Cool Pick From Elizabeth: Grilling season is underway, the invitations to barbeques are starting to roll in. After a few weeks of mild weather in the Northeast, many have ripped off the grill covers and fired up their grills. If you’ve found yourself in a quandary, because you’re not quite in a “summery” state of mind (or cooking), don’t let the “what am I going to bring?” issue vex you.
Before the BBQ season kicks into high gear, get prepared to be a relaxed and gracious guest. Salads are a favorite barbeque complement. So, select a few salads to be on your summery “go-to guest dish list” (green, vegetable, pasta, potato, grain – quinoa, couscous). Once you’ve refined your list, stock the salad ingredients as staples in your kitchen and you’ll be ready at a moment’s notice to whip up your guest dish.
Now for the tricky part: you’ve prepared a salad to bring to the party and you’re rifling through your cabinets and storage searching for a container to put it in. The container must not only be functional, but appropriate for the serving table – that means no glass; plus, you have to keep it cool during transportation and serving. Plastic covered bowls are ideal, but many of us don’t keep them stocked in the pantry. Combine your hostess gift with your salad and transport your salad in a fun yet practical container that your host can use again and again.
This one from Crate & Barrel not only integrates the serving utensils, but a cold pack as well to keep your salad cool during transportation and serving – clever! My plan is to order a supply of these and keep them stocked as a summer pantry staple along with my summer salad ingredients!
For more info or to buy for $14.95 visit Crate & Barrel here>
…and if you’re looking for a stand-out salad recipe to fill your cool container try THE BLOODY MARY SALAD>