July 4, 2014
In any given year, July is a big month for my family, with three birthdays—my mom’s, Shiv’s, Jill’s—and the anniversary of my father’s death. But this year, we’ve got an especially big time going, as we are in medias res of moving Jill’s parents here to Texas. They’ll be moving into a house just down the street from my mom, which means that you should probably expect to see announcement of a Carroll/Mehra family reality show forthcoming in fall of 2014.
It’s a nutty, wonderful time around these parts, and to pile on the crazy, we’re getting onto a plane today to travel to Memphis to celebrate Shiv’s mundan ceremony, a traditional Hindu rite of passage that we’ve been planning for the last year. There will be more pictures and explanation of the weekend to come, but for now, I wanted to share a few season favorites, as I did for June, in the hopes that some of them might find their way into your kitchen this month!
Much love for a safe and celebratory Fourth—
This giant, puffy pancake is sure to be a crowd-pleaser, and is especially delightful when topped with berries or sliced peaches.
Cold soup is the ultimate summer lunch. For a spin on this recipe, I recommend roasting the tomatoes, onions, peppers, & garlic ahead of time—adds a really excellent depth of flavor.
This salad has made the internet rounds, and for good reason; it’s fresh, unusual, and goes super-well with grilled steak or fish.
A blue-ribbon recipe if there ever were one; make it now while the corn and tomatoes are in their prime!
This guest post from Jill features two tried-and-true family recipes to help you enjoy the summer’s okra bounty.
A spicy dish with Indian flavors, using the sweetness of summer cucumbers as a cooling foil.
These are a bit involved but totally worth it—cool, creamy pudding topped with warm, boozy cherries, need I say more? Plan ahead, as the puddings need to chill in the refrigerator for a few hours before you can eat them.
Fun to say (clafouti!) and really quite simple to make, this dessert is sophisticated and good for a crowd.
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