Take the Party (and the Heat) Outside
My mom has been telling me since I was old enough to complain (which was pretty much at birth) that when she was growing up, no one had air conditioning. People went outside and did stuff as a family and didn’t spend their summer days in the climate-controlled comforts of their living rooms, watching television.
Well, like a lot of people in the Berkshires, my house doesn’t have AC. Ironically, my mom refuses to visit me in the summer. “It’s too hot,” she says, as she turns on “CSI: Miami, New York, Las Vegas.”
I can’t argue with her. It does get hot, especially in the kitchen and, except for maybe frying up an egg in the morning I refuse to turn on the oven or stove in the summer. That means that my culinary attentions shift from baked goods and oven roasting strictly to the open flame of the grill. And, with a vegetable garden giving me delicious, fresh, plentiful produce, I have learned that you can grill just about anything—and it’s delicious.
When it comes to grilling vegetables, there are a number of techniques at your disposal. Lets start with the basics: olive oil, salt and pepper.… Read the rest