This is what summer time is all about. We spent a lazy 4th of July weekend devouring RedRocks Pizza on the patio,strolling through Eastern Market, grilling everything we could find, enjoying drag brunch at Nellie’s, and finally taking a nice long bike ride to the National Arboretum. Oh, and then we watched a 360° panorama of fireworks from the roof.

Life is good.

We made an excellent batch of kale chips to start. No, not on the grill. Wash and dry any variety of kale very thoroughly – drying is the most important part. Then shred into bite sized pieces, toss with olive oil, salt and pepper, and bake for about 15-20 minutes in a 300° oven until super crispy. Can’t be beat.

Next, Emily made eggplant bruschetta, using grilled eggplant slices in place of bread, fresh pan-seared tomatoes, basil and feta cheese. As vibrant in flavor as it is in color.

Now this was the kicker. Dijon-glazed salmon burgers, grilled to perfection and made all the more heavenly with bacon and arugula. Hell. Yes.

Salmon burgers, kale chips, and potato salad with radishes and celery.

…I hope you don’t think we stopped there.

Grilled cinnamon glazed peaches with ice cream (not pictured: fresh blueberries).

Yeah, this makes the summer heat all worth it.


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