Out of the Kitchen & the Summer Solstice

Today is the longest day of the year! And a hot one at that. On the beaches of Scandinavia, Great Britain and Ireland there will be bon fires. Given that the temperatures are threatening to top out at 100 in New England, I think you can skip the fires … but not the beach.

Celebrate the Solstice with a long lazy evening on the beach. Keep cool with a refreshing Shandy. Or spice it up a bit with a Caribbean Shandy, a fifty-fifty mix of ginger beer and beer over ice.

Thinking about Scandinavia, dinner has got to be salmon or shrimp. You can grill salmon or shrimp. Or keep it very cool with a beautiful platter of smoked Norwegian salmon with slices of lemon, red onion and capers. Add a lovely cucumber salad. Peel, seed and chop cucumbers, add thinly sliced scallions and roughly chopped oregano and parsley. Sprinkle with sea salt and freshly ground pepper, drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and red wine vinegar and toss. Then again, a salad with a few shrimp sounds good. Try a few precooked shrimp on a refreshing Thai Salad for a delicious too hot weather meal.

And when the temperature tops out above ninety … top it off with ice cream. Whether you make your own gelato or pick up a quart of your favorite ice cream, enjoy a cold and creamy finish!

Have a lovely evening and stay cool. Bon appétit!

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