Years ago in southern California, at ocean-side Montage Resort, I ordered the same thing for six lunches in a row—Thai summer roll with dipping sauce. It was a knockout, and now we can tell you how to make delicious ones at home. We can tell you how thanks to a respected chef, Gale Gand, author of Gale Gand's Lunch! As Gale told us, she learned from a Thai woman who was making them as fast as she could manage for thousands of hungry fans at the Lolllapalooza music festival. And wait till you try her watermelon gazpacho.
We have some summer salsa ideas that'll add a burst of flavor to your grilled chicken, fish, or bread. Plus, remember those juice pouches for kids? Think of a glass of California wine in a pouch with a straw. Connecticut's Chris Didden has come up with a product called SpotWine, perfect for sipping on the beach.
- Chris Prosperi is chef and owner of Metro Bis Restaurant in Simsbury, Conntecticut.
- Gale Gand is the author of Gale Gand's Lunch!