It's time to break out the grilling tongs and celebrate Independence Day and a nice long summer weekend.
Yesterday, I made my spatchcock chickens on the grill for a crowd (recipe here). It's the best way to prepare a whole chicken, just ask your butcher to butterfly the bird for you.
(My hands are very veiny, I know).
I am also grilling a 3 lb. wild salmon on a cedar plank this weekend......SO GOOD (easy recipe here).
Since I won't have any ripe tomatoes for a few days, how about this combo?
Fresh mozzarella with avocado and prosciutto.
Add some sliced avocado w/ bufala mozz, sprinkle w/ Maldon salt & pepper, drizzle with good olive oil and drape w/ prosciutto.
So delicious. My new favorite pairing.
My summer cocktail has been a Vodka Presse (I found the recipe in a Grey Goose ad!).
1 part vodka
1 part ginger beer (which is like a strong ginger soda, non-alcoholic)
squeeze in the juice of half a lime
fresh mint stalk
I love me a wine bar.
They seem to be popping up all over the city and Brooklyn (why not NJ????).
A wine bar is a place for "snacks", spuntino, tapas, small plates.
It's a great way to try new wines and it never seems to break the bank.
Always a great place to go with a group of friends or on a date.
I love Manhattan because you can walk by something that's been there for 6 years and never knew it existed.
This is the case with ZAMPA.
There is very little foot traffic on W.13th St., a block from the busy Meat Packing, in the West Village.
I was attracted to the pig on the window, so we went in.
GREAT salumi platter and bruschette.
The bar is long and very comfortable, conducive to drinking wine and chatting.
We had Sicilian caponata and some other snacks on a Sunday evening.
Service was super friendly, and space was tres chic.
Check it out.
306 W. 13th St.
New York City
The MCG is at its mid turning point.
The beets are almost done (I know you are happy about that!), there is no more spinach or broccoli or radishes. :(
Now it's time for bush beans, onions and garlic galore, tomatoes, tomatoes and more tomatoes! Can't wait!
We harvested our first small yellow grape tomato last Sunday, as well as one pathetic potato.
What am I going to do with 1 potato?
...........and before I forget, the winner of the Greek Yogurt Giveaway is Denise Streit. Congrats.
Have a wonderful holiday weekend!
See you on Monday.
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