Archive | June, 2012

A Perfect Summer Night

22 Jun

When it gets warm, I’m looking to cook outside on the grill. And I’m going to want it to be simple to prepare.  Of course gas grills today are the equivalent of an outdoor stove so just about anything is possible.

This past weekend I steamed four dozen clams using white wine for liquid with some roasted garlic tossed in. Yummy. The clams were followed by medium-rare Delmonico steaks. The marbling of fat in the Delmonico makes them a better grilling candidate than a strip steak. And by now we all know you only turn the meat once to keep it tender.  Lobster tails were next. As I’ve aged I’ve gotten away from the messiness of cooking the whole lobster. The tails were simply split, drizzled with some olive oil on top and grilled shell side down. I cheated on the grill and made dessert inside. It was an orange meringue pie. I got the recipe from­here-i-come-californias-sweetest-slice-of-sun/.  A lot less sugar than lemon meringue.

My after dinner beverage was three fingers of Black Grousse Blended Scotch. Not only does it make me feel warm inside, it keeps warm the memory of a wonderful meal.

What makes a perfect summer night for you? I would love to hear about your favorite summertime meals and cocktails. Thanks for sharing.


The Manhattan

6 Jun

One of the classic cocktails is the Manhattan. The drink is usually mixed one part sweet vermouth, two parts whiskey, with a dash of bitters, with ice and a cherry garnish. A Perfect Manhattan uses one-half part of both dry and sweet vermouth. I like to add a touch of the cherry juice to the drink. Often one will use bourbon in place of whiskey.

I bring up the Manhattan because it is the unofficial drink of the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel in thoroughbred racing’s triple crown. The official drink is something called the Belmont Breeze but who has ever heard of it let alone tasted one? In this year’s Belmont (Saturday, 6:15 pm, NBC) I’ll Have Another attempts to complete the sweep of the triple crown and become the 12th horse to do so.

If you’re looking to upset the betting and sentimental favorite maybe Paynter goes to the lead and never looks back. Or if I’ll Have Another moves to the lead too early he gets caught late by the stretch running Dullahan. Whatever the outcome, I’ll be having another Manhattan at about 6:30. Good luck to all those who wager.

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