5 Tips From Master Griller Mark Bittman

It’s summertime, and the livin’ is easy.

The American cookout is in season, and savory staples like hot dogs, hamburgers and corn on the cob are roasting on grills across the country.

Between beers, burgers and potato salad, hosting a backyard barbecue can burn a hole straight through your wallet.

So how can you save money this summer? We consulted an expert.

5 Cheap Grilling Ideas for Summer

Mark Bittman, author of 20 books including “How to Grill Everything,” knows his way around a grill. The former New York Times columnist gave us some tips on how to break out the grill without breaking the bank.

1. Stick to the Basics When You Buy Grilling Accessories

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Walk down any grilling aisle or peruse grilling goods online, and you’re bombarded with a trove of pricy accessories.

But Bittman said the only accessories you really need are

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A postcard from Amsterdam as Europe reopens its borders

Borders between most EU states, closed for some months because of the Corona crisis, become more porous this morning. Travel is not yet enthusiastically encouraged, but holidaymakers who adhere to local Covid-19 restrictions may gently filter through. What will tentative first visitors find in Amsterdam?

The Netherlands is now in its second phase of lockdown ease. Restaurants and café terraces have re-opened. Schools are back. Museums and theatres are welcoming visitors, and shopping is no longer a nervous dash to stock up on essentials.

But Amsterdammers emerge blinking from lockdown to a different world from the one they shut their doors on three months ago. “It’s life as unusual,” a friend remarked.

Social-distancing regulations – in the Netherlands 1.5 metres – remain in force. Unlike in the UK, Dutch shops were allowed to remain open during lockdown, though many, especially those with an established online presence, chose to close. They

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