It’s hard to imagine Sicilian cooking without eggplant. You find it in every market, in every restaurant and certainly in every home kitchen. Having recently visited Sicily, I remember each eggplant binge fondly – and there were many.
If there's one dish that signifies summer in America, it's ribs. Cooked outdoors in backyards across the country, ribs are a cherished pastime. They are the stuff of smoke and live fire, and the glory of long afternoons spent in lawn chairs with cold beers. Passionate cooks keep a careful eye, periodically basting a little here or prodding there, as a hungry audience of family and friends watches the artistry unfold.
Here in this glorious summer of rose, pinot grigio is the odd wine out. It's not as decisive as sauvignon blanc. It's not as controversial as chardonnay. It's the sort of wine one is served on Ladies Drink Free Night at Italian restaurants, cold and inexpensive and a little bit tasteless.
Pistachios and hot pepper jelly coat juicy beef cubes for this spicy, crunchy barbecue dinner. To make this a quick and easy dinner, ask the butcher to cut the beef into cubes for kabobs. Mushrooms, red bell pepper and corn on the cob complete the meal.
One of the simplest, yet most delicious, dinners you can enjoy this summer is a platter of grilled oysters and shrimp. Either form of seafood requires little more than throwing it on the grill. A simple sauce of sambal oelek, horseradish, mayo and cilantro accompanies them. All you need to complete the meal is one of these crisp white wines.
In the never-ending search for new flavors, the evil geniuses at Pringles have come up with one for the ages: Margherita pizza-flavored potato chips (or whatever it is that Pringles are). You can really taste the tomato, the basil and the garlic on these chips, along with a lot of salt. We found them totally addictive; your experience may vary.
Poke, pronounced poh-kay, is a Hawaiian raw fish dish that is quickly becoming a popular favorite. Traditional seasonings include soy sauce and sesame oil. Serving the ingredients over rice makes it a meal in a bowl.
My grandfather, a bricklayer by trade, fashioned his own smokehouse under the stairwell of a small Chicago bungalow. He filled it with fresh hams, homemade bacon and garlicky sausage to smoke for the family. The steps just outside that brick room proved the perfect gossip spot for my cousins and me. We always left his house smelling faintly of hardwood smoke and garlic.
The line wrapped around two sides of the building for the July 20, 2017 soft opening of Philz Coffee on the corner of R and 17th Streets. Coffee lovers came by today for free coffee and pastries to give the San Francisco-based shop a try ahead of its official opening tomorrow at 6 a.m.
Emily ZentnerThe Sacramento Bee
Check out the line for the soft opening of Philz Coffee on R Street
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