Today: Turn off the grill (just for a night) and host a summer dinner party to balance out your Fourth of July weekend.
You came to the rooftop. You saw the fireworks. You conquered the flag cake. Fourth of July is a whirlwind of red, white, blue, and American beer, and it can leave you tuckered out and craving the comfort of a candle-lit table laid with silverware instead of compostable forks. You want something a bit more refined.
Luckily, there's still next weekend. Or the weekend after that. It's the summer, and there's no time crunch. Saturday and Sunday will both stretch out into the twilight hour, and who doesn't want to be a guest at a light, summery feast? Invite your favorite people, dust off the dishes, make a cocktail, and step away from the grill.
I'm a former Food52 Julia Child Food Writing Fellow now studying law so I can make food fairer, more delicious, and more sustainable for everyone. I was born and raised in Montreal (mostly on poutine and matzoh ball soup), but in my heart I am an Italian grandma—I live on pizza and make a mean eggplant parmesan.