Friday, May 20, 2016

Try these easy recipes for your cookout this weekend!

The weather in Boston is supposed to be gorgeous this weekend! Take advantage with these easy recipes that will have all your cookout guests talking.

Juicy Slider Bar - Decisions, decisions! This recipe is fun for entertaining friends (or your little ones) outdoors…compete to see who creates the most unique combination and then enjoy your creations.

Red Pepper Gazpacho - Soup in the summer doesn’t sound too appealing…but Gazpacho in the summer is just right! This easy to prepare recipe is great for dinner and saving the leftovers for tomorrow’s lunch. (Your colleagues will be jealous!)
Red Pepper Gazpacho

Summer Chicken Salad - Not your average salad, this pairing of grapes and avocado is surprisingly refreshing…and you’ll feel good about it, too – it’s packed with essential vitamins!
Chicken Salad with Grapes, Avocado, and Almonds over Spinach

Grilled Tuna Skewers - Looking for a simple yet healthy meal? Tuna is great on the grill and this will take you less than 30 minutes. We’re in!
Grilled Tuna Skewers

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Must Try Recipes for Grill Season

The days are getting longer and the temperature is getting warmer. One of the many things this means is that it is time to break in the outdoor grill. There is nothing quite like grilling on a warm summer afternoon and we've got you covered for what to prepare for your next cookout. We rounded up recipes from some of our favorite chefs and websites below.

Grilled Pizza - George Germon and Johanne Killeen, owners of Al Forno restaurant in Providence, Rhode Island, swear the key to grilled pizza is to work quickly (don't let the crust burn!) and keep the toppings light.

Grilled Calamari - The key to preparing calamari is to either cook it really fast or really slow; anything in between will leave you with a chewy texture.
Grilled Calamari

Grilled Vegetables - Even after they're grilled, the vegetables keep their clean, bright flavors. Arrange them in sections on several platters rather than mixing them together to create a geometric look.
Grilled Vegetables

Grilled Tuna Skewers - Fresh herbs and lime juice brighten these skewers of silken tuna.
Grilled Tuna Skewers

Grilled Pineapple - This healthy dessert will have you feeling like you are at an island luau.
Grilled Pineapple / Gourmet's StudiosGrilled Pineapple / Gourmet's Studios
Grilled Pineapple / Gourmet's Studios
Grilled Pineapple / Gourmet's Studios

Tandoori Pork - Try this Australian twist on an Indian classic.
Tandoori Pork on the Outdoor Grill / Anson Smart

Spicy Grilled Shrimp - Chili paste and fish sauce give these shrimp a Thai-inspired flavor. Both are available in the ethnic-food aisles at many supermarkets, in Asian grocery stores, and online.
Spicy Grilled Shrimp

Grilled Peach Melba - Don't forget the raspberry sauce for this classic summer dessert.
Grilled Peach Melba

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Celebrate Mother's Day in Boston

Mother's Day is this weekend and what better way to celebrate mom than with an outing in Boston. We've come up with some things to do to make the day extra special for her.

Take a ride on the Swan Boats - established in 1877, the Swan Boats are a “must” for Boston residents and visitors alike. After your ride, snap a family photo among the flora and the pond to commemorate mom’s special day.

Attend the "Duckling Day" parade - celebrate one of Boston’s favorite books, “Make Way for Ducklings” with the family at this event taking place for the last 30 years. Each year, over 1,000 parade participants take a trip through the Boston Common dressed as characters from the story. Mom is treated to a complimentary mini-massage from local volunteer Massage Therapists.

Brunch aboard the Odyssey – set sail on the Odyssey and enjoy sweeping city views, a lovely breakfast spread and even a balloon artist! Ticket prices also include a flower for mom, a complimentary mimosa (for those aged 21 and over, of course) and a goodie bag for the kids.

Shopping at the SoWa Market – take a break from Newbury Street and find mom a one-of-a-kind piece of jewelry or a sweet treat from one of Boston’s local entrepreneurs, located right in the South End!

Picnic on Spectacle Island – take a break from the busy city and hop on a Ferry to Spectacle Island. Pack your own lunch (or brunch!) and enjoy it at one of the picnic tables overlooking the Boston Harbor and city landscape.

Kayak or Canoe on the Charles – leave dry land for a bit and take a paddle on the Charles River for a new city perspective. If you’d like, pack your own picnic and take a break at the Esplanade before returning your kayak. Fun for all ages!

Lilac Sunday Celebration – does Mom love Lilacs?! If so, head to the Arnold Arboretum for a special one-day Lilac celebration full of family activities, tours of the Arboretum and food trucks. Kids can design their own Mother’s Day Cards, too.