summer

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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A Father’s Day Menu for Gary

This is what will be going down at our place on Father’s Day.  Boy, I sure hope the kids give Gary a coupon for a night off of dish washing…. APPETIZERS Scallop and Pancetta Kebabas with Balsamic Glaze The good news is that this glaze is lovely on chicken, cod, salmon, and pork as well.  The tanginess of the balsamic vinegar plays very well against the sharpness of the mustard and the sweetness of the brown sugar.  Little slivers of pancetta interspersed between the scallops add such a sly little salty hit (and regular bacon can certainly be substituted). Deviled …

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Portable Dishes for Summer Potlucks

I absolutely love a potluck party. I like hosting them, I like attending them, I like thinking about what to bring.  You can be as creative as you like, or as safe as you like, and either way, your offering will be greeted with gratitude and enthusiasm. Recently I brought a frittata, pre-sliced into thin little wedges, to a party for an appetizer, and it was a very satisfying starter. I was ruminating on what makes a dish especially portable since on Sunday I am doing an hour-long tweet chat with #SundaySupper, tweeting with bloggers about portable dishes. Here are some things I think about when I …

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