There was a point a few weeks ago when I just wanted to call a timeout.  What was already a pretty packed July was rapidly getting busier.  The e-mails, the requests, and the invitations kept coming in.  I have trouble saying no. This is especially true when it comes to work, but it occurs with other engagements as well. A dinner? Sure! A trip? Of course!  I want to agree to it all, afraid that declining will result in a missed opportunity.  But I hit a point when I just had to politely inform folks that I was booked for the next month.

Today, however, marks a number of deadlines for me.  I’ve been working on a few marketing campaigns and a cookbook shoot for the last month and a half and the majority of the work wrapped this past weekend.  I’m taking the day off before I gear up for three full days of work.  Despite the heat and humidity, I’m heading outdoors, picnicking in the Boston Common where a music festival is currently underway.

Before leaving you with today’s recipe (or, in this case, a link to a guest post I did), I wanted to direct you all to the summer issue of FoodieCrush Magazine.  If you don’t already know about it, stop whatever you’re doing and check it out.  It’s a beautifully designed publication from my friend Heidi and I’m so honored to have contributed photography for the last couple of issues.  Oh, and it’s FREE! Check it out here (and page 42 for the article I contributed to).

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  • July 15, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Sarah - Want. To. Eat. Please.ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 9:40 am

    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl - I have been dying for a panzanella salad!!ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 10:20 am

    Liren - Smart use of kale, corn and peppers! I adore a panzanella salad, and this update on the classic is just my speed. I will definitely head over to BHG and check it out.

    Get some rest, you friend :-)ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 10:27 am

    Tieghan - This looks incredible!! I love the kale and all the corn!ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    Katrina @ WVS - This looks so tasty! And I love the new issue of Foodie Crush so far. I’m going to spend my evening reading the rest of it :)ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 1:02 pm

    Robyn Stone | Add a Pinch - Lovely and delicious!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    Eileen - Ooh, what a great way to change up the classic panzanella! Ad who doesn’t want to cram as much summer corn into their mouths as possible right now? :)ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 4:10 pm

    cassie - Totally mouthwatering! I happen to have a bunch of fresh kale ready for a salad like this!ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    Joshua Hampton (Cooking Classes San Diego) - What a beautiful panzanella. I love all the bright colors in it, and it looks so tasty.ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    Alison Lewis - great idea! On my list ASAP.ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 7:45 pm

    Mr. & Mrs. P - Sounds so flavorful! Best part very healthy!ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 8:58 pm

    Kiran @ - Mouthwatering!! Love the twist of using kale here :)ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 10:40 pm

    Elizabeth - I know exactly what you mean about a busy July. It’s impossible not to try for every ounce of summer one can get, but it certainly is tiring. Such a gorgeous kale panzanella looks like the perfect thing for a laid back picnic in the Common.ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2013 - 12:23 am

    Andrew Frishman - MMMnnnn… I LOVES me some Panzella, expecially when I’ve tasted it.

    ¿Ensalada de pan? si, ensalada de pan.ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2013 - 7:31 am

    Joanne - Well I’m glad i’m not the only one who has been finding summer absurdly insane! Hopefully I can carve out some time to make this panzanella because WHOA does it sound good.ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2013 - 9:03 am

    Grubarazzi - Panzanella is always delicious, but this twist looks even better. I love massaged kale in just about anything. Definitely going to try this!ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Amazing salad, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2013 - 11:05 am

    Belinda @themoonblushbaker - This looks so good, and the addition of kale is great to liven it up a bit. Some times the normal panzanella salad leaf is too bland for meReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Glad to hear you are taking some time to get outside and enjoy summer despite a busy month!ReplyCancel

  • July 16, 2013 - 11:30 pm

    Taste Love & Nourish - I love panzanella salads and yours is so creative. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2013 - 5:45 pm

    TidyMom - I’m so glad I have kale and corn in my fridge right now!!ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2013 - 9:12 pm

    Aimee @ Simple Bites - First, I loved your work in the Foodie Crush mag. Stellar, as always. <3

    Second, can I have a big plate of this gorgeous salad?!ReplyCancel

  • July 18, 2013 - 6:48 am

    Carolyn - I have the same issue with saying no. It isn’t easy! But summer is slipping away so make sure you enjoy a little of it!ReplyCancel

  • July 19, 2013 - 10:14 am

    Jeanette - I love your rendition of panzanella – always looking for new ways to enjoy kale!ReplyCancel

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    Weekend links | Simple Bites - […] Corn and Kale Panzanella :: A Thought for Food […]ReplyCancel

  • July 22, 2013 - 12:56 am

    Kasey - Gah! I kind of hate that about summer – all I want to do is get out and enjoy but I feel like I get bogged down in a million commitments. They’re generally all fun and awesome, but I feel you on your timeout!ReplyCancel

  • July 25, 2013 - 12:42 am

    Shaina - I am with you on the overwhelming sense of summer pounding down your throat. This is a gorgeous salad.ReplyCancel

  • August 5, 2013 - 5:59 pm

    Rachel Smith - Such beautiful photography. I LOVE kale – have been making lots and lots of kale chips with a borrowed dehydrator, but this looks like a lovely supper option….on my list of ‘things to make’ too!ReplyCancel

Isn’t it neat how the weather directly effects our eating habits?  A month ago, a dinner of soup or stew or pasta wasn’t out of the question.  But now the mere thought of turning the oven on makes me sweat.  Thankfully, I have a talented grill-master of a husband who knows how to cook fish perfectly, so we’ve taken most of our food preparation outside.

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been preparing a lot of bluefish.  Caught along the East Coast, bluefish is meatier and more oily than a lot of other seafood from this region.  It’s a turn off for some, but I find that grilling it takes care of the “fishiness.”  The price of bluefish, which is usually found in local stores for $7 or $8/lb, makes it very appealing as well.  We’ll often buy an extra portion or two to make this salad, which we enjoy for lunch throughout the week.  Credit must be given to our friend, Kat, who served a bowl of this when we were together on the Cape last month and had mixed in some minced lemon slices.  It’s a wonder I hadn’t thought to do the same before, since I’m known for adding lemon zest or juice to almost everything I make.  It provides a surprising amount of zip, which is exactly what I want in summer fare.

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  • July 8, 2013 - 12:30 am

    Sarah - These are such excellent photos. Makes me think even I could get into this, though I’m not a huge fan of oily fish.ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 12:38 am

    Tieghan - Such a gorgeous salad. I too am all about grilling, seafood and salads right now. This is just perfect!ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 8:51 am

    carrian - sooo, I’ve never even heard of blue fish, but I do love the color blue so I guess I’m good to go! Looks lovely either wayReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 8:53 am

    Jeanette - I love grilling fish in the summertime. Years ago, a friend brought over a fresh caught bluefish and it wasn’t fishy at all. Apparently, because it’s so high in oil, it gets fishy very quickly. Great idea turning it into a salad. I love smoked bluefish and would love to get a smoker to try making that.ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 10:20 am

    Bev @ Bev Cooks - Ohhhh maaaaaannnnnn!ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 10:41 am

    Liren - I can’t tell you how nostalgic I feel right now. So many summer nights we ate bluefish, as we spent many weekends boating and fishing on Long Island. Bluefish came out of our ears, and my mother would grill them whole for dinner. Sigh! Eric is truly a grill master, look how perfect they are! Love the idea of putting it in a salad.ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 3:53 pm

    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious - I’ve never seen bluefish for sale here in CA, but I’d love to! Fantastic sounding meal…ReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 5:53 pm

    Greg Henry - I too usually make extra fish for salads. I wonder why I never think to do that with other grilled foods. Hmmm. I will ponder that. GREGReplyCancel

  • July 8, 2013 - 10:05 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - I’m always looking for a good excuse to not turn the oven on in summer and cooking and eating outdoors is so much more fun anyhow.ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2013 - 12:46 am

    Ash- foodfashionparty - Grilling the fish with lemon sounds tasty and fun.ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2013 - 12:48 am

    Stephanie @ Eat. Drink. Love. - I have not had bluefish, but this looks so good! What a perfect summer meal!ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2013 - 4:04 am

    Diane {Created by Diane} - I was just talking to someone about bluefish today, I haven’t had it in a long time, but recall having it often when I was young. This salad looks fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2013 - 7:06 am

    Carolyn - i don’t think I’ve ever had bluefish. The salad looks so light and fresh, perfect for this insane heat!ReplyCancel

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    Andrew Frishman - MMMnnnn… I LOVES me some Bluefish salad, especially when it’s grilled (and I get to eat it)

    Pez Rojo, Pez AzulReplyCancel

  • July 9, 2013 - 11:42 pm

    Cams - Bless you for this, and your friend Kat. I had never thought to add actual pieces of lemon in rather than just the lemon zest or a sprinkling of lemon juice. I feel like a light bulb has just flickered on, lol. I do not have a lot of experience with bluefish personally but I am game to try it. I will see if I can find it at my local market this week. Thank you!ReplyCancel

  • July 10, 2013 - 8:13 pm

    Kellie Hemmerly - This looks amazing….I have some bluefish haters in my house. I’ll have to sub out for something else or just tell them it’s trout. :-) ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2013 - 6:57 am

    Joanne - I wish every day that living in Manhattan were more conducive to grilling, but I guess you have to sacrifice SOMETHING to live here. This sounds like such a tasty salad though, I’ll have to trek it over to my mom’s and make her let me use her grill so I can make it!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2013 - 9:50 am

    Laura @ PassTheKnife - With the heat in NYC, I’ve been making meals derived from meals derived from other meals. Your fish salad looks fabulous – just the right note for this time of year:) Must give it a try…ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2013 - 1:08 pm

    Currently Crushing On. | How Sweet It Is - […] grilled bluefish salad. words can’t describe how badly i want to eat […]ReplyCancel

  • July 14, 2013 - 8:49 pm

    Kiran @ - Yummy!! Grilled and made into a salad definitely makes it all more delicious :)ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 11:00 am

    TidyMom - I’m not a big fish lover, but my husband is….I bet he’d be thrilled if I made this for him!ReplyCancel

  • July 15, 2013 - 6:14 pm

    Rochelle Ramos - You make me wish we had bluefish here (we might, I just don’t know the translation for it in Portuguese yet)! That salad looks delicious, I can imagine it with grilled bruschetta on the side, mmm!ReplyCancel

  • July 26, 2013 - 4:22 pm

    Mary Frances @ LOVE - the secret ingredient - Your presentation couldn’t be more perfect. Those photographs! You are an artist.ReplyCancel

“All men are created equal. Now matter how hard they try, they can never erase those words.
That is what America is about.” 
– Harvey Milk

How far we’ve come.

Last week, when the Supreme Court announced it’s decision to strike down DOMA and to allow same-sex marriages to resume in California, I sat at my computer, stunned.   I wasn’t exactly speechless.  In fact, I screamed so loud I’m pretty sure our neighbors heard me. I hadn’t expected to be so emotional, but it hit me hard.  As much as we’ve tried to tell ourselves that our marriage (which took place four years ago on June 20th)… our love… our life… was no different than anyone else’s, DOMA was always there to point out that it wasn’t real.  At least that’s how it felt… and it hurt terribly.

When the decision came in, I knew we had to do something to celebrate.  Maybe lobster and champagne. Something decadent.  I spent the afternoon buying groceries to prepare a nice meal.  By the time Eric got home from work that evening, I had the table decorated with wine glasses, cheese and cut up rounds of baguette. As he entered the kitchen, I rushed over and threw my arms around him.  “We’re married… again!” I said. He laughed and gave me a kiss.  “Yay,” he replied. “Now let’s pop open some vino!”

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  • July 1, 2013 - 12:57 am

    Tieghan - What a fun and elagent dessert to celebrate and amazing thing! I am so happy for you guys and this looks delicious! Pass the bowls and spoons please!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 3:11 am

    Sarah - Hooray for justice and equality!! I’m so happy for you, and for society! I love your husband’s priorities too. ;PReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 8:06 am

    Christy@SweetandSavoring - This post made me so happy! Congratulations on being legal :) Also, this crumble sounds kind of spectacular. I love the second to last photo- just gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 8:32 am

    steph@stephsbitebybite - This is making me so hungry!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 12:32 pm

    mr. & Mrs. P - Sounds like a delicious combination!!!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 12:37 pm

    dixya| food, pleasure, and health - what a beautiful celebration :)ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 2:09 pm

    Eileen - Aw, yay! Congratulations! And this crumble definitely sounds like the perfect way to celebrate. :)ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 5:14 pm

    Elizabeth - Congratulations on being married (again!). This looks delicious!ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 5:56 pm

    Tamie smith - It was one of the most moving decisions I’ve heard in a long time. There are millions of us who smile while watching the folks celebrate their marriage once again. Congratulations, you wonderfully lovely couple. A toast to you indeed! I will certainly try your recipe with much delight.ReplyCancel

  • July 1, 2013 - 11:23 pm

    Marcia - Lovely post, Brian. Congratulations & thanks for sharing your happiness with us.

  • July 1, 2013 - 11:33 pm

    Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen - Hooray, happy news for love and marriage at last!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 12:04 am

    Dawn Sage Simonson - I’ve got to try this! It looks absolutely delicious!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 6:48 am

    Carolyn - Well, I certainly considered you married already! But it’s nice to be vindicated again. Hope you had some of this crumble to celebrate.ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 7:34 am

    Sommer @ ASpicyPerspective - Gorgeous and summery dessert!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 7:53 am

    Joanne - I was super thrilled when I heard about the supreme court ruling…couldn’t be happier for you. You guys deserve to celebrate to the max…and this crumble is the perfect way to do it!!ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 11:28 am

    Grace @ Earthy Feast - Ahhh.. love, it’s the best thing in whole world. :) This crumble is pretty high up there too – perfect for a lazy hot day. I pinned it – it looks so good! :)ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 3:41 pm

    Shaina - Congratulations on the second wedding – vow renewal? That crumble needs to come to my house. I’m in love with the fruit combination.ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 3:46 pm

    Jeanette - Love crumbles and that lemon verbena sounds divine.ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 7:06 pm

    Brandon @ Kitchen Konfidence - Haha yeah I think I screamed as well when I heard the news. Also I couldn’t concentrate for the rest of the day. I was glued to Facebook and Twitter.ReplyCancel

  • July 2, 2013 - 10:06 pm

    Kiran @ - Hooray!! What a celebration it was, I can never forget. And this crumble is the perfect way to usher in happiness!!ReplyCancel

  • July 3, 2013 - 1:01 pm

    Bill - Hi Brian,

    Just discovered you blog and it’s really beautiful. I’m always glad to find another guy blogger in a food blog world filled with women. Sounds like we have some things in common. One of my favorite places in the world is Cape Cod. My partner and I were married at the Red Inn in P’town in 2010 and try to make it up every summer. We were very excited about the DOMA ruling as well.

    BTW,this crumble looks fantastic. Gotta try it.


  • July 3, 2013 - 2:51 pm

    Colleen - Congratulations on the great SCOTUS news last week!! I was thrilled to hear the news, too!! :)

    I also LOVE this recipe idea – it looks delicious – and perfect for a 4th of July BBQ. Can I ask, though, what kind of cherries you used? Do you need tart pie cherries, or regular bing cherries? Or another alternative that I’m not thinking of right now?


  • July 4, 2013 - 4:17 pm

    Sowmya Udai - This looks delicious.. Bookmarking it :)ReplyCancel

  • July 4, 2013 - 8:48 pm

    Alison Lewis - my mouth is watering! happy 4th!ReplyCancel

  • July 5, 2013 - 12:27 am

    Andrew Frishman - MMMnnnn… I LOVES me some cherry crumble!

    ¡Me encanta la oportunidad de probar el “encore” de este postre!ReplyCancel

  • July 6, 2013 - 9:47 am

    Bill - Awesome combination of fruits. Hard to beat fruit, flour, sugar, and butter! Thanks for a great recipe!ReplyCancel

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    TidyMom - BEAUTIFUL summer treat!!ReplyCancel

  • July 11, 2013 - 6:01 pm

    Nusrat Azim - Such a happy, beautiful dessert! Sweetness, grace, sex appeal all over :)

    Gorgeous pictures. I always love reading your posts :)ReplyCancel

  • July 17, 2013 - 1:20 am

    Trevor Sis Boom - DOMA was horrible and we too felt pained at how it served to make our marriage feel less than. If there is ANY silver lining to this it is that my husband and I now get to share a new sort of wedding anniversary with so many other couples. I think it will be quite lovely as we celebrate it all together each and every year. Happy Marriage day Brian!ReplyCancel

  • August 18, 2013 - 6:46 pm

    Emma - A most delicious apricot crumble recipe.ReplyCancel

  • August 12, 2015 - 9:20 am

    Burrata with Cherries and Balsamic Roasted Peaches » A Thought For Food - […] I’ve said before, I’m not much of a baker and rarely prepare anything more than a quick, rustic crisp for dinner guests. So, I did what I feel comfortable doing and roasted some peaches with balsamic, […]ReplyCancel