You can’t swing a proverbial cat around the internet these days without hitting six homemade pizza recipes, most of which are great. You’ve got the artisanal ones using homemade sourdough starter and baked to order in someone’s DIY backyard brick pizza oven. And you’ve got the down and dirty ones using store bought crust and jarred sauce baked in your kitchen. Grilled ones and griddled ones, super thin crust and extra thick, loaded with sauce and toppings and cheeses, and barely gilded with seasoned oil and shaved vegetables.
The dog days of summer, for me, are not so much a time for capital "R" Recipes. The heat makes my brain all sorts of poached, and as much as I’m excited about the bounty of fruits and vegetables that I was missing all winter, I’m not terribly inclined to do anything radical or complicated with them. I like to say that it’s because I’m just keeping things simple and letting their true perfect fresh nature shine. But the truth, between you and me, is that I’m lazy by nature and doubly so when there is a chance of sweating.
Cucumber and cream cheese sandwiches sound properly British, but they don’t have to be boring. Help the humble green vegetable gain power by turning sliced cucumber into zingy little pickles. Slice cucumbers and shallots coin-thick and let them go for a swim with red wine vinegar, salt, and a bit of sugar.
When chopping vegetables for dinner, it’s pretty likely that a lot of those tops and stems end up in the trash at the end of the night. You can throw those bits out, but you’re tossing valuable breakfast ingredients.