In northern Ohio, 85 degrees is too hot to cook. It blew my mind how the bulk of the Jamaican diet is made up of stews, curries, and slow-cooked jerk meats. In that kind of heat, Ohioans and Michiganders would only eat salads and sandwiches!
This list of 101 quick summer meals is my go-to guide when I don't feel like spending a lot of time in the kitchen, and the idea of firing up the oven is anathema. I often forget how good simple food can be, and the list is a great reminder.
Here are just a few favorites:
Pan-grill a skirt steak for three or four minutes a side. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, slice and serve over romaine or any other green salad, drizzled with olive oil and lemon.
Boil a lobster. Serve with lemon or melted butter. (This is my favorite meal in the world, btw.)
Slice or chop salami, corned beef or kielbasa and warm in a little oil; stir in eggs and scramble. Serve with mustard and rye bread.
Grill or sauté Italian sausage and serve over store-bought hummus, with lemon wedges.
Boil-and-eat shrimp, cooked in water with Old Bay seasoning or a mixture of thyme, garlic, paprika, chopped onion, celery, chili, salt and pepper.
Combine crab meat with mayo, Dijon mustard, chives and tarragon. Serve in a sandwich, with potato chips.
Pit and chop a cup or more of mixed olives. Combine with olive oil, a little minced garlic, red pepper flakes and chopped basil or parsley. Serve over pasta.