What a terrific day we just had, filled with friends and great food. A friend from high school whom I have literally not seen in 21 years came over this afternoon with his fiancee. He’s a professional chef and we love talking food, so of course food was a big part of the day. I started us off with a nice fresh salsa (with a few tomatillos from the garden in it) and a pitcher of my new go-to summer drink-white sangria. I’m telling you I could eat a whole bowlful of the boozy fruit left at the bottom of the glass.
We smoked a rack of baby back ribs and they came out great. He showed us a helpful tip of smoking them for a few hours and finishing off for about a half hour in a foil packet with some liquid on the grill. To go with it I made my favorite summer salad-grilled corn, black beans, red onion, cilantro, cumin, red pepper, and it usually has mango in it, but I used peaches. I also made baked beans.
Clark has discovered a love of ribs this summer. I find it almost a little disturbing how much he enjoys eating meat off the bone (it kind of grosses me out), but I am happy he likes my cooking so much.
For dessert I made peach ice cream. Non New Jersey readers I hope you can buy New Jersey peaches in your stores because they really are fantastic. I feel like here in the Garden State we are very lucky during the summer to have such terrific tomatoes, corn, blueberries, and peaches in local abundance. The ice cream came out very well and because I love ginger with peach I made ginger cookies using this recipe. They tasted very much like the ginger squares I’ve been making at Christmas and were a very nice accompaniment.
Here’s to old friends and new, good food, and good times!