We were going to head straight to Home Depot to pick up a grill but realized that would require an assembly time longer than the wait time for some hard wood charcoal to ignite.
Using my new method of working kale into every salad we consume I made this tomato, mozzarella, and basil salad with kale along with some olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The result was fantastic. The basil flavored the kale enough so that it was like eating giant clumps of delicious basil.
In lieu of grilling (on gas or hard wood) I boiled up some hot dogs and served them up with chopped onion, relish, mustard, and ketchup. Sadly we were out of normal nasty yellow ketchup so I had to use Dijon instead which just isn't the same. A generous sprinkling of celery salt was enough to make one forget about the missing mustard.
For beer we had this evening is a little controversial. I can already hear the screams of horror coming from my father-in-law as he gazes upon this picture with pure horror in his eyes.
The beer was Thomas Hooker's Watermelon Ale. Much like last year's watermelon beer (21st Amendment's Hell or High Watermelon, this beer was a refreshing but odd choice. It probably wasn't quite hot enough to enjoy the refreshment factor as it was merely in the low 70's this evening. Nonetheless we tried Connecticut's finest and enjoyed it with our slightly-before-the-season meal.
I happened upon a four pound carton of strawberries today so Jen macerated a bunch and made some shortcake to go along with it. We tried our darnedest to make whipped cream but we had no cream and everyplace in Westchester closes by 6:00 PM so we were forced to omit this part of the dessert.
Still, Jen makes a bangin' shortbread.