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.
Ah, summer: those long hours of daylight, clear skies, and balmy temperatures put us in the mood for kicking back with friends and family— usually around a table!
In anticipation of these happy seasonal gatherings, we think everyone should have a few go-to tricks to help keep things more fun than frantic. For a fail-safe start to any fête, we turn to the tried-and-true combination of fromage and fruit—dressed up just a little bit for the occasion. Enter: the elevated cheese plate.
Spring can't arrive fast enough for all of us here in New England. Slogging through this winter set us up to welcome any and every indication of Spring. For me one of the best is the arrival in the market of Spring lamb.