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Summer Party Menu

I can think of few things better than a lazy summer afternoon to gather with friends and family to enjoy a great meal, some sunshine, and let the kids play outside while the grown ups unwind and catch up on conversation, (maybe a glass of wine) and detach from our phones and computers. There’s just something about being together on these longer days that makes time slow down and reminds us that we too, used to run around and play outside and not worry about what time it was or what we needed to do next.

Summer cooking is easy, casual, and I think, meant to be shared family-style. I like serving buffet-style during the summer months, where company can help themselves, sit inside or outdoors, and just pick up a plate and find a comfy spot to relax. No fuss, no fancy china, just good food and great people to share it all with.

Here are some suggestions for an easy summer party, family-style: (many of these recipes can also be made ahead).

For the Table:

Buttery Roles (make ahead)

Summer Party Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Delectable Salads & Sides:

Spinach Salad with Strawberries and Goat Cheese

Summer Party Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Classic Potato Salad (make ahead)

Summer Party Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Corn Succotash with a Twist (make ahead)

Summer Party Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Main Course Options:

Honey Soy Broiled Salmon – (Healthy Option)

Summer Party Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Honey Roasted Chicken Breasts

Summer Party Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Decadent Desserts:

Fruit Kebabs with Yogurt-Honey Dip (make ahead)

Summer Party Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Peanut Butter Squares (make ahead)

Summer Party Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

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Summer Party Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

Jodi Luber

Here goes: Born in Brooklyn. Daughter of a bagel baker with a Henny Youngman soul and a mom who makes Joan Rivers seem tame. Late bloomer. Married the love of my life at 45 and love being a mom to our three kids. I'm a professor at Boston U. Happiest in the kitchen baking and remembering how my dad would melt from a single bite of my cheesecake.
Summer Party Menu as seen on The Jewish Kitchen website

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