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Easy Dining Al Fresco

Make Any Meal a Special Occasion

Eating outside in the nice weather is one of life’s simple pleasures. So why not do it more often? Mother’s Day perhaps?  With a little advanced planning and some fresh, easy recipes, you can enjoy a delightful dinner on your porch or patio with very little effort, even in the middle of a busy week. Think fresh salad, a loaf of good bread and a refreshing beverage. Here’s how to make it happen:


Set the Scene

“Start with a few minor preparations, and you’ll be set to gather friends and family at a moment’s notice,” says Matthew Mead, author of Matthew Mead’s Backyard Style

What to Serve

Fare for an outdoor meal is best kept simple, fresh and light. Salads, chilled soups and other dishes meant to be served cold or at room temperature are ideal for outdoor eating. Grilling is a perennial option.

 Try these recipes for simple weeknight dining al fresco:


Green Toast with Strawberries

Grilled Cod with Lemon Chimichurri

“Un-Charcuterie” Dessert Platter


Published May 1, 2021

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