3 DAYS BEFORE / Make Fuggedaboutit Tomato Gravy (or make even up to 1 month before and take out of freezer
1 day before dinner). Choose and purchase wines. Prepare playlist.
2 DAYS BEFORE / Buy ingredients for the Pesto only and make Pesto.
1 DAY BEFORE / Buy flowers if you need; otherwise, cut flowers from your garden the day of dinner. Make nuts
DAY OF DINNER / Go to farm stand and buy all ingredients fresh! Earlier in day you can macerate the strawberries. Cut green beans, peel garlic, and put in refrigerator. One hour before dinner, remove Pesto and
Fuggedaboutit Tomato Gravy from refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Could also take out tomatoes and peaches, as they will be nice and juicy.
Set table outside if the weather is nice.
JUST BEFORE GUESTS ARRIVE / Assemble first course on plates. Preheat oven for cod or put grill on if using it. Sauté green beans. Put nuts out on kitchen counter or outside for guests to nibble on while you are preparing dinner.
I put this menu together because many of the items can be made in advance.
That way, I’m not in the kitchen all day on a beautiful summer day. The pesto and gravy can even be pulled from the freezer and heated up. Sometimes my sons arrive at different times on a Friday night in the summer so if I have pesto and gravy I can always make them a bowl of pasta if they want. The fish is easy to make and healthy. Everybody in my family likes green beans and the farm stands sometimes have them available in the summer. If the farm stand doesn’t have green beans you can always substitute another green vegetable for this menu. My boys aren’t big on dessert but when the strawberries are in season, I like having them cut up for them.
Love Unlimited Blackbird Blackbird / Yes I Do Miles Bonny / American Daydream Electric Guest / Get On The Good Foot James Brown / The High Road Broken Bells / Before The Dive St. Lucia / Happy Together The Turtles / Ballerina George Benson / Trip Teen Daze Remix Vacationer / My Number Foals / Low Rider War / Karate Kennedy / Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright Waylon Jennings / Give Me The Night George Benson / Just Fall in Love Poolside / Back to the Future (Part I) D’Angelo / After Midnight J.J. Cale / Hold On I’m Comin’ Sam & Dave / Don’t Worry Baby The Beach Boys / Let Her Go Mac Demarco / Til I Met Thee Cody Chesnutt / Think Aretha Franklin / Swim and Sleep (Like a Shark) Unknown Mortal Orchestra / Tropical Sun Flume / Security Otis Redding / Inspiration Information Shuggie Otis / The Fall Rhye / Zimbabwe New Navy / (Fallin’ Like ) Dominoes Donald Byrd / I Wonder Rodriguez / Bikes Rubblebucket / These Arms of Mine Otis Redding / Goodbye Weekend Mac Demarco / Learn to Fly FKJ / My Type Saint Motel / Carried Away Passion Pit / Another Life D’Angelo
2 HOURS, 11 MINUTES; PLAYLIST AND SONGS AVAILABLE ON SPOTIFY (MEGANOBLOCK)