Fried rice is a great go-to recipe. Once you get the technique and seasoning down, you can alter it for any veg or meat you’ve got on hand--perfect for summer when you're harvesting from the garden or in the winter when you’re relying on what’s in the freezer! The star of the show here is the Sichuan Chili Oil by Blank Slate in Vermont. I finished up my rice, then fried an egg in a hot pan, using the chili oil as the cooking oil. This resulted in a crispy, crunchy, spicy fried egg with a gooey yolk ready to dribble through the rice beneath.
Wouldn't be a summer in Maine without a lobster roll (every week?!). Almost anywhere you look you can find one, either chilled with mayo or warmed with butter. When we relaunched our Fennel Saffron Sea Salt, it quickly become a favorite for seafood. We switched to grinding the saffron into a fine powder to create a pink salt with cracked fennel seeds + some whole saffron threads tossed through it. Though red/pink itself, saffron turns everything around it a deep golden hue, which was really amplified when melted into butter and tossed through the chunks of lobster.
We love an Old Fashioned, but it often feels like a cold-weather drink. Enter - peaches. Or really any summer stone fruit. This is so simple and so delicious on a balmy summer day.