Let's be honest, nothing can take the sting out of the summer ending. As parents, we can’t make waking up early and going to school sound more appealing than rolling out of bed around lunch time and leisurely making your way to the pool.
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I give a lot of lip service to laziness masquerading as a commitment to simplicity, but the truth is that sometimes if you invest a little extra effort, you can reap massive rewards. Case in point: avocado toast.
Summer is berry season, but you already knew that. You’ve been to the farmers’ market. You’ve seen the stands teeming with delicious berries. (I hope yours are cheaper than mine in San Francisco.)
My particular kitchen vibe is best described as “assembling ingredients.” Rarely does what I do cross over into “cooking” territory. I argue, however, that what I do requires a different set of skills than cooking. In order to assemble ingredients in a satisfying way, one has to have a taste for what ingredients will go well together. Usually, I steal from restaurants. This situation is no exception.
As far as portable foods go, falafel often ranks at the top of most lists and for good reason. It is healthy, full of amazing spices, and surprisingly easy to prepare. Not to mention, it is somehow simultaneously both light and satisfyingly filling. What's not to love?
This time of year calls for warm wool sweaters and baking all things squash. With autumn well under way, the cool weather demands a bowl of soup!
Call them "hacks," "secret weapons," or just plain ol' good ideas; I think we'd all agree that saving time without sacrificing quality is something we can get on board with. This is especially true when it comes to feeding a party. We've all been there; you've been planning for weeks, then somehow it's three hours before guests arrive, and it looks like a bomb went off in the living room. Not to mention, the only food you have to share is a couple slices of cold pizza, and some day old donuts. While this may not deter some guests, it's really not something we recommend falling back on.
In need of a summer/autumn inspired appetizer for your next BBQ, tailgate, or bonfire? This grilled tomato bruschetta has got you covered. The beautiful charred grilled tomatoes are chopped up, mixed together with red onion, fresh basil, and vinegars, before being topped on some Aunt Millie’s Honey White bread and served immediately. Delicious!