Romancing Summer: All-American Homemade BBQ Sauce for Chicken, etc.

Barbecue chicken is an American classic of summertime cooking. Sauce variations abound, of course. In my latest favorite rendition of a previous and abiding favorite, an adaptation of the American classic based on Heinz tomato ketchup and Wesson oil, vegetable oil is swapped for extra virgin olive oil, ballpark mustard is replaced with Dijon, molasses … Continue reading Romancing Summer: All-American Homemade BBQ Sauce for Chicken, etc.

Romancing Summer I: Grilled Pizza with Pickled Onions, Arugula, and Squash Blossoms

My romance with pizza was sparked in a small trattoria in Parmigiano, Italy, where I had my first Italian version. It was with ham, artichoke hearts, and melted cheese. A revelation: there was no tomato. I don’t remember the cheese, but it was gooey and stringy, so certainly more than just Parmesan.  Memory has faded, … Continue reading Romancing Summer I: Grilled Pizza with Pickled Onions, Arugula, and Squash Blossoms