With summertime right around the corner, entertaining al fresco is always the way to go! Light appetizers please crowds time after time during the warmer months and are especially delicious when paired with favorite flavors and authentic ingredients. Whether you are hosting a gathering or you are attending one, I’m sharing some recipe inspiration that would be wonderful for any and all summer gatherings!
When it comes to food, I like to get as close to fresh and authentic as possible. In the San Francisco Bay Area, there is definitely a commitment to sustainable and organic ingredients which makes it a whole lot easier to source food items that are as close to being farm to table as possible. For those outside of the Bay Area, and California it can be a challenge for some to access authentic ingredients. Luckily, there is one brand that I just recently got introduced to that makes products using the freshest ingredients possible for its line of Italian sauces, pastas, dressings and more. Being one of my favorite food types, it’s easy to taste the difference between authentic Italian and not. Give me fresh bruschetta, mozzarella everything and quality pasta sauce over homemade spaghetti and I’m one happy lady!
With Italian food, there are limitless options of recipes and combinations! With versatile ingredients that pair so well together, cooking this type of food is more fun and less a chore (win win if there is wine involved!) Some easy combinations that I was able to create using the delicious flavors of Rao’s Homemade include:
Do you have any go-to recipes for when you have friends and family over? What is your favorite thing about summer entertaining? Let’s be friends over on Facebook and Pinterest so we can stay inspired together!
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