Mediterranean Turkey Burgers

As I write, I’m listening to Ella Fitzgerald’s version of “Summertime,” and the song makes me want to slow my pace and lean into the joys of family and travel that await in the season ahead. Our family will spend as much time as we can in the North Carolina mountains. For 25+ years, these beautiful mountains have welcomed the Dalrymples, and Grandfather Golf and Country Club has become our home away from home. In this issue, I take you there to share a little of what we love so much about this special place. Beach lovers, don’t despair! In next month’s issue, I’ll take you on a family beach trip . . . Low-Country Boil and more!

For now, though, we head to the awe-inspiring Blue Ridge Mountains, where the air seems a little fresher, the foliage more lush, and the temperatures a bit cooler. We can be outside all day playing golf, tennis, or hiking one of our favorite trails. Even those of us who love to cook search for the easiest make-ahead dishes so we can go out and play!
This newsletter’s featured home cook and host, Hester Hodde – who never misses an opportunity to be outdoors – offers a crowd-pleasing menu with recipes that can be prepared ahead of time. Even better, every time Hester serves this menu, she receives rave reviews, with everyone wanting the recipes. Such was the case when we served this menu to a group of friends in Perry and Bob Lucas’s beautiful summer home at Grandfather. Perry’s parents, Jane and George Liles, were two of the earliest members at Grandfather and have always had a special place in our hearts. On #2 of the Championship Course, the Lucas home is a favorite gathering place for family and friends. Enjoy a glimpse of their warm and welcoming retreat in Style Points.

We also feature chef Will Hicks and sommelier Melissa “Mel” Hemmingway, from our club at Grandfather. You’ll enjoy their insights, and Mel will inspire you to dash to the wine store for refreshing summer whites. The Blossom Shop gives us another beautiful arrangement and everything you need to DIY!

I hope this issue will inspire and equip you to gather family and friends wherever you are! Remember, it’s summertime and the living (and entertaining) is supposed to be easy!


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