawberries, diced

Preheat oven to 450°F.…

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Asparagus Frittata with Feta and Green Onions

This spring frittata features farm eggs, tender asparagus, tangy feta and fresh green onions. The perfect brunch for large groups—or halve the ingredients and use a smaller skillet for an intimate breakfast in bed.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

12 large eggs
2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
½ teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 cups thin asparagus, trimmed, cut into 1-inch pieces
2 green onions, trimmed and cut into ¼-inch pieces
4 ounces crumbled feta cheese

Preheat oven to 400°F.…

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Black Pepper-Balsamic Strawberries

Strawberries are spring’s candy. They’re perfect, bare in a bowl. For a change, add tawny, tangy balsamic vinegar and a touch of freshly ground pepper to complement their sweetness.

Makes 6 to 8 servings

2 pounds strawberries, halved
3 tablespoons aged balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1½ teaspoons fresh ground black pepper

In a large bowl, combine all ingredients and mix until combined.…

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