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Fire Up the Grill:: Filets with Herby Charmoula

On Monday, I shared one of my favorite go-to spring appetizers, Grilled Veggie Bruschetta. Let’s imagine you are hosting an outdoor party this weekend. If you start with the veggie appetizer, you can continue the grilling party with everyone’s favorite summer staple, steak. Grab a few filets from your local butcher, grill them to everyone’s liking, and top them with charmoula. Charmoula, is a great herby, spicy sauce that pairs perfectly with meat and fish. It’s one of my go to recipes and is such a crowd pleaser.

Let me know if you give this, or any other of my recent recipes a try. I love hearing from you!

Herby Charmoula

You will need:
– 1 cup fresh Italian parsley
– 1 cup fresh cilantro
– 2 inch piece of ginger
– 3 cloves of garlic
– Juice of 1 lemon
– 1 cup of oil
– salt and pepper
– 2 teaspoons coriander seeds

To prepare:

In a food processor, add all ingredients and pulse until it forms a loose smooth sauce. Serve on the side of any meat or fish.

Note: this sauce is best made ahead. I usually make it in the morning and leave it out all day.

 

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Grilled Veggie Bruschetta

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Now that spring is here, we can all get back to grilling. Being outdoors with family and friends around a grill is such a hallmark of warmer months. There’s nothing like whipping up a beautiful meal outdoors. This recipe is from my first book, Picture Perfect Parties. Pair this grilled veggie bruschetta with a cocktail from Cocktail Italiano, and you’ll be left with one fabulous way to kick-off an outdoor soiree.

Grilled Veggie Bruschetta
Serves 8

You will need:
– 1 red onion
– 1 eggplant
– 2 medium size zucchini
– 2 medium size yellow squash
– 6 Roma tomatoes
– 2 red peppers
– 2 lemons
– 1 bunch asparagus
– ½ cup extra virgin olive oil
– salt and pepper
– 2 cloves of garlic
– 1 loaf of rustic bread sliced + 3 tablespoons olive oil to coat
– 8 oz. of soft goat cheese

To Prepare:

Coat both sides of the bread with olive oil

Slice eggplant into ¾ inch disks

Slice zucchini down the center lengthwise

Slice yellow down the center lengthwise

Leave red peppers whole

Slice lemons in half

Cut the tough ends off the asparagus

Peel and slice onion, place onion in aluminum foil pour 2 tablespoons olive oil over the onion on top, seal the foil forming a little package

In a separate bowl, place olive oil, and with a micro plane, grate the garlic cloves into the oil, add salt and pepper. Reserve ¼ cup of the mixture for later.

Place all the vegetables in a large bowl and toss with cup of olive oil mixture.

Grill bread slices until nicely toasted. Pull off the grill and set aside.

Place all vegetables on the grill beginning with the onion. 10 minutes into the onion grilling, add eggplant, zucchini, squash, peppers, and lemons. Grill for about 15 minutes, and finally add asparagus spears. Grill all the vegetables for another 10 minutes.

Pull everything off the grill but the onion. Run the red peppers under cold water until cool to the touch, peel, and pull seeds from inside the peppers under running water. Place on paper towels to drain and then slice the peppers into ribbons and place onto the platter. Remove the onion from the grill. Slice zucchini, squash, and eggplant into bite-size pieces.

Place the all of the grilled veggies onto a platter.

Drizzle remainder of the olive oil mixture and squeeze grilled lemon over the entire platter of grilled vegetables. Serve at room temperature with spreadable goat cheese and rustic bread slices.

Photo Credit: Deborah Whitlaw

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IKEA’s Jassa Collection: A Colorful Bazaar

Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar.

As you all know, Ikea is one of my stylist’s secrets. It’s a great place to find funky, affordable, and chic items for your home and beyond. I’ve even been known to use Ikea items for photoshoots from time to time.

Ikea’s latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It’s colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. It just screams outdoor entertaining and summer style.

Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar. Ikea's latest collection, the Jassa collection, is fantastic. It's colorful, earthy, and bohemian. With all of its punch, it reminds me of a bazaar.

The textiles are bold, and the furniture is so fun. It’s just a little bit vintage, but full of modernity. I just love it all.

Toss the oversized pillows on the floor for additional cozy seating, grab a large basket or two to hold blankets or beach towels around the pool, or plan an dinner party around the royal blue splattered serving wear. Most of all, plan some springtime fun!

xx Annette

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Summer in the City from IKEA

2015-05-06_16-11-59 As most of you know, I am BIG on entertaining outdoors which is one of the reasons we built our home with tons of outdoor spaces. Al fresco dining is one of the most important components to adding instant ambiance to any party.

I’m a huge fan of IKEA; I shop there for props for party photo shoots, and of course while cruising the aisles for my clients, I always find things for my own spaces and for my own parties. This week in Atlanta Magazine’s Home {where I am Entertaining Editor} we will feature a gorgeous Swedish Style engagement party. For party decor we bought lots of props at YES, IKEA. As an aside, I feel strongly that Swedish style is about to become a big trend in the U.S.

I really love this whimsical lighting, and lighting is so important for outdoor entertaining because it sets the mood. How sweet is this collection of tabletop products?

Check out the latest issue of Atlanta Magazine’s Home on newstands May 13th for our Swedish Syle Party. It’s amazing, but more on that next week.

I love the way IKEA is stylish, simple, and affordable which is my mantra in my book Picture Perfect Parties.

Check out the these wonderful finds at IKEA, and make your outdoor gatherings a big hit.

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This is not a sponsored post; all opinions are my own.

photography from IKEA

 

 

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