Ok, it seems Irene may have helped shorten the summer feeding season. At least here at the Shore, the number of uprooted tomato and pepper plants will reduce my options. Nevertheless, there were some worthwhile moments
A big platter of Lobster Nachos in late July certainly counts. Three lobsters for fifteen bucks started the whole thing off. The meat was dusted with cumin and joined some queso fresco on the chips to warm. A salsa featuring heirloom tomatoes, habaneros, and cilantro from the garden topped the plate. Next time I'll fry my own chips.
The chiles were pretty abundant and appreciated. The most simple manner being the near daily breakfast of fresh melon (cantaloupe, honeydew, water, musk) and sliced, fresh peppers. Wonderful sweet-heat balance. Habaneros and cantaloupe are terrific together.
Finally, an extra scoop of vanilla ice cream from a local shop almost went to waste. I was about to enjoy my second Flying Dog IPA and had no interest in finishing off my wife's dish. "Wait, what if I . . . " I did, the IPA Ice Cream Float! Try that some time.
So, what did I miss? What should I try?