Way back when Yan started this, there was a reference to mystery meat and leftovers. Now I don't eat meat. Like Rachel in my book Secrets of Truth & Beauty, I am a pescatarian (and let me tell you we had a whole lot of fun with the spelling of that going through copyedits).
Anyway, as I said, I don't eat meat, but I am a huge proponent of leftovers, of making up my own recipes, and of easy summer dinners. So, without further ado, I present to you one of my all time favorite easy summer dinners. I call it Secrets of Cheese & Arugula.
- Take a container of baby arugula (I recommend organic) and dump it into a large serving bowl.
- Add oil and balsamic vinegar (I don't really measure, so I guess in the parlance, it would be “to taste”.)
- Add one carton of grape or cherry tomatoes, halved.
- Add 1-4 cloves of fresh garlic, pressed. (This will again depend on personal preference and the proximity you will be having to friends and family.)
- Set aside.
- Get a box of pasta like penne or ziti or farfalle and prepare according to package directions.
- Drain pasta and add to bowl of arugula and tomatoes.
- Now here is the special Secrets of Truth & Beauty ingredient: goat cheese. I of course recommend buying it from a local farm, but if that is not available, most grocery stores sell small tubs of crumbles, or small logs. Add to the pasta, arugula et. al., stir well, and serve.
- You should have enough to serve four people . . . with leftovers!
Not easy enough for you? Here is another option: Reverse Dinner.
- Go to an ice cream stand.
- Order a cone of your favorite ice cream.
- No leftovers but equally delicious.
So now I'm curious, what do you consider to be a great summer meal?