The top things every summer party should have are fabulous food, delicious drinks, and wonderful company. But right behind those musts is good music. Just ask Ina Garten, who created her own playlists (available on Apple Music and Spotify) featuring her favourite oldies but goodies.
But we went a step further and, like any great dish and accompaniment, paired a handful of the songs she adores with her amazing recipes. So get out there, enjoy some fantastic fare and magnificent music — all courtesy of The Barefoot Contessa.
“Happy Together” by The Turtles
Kick things off with Ina’s fresh Arugula, Watermelon and Feta Salad. It will wow you with both its brightness and its fresh summer flavours. From the bitter of the arugula, the sweet of the watermelon and the salt of the feta, it will tantalize every tastebud.
“In the Summertime” by Mungo Jerry
Nothing says summer party like ribs, but what’s even better with these Smoked Pork Ribs is that they don’t even require a smoker to achieve the flavour. Ina uses pork spareribs (but points out that lamb works just as well), and you can either use her simple glaze or opt for your own favourite barbecue sauce. As host, however, just ensure they’re cut in easy to eat pieces so as your guests won’t get too messy.
“Good Vibrations” by The Beach Boys
The layers of peaches, strawberries, raspberries and blueberries — which get an extra kick from the raspberry brandy — on top of brioche or egg bread (your choice, of course) make Peach and Berry Summer Pudding the perfect dessert for those lazy, steamy nights.
“(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay” by Otis Redding
Sometimes you need two sweet treats to cap off a scorcher of a day and after a dessert packed with fresh fruits, a creamy Frozen Hot Chocolate caps off any meal. Again. Its only downfall? You won’t be leaving the party anytime soon; the chocolate will keep you buzzing for a little while longer.
“Here Comes the Sun” by The Beatles
Sometimes a party can be so good, the guests don’t leave until the following day. But you know who they are and knew what to expect so you likely would have prepped for the Overnight Belgian Waffles ahead of time. The batter will be ready by morning where all you’ll need is your handy-dandy waffle iron. Top with sliced bananas, toasted coconut, maple syrup, and creme fraiche or let them decide and allow for them to dress the waffles themselves.
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