The Rules of Summer (and What to Bring to a Pool Party)

June 25, 2015

There are certain rules of summer you don’t argue with. Like when an e-vite pops up in your in-box subject-lined “POOL PARTY,” your reply is always Yes. The only question is whether you’re going to: A) take your famous seven-layer dip/fingerling potato salad/blueberry hand pies, or B) grab a magazine like this one to brave a new recipe. (Of course, there’s always the less-celebrated—but still unimpeachable—Option C: Pick up a 12-pack on the way at the 7-Eleven.)

Last July the invitation came courtesy of my friends Kristina and Justin on Shelter Island. I worked with Kristina when I first moved…