We’re partnering with Allagash Brewing Company to make sure you’ve got everything you need to make the most of all your #SummerSundays this season, whether you’re hosting a laidback BBQ or hitting the beach. Here, we polled the Food52 team for their best summer cookout recipes and tips.
Nothing says summer has arrived better than a big backyard cookout. Growing up in Florida, that meant spending the entire day in the pool with my cousins and friends from the neighborhood, while our parents grilled burgers and citrus-marinated mahi-mahi fillets and plied us with ice pops. Here in New York, that means toting picnic baskets filled with make-ahead snacks to the park or hauling a portable grill up a few flights of stairs for a rooftop BBQ.
This Pomegranate and Blueberry Cosmopolitan is perfect for warm weather! Made with muddled blueberries and pomegranate juice, this update to the classic Cosmo has a smooth, sweet berry flavor that’s just right for summer.
Humans have been boiling eggs for a very long time.
By some accounts, it all began with egg roasting about a million years ago. This likely evolved into egg boiling around 5000 B.C., thanks to the invention of pottery. And more recently than that, boiled eggs are thought to have cropped up in Ancient Rome, where wealthy patricians served as an appetizer course called gustatio. (Apicius, a collection of Roman recipes compiled sometime between the first and fifth century A.D., corroborates this with recipes for seasoning and topping boiled eggs.)
Here at Food52, we love recipes—but do we always use them? Of course not. Because once you realize you don’t always need a recipe, you’ll make your favorite dishes a lot more often. Today: We’re making a zingy, fruity drinking vinegar that’s all a matter of ratio. (And yes, it makes for great cocktails, too.)
Dragging open a can of anchovies. Cubing cold, snappy vegetables to toss in a mustard jar vinaigrette. Spooning anything at all onto toast, with pepper and cheese and salt. There’s something wonderfully languid about making summer dinners, the kind that come half-prepped right from the produce bag (or, okay, pasta box).
The best are not just easy, but also quick—even unnervingly so. “Didn’t I just open the fridge?” you’ll say to yourself, sitting down to Brie-cloaked noodles and tomatoes. Or skillet-grilled fish tacos. Or the undeniable genius of a salad made from cornbread.
We’ve partnered with Smithfield Marinated Fresh Pork to highlight simple yet uniquely delicious dishes that’ll take your summer grilling to the next level.
During the summer months, you can catch me grilling up pork (albeit in my cramped New York City kitchen using a cast-iron pan) at least once or twice during the week—it’s quick, satisfying, and with a ton of different cuts to choose from, as versatile as it gets. But lately, I’ve been stuck in a bit of a recipe rut, unable to break away from the same crispy pork chops I make over and over again.
If there’s one thing I look forward to doing most over the summer, it’s sitting outside—be it on a beach, rooftop, grassy knoll, or, heck, even my fire escape—while sipping an ice-cold beverage (usually something with a little kick, if you know what I mean).