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GATHER ’ROUND THE GRILL

Backyard cooking is key to savoring summer As children we are led to believe that for the rest of our lives “summer” will be synonymous with “vacation.” Despite our highest expectations, each and every time the days get longer and the trees get fuller, life speeds up and we’re whisked from June to September without so much as an afternoon on the playground. But the one thing we always count on—and take the time for—is a good barbecue. Summer is the best time to host a party: no-bake meals, disposable plates (compostable, of course) and the opportunity to unwind with good friends as the day cools around you. But it even for die-hard entertainers it’s tricky to find the time to put together a big meal, or the energy to stand in a hot kitchen for longer than it takes to pour a glass of lemonade.
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edible gardening: FROM SEED TO SAUCE

Heirlooms, not your salad bar tomatoes Nothing says summer quite like a perfectly ripe tomato fresh off the vine. Bright, juicy and acidic, this messenger of long days and humid nights needs no decoration— perhaps just a quick dash of salt and a grind of pepper, a drizzle of olive oil and a basil leaf if you’re feeling fancy. Take a drooling, fleshy bite out of a conventional fruit. Now try it again with an heirloom variety. Taste the difference? Heirloom plants (open-pollinated cultivars not used in modern large-scale agriculture) have been nurtured and handed down from farmer to farmer with legacies that enrich each slice with the richest possible flavor.
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GRILLED PANZANELLA

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1 fresh ciabatta, cut into 1-inch slices
2 pints cherry or grape tomatoes
1 whole shallot, sliced into ¼-inch rounds
4 bell peppers, cut into 1-inch strips
2 cucumbers, peeled and cut into ¼-inch-thick quarters
1 cup chopped parsley and basil
½ cup apple cider vinegar
¼ cup olive oil plus more for grilling

Combine shallots with vinegar in a small bowl. Set aside.

Turn the grill to medium. As it heats, drizzle olive oil over
ciabatta, peppers and tomatoes. Add to the grill when it
reaches the proper temperature.

Char ciabatta, peppers and tomatoes on both sides. When
they are thoroughly grilled, remove from grill and place on
a large platter.

Break the bread into smaller chunks and toss together with
the tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, shallots, vinegar, herbs
and olive oil.

Serve warm.

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CHICKEN CACCIATORE

¼ cup extra-virgin olive oil
1–2 medium onions, sliced
12 ounces mushrooms, cleaned and sliced
(My grandmother peeled them and snapped the stems off and sliced those separately.)
4 garlic cloves, sliced
1 chicken, cut into parts
½ cup flour with 1 teaspoon salt and
¼ teaspoon pepper mixed in
½ cup leftover red wine
2 pounds tomatoes, diced
½ teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
½ cup minced parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Coat the chicken with the seasoned flour and set aside. In a large, heavy skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and sauté until translucent; add the mushrooms and sauté until golden. Add the garlic and stir until aromatic (about a minute). Remove from pan and place in a bowl big enough for the chicken too.

Add the next 2 tablespoons of olive oil to the pan. Make sure it is steaming hot. Brown the chicken on both sides (about 6 minutes per side), and remove from pan. Deglaze the pan with the red wine; add the tomatoes, crushed red pepper (if using) and minced parsley. Simmer until soft. Add the chicken and mushroom-onion mixture into the pan and simmer for about an hour on a low heat.… Read the rest

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