If ever I have the chance to eat whole grilled fish, I do - every Mediterranean restaurant I eat at - but at home I often go another route: oven roasting.
A week ago we were complaining that the air conditioner no longer worked. This morning I was hunting for scarves and sweaters and autumn-weather coats. A beautiful time of year, with the leaves beginning to change and explosions of yellow and orange and red debris blowing up from street's edges in accordance with the ever changing wind.
I love recipes that come together with 'a bissel of this and a bissel of that'. It always reminds me of the way my Bubie Annie cooked. Hard to follow her explanations, but the result was always a rustic masterpiece. She made strudel that was legendary; a procedure my sister Ellen watched and documented but I never had the wisdom to do.
Our July 4th this year was officially July 5th. Since some of us had to work on Friday and the holiday landed on a Thursday we decided to push it a day -- that, and the fact that all of us were actually born in other countries so we were just happy to get together, no matter what the day! My family loves Hanger Steak. It's one of the most delicious, tender and forgiving cuts of beef. Every once in a while I try different cuts, but inevitably, if I ask for requests, they most often ask for "hanger steak".