Serious Entertaining

Seasonal menu planning for the perfect dinner party.

Serious Entertaining: What to Eat Before a Robyn Dance Party

20120823-robyn-main.jpgAs I was starting to compile tomato and peach recipes for a "Make the Most of Late-Summer Produce" menu, I couldn't escape the Robyn thumping in my ears. Next thought: can I just write about Robyn instead? Can she somehow be food-related? "Ja" (that's "yes" in Swedish) is the answer*.

* Alright, this is a huge stretch. I apologize to any readers who have not heard of or listened to Robyn before. You may want to click away now.

Robyn and I, as I'm sure many other millennial ladies can relate, go way back to the 1990s during the Robyn Is Here days. Anyone else obsessed with the Swedish pop star? Can't go a day without listening to her on repeat? There have been a couple Robyn-themed dance parties popping up around Brooklyn. Even the Wall Street Journal was there.

But you need not go any further than your living room for a Robyn-charged dance party. Here's a menu to fuel the energy necessary for jumping in circles, bouncing all over, and whipping your platinum-blonde hair back and forth.

We Dance to the Beet Salad

Beet and Citrus Salad with Pinenut Vinaigrette

Beets and citrus are a classic combination, just like Robyn and asymmetrical hair. This salad combines grapefruit, orange, roasted beets, a bit of arugula for some peppery kick, nuts and a vinaigrette made with sherry vinegar, shallots, and walnut oil.

Get the beet salad recipe »

Gravlax

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Gravlax is a traditional Swedish salmon preparation, and it seemed only right to honor Robyn's scandinavian heritage. In this recipe, jasmine and green tea replace the more common dill, making for a slightly smoky flavor.

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Stars 4-Ever Sangria

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While listening to Stars 4-Ever, sip on this fruity sangria. It's somewhere between a spiked lemonade and a sangria, complete with a starfruit slice floating around.

Get the recipe for Starfruit Sangria »

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