Do you feel that chill in the air? It can only mean one thing...
September hits and I am in the mood for a comforting PB&J or some variation. Of course, the filling has to be exquisite, not filled with sugar but recalling the memories of summer fruit. Enter: my jam. Black & Blue was a favorite in my own kids' lunchbox, after they had helped pick the berries and load the fruit into a pot earlier in the summer. The nutty part of the equation has expanded with the relatively new nut butters on the market.
To me, salsa has always conjured up sunny skies and beaches. When I was growing up in Southern California the two went together and both were in abundance. My garden and barbeque do not in any way replace a sunny beach but they do provide a pretty nice place to be on an early evening in Summer. My summer salsa is of the fruit variety and is both colorful and a scumptious addition to another summer favorite kebabs quickly grilled over hot coals.
I love a holiday or occasion that gives us permission to eat sticky, delicious food like chicken wings and ribs. The Fourth of July fits that description for me. Here in New England, after a long winter this holiday is one of the first opportunities to take a small grill or a hamper of already prepared foods —like these make-ahead Firecracker Hot Wings— and stake out a spot on a beach or in the park with family or friends and enjoy the feast.