Tasting menus and tiki time

As the summer heats up, the pleasures of Southern California farmers markets intensify, especially if you head out early in the morning when the farmers — and your neighbors — are in a conversational mood. So we have our weekly market report, in which we consider the joys of zucchini and summer squash. We also have recipes for brownies, because you might have kids at home (or need something for them to do), and