It’s a great time of year, these days between late spring and early summer when the sunlight is generous, the air smells like jasmine, and evenings are so perfect for grilling.
I’m one of those people who, at the end of the week, like to grill everything left in their fridge—meat, tofu, vegetables, watermelon (which is so delicious grilled and sprinkled with sea salt and a squeeze of lime), halved avocados brushed with olive oil and grilled face down, and whatever else I have lying around. We might make sandwiches (with grilled garlic bread) or burgers, and load them up with grilled leeks and squash and bell peppers.
Then we light a fire in the firepit and enjoy the bounty. I’ll have some sparkling wine, and we all watch the fire; sometimes we roast marshmallows, but most importantly, we talk. My kids often have a few friends over. It’s one of my family’s favorite summertime rituals.
Sometimes, when life is too busy for an evening spent outdoors, tending the coals, or when the seasons change and you want to fondly remember those soft summer nights with the comforting flavor of food fresh off the grill, … Read More