So we’re back to our beloved smelly NYC after a long weekend with family and friends on Nantucket. At various points during our stay, the crowd grew to 11 people and represented four full generations of the clan, but the house was generous enough to afford everyone who needed it a quiet corner for reading or napping. We punctuated our drive up with a brief detour to the Sea Swirl in Mystic, CT, for some yummy fried clams and our drive back down with a stop in attractively revitalized but strangely deserted Providence, RI. The ferry rides to and from provided some quiet time for practice in diagramming sentences. In between, we ate great fresh fish, dug holes in the sand, skipped rocks, body-surfed, and generally lounged around. We both managed to escape with only mild sunburns and a few bug bites.

Will and I tried out some of our brilliant kebab recipes: he concocted a skewer of pork, pears, sweet potatoes, and onions marinated in sherry, shallots, brown sugar, olive oil, and tarragon; I did one with sweet peppers, pineapple, onion, and halibut marinated in lime juice, garlic, basil, and olive oil. Both were big hits, served with a salad of spinach, pecans, craisins, and Roquefort cheese. The other big meal comprised grilled wild sea bass with roasted zucchini, eggplant, and new potatoes. We were treated to delicious appetizers of fresh clams (raw and Casino) harvested that day by our host. Our lovely hostess also made a wonderful Key lime meringue pie as a belated birthday “cake” for Will.

So, needless to say, we are well sated and rested enough to tide us over until our Big Trip in a few weeks (to be covered in future posts).