I know my childhood wasn't perfect, but when I look back I don't often think of the sad or difficult times. Maybe it's simply a function of time, but more likely it's maturity. Our lives weren't fancy or especially privileged, but I had many more good times than not, and as I write this I get a little misty remembering summer nights on Cornwall Street, the street where I grew up. If I was lucky we would be cooking out, which was one of my all-time favorite activities. Our grill was very simple and we used charcoal. If there were gas grills they were too fancy for us. The menu was usually hot dogs and hamburgers and dessert was watermelon and some-mores. After I worked at making the perfectly browned marshmallow -- I was obsessed with getting the marshmallow evenly brown all around -- I often collected fireflies. Then and now, a perfect evening.
Thanks, Mary and Mazola
I was reminded of summer nights fifty years ago thanks to my blog buddy, Mary at "One Perfect Bite" and the folks who make Mazola corn oil. The Mazola folks are the gracious sponsors of a wonderful "Summer Grill" giveaway, which Mary hosted on her blog. My winnings arrived yesterday and I was delighted to see the great new barbecue tools, apron -- underneath the tools -- and a large bottle of Mazola. Mazola was a mainstay in my mother's kitchen. I don't do any grilling at home -- tiny apartment with no backyard -- but a lot when I'm visiting my Breezy Point friends. We do simple menus, hamburgers, hot dogs and chicken kabobs and my favorite, corn cooked on the grill.
Sweet, local corn -- perfect for grilling!
What are your summer grill favorites? Are there other some-mores fans in Buttercupland?
If you enjoy food blogs, I think you would really enjoy a visit to "One Perfect Bite." Today's recipe is a wonderful cold soup from Spain that is calling out to me.
Today was a beautiful summer day in New York City. I enjoyed the sky -- blue, blue, blue -- the company of a friend and the quiet of my apartment. Sweet summer day!
As always, thanks for visiting. Wishing you many sweet summer days.