Last weekend, my friends and I jetted out of smelly, hot, New York City in favor of some time spent in the country. Think poolside cocktails, afternoon naps, and walking through a creek barefoot. (Remind me again, why I am typing this in front of my creaky window unit AC in NYC?) The other main feature of the weekend? Unbelievably delicious food I had nothing to do with at all.
Having spent the weekend with this group of friends before, I knew from the get go that I'd be on dish duty. Never in all my years have I been so elated to be on dish duty for a group of nine people. Scrubbing crusty bits of delicious blueberry scones off a baking sheet, scraping Green Goddess dressing out of the blender, wiping spilled rhubarb shrub off the countertop — it was absolutely worth it, knowing my friends are just as obsessed with food as I am.
It all started a week before the trip with the most glorious thing I have ever been emailed: a shared Google document of menu ideas. (!!!) We're all great cooks, but I've got to hand it to my friends. They're seriously giving me a run for my money.
By taking a back seat for the weekend, I got to experience my other friends' favorite summer dishes or recipes they've been wanting to try out, without fretting about whatever contribution I was cooking up. My contribution = showing up with Whole Foods bags and a smile that said "take me to your dishes."
I'd reprint the two-day menu here, but honestly that'd just be mean right? Instead, you'll just have to take my word for it.
What are your favorite summer recipes to cook on vacation?
(Image credits: Kate Gagnon)