The No-Recipe Dinner

I’ve been remiss about posting and all I can do is blame it on the weather.  Summer is finally here and we’re spending most of our weekends away from home.  (Moslty because home… San Francisco… is still rather chilly.)  We kicked off the season by celebrating Fourth of July on Lake Tahoe; we rented a house with two other couples and their kids and had a blast pulling the kids in an innertube behind the boat and lounging around in the sun.  I have lots of photos, but I just haven’t gotten around to posting them.

Because after 4th of July, we went right back to Tahoe for more boating on the lake, and then I went to visit my grandmother in St. Louis for a few days.  Somehow we managed to squeeze in a few days in Cabo somewhere in there, too.

So of course I’ve felt a little guilty about “blog neglect” and I’ve been meaning to cook something really fabulous and spend some time photographing it and writing up a really fascinating post about it.  I’ve been trolling around on other blogs for inspiration and falling asleep with cooking magazines tucked under my chin, searching for the perfect recipe.

Then tonight I came home from work and Moe had brought home lobster tail for dinner.  Along with bell peppers in a rainbow of colors and two big, fat artichokes.  Everything looked so good and fresh that I couldn’t help but ask myself, who needs a recipe?  Fresh, seasonal food needs nothing at all except a little olive oil and salt.

So that’s what we did.  We cracked those lobster tails, par-boiled the artichokes, skewered the bell peppers, drizzled everything olive oil, and threw it all on the grill.  And then I photographed the feast with my iPhone. No food styling, no lights or filters.  Just a fabulous, fuss-free, no-recipe dinner.

And then we cracked open a bottle of chardonnay, and we ate.

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12 Responses to The No-Recipe Dinner

  1. No need to feel guilty! Real life comes first! This “no-recipe” dinner looks fantastic!

  2. Robin Sue says:

    These are the most perfect dinners for summertime. No recipe, eh that is fine with me! Keep enjoying your summer!

  3. Cheri says:

    Yum! This looks delicious. I have been thinking about lobster..I need to do this soon! Sounds like a fun summer!

  4. Simple recipes are truly the best! Sounds like you have been having a great summer and enjoying summer as it should be: playing, relaxing, and not fussin’ over dinner!

  5. Hannah says:

    Oh, such beautiful summer vegetables that I can only dream of right now!

  6. Monica says:

    I have never grilled artichokes. Now I will. It’s hard to beat the simplicity, ease, and taste of grilled veggies.

  7. Recipe or not – sounds awesome!

  8. Sounds like a terrific summer dinner to me. I think blogging as well as cooking slows down a bit for most of us during the summer :)

  9. Artichokes are my big love. Those roasted ones look amazing…and yes, I love lobster tail too of course.

  10. Thanks for the sweet comment on my site :)

    Everyone deserves a break from food styling, recipe development & food photography every now and then. I know I sure could use a night like this. Looks like a FABULOUS dinner!

    Isn’t Tahoe gorgeous this time of year? :)

  11. It is so hard to keep up with cooking and baking in the summer- between being busy and the hot weather, I can not blame you!

  12. Sometime a no-recipe dinner is all I want to eat – no fuss with camera, cooking and such. Cheers to that :)

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