My liquor collection has always been a mess. As a guest, you needed to know that there was gin somewhere to make a gin and tonic, and finding matching highball glasses was such a chore that I often served cocktails in juice glasses. More often than not, I just served wine and sparkling water when I had people over, which was a shame because I had a pretty good assortment of beverages at any given time.
When warm weather finally arrives, and that means arms, legs and stomachs are on display, often for the first time since last Labor Day. If the past winter found you staying in rather than working out, fear not. There’s still time to prepare for skimpy-clothes season.
As much as we love cooking from recipes, from time to time we also like to wing it in the kitchen, inspired by peak season produce and essential pantry staples. To stir your creativity in the kitchen, we put together a freestyle cooking guide, plus a photo contest to show off your tasty creations.