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What Should I Take to the Cookout?

LAURIE LOUIS BLOG - SOUTHERN HOSTESS

Summer Party Season has started and your neighbors have decided to host a cookout...what should you take?  Here are a five inspired ideas for what to bring when you are invited to a cookout.

1.  Instead of the normal vegetable tray, purchase some shatterproof plastic cups., fill the bottom with ranch dressing or a homemade dip of your choice.  Then add cut vegetables.  I suggest ones that you can cut in strips like carrots, celery and different color sweet peppers.  If you want to add other items like cherry tomatoes, broccoli or cauliflower, consider put them on a skewer.

2.  Sliced grilled pineapple. Want something a little different, purchase a fresh pineapple and cut in 1/4  - 1/2 inch slices.  Have the cook put them on the grill while he is finishing up the longer cooked meats.  You might want to check with the hostess first to make sure there will be room on the grill for your pineapple.

3.  You are in the south, think about a large pitcher of sweet tea or homemade lemonade.  It's perfect for those looking for a non alcoholic choice. Want to change them up a little, consider adding free mint leaves or peach nectar.

4.  It's that time of year when you should start to find homegrown strawberries and then peaches in your area.  Think about making your favorite cobbler or peach pie.  Don't forget the vanilla ice cream to go with it.  You can't go wrong with strawberry cobbler a la mode.

5. Even though you are taking a dish to the party, consider bringing along a small hostess gift. It doesn’t need to be something expensive, just a small token of appreciation. Why not a bar towel or a set of disposable coasters that they can use at their next party or around the house.

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