Ideas for Your BBQ

Alice Seuffert, creator of Dining with Alice, has some fun drinks and foods to bring to your summer BBQs or picnics.



1 Fresh Baguette
2 TB Olive Oil
12 Strawberries
½ cup Blueberries
1 (8oz) container of Mascarpone Cheese (near gourmet cheeses) or Whipped Cream Cheese
2 TB Fresh Mint, chopped (if desired)
Honey or Balsamic Glaze


Preheat oven to 350. Cut baguette into 20 slices. Place slices on a cookie sheet and brush pieces with olive oil. Bake 7-8 minutes.

Dice strawberries and blueberries. If using mint, add the chopped mint.

Once the bread has finished baking, spread the mascarpone cheese on each slice. Top with the chopped fruit.

Drizzle honey or balsamic glaze on each slice.

Serves 10-12

  • Chicken Poppy Seed Pasta Salad


1 (16oz) box Cavatappi Pasta
1 (4oz) package Dried Blueberries
1 (4oz) package Dried Cherries
3 cups chopped cooked chicken (meat from one Rotisserie Chicken, cooked)
2 cups fresh Greens (Arugula or Spinach)
1 (12oz) bottle Poppy Seed Dressing

Directions: Prepare pasta according to package directions. Drain and let cool. Combine with blueberries, cherries, chicken, greens and toss with poppy seed dressing.

Serves 10-12


  • Zima

The 1990s citrus malt beverage is back in limited supplies this summer. Call your local liquor store or check this locator page to check on availability. When you bring this drink to a party, pick up a pack of Jolly Rancher candies for true 1990s nostalgia!

4.7% ABV

  • Bravazzi (BRAH VAH TSEE) Hard Italian Soda

Inspired by Italian sodas, this is a naturally sweet (real fruit juice and cane sugar), fizzy citrus drink. Right now it is available in five states. (including Minnesota). Available in Grapefruit, Limonata, and Blood Orange.

4.2% ABV

Released in June of 2017, by Indeed Brewing Company in Minnesota, this IPA has aromas and tastes of peaches and apricots. It is a tropical tasting beer perfect for summer. Available June to October.

6.20% ABV

A limited release beer from Lift Bridge Brewing Company in Minnesota, this is a tropical beer with a subtle mango sweetness. Limited availability, check your local liquor store.

ABV 4.6%

Hard Cider made from Honeycrisp Apples in Minnesota. The variety pack has the following ciders: Honeycrisp Hard Cider (bubbly and sweet), Tea Time (Apple and Black Tea blend), Strawberry Shandy (strawberry/lemonade and apple combination), and Ginger Mojito (key lime juice, ginger, and mint).

ABV 5.5%

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