|Summer pizza? Why not, especially when you've got fresh herbs aplenty - Photo by Wasabi Prime|
Another rule of summer eats should be, make friends with people who own smokers. We now have two friends who bought Traeger smokers, and aside from the obvious choices like meat, meat, and more meat, did you know you can smoke a pizza? Before you picture someone rolling up a pepperoni and cheese like a fatty blunt, here's some pics from the last time we made smoke-grilled pizzas. HOLY CRAP, IT WAS DELICIOUS, YO!
|Yes, we can smoke a pizza! Don't forget the drinks. - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
Another summer staple has been drinking shrubs, aka drinking vinegars. I know, sounds weird if you've never had one before, but don't turn your nose up at the idea of a tart/sweet herbaceous and fruity flavor that perks up a summer cocktail. Traditionally a way to preserve the flavor of summer fruits, drinking vinegars perk up the palate; the sharpness of the vinegar really refreshes you. My shrubs are typically a half/half of simple syrup and an apple cider or plain distilled vinegar, with a ton of muddled herbs like lemon balm and mint. It's a grand way to keep up with your herb garden, if you want to keep the plants pruned and rejuvenated on a weekly basis. It all sits in a big glass jar to allow the herbs to release their essence, and then it's strained off to mix in both alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. Putting an ounce or two of the shrub in some seltzer is an easy option, or adding it to a mix of vodka, gin, some fresh citrus, and seltzer makes an instant party pitcher drink. If you're feeling inspired, check out these shrub recipes on The Kitchn.
|Eat yer greens! Get inventive with salads - the more color, the better! - Photos by Wasabi Prime|
|Hot diggety pretzel-dog - Photos by Wasabi Prime|