summer

Peach and Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

I was at the market the other day and peaches were on sale for $.49 PER POUND!  $.49!  How many pounds do you think I bought?  The first person to guess correctly gets a copy of The Mom 100 Cookbook. And then the insanity begins, woman against peaches.  My kids can pack away a couple of peaches each during a summer day (and so can Gary, but he likes his peaches hard and crunchy, like an apple, which he got from his mom, which disturbs me, but since he is an otherwise good person I am willing to let this …

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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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A Week of Summer Meals

I have the exceptional good fortune of being able to work from wherever there is a kitchen and electricity, which means I am spending a hunk of time in Connecticut. And this means there is a lot of grilling and dinner parties going on. Here is a smattering of the things I have been cooking, eating, and sharing with friends over the past week or so. Just getting started. A gorgeous cow’s milk cheese, some castelvetrano olives, and hunks of bread. Watermelon radishes from our garden. Tomato, basil, and mint bruschetta. Macaroni salad with smoked salmon, tomato, and dill. Dinner for …

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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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