updated 08/30/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 08/30/2010 AT 01:00 AM EDT
LABOR DAY PARTY MENU
The actress serves up a perfect dish-and drink-for outdoor dining
SERVING TIP These mugs "remind me of being on a farm," says Garth. Mason Jar Mugs, $24 for a set of 6; potterybarn.com
Makes one drink
8 mint leaves
½ lime, cut into 4 wedges
¼ cup coconut rum
2 tbsp. sour mix
1 tbsp. coconut cream, such as Coco Lopez
¼ cup lemon-lime soda
¼ cup club soda
Place mint leaves and 3 lime wedges in a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add rum, sour mix and coconut cream, then fill shaker with ice. Close and shake well. Strain mixture into a glass, and top with lemon-lime soda and club soda. Garnish with a lime wedge.
GRILLED CHICKEN WITH MANGO SALSA
1 large mango (1 - 1 ¼ lbs.), diced (about 2 cups)
¼ cup finely diced shallots
3 tbsp. chopped cilantro
2 tbsp. rice vinegar
1 tbsp. canola oil
¼ tsp. salt
¼ tsp. pepper
4 (6- to 8-oz.) skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
For the salsa: Toss all ingredients (except chicken) in a bowl, and chill until ready to serve. To prepare the chicken: Preheat grill to medium-high heat. Sprinkle chicken steaks with salt and pepper. Grill until center is cooked, 5 to 6 minutes per side.
END of SUMMER GETAWAYS
Travel Channel hosts pick their favorite places for a Labor Day weekend trip
"A perfect Labor Day weekend for me would be to just check in to the Raleigh hotel in South Beach with my family, hang out by the pool and do basically nothing. Never leave the grounds. My daughter would like that," says Anthony Bourdain, the host of No Reservations. Then, on second thought, he adds, "Maybe I'd make a run out for some crab claws or a Cubano sandwich now and again."
This time of year, "it's all about boating off Portland's Peaks Island for my family," says Bizarre Foods host Andrew Zimmern. "And getting lobster rolls at Five Islands Lobster Company."
"It's a transporting place that's known for incredible spa treatments, majestic views and perfectly blended margaritas," says Samantha Brown, host of Samantha Brown's Asia.
HUNTINGTON BEACH, CALIF.
"If you're not adventurous enough to hit the waves, you can take a walk onto the pier to get an awesome view of the Pacific Ocean and the countless surfers," says Zak Bagans, host of Ghost Adventures.