Fresh fla­vors and sea­sonal touches make out­door en­ter­tain­ing easy!

Country Sampler's Prairie Style - - Contents - WRIT­TEN BY Bar­bara Jack­sier. PHO­TOGRAPHED BY Richard Leo John­son/at­lantic Ar­chives. STYLED BY Sun­day Hen­drick­son.

Fresh fla­vors and sea­sonal touches make out­door en­ter­tain­ing easy!

There’s noth­ing like a sum­mer cabin to at­tract guests, but keep­ing them well fed can be a chore. “Not so,” says North Carolina na­tive Shan­non Valen­tine. She’s learned that meals quickly pre­pared us­ing just a few sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents not only taste great, but they let her spend time out­doors with her guests rather than in the kitchen.

OP­PO­SITE: A pic­nic is the per­fect way to en­ter­tain, with mix-and-match chairs and table­ware adding to the feel­ing of in­for­mal fun. THIS PAGE, TOP LEFT: Ready in five min­utes or less, fresh corn on the cob awaits a driz­zle of sweet but­ter. What could be sim­pler? TOP RIGHT: Make-ahead pic­nic pasta salad is the main at­trac­tion. It’s quick to con­coct, adapt­able to what­ever in­gre­di­ents you have on hand and al­ways feels fes­tive. MID­DLE: Lace rem­nants make beau­ti­ful cover-ups for food and drinks while stylishly keep­ing bugs away. RIGHT: Hung with re­cy­cled rib­bon, a can­ning jar makes a per­fectly rustic vase for a bunch of bright yel­low flow­ers.

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