Cool as a Danish Cucumber

It was too hot to move, but I thought ahead to later that afternoon when it would still be too hot to move, but we’d be hot and peckish.  Wishing for something crisp, refreshing, quenching.  Then it hit me.  Thanks to my late grandmother, Irene, I had a simple and delicious idea.  It was something she would make on hot summer days at the farm in New Hampshire.  It was time for Danish cucumber.

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A Mouthful in Montauk: Egg Yolk Pesto and Sausage and Peppers with Feta

Ah, wilderness. Oxygen. I was fortunate enough to escape the city Memorial Day weekend to Montauk.

I woke to the sound of trees rustling – actual trees – and the chatting of birds over the comforting low hum of the ocean. Aside from my feeble attempts to tan (I swear, I can tan) I knew the days would consist of meal plotting by day and evenings with hungry, sandal-clad friends and family…

Sometimes, there is no competing with hamburgers and hot dogs. My mission: feed the masses with large mounds of summertime flavor. I wanted something that would scream, “Look at me, I’m delicious…and you can have seconds without awkwardly asking for someone to throw another dog on the grill.”

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Have a Ball: Mini-Meatballs with Cumin Yogurt vs. Risotto Balls with Marinara

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It’s all a bit of a blur.

I agreed to prepare some finger foods at a friend and co-worker’s “summer kick-off” / house warming party.  In my usual fashion, I wasn’t satisfied with preparing something we already know is brilliantly crowd-pleasing.  Although, there was plenty of room for that.

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