I actively eschew the cold – if anyone was born to relish in the blissful summer, it was me. Sunkissed skin and bare toes. A swing or two in the hammock or a walk along the sandy shore. And dad firing up the grill next to the side porch, with the lot of us sitting on the steps (dogs included), sipping a cold beer waiting for the meat to finish up. I live for those days.
This menu is not only a celebration of those lazy summer evenings when we’d tuck into thick steaks seared on the grill, but also an ode to the perfect produce of the summer. Farmer’s market tomatoes, string beans, potatoes and greens all have a home in bright and glorious side dishes. Rosemary works as both a flavoring and a utensil. And the skill required to prepare this meal is minimal – feed a few or a dozen with little to no effort other than chopping a veg or two and flipping on the grill. And that’s not even including any delegation – get some mark to shuck your corn or snap your string beans and you’re living easy. Which is entirely what summer is all about.