summer

5 Great Summer Drinks

If there is one thing, one single thing, that I think you can do to make a gathering feel more special, it’s to offer up a signature drink. It doesn’t have to be fancy, it doesn’t have to be alcoholic, simply make one beverage just for the occasion, and present it to your guests in addition to the usual assortment of soft drinks, beer, and wine. It just says, hey there, I put some extra thought into this occasion—thanks for coming over. This is a good idea all year long (hot ginger apple cider toddies for the winter? Yes, please), but …

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25 Easy Summer Salad Recipes

Summer is salad season for sure—I eat salads all year round, but in the summer salads just seems to make themselves, and gorgeously we might added.  If you want into a farmers’ market a salad might leap into your environmentally friendly basket or tote, demanding to be taken home.    Here are some of my all time favorite summer salad recipes: 1. Simple Vegetarian Pasta Salad You can never go wrong with a vegetarian pasta salad.   2. Bright, Herby Three Bean Salad This colorful and super simple bean salad is very perky with with herbs, spelt and hearts of …

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5 Great Grilled Dishes

Why is it that seeing those grill marks on a piece of food—whether it be a burger, a piece of chicken, an ear of corn, even a slab of pineapple—makes our mouths water? It’s practically Pavlovian, the happy hungriness those little blackened lines or crosshatch marks elicit. I won’t wax on about the smoky bits of char, the crusty exteriors, the juicy interiors, the sticky sauces and glazes, the savory umami-ness, the fragrant rubs, the flavorful marinades, the tangy mops. You know all of that. Let’s get right to the recipes. Grilled Chicken Breasts with Lime, Roasted Garlic, and Fresh …

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10 Things to Do to Get Your Grill Ready for Summer

There are some die-hard grillers that either live in warm climes, or don’t see why a little sleet should stand between them and a juicy grilled steak. The rest of us throw a cover over our grills and wheel them into a garage or other storage spot once the temperature drops, to be wheeled out months later as the mercury climbs back up. But none of us can make the mistake of thinking that last year’s grill is ready to roll as soon as we fire it up. And Memorial Day – it’s here!  Here are the things you need …

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5 Great Tomato, Corn, and Zucchini Recipes

This is the epicenter of the produce season, the embarrassment-of-riches time of year. At this time of year, I always think of what my friend Ted says about growing up in a homey, small town in Connecticut—that the only time they ever locked their cars and homes was in August because if you didn’t someone might drop off some zucchini. I’ll take your extra zucchini. And your extra corn and tomatoes, too. Because I am going to make these recipes from now until the last gorgeous tomato has ripened. Hoping you’re enjoying the surplus as well. Summer Corn, Tomato, and …

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The Myth of the Relaxing Summer

You know those moments where you are talking to someone, and they say something, and you think “Wow.  I can’t believe she said that.  I might think that sometimes, but I don’t believe I would say that out loud.” I think I have become that person.  I mean I’m not running around screaming profanities (at least not outside of my home), but these days feel so busy and cluttered that my patience for censoring myself has shriveled up into something resembling the little dried apple core that I found under the car seat recently, after a rollicking game of “what’s …

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