Ahh, summer. Time of pools and bungalows and road trips and hiking and cooking.
That’s right, cooking. Because even if we’re all in vacation mode, everybody is hungry. We’ve got guests dropping in for an hour, a weekend, or half the summer. We’ve got teens back from yeshivah, bringing their laundry and their endless appetites home with them. We’ve got the little ones’ “Mommy I’m hungry” mantras every hour, on the hour (and in between!).
We want to feed our families and guests well, with food that is nutritious, delicious, and a delight to the eye. And we don’t want to spend lots of time preparing it.
So does that mean pizza and hot dogs every night? Not quite, according to Rivky Kleiman, author of the bestselling new cookbook, Simply Gourmet. There are so many fabulous, creative, and, yes, gourmet dishes you can prepare without spending hours in the kitchen.
Summer, says Rivky, is the perfect time to try the many recipes in Simply Gourmet that are marked with a “Simple Supper” icon.” To be dubbed a “simple supper,” a recipe had to meet very strict criteria: Prep time could be no longer than 10 minutes total, and the food had to be ready, prep to table, in less than an hour.
How does General Tso’s Chicken and Broccoli Bake sound for dinner? Fifty minutes, from prep to plate. Your Garlic Mayo Skirt Steak Dinner can be ready in (no kidding!) 25 minutes, including cooking time. Poached Mediterranean Flounder and Quinoa Crusted Branzino are two fabulous Nine Days’ “simple suppers.” And there are so many more, quick to prepare, delicious to eat, perfect for your summer schedule.
There’s one kind of cooking that everyone loves in the summer — barbecues! Simply Gourmet is a fabulous resource for unforgettable barbecues. Try the Simple Savory Lamb Chops or Sweet Chili-Glazed Chicken Wings with a side of Grilled Vegetable and Kale Salad — the memory of that barbecue meal will keep you warm when the winter winds blow in!
Wishing all of our readers a great — and delicious — summer vacation.