Le Menu – Dining Alfresco

“Cooking is Love made visible.”  – Unknown


Summertime is here and that means, it is time to dine alfresco.  Today I am sending along an easy menu, perfect for a warm summer evening outdoors.  



Le Menu


Basil/Tomato Crostini’s

Garden Salad with Champagne Vinaigrette

Vanilla Ice Cream drizzled with Limoncello, served with Biscotti



1/2 cup diced celery

1/2 cup diced green pepper

1/2 cup diced onion

1/2 cup thinly sliced cucumber

1 cup diced tomatoes

1 can tomato soup – undiluted

1 soup can of water

1 1/2 cups V8 juice (no substitutes)

1 Tbls. red wine vinegar

1 Tbls. bottled Italian dressing

garlic salt to taste

1/4 tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. pepper

4 dashes of hot sauce

dash of Worcestershire sauce

Combine all ingredients in a large bowl, mix well.  Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours or overnight.  Stir gently and serve in chilled bowls or mugs.

Note:  A friend gave me this recipe in 1979.  While I have tasted many other Gazpacho recipes, I award the blue ribbon to this one.  Also, the flavor is enhanced when chilled overnight.  


Basil/Tomato Crostini’s

1 nice size baguette

2-3 tomatoes good for slicing

shredded mozzarella cheese

olive oil

nice size bouquet of fresh basil, chopped

2-3 scallions chopped – optional

Preheat oven to 400. Slice baguette and toast on baking sheet.  Remove from oven and lightly dip or brush the side, not toasted, in olive oil. Sprinkle with mozzarella, chopped scallions (green tops included), and chopped basil. Add sliced tomatoes, and more chopped basil.Sprinkle lightly with more mozzarella, return to oven,  and toast just until golden.  Watch carefully, to be sure the cheese doesn’t burn.


Champagne Vinaigrette

2 tsp. Dijon mustard

1/4 cup champagne Vinegar (no substitutes)

3/4 cup olive oil

salt/pepper to taste

1 generous Tbls. honey

Whisk all ingredients.  Prepare an hour or two before serving for the best flavor. Serve over a mixed garden salad.


Vanilla Ice Cream with drizzled Limoncello, served with Biscotti

2 scoops of good vanilla ice cream

Your favorite store bought or bakery Biscotti


Store Limoncello in the freezer until you are ready to use.  Scoop ice cream into serving dish, drizzle with Limoncello and add a piece of Biscotti.  The easiest and most delicious summer dessert!

Thanks for visiting.  Wishing you and yours a Beautiful Weekend !  

Bon Appetit !


Au Revoir,







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6 thoughts on “Le Menu – Dining Alfresco

  1. What a lovely menu Sandra. I have been using Champagne Vinegar for many years and love it. It does cost more than other vinegars but it is extremely special in taste and well worth trying it if it’s new to you.

    1. Louise: Thank you for your kind comments and I agree with your thoughts about Champagne Vinegar. It is lovely.
      Have a great weekend and thanks for visiting!

    1. Brenda: Thanks for visiting . I do hope you will give one of the recipes a try.
      Have a lovely weekend !

    1. Pam: Thanks for visiting! And, I hope you enjoy the recipes.
      Wishing yo a lovely weekend !

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