Wednesday, July 20, 2016

A Cornucopia Of Corn Recipes For Summer



It is Corn Week at Food Network's Summer Soiree, and I thought I would share a bunch recipes to help you use up the overflowing bounty that hits each summer just about now. Cooling corn salads, salsas, grilled corn with toppings, chowder, pizzas, popcorn...even chocolate cake (yes really) are all included. So, pick your favorites and dig in...or just grill and top with butter and salt. Nothing tastes better. Enjoy!

Okay, by now you are probably asking "why is she blathering on about cakes in a corn story?" Trust me; this cake is delicious...and it is only made in summer...because the secret ingredient is pureed fresh white corn.  Yes, corn. If you can have zucchini cakes, and carrot cakes, why not corn? When you puree fresh corn, it becomes this milky, frothy liquid that adds a moistness and a lightness that is hard to describe. I have never had anyone correctly guess the "secret" ingredient...but everyone that has ever tasted it, loves it. I urge you to give it a try and let me know what you think.





Corny Chocolate Cake
cake ingredients

2 cups unbleached flour
2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp salt
4 eggs
1 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1 cup white sugar
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp instant coffee crystals
1 cup white corn kernels (usually takes corn from 2 cobs)
1 cup dark chocolate chips

chocolate glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
3 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
2 tbsp melted butter
3-4 tbsp boiling water
1/8 tsp instant coffee crystals

for cake

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
2. Grease bundt pan and dust with cocoa powder to prevent sticking
3. Using a medium bowl, sift together the flour, baking soda, baking powder and salt..set aside.
4. In the bowl of a mixer, beat eggs until a bit frothy. Add olive oil, cocoa powder,
sugars and coffee crystals..beat until thoroughly combined. Meanwhile, in a food processor, add the corn kernels and process until smooth and liquefied. You should not see any kernels.
5. Add the dry ingredients to the mixer and mix just until combined
6. Add the corn mixture and mix until combined
7. Fold in the chocolate chips until they are evenly distributed.
8. Pour into the prepared pan and bake on center rack of oven approx. 50-60 minutes or until a bamboo stick inserted into the center of the cake comes out clean. Cool, 10-15 minutes on a rack and then remove from pan and let cool on the rack. When completely cool, drizzle with the chocolate glaze if desired or sift powdered sugar over cake top in lieu of glaze.

chocolate glaze
Whisk together all ingredients except water in small bowl. Add 3 tbsp boiling water and whisk until combined. Add the remaining tbsp water if needed. The glaze should be just thin enough to pour easily.
This cake is best eaten the day it is made.






Other corn recipes you may enjoy:





It is "Summer Corn" week at Food Network's Summer Soiree roundup. Do you have a favorite corn recipe to share? Please list (or link) in the comments below. And be sure to check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends and Food Network: 

The Lemon Bowl: Pesto Pasta Salad with Green Beans and Corn
Devour: 
Fire Up the Grill for a Mexican Grilled Corn Fiesta
Feed Me Phoebe: 
Sweet and Spicy Gluten-Free Corn Pasta with Ricotta and Chives
Creative Culinary: 
Grilled Corn Salsa with Poblano Chiles, Cilantro and Honey
TasteBook: 
Esquites (Mexican-Style Corn Salad)
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: 
Corn, Pluot and Grape Salad
Napa Farmhouse 1885: 
A Cornucopia of Corn Recipes For Summer
Healthy Eats: 
7 Summer Salads That Put a New Spin on Corn
In Jennie's Kitchen: 
Easy Homemade Creamed Corn
FN Dish: 
If You Cook Any Corn This Summer, Make It One of These 5-Star Recipes


best,
diane


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

BBQ Beef On Toast


4th of July equals bbq in my home. Most years we have a big grill going and have hamburgers, chicken, ribs and marinated eggplant on the menu. This year there is a 40 % chance of thunderstorms, lightning & rain in the afternoon, and I am spending the evening calming dogs at our local animal shelter. (the town's fireworks show is nearby, and the loud noises frighten our dogs). So I needed a backup plan in case our afternoon party needs to be moved indoors. This BBQ Beef on Toast recipe fits the bill.



This easy-breezy recipe tastes best with homemade sauce. Don't be afraid of the long list of ingredients. Once you saute the onion and garlic, everything else is just dumped into the pot, cooked until thickened and you are ready to go. You can make the sauce up to two days in advance. You may need to thin with a bit of water or broth. I like to serve on grilled toast, but you can use hamburger buns or spoon over rice or potatoes. Expecting a cold summer day? Try this bbq beef recipe. (Actually, this works year round whenever you crave bbq)



BBQ Beef
(Serves 4)

extra virgin olive oil
1 medium white onion, diced
1 tbsp chili powder
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup balsamic vinegar
2 cups tomato sauce
1 cup vegetable stock
1/2 cup orange juice
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 tbsp honey
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp prepared mustard
2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, minced
1 tbsp adobo sauce
2 tbsp bourbon
sea salt
black pepper
1 1/2 lbs top sirloin, cut into 2-inch cubes
1 tbsp flour
1 medium onion, chopped
1 red bell pepper, cut into 2-inch pieces
3 leeks or garlic scrapes, chopped
4 pieces thick cut french or sourdough bread, toasted or grilled.

Warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add onion, chili powder and garlic. Sauté until softened and translucent. Add next 12 ingredients and continue cooking until sauce has thickened to desired consistency. Season to taste.

Dredge beef in flour. Season with salt and pepper. Warm 2 tablespoons olive oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef and brown on all sides. Add onion, bell pepper and leek or garlic scapes. Saute until vegetables are softened. Add 2 cups bbq sauce and stir to combine. Reduce heat to low, cover skillet and simmer for 1 hour. Taste and adjust seasonings if desired. Spoon beef over grilled bread. Serve with a green salad (Today I made a Ceasar kale salad to serve with the bbq beef)

Other BBQ and Grilled recipes you may enjoy:




It is "Hamburger" week at Food Network's Summer Soiree roundup. Do you have a favorite hamburger recipe to share? Please list (or link) in the comments below. And be sure to check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends and Food Network:

Devour: Add Asian Flair to Grilled Ribs with These 4 Recipes
The Lemon Bowl: 
20 Healthy Marinades for Grilling Season
Homemade Delish: 
BBQ Jalapeno Poppers
Napa Farmhouse 1885: 
BBQ Beef on Toast
TasteBook: 
Skewered Grilled Prawns with Spicy Peach Glaze
Domesticate Me: 
37 Foolproof Recipes for Your Fourth of July BBQ
Creative Culinary: 
Apple Cider and Brown Sugar Pulled Pork Barbecue
Healthy Eats: 
6 Lighter Alternatives to Classic Slow-Cooked Barbecue
Taste with the Eyes: 
BBQ Shrimp and Grits with Lobster Butter
The Mom 100: 
Farro Arugula Salad with Orange Herb Vinaigrette
In Jennie's Kitchen: 
Best BBQ Ribs + 19 Recipes for 4th of July
FN Dish: 
Food Network's Top Recipes for Barbecue Favorites: Ribs, Pulled Pork and More
best,
diane


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Monday, June 20, 2016

Six Hamburger Recipes To Get You Through Summer (Two Are Vegetarian!)


Today is the first day of summer, and it just happens to be the hottest day of the year. Here in Taos, New Mexico, we are at 7000 feet and the temperature rarely even gets into the 90s. But after sitting in the sun for hours, my car's thermometer read 122 degrees. By the time I arrived home it had dropped to 100 degrees. The last thing I wanted to do was turn on the oven. The solution? Grilling hamburgers.



My husband loves BLTs; he also loves hamburgers. So...maybe we could combine the two and make BLHTs? (bacon, lettuce, hamburger & tomatoes). These four ingredients with mayo (or mustard if you are a rebel) on sliced French bread. Perfect! This idea plus five additional "burger" recipes helps welcome in summer 2016!



BLHTs
makes 1

2 slices cooked bacon
1 1/3 lb hamburger patty cooked medium rare
2 slices tomato
handful lettuce
mayonnaise or mustard
sea salt
black pepper
2 slices French bread, thickly cut (toasted or not)

Spread mayo (or mustard) on both slices of bread. Pile the lettuce on top of the mayo on one slice of bread. Top with the hamburger patty, bacon, and tomato. Season with salt & pepper. Top with remaining slice of bread and serve.




Spicy Chickpea Burgers With Cabbage Slaw
makes 6-8 burgers

1 cup garbanzo flour
1 tsp dried parsley
1 tsp minced garlic
pinch dried red pepper flakes
large pinch sea salt
pinch freshly ground black pepper
1/2 tsp smoked paprika
2 cups water
1/3 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley
extra virgin olive oil
whole wheat buns

Chipotle mayo add 1-2 tsp (depending on your heat tolerance) minced canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce to 1/2 cup mayonnaise.  I use a vegan substitute, Veganaise

Cabbage Slaw recipe (use any color cabbage, add 1 cup grated carrot and skip the nuts)

Combine garbanzo flour and next 6 ingredients in medium saucepan.  Add water and stir to remove lumps.  Set heat to medium and cook, frequently stirring, for 10-12 minutes or until mixture is very thick. Stir in fresh parsley. Turn off heat and cool in pot 5 minutes. 

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  Using a large spoon or ice cream scoop, create patties using 2 spoonfuls (or scoops) for each patty. Press down lightly to form each patty. Depending on the size of scoop you should get 6-8 patties.  Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in large skillet.  Fry patties until each side is golden brown (2-3 minutes per side).  

Drizzle olive oil over inside of each whole wheat bun.  Heat oven to broil setting. Place buns under the broiler until golden.  Remove from oven.  

To assemble burgers:  place one chickpea patty of the bottom of the bun.  Top with cabbage salad or, in season, a slice of heirloom tomato and lettuce.  Add a small dollop of chipotle mayo and top of the bun.   Serve.

Four additional recipes you may enjoy:




It is "Hamburger" week at Food Network's Summer Soiree roundup. Do you have a favorite hamburger recipe to share? Please list (or link) in the comments below. And be sure to check out the other delicious sounding recipes from my blogger friends and Food Network:

Feed Me Phoebe: Cauliflower Sweet Potato Burgers with Sriracha Aioli (Vegetarian Paleo)
Napa Farmhouse 1885: 
Six Hamburger Recipes To Get You Through Summer (Two Are Vegetarian!)
In Jennie's Kitchen: 
Stuffed Cheeseburgers
Healthy Eats: 
Our Definitive Healthy-Burger List
Elephants and the Coconut Trees: 
Beet and Oats Vegan Burger
Creative Culinary: 
Beef Burger with Homemade Guinness Irish Stout Ketchup
Taste with the Eyes: 
Open-Faced Swiss Burger with Flower Salad
FN Dish: 
7 Surprising Ways to Better Your Burger Game This Summer

best,
diane


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