August 31st: good food, good wine, good weather, good dogs! A fine way to end a summer that didn’t feel much like summer at all, and probably the last chance to have meals outside. While folks across the pond set out to enjoy a long holiday weekend, we celebrated the final days of August with flavors of the season.
Left to right: Riparosso by Illuminati, cialledda fredda (cold bread salad), prosciutto crudo and melon, smoked burratina and Paul Robeson toms from the garden, and sauteed portobello mushrooms in the corner. The bread salad is a snap to make. Take stale bread, tear it into pieces and moisten with a little bit of water. Toss together with chopped tomatoes, thinly sliced red onions, sliced cucumbers, dried oregano, fresh basil and black olives. Season to taste with salt, freshly ground black pepper and a generous drizzle of extra virgin olive oil.
Burratina is a petite version of burrata, and this one is smoked instead of the usual plain (still excellent!) version. The smaller size presents beautifully as a single serving – look at that creamy interior!