I grew up in Massachusetts, where summers were hot and muggy. I remember my mom not wanting to cook on nights when it was unbearably humid. All she would do is go out and buy a loaf of French bread, some cherries, a bunch of grapes, and some cheese. They were my favorite dinners—light, simple, and satisfying.
Last night, when it was around 90 degrees, I bought a crusty baguette, broke it up, and served it with brie, strawberries, and grapes. The kids thought it was fantastic, the kitchen didn’t get hot, and I didn’t have to do anything. It was the perfect night off.
My favorite bread is from LaBrea, Panera Bread, or the bakery at SuperTarget. If you’re lucky and have a fantastic local bakery nearby, try their baguettes. To make it more healthy, use a whole grain loaf.
Any fruit that is in season will go wonderfully with this dinner—blueberries, peaches, grapes, cherries. We like brie with our baguettes, but you could also serve it with cheddar, chevre, butter, or ham.
That’s the beauty of this meal—you can make it any way you want, and barely lift a finger.