Strawberry Rhubarb Gin Fizz
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COCKTAILS AT TWILIGHT

I love a frothy summer cocktail, alcoholic or non, and here are a few I’ve been testing lately that are unusually delicious. (It’s a tough job, taste-testing cocktails, but someone has to do it.) Both drinks have a lovely herbal note to them that’s earthy and clean on the palate. The strawberry rhubarb gin fizz is not too sweet because you can rely on the rhubarb to keep it real, and the lightness of the gin makes this cocktail go […]

GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD on Americas-Table.com
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GRILLED CHICKEN SALAD

I’m a big fan of Gourmet magazine (I still miss the monthly version), and I found this appealing summer salad recipe in their grilling issue a few months ago. It’s fresh, and very beautiful – all the bounty of summer on one big treat-yourself plate. Pair this with a baguette and a glass of icy white wine, and you’ve got a brilliant, elegant meal. Grilled Chicken Salad Prep time: 1 ½ hours Serves: 4 Adapted from Gourmet magazine For lettuce:  […]

FRIED OYSTER SANDWICHES AND PICKLED FRENCH FRIES on Americas-Table.com
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FRIED OYSTER SANDWICHES AND PICKLED FRENCH FRIES

Boardwalk food. Just the words conjure sea breezes and special summertime feasts available only at seaside locales. Saltwater taffy, fried oysters or Ipswich clams, crinkly fries flecked with sea salt. This recipe for fried oyster sandwiches, or po’ boys, as they’re known in the South, has a distinctive and delicious Asian twist, served with kimchee and a hearty helping of pickled French fries. (If you like salt and vinegar chips, you’re going to LOVE these fries.) And if you’re going […]

GRILLED POTATO SALAD on Americas-Table.com
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GRILLED POTATO SALAD

A barbecued rack of ribs deserves a strong accompaniment, a potato salad worthy of the name – redolent with smoky bacon and the sweet-sour tang of balsamic vinegar. This is a very masculine potato salad, if a potato salad can have a gender; it’s what you serve with a 20-ounce Porterhouse or a full rack of ribs, with an icy beer in a frosted glass on the side. This recipe is deeply flavored by herbs, sautéed green onions, and crisp […]

STRAWBERRY NUT TART WITH CINNAMON ICE CREAM on Americas-Table.com
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STRAWBERRY NUT TART WITH CINNAMON ICE CREAM

When I was a kid, we had a big strawberry patch that needed to be picked clean every June, beginning just as school was out for the summer. My brother and I hated that patch. When the fruit was ready, we’d spend long mornings bent over in the hot sun picking berries –  itchy, sweaty, back-breaking work – which my parents then gave away to friends and neighbors. One especially hot summer when the season was over, the straw that […]