This is as much to share with you, the home viewer, as a reminder for future-me, finished-packing-and-cleaning-me: Mark Bittman, nytimes.com's The Minimalist offers this 101 20-Minute Dishes for Inspired Picnics. Even on the hottest days (which we've mostly been spared here in Bratislava this summer) my first resort is to fire up the oven, which is pretty impractical. This looks like it might be a nice cold dinner resource, even if some of the prep is hot.
Now, Rome, on the other hand — the only thing baking there was us! Ridiculously hot there. Hopefully we'll get a chance to post some anecdotes when we're back in the States next week.
Back to the oven with me — cleaning only.