The bonus: They’re easy to make — and easy to smoke — at home. You don’t need a smoker to smoke ribs. All you need is a grill, some soaked wood chips and great meaty ribs.
The sweet, layered result is well worth the slight extra hands-off time it took to bake them. If you feel like your tomatoes are perfect, then skip the roasting and get right to the chopping.
First tip: buy salmon straight from the fish counter. Because it is so perishable, the fish counter will often have gorgeous wild salmon on sale. The fish should smell like a salty ocean, not “fishy.” Buy it and make it the same day.
The trouble with stone fruits is that doggone stone. Some stone fruits — the clingstone variety — have pits that are almost impossible to remove. Others — the freestone variety — are a cinch. You simply slice them in half along the natural seam that runs from the top to the bottom of the fruit, then pop out the pit.
This recipe makes for a moist bread with lots of flavor. The only thing you’ll need to remember is to leave a little room for dessert.
The homemade pickle is a far more versatile actor than its commercially-produced cousin. Try serving a variety of lightly-pickled veggies with dip instead of the expected crudité.
Atlantic Beach Pie was commonly served at seafood restaurants on the North Carolina coast when Smith was growing up. He told me that back in the day, there was a commonly held belief that if you ate sweets after a seafood meal you would get sick. The exception was this citrus pie, the only dessert served at many of these coastal seafood joints.
Potatoes, like pasta, not only absorb liquid, they also keep absorbing it until there’s none left. That means the potato salad that was so nice and creamy when you first dressed it may have dried out 15 minutes later. If that happens, just stir in a little cold water and the silkiness will return.
The sandwich can be served hot or cold. If you are packing this for an al fresco dining experience, bring the three components in separate containers and assemble the sandwiches just before eating. Otherwise, you run the risk of a soggy sandwich.