I did make a couple of things ahead of time last Friday, but mostly, drinks in the backyard with friends was a very casual affair. Thankfully, a holiday weekend is straight ahead and if you’re planning to put out some food to graze on as you sit outside, maybe this menu will provide some inspiration. Enjoy your long weekend!

mid-summer nights’ lazy lounging

tomatillo + avocado salsa –  white bean purée – fried eggplant – crostini

union square café nuts

crispy, fried leek chips (recipe to come!)

ice cream cones – ice cold beer – lots of white wine