What I Did on My Summer Vacation
|Postcards from summer (clockwise from top left): |
Mom's muffaletta, a spicy cocktail recreated, raw New England clams on a boat, home boiled peanuts, steamed NC clams, a sandy afternoon in Martha's Vineyard (those are not my feet, thank you)
In the spirit of back-to-school show and tell, I'm reminiscing over the especially tasty moments of summer when I managed to escape the heat of the concrete jungle and eat well. Very well. And sing "I'm on a boat." A lot.
Here's what was good:
• My mom's muffaletta with Central Grocery olive salad on fresh baked focaccia, eaten by a swimming hole at my sister's place outside Durham.
• The spicy Clementine Kicker cocktail at Top Chef contestant Kelly Liken's Vail restaurant, which I tried to recreate practically the minute I got home. Here's my recipe.
• "Hi, my name is Amanda, and I'm a clam addict." And it was a good summer for my clam habit from heaps of fried and raw clams on a quick weekend trip to Martha's Vineyard to plump steamed clams fresh out of the North Carolina sand at Wrightsville Beach.
• Freshly boiled peanuts. After finding raw peanuts at an NC farm stand, my husband turned this roadside Southern treat into a DIY kitchen project thanks to the Lees Bros. recipe.
Goodbye fleeting summer, and thanks for feeding me so well.