Sometimes during the summer, all I want to eat is vegetables. Red peppers, tomatoes, onions, carrots, cucumbers…. Sometimes I juice them and drink them all day long, and other times I make a big salad. This salad was pictured … Continue reading
Freshly picked tomatoes are dead sexy. Their skin is warm to the touch, smooth, and a rich red that screams to be bitten into. When you do, the flesh inside initially resists before giving way and melting in your mouth … Continue reading
This is a Guest Post by my wonderful and very culinarily talented sister Martha Biddle. Martha is a knitter, baker, juice enthusiast, summer camp counselor, and aspiring psychologist. My favorite summer dessert is strawberry shortcake. While my girlfriend’s family make … Continue reading
I try to go out to Sag Harbor to visit my grandmother as often as I can during the summer. It’s wonderful to see her, escape from the city, and get some much needed beach time in. It’s also … Continue reading
- Fill a large pot with water and place over medium/high heat. Add garlic, lemon slices, salt, and pepper and bring to a boil.
- Turn heat off, add shrimp, stir gently until shrimp are cooked – about 2 1/2 minutes. Strain shrimp and set aside until cool.
- Once cool, chop shrimp into small pieces less than 1/2″ in size.
- Combine tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and shrimp in a bowl. Add lime juice and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover and return to fridge until chilled. Serve cold.
- 3 1/2 -4 1/2 lb Butterflied Leg of Lamb
- 1/2 cup chopped parsley
- 1/2 cup chopped mint
- 5 cloves garlic, crushed
- juice of 1 lemon
- 1/3 cup olive oil
- Salt and pepper to taste
- MINT PESTO
- 1/2 cup mint
- 1/3 cup parsley
- 3-4 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- salt and pepper to taste
- Coat lamb in olive oil and lemon juice. Combine Salt, pepper, garlic, and herbs in a small bowl. Press into the lamb and let sit covered in a cool room for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 hrs.
- Start grill. It should be VERY HOT.
- Blend all pesto ingredients together in a blender, set aside.
- When the grill is hot, lift the lamb from the marinate, allowing excess oil to drip off and place on the hottest part fatty side down. Because of the oil and herbs it will probably flair up. That’s awesome. Just step back so you don’t burn your eyebrows off.
- Grill for ~10 minutes per side depending on the size of the roast. Note: grill longer if you don’t like your meat rare/medium rare.
- Let sit for at least 15 minutes, preferably longer, before slicing. Top with mint pesto and serve with warm pita, grilled vegetables, and tzatziki sauce.
Mignonette, the acidic sauce served beside or on top of oysters, helps to balance out oysters salty sweetness. You might not make one often, but having a mignonette in your cooking repertoire is a must. This is especially true as the weather heats up and summer barbecues fill our calendars. When you pick up your oysters, say no to the sickly sweet cocktail sauce and whip up your own quick mignonette. This recipe uses the milder and more nuanced white balsamic vinegar instead of red wine vinegar and makes enough for one dozen oysters, scale up as needed and serve in a small dish.
- 2 tbsp minced shallot
- 1 tsp cracked black pepper
- 1/3 cup white balsamic vinegar (or red wine vinegar)
- 1 tbsp minced parsley
Combine all ingredients in a small bowl. Serve.
Halloumi cheese is magic. It’s cheese…you can grill. Yes, grill, on heat. Serve it on top of chilled fresh watermelon with a sprig of mint for a light, fresh, and healthy hors d’oeuvre that no one will be able to turn down.
Watermelon with Grilled Halloumi and Mint (Serves 8)
- 1 medium watermelon, chilled
- 1 container halloumi cheese
- 16 mint leaves
- olive oil
- Slice watermelon into 1″-1.5″ cubes.
- Slice halloumi thinly (about 1/4″). Cut each slice into squares that fit on top of the watermelon cubes, trying to be as uniform as possible.
- Grease your hot grill or grill plate with olive oil. Place slices of halloumi on the grill, flip after 2 minutes or when they have grill marks. Grill on both sides and transfer to a plate.
- Top watermelon cubes with grilled halloumi. Garnish with a mint leaf.