Ballerina Cupcakes, Turtle Pie, Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Pinwheels, & Homemade Lemonade

Sometimes it’s best to start with dessert first, and that’s exactly what our Shindigz Party Recipe Authors did this week.

Ballerina Cupcake Recipes decorated Shindigz Style!

Ballerina Cupcake Recipes decorated Shindigz Style!

We’re so pumped about our TuTu Much Fun Ballerina Party this week that we found a few recipes for Ballerina cupcakes.

Heather's Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Pinwheals

Heather’s Grilled Chicken Cordon Bleu Pinwheels

Heather provided us with this scrumptious chicken recipe.

Candace's Lemonade

Candace’s Lemonade

Candace updated a classic homemade lemonade recipe.

Carbo's No-Bake Turtle Pie

Carbo’s No-Bake Turtle Pie

And from Carbo’s kitchen, a no-bake turtle pie recipe that won’t heat up your home!

Subscribe to our blogs for updates and be sure to visit Shindigz for your TuTu Much Fun Ballerina Party Supplies!

A Feast for the 4th

The Shindigz Party Recipe Food Bloggers have been busy this week preparing for National Ice Cream Month, National Hot Dog Month and summertime grilling!

We also welcome our 3rd weekly recipe author, Candace Schuler.  She joins Mark Carboni, (Cookin’with Carbo) and Heather Jurczyk. Each has their own unique background and you can read more about them here.

Let’s dive in with forks, knives and spoons.

Italian Lime Chicken

Italian Lime Chicken

Carbo created this Italian Lime Grilled Chicken with easy instructions on his signature marinade.

Set the table for an Ice Cream Tasting Party!

Set the table for an Ice Cream Tasting Party!

Candace shared several Ice Cream Toppings along with ideas for an Ice Cream Tasting Party.

An Authentic Chicago Dog

An Authentic Chicago Dog

Meanwhile, Heather shared a link to her homemade ice cream, along with her official guide to an authentic Chicago Style Hot Dog.

We’re going to have a tough time deciding which to prepare 1st!

Don’t forget before you run off to the store to pick up your ingredients, take a few moments at to order your personalized summer party decor and tableware!

Tasty Appetizers for a Summer Party

For summer get-togethers we love the chilled and the grilled, and we don’t even want to look at the oven. Here we present the building blocks for a range of luscious appetizers that fill the bill for summertime tastes and preferences.

Dream Cream
It starts with an 8-ounce package of cream cheese or Neufchatel. Release it from the package into a bowl and let it soften at room temperature. Better yet, speed up the process by using a microwave-safe bowl and the defrost mode on the microwave oven. Check the consistency of the cheese after a few seconds of “zapping.” Stop when it’s very soft but not melted.

Once soft, you’ll create a filling or a spread, depending on what you stir into the cheese. A tablespoon or so of ranch dressing mix and a pinch of snipped chives form a foundation for pinwheel appetizers; the cream cheese spread goes on a tortilla wrap that’s then layered with fresh vegetables (pepper strips, sliced green onions, etc.), olives, herbs, and maybe meat and more cheese. Go here to see what they look like after they’re rolled, sliced and picked.

Another recipe we like mixes cream cheese with adobo, green onion and diced tomatoes as a creamy stuffing for colorful, crisp pepper halves.

Cream cheese appetizers should be made and chilled for two hours before the “unveiling.” Consider presenting these beautiful bites on clear tableware so they get the spotlight they deserve.

Con Queso
Quesadillas are delightful made on the barbie, and there are so many creative variations you need never make the same kind twice unless you want to.

Match the heartiness of this offering by placing them on gingham-patterned plates and use bandannas as napkins.

You normally use the grill in two steps for these appetizers. The first time is to cook the meat and the second round is for melting the cheese in the assembled quesadillas — and adding those awesome grill marks. :)

Our current quesadilla crush is a marinated steak teriyaki with fresh pineapple and mozzarella.

Cute Cukes
Have you seen these? You cut cucumbers into thick (1” to 2”) slices and hollow out one end with a melon baller or small spoon to create a vehicle for almost every kind of filling imaginable.

They are clever and simple, just as we like it. Just start with the right cuke, which is a slicing cucumber that’s long, straight and smooth.

Whether you peel it depends on your own taste, thickness of the skin and whether it’s been waxed. A lot of cooks like to peel selected parts of the cuke for vertical dark stripes in the finished cups.

You could fill the cups with dollops of your favorite tuna salad recipe and garnish with springs of fresh dill, or follow Martha Stewart’s lead with a batch of gazpacho. A lemon or red pepper hummus is really good, plus gives you the flexibility to use your favorite prepared product if you like.

Save extra cucumber from your hollowing-out exercise for cocktail time.


Seafood & Party Desserts are the Featured Recipes from Shindigz

Our Shindigz Party Recipe authors have been busy this week and we can tell they are really into summer and spending time at the lake or their favorite body of water.

Heather's Shrimp Boil is a complete meal!

Heather’s Shrimp Boil is a complete meal!

Heather shared her tempting recipe for a Shrimp Boil.

Nothing tops the taste of Fresh Lake Trout!

Nothing tops the taste of Fresh Lake Trout!

Some of our other Party Hosts gave us their favorite online recipes for Fresh Lake Trout and Clam Bakes.

Be sure to visit Shindigz Nautical Store for a full line of decorations, tableware and activities, too!

You can use this caramel as a dip or Ice Cream Topping this summer!

You can use this caramel as a dip or Ice Cream Topping this summer!

Meanwhile, for the landlubbers, Carbo shared his Homemade Caramel Dip that you can use with fruit, cookies, or an ice cream party!

Peanut Butter Cookie Day can be Everyday with this Recipe

June 12th is National Peanut Butter Cookie Day, and Heather shares a no-bake alternative on the Shindigz Party Recipe site today.

Kids and Adults will love these Peanut Butter & Pretzel Balls

Kids and Adults will love these Peanut Butter & Pretzel Balls

And if you’re looking for a Peanut of PB & J Party theme idea, we can help at Shindigz!


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