July 23 2011 – Heat Wave Supper

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Now that summer’s almost gone and temperatures have been cool for weeks, it’s hard to imagine a night when it was 104 degrees. The weather was so gross that weekend that the NYTimes said stepping outside was like being licked by a big, swampy monster.

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Yuck. Well, at least we got to eat and drink while the swampy monster licked us. You can plan a pretty picnic but you can’t predict the weather.

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The ice cold water from our new Igloo cooler also seemed to help a little with cooling things down, especially when it got sprayed in your face. At one point I overheard one guest say to another: I know how you like it…which meant she liked getting sprayed on the back of her neck as the water bottle made its way around the table. Touché.

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Since this was our last outdoor supper club for a while, we planned a menu that would take advantage of all our summer gear: a charcoal grill, Paul’s trash can smoker, and our brand new oversized propane burner. My favorite dish of the night was Paul’s lamb ribs, which smoked for a whole day and tasted like a lamby version of brisket. It probably didn’t hurt that they were served with french fries, something we’ve been hoping to make for a while. We used a bunch of new toys to cook them, including a wire basket that fit perfectly inside our gigantic pot of fry oil. I also was quite pleased to serve sour cherry pie for dessert and was lucky that supper club happened on a week when I could find those little guys at the farmer’s market.

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This was the last big meal in South Slope and it was a real group effort getting all the chairs, tables, and eating supplies up and down those stairs. Special thanks to Julia, Lisa, Sam, Anna, Quincy, and everyone else who helped out. We also had amazing wines provided to us by The Natural Wine Company, delicious gin care of Bulldog Gin, beautiful flowers from Anna c/o Lebak Farm and Flowers and fresh oysters from the guys at McCarren Park’s farmer’s market, Pura Vida Fisheries.

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Hope to see you at the next one. Until then Paul and I will be busy combining our kitchens up in Greenpoint…

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London Lemonade

Bulldog Gin

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 Gruyere Flatbread

olive oil, honey, lemon thyme

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Shuck-Your-Own Oysters

pickles, mignonette sauce

Domaine de la Pepiere Muscadet

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Chilled Corn Soup

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Market Salad

smoked eggplant, summer squash, beets, sunchoke chips, tarragon-goat-cheese dressing, bread crumbs

Domaine de la Pepiere La Pepe Rosé

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Colorado Lamb

smoked lamb ribs, grilled lamb chops, tzatziki, cucumber, french fries

La Sacristie de la Ville Cure Red Bordeaux


Sour Cherry Pie

creme fraiche ice cream

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