Summer is here (finally)! And I feel pressure to celebrate each and every sunny day in a properly worshipful way because summer is the most precious two-month window of time here in the PNW. I now totally understand why it’s not uncommon for families back east to move heaven and earth in order to wipe their schedules clean and go out to a lake for a month. Yep. I totally understand that now.
We’re having a party tomorrow to celebrate a few things: the birth of our great nation, the completion of our kitchen remodel, and pork (pictures, more recipes, and blog posts to follow). We went very traditional with the menu:
(DC is making me a special version without mayo. Woohoo!)
(DL is making this; I’m going to skip it due to not being in the mood to make an allergy-free version.)
- Barbecued ribs
(I riff on this recipe by omitting the garlic and using 3/4 c of brandy instead of bourbon; I also add about 2-3 tsp each of salt and ground black pepper at the end.)
- Slow-roasted pork with Sally Schneider’s ancho-cocoa-cinnamon rub
- Peach ice cream (made with goat milk)
- Mint juleps
Naturally, rain is forecast for tomorrow.