Eastside Road, June 30, 2012—A COUPLE OF FRIENDS over for last-day-of-month dinnerparty, planned for the patio but moved inside on account of wind. Boy, I hate strong winds; and you don't want to fire up the grill on a day like this.
So Lindsey broiled the hamburgers inside. All the fixings: sliced onions, dill pickles, lettuce leaves from the garden, mustard, homemade chili sauce. Lindsey made one of her terrific potato salads: her mother's family were Bavarian, and it's been in the family, this salad, for generations, I think.
I sprinkled a little olive oil into the black iron skillets, heated them up, and threw in a pound of Nardini peppers, whole, sprinkling them with salt, letting them char and stew, and then having put them all into the bigger pan, set the smaller one on top, weighting them down to finish cooking. That worked out nicely.
Buns from Downtown Bakery and Creamery, of course. Then for dessert this fabulous sour-cherry pie Lindsey made from our cherries out of the freezer — not many on the trees this year, alas. Straus vanilla ice cream on top. Oh boy: what a feast.
Pinot noir, Fat Cat (California), 2011 (sound, good flavor, modest: thanks, John!)