Welcome back to CHOW Happy Hour! In this episode, Martin Cate, of Smuggler's Cove in San Francisco, prepares the Martinez, a cocktail some think is the precursor to the martini. While mixing this potent gin, sweet vermouth, and maraschino liqueur cocktail, Cate recounts his first encounter with it—on a train to Reno, Nevada.
Juicy summer tomatoes are the stars of this main dish salad—they’re even used in the tangy vinaigrette. Toss two kinds with whole-grain croutons, other veggies, and chicken for a hearty take on panzanella.
Setting up a charcoal grill can be intimidating: It’s hot, it can get kind of messy if you’re not prepared, and it’s unfamiliar to lots of home cooks. But with a little know-how you’ll be grilling with confidence all summer long.
All hail the ripe summer tomato, potentially a perfect food. Here, the inside of the tomato is the star: the juicy sweet-tart pulp adorns garlic-rubbed, toasted ciabatta, proving that simple food doesn’t mean boring.