2017-08-16 / Entertainment

Fun in the Sun

Cap off a day of play with dinner outdoors

Photo courtesy of Getty Images Photo courtesy of Getty Images Grilled Panzanella

Reprinted with permission from the
American Institute for Cancer Research
Servings: 6
4 garlic cloves, minced
1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
salt, to taste
freshly ground pepper, to taste
15 fresh basil leaves, coarsely
1 medium cucumber, seeded,
washed and cut into 1/2-inch
3 large ripe tomatoes, cut into
1-inch cubes
2 tablespoons green olives,
pitted and chopped (capers
may be substituted)
1 medium red bell pepper,
seeded and quartered
1/2 large red onion, cut in half
and then into 1/4-inch slices
1/2 small loaf crusty whole-grain
French or Italian bread, cut
into 1-inch slices and halved

Heat grill.
In mixing bowl, whisk together garlic,
mustard, vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper;
set aside.
In large bowl, gently combine basil,
cucumber, tomatoes and olives.
Brush bell peppers and onion slices on
one side with oil mixture. Place oil-side
down on hot grill and cook 3-4 minutes.
Brush other side with oil mixture, turn over
and cook additional 3-4 minutes.
Remove from grill. On cutting board, cut
peppers into 1/2-inch slices and separate
onion rings. Add peppers and onions to
vegetable mix. Add remaining oil mixture
and toss to coat.
Toast both sides of bread until browned.
On serving platter, layer bread and top with
vegetables and basil mixture.

E njoying the great outdoors is a perfect way to create fun memories with family or friends. All that fresh air is sure to work up your appetite, so be sure to plan a delicious meal to top off all the merriment.

Get those taste buds fired up for a delicious meal with a flavorful starter like this zesty panzanella. Take family favorites outdoors with this savory take on a flatbread pizza. Then close down an evening of open-air entertainment on a sweet note with a scrumptious dessert.

Explore more family-friendly recipes to enjoy outdoors this summer at culinary.net.

Create Family Moments and Memories this Summer

Take advantage of slower summer schedules by rounding up the family and heading to the backyard for fun, food and family time.

The opportunities for family time during the warmer months are nearly endless, especially with a little creativity, like these fun summer ideas from Borden Cheese.

Let your inner kid run free

Whether it’s kick the can, ghost in the graveyard, capture the flag or hide and seek, backyard games are a great way to get the whole family to unplug and enjoy summer together.

Fire up your appetite

Ditch the kitchen and get the whole family engaged by recreating everyone’s favorite pizza on the grill. This deliciously easy Cheesy Flatbread Pizza recipe can be enjoyed by adults and kids alike. Keep it simple for kids with Borden Cheese’s Mild Cheddar Shreds or dress it up with some fresh veggies straight from your garden or local farmer’s market.

Rethink family movie night

Take your family movie outside. All you need is a sheet, a projector and some comfy pillows to turn your backyard into an open-air movie theater. Watch new releases, old favorites or even home movies right in your own backyard.

Find more family-friendly recipes for summer at BordenCheese.com.

Smart Starters and Sides

There’s plenty to learn from the Mediterranean diet, and this recipe is proof. A variety of colorful cancer-fighting veggies, flavorful herbs and spices, and a bit of healthy fat make for a perfect starter or accompaniment to a grilled protein for a well-rounded meal. Find more recipes to help you eat well at AICR.org.

Sweeten the Deal

For the perfect ending to a perfect day, look to some of nature’s best ingredients, like fresh apples and honey. This fruity crisp is packed with flavor from tart, juicy apples and a delicate sweetness from honey that coats the fruit and lends a unique character to the crumbly topping. Find more sweet dishes for summer at honey.com.

Cheesy Flatbread Pizza

Cook time: 25 minutes Servings: 4

1 piece (12 inches) cracker bread or flatbread

1 tablespoon olive oil, plus additional for brushing

1 package (8 ounces) Borden Cheese Mild Cheddar

Shreds, divided

8 strips thick-sliced bacon, cooked crisp and broken into 1-inch pieces

4 whole garlic cloves, sliced

4 plum tomatoes, sliced

1/2 red onion, cut in strips

1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley fresh basil leaves (optional) Heat oven to 400 F.

Brush bread with small amount of olive oil and place on cookie sheet. Spread 1 1/2 cups cheese evenly around bread. Top evenly with bacon pieces.

In small skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon olive oil until hot. Add garlic and saute until lightly browned. Sprinkle onto pizza. Arrange sliced tomatoes and red onions on pizza.

Add parsley to remaining cheese and spread over ingredients.

Bake 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Cut into squares and serve immediately. Garnish with fresh basil leaves, if desired. Tip: For a different flavor profile, try grilling pizza rather than baking. Brush raw side of dough with olive oil and grill until bottom of crust is golden brown.

Apple Honey Crisp

Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board

Servings: 6
2 pounds (1 1/2
quarts) apples,
quartered and
3/4 cup honey, divided
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup flour
1/4 cup butter,
warm cream or
ice cream

Heat oven to 350 F.
In bowl, toss apples with
1/2 cup honey, cinnamon and
nutmeg. Turn into 2-quart
baking dish.
To make topping, beat flour
with butter and remaining
honey until crumbly; sprinkle
over apples.
Bake 40-45 minutes, or
until apples are tender and
topping is golden. Serve with
warm cream or ice cream.

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