Merrill's baby Clara has quite the appetite -- and it's all Merrill can do to keep up. Armed with her greenmarket bag, a wooden spoon and a minimal amount of fuss, she steps into the fray. 

Today: Merrill fires up the grill to make...toast. 

Grilled Garlic Toast from Food52

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This summer (heatwave be damned) we've been trying to make as much use of the grill as possible, and not just for burgers.

A lot of the things we cook on the grill aren't ideal for an 18-month-old -- steak, sausages with peppers and onions, fish tacos -- but others work nicely. Grilled marinated zucchini, for example, is great to have around and the texture is easy on little mouths. 

Grilled Garlic Toast from Food52

One of the newer staples of my grilling repertoire is garlic toasts, now loved by the whole family. Clara has long been fond of both garlic and toast, so for her it's a match made in heaven. For us, it's a simple side that pairs with pretty much any dish and can be topped with everything from ricotta to sliced tomatoes to grilled vegetables. 

These toasts can be a palette of sorts, or stand happily on their own. Feel free to adjust the garlic to your taste -- it can be as delicate as a whisper or powerful enough to make you breathe fire, depending on your preference.

Grilled Garlic Toast from Food52

Grilled Garlic Toast

Makes 6 pieces of toast

6 thick slices good country bread (the kind that's not too dense, with lots of air holes)
Olive oil
1 clove garlic, peeled and halved

See the full recipe (and save and print it) here.

Photos by James Ransom

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I'm a native New Yorker, Le Cordon Bleu graduate, former food writer/editor turned entrepreneur, mother of two, and unapologetic lover of cheese.


Jen B. May 13, 2015
absolute summertime staple in our house.... this alone has been dinner many a hot humid night....
Elycooks July 29, 2013
Yes, what is it with garlic and kids? When my son was about Clara's age, he discovered garlic on everything. The rest of his eating was anything but adventurous, but somehow the garlic prevailed.
The dress! The babe! Just adorable!
nutritioulicious July 24, 2013
So simple, yet so flavorful! Your daughter is adorable! I have twin girls the same age and they love good food!
caroline.gillis1 July 23, 2013
She's getting cuter by the day!
Merrill S. July 23, 2013
Thank you!