The confluence of lightly charred shrimp with crunchy cabbage slaw and an audacious amount of hot sauce is my idea of the perfect warm-weather meal.
Grilling vegetables and dressing them with a rich dressing is a revelation. Use as many colors and varieties of vegetables as possible.
I learned to not mind leftover meatloaf, because what better way to use up extras than in a meat loaf sandwich? Nowadays I eat the sandwiches with my homemade tomato jam, but store-bought ketchup is delicious, too.
You can be endlessly inventive with vegetable stacks, discovering your own favorite combinations. You want to cut the vegetables about 1/2 inch thick, and then layer twice—any higher than that and your stack is likely to topple.
Remove the backbone from a whole bird and it will lie flat, instantly doubling the surface area—and the flavor and crisping potential. This easy technique is called spatchcocking or butterflying. I almost always do chicken like this now, and it’s also perfect for turkey and small birds like pheasants and guinea hens.