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-- Plan an outdoor gathering and invite your family and friends! ---
Summertime is such fun and offers us a chance to have friends over for laid-
back entertaining with fun drinks and great food.
2 ( 15 ounce) cans of apricot halves, drained
2 (11.5-ounce) cans apricot nectar
1/2 cup sugar
Crushed ice
1 (750-milliliter ) bottle of sparkling wine or champagne chilled
( Substitute 2 (12 ounce) cans ginger ale or lemon-lime soda, if desired)
Garnish with fresh mint sprigs
Process half each of first 3 ingredients in a blender until smooth, stopping to
scrape down sides. Repeat with remaining apricot halves, nectar, and sugar.
Serve over crushed ice with sparkling wine, Garnish if desired.
Makes 8 ( 1 cup) servings
NOTE: You can stir together the apricot mixture and the sparkling wine in a pitcher,
Be sure to do this just before serving.
16 thick, round wooden picks
16 unpeeled, large fresh shrimp
2 Jalapeno peppers
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon black pepper
8 thick-cut bacon slices, halved
Soak round wooden picks in water for 30 minutes.
Peel shrimp, leaving tails on; devein, if desired. Set shrimp aside.
Cut each pepper lengthwise into 8 pieces; remove seeds.
Toss together shrimp, jalapeno peppers, olive oil, salt and black
pepper in a large bowl. Set aside.
Microwave bacon slices at HIGH 30 seconds.
Wrap 1 bacon slice half around 1 shrimp and 1 piece of jalapeno
pepper. Secure with a wooden pick. Repeat procedure with
remaining bacon slices, shrimp, and jalapeno pepper pieces.
GRILL without grill lid, over medium high heat ( 350 to 400)
for 4 to 6 minutes or until shrimp turn pink, turning once.
Makes 8 servings
-- Have a favorite family recipe or tradition? Send me an e-mail and we'll put it in Girl Talk! --