It's hot. I don't feel like cooking. I'd rather be outside sipping a cold drink, or next to the fan reading a good book, or pretty much anywhere but in front of the stove. Luckily, one of the best things about summer is that being lazy in the kitchen actually makes for better meals.
Take the summer tomato sandwich. At its best, it is just bread, sliced ripe tomatoes, mayonnaise, salt and pepper. You can throw a bit of basil on there, maybe some cheese, but they aren't necessary. Doing anything more complicated — whipping up an herb aioli, frying a couple pieces of bacon — will no doubt result in a tasty sandwich, but nothing as sublime as the lazy original: good bread, drippy pink juices, soft tomato slices bursting with flavor, and an extra 15 minutes of free time.
Corn, fresh herbs, stone fruit, green beans, melons — at this time of year the market is bursting with ingredients that taste best when you do very little. I say embrace it. Be lazy. Eat well. And use all that extra time to whatever it is you dream about doing during the darkest days of winter.
What are your favorite lazy summer meals?
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