Until recently, I made my lists on scratch paper (and my bag was always filled with a ridiculous number of scraps of paper, not to mention gum wrappers, receipts from 2003, and other embarrassing crap. bag lady alert.). These days, my bag is a little cleaner because I keep a notebook with me. In it: dozens of random lists. Weekly meals. Books to read. Restaurants, cafes, bars to try. Things to pack for trips. Places I want to visit. Things to do with all the crap we have socked away in the freezer. Things I want to do around the house. Ideas for gifts. Ideas for dinner party menus. Etc etc etc.
Making lists is what I do to clear my head, to be organized, and to have fun thinking about all the fun stuff I get to do. Today, my list was summer food I'm looking forward to making. I get a little picky when it's hot outside, so I figured it'd be helpful to make a list (naturally!). So, in anticipation of delicious summer fruits and vegetables and refreshing meals, here is my "food I'm looking forward to making" list:
Cold noodles, especially soba noodles with tofu in a spicy ginger vinaigrette, sesame noodles, and Vietnamese rice noodles with nuoc mam
Salads especially panzanella, tomato/cucumber/onion salad, crab salad with jalapeno-lime vinaigrette, salade Niçoise, and anything with basil.
Grilled sweet corn brushed with spicy lime butter
Grilled stuff -- steak, marinated chicken thighs, salmon, and lots of burgers/kebabs
Pasta tossed with cherry tomatoes (marinated in garlic, extra virgin olive oil, and garlic), torn basil, and mozzarella
Cold dips, e.g. hummus, babaghanoush, green goddess dip, or herbed yogurt cheese -- with pita and crudites
Crostini with ricotta and roasted tomatoes, or garlic and tomatoes.
Frozen yogurt (looking forward to experimenting with blends of full fat, 2%, and nonfat greek yogurt), topped with berries or stone fruit
Gelato / ice cream / sorbet
Mark's terrific thin crust pizza
Iced mint green tea and cold brewed iced coffee every day
Cold fruit tarts, especially with berries and whipped cream. Oh, and Pierre Herme's lemon cream tart.
See, I'm getting excited already. What are you guys looking forward to making and eating this summer?? My little notebook has more room in it.