Happy 4th of July, everyone. Let's all celebrate with Paloma!
Here's this week's link round-up:
Last-minute 4th of July menus for weekend festivities from Serious Eats, Epicurious, and Food Network.
To marinade or not to marinade? In this story, the Kitchn says marinades work best for kebabs and thinner cuts like skirt steak. Only tougher cuts of meat like the shoulder should be marinated for several hours or overnight. [via The Kitchn]
Mark Bittman never ceases to amaze me. The man is so darn prolific. I know most of his recipes aren't that complicated, or even that original, but the man just keeps churning them out. This week he's got 101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics. This story is also a font of inspiration for those dreaded what-do-I-pack-for-lunch-I-hate-my-job days. A few of my favorite ideas:
Toss toasted pita with olives, parsley and mint, salt and pepper, bits of chopped-up lemon (rinds and all; preserved lemon is even better), chopped seeded tomatoes, chopped seeded cucumbers and chopped red pepper. Take olive oil for last-minute dressing.
Cook peeled shrimp; little ones are best. Toss with pesto: lots. Put on small rolls. (In fact: cook anything; toss with pesto: lots. Put on small rolls.)
Cut melon into wedges and wrap thin slices of prosciutto around them. Stack in a container, drizzle with a little olive oil and sprinkle with black pepper. Take romaine lettuce and serve the wedges over the greens, with the accumulated juices as a dressing. It works. [via the NYT]
Also from the Times, there's a story on rooftop dinner parties. If only that was possible atop our slanted apartment. Anyone with a roofdeck want to invite us over? Audrey and David, nudge, nudge... [via the NYT]
Kind of apropos of nothing, but this condiment caddy is super cute. [via DesignSponge]