Corn is one of those foods I feel very ho-hum about most of the time. I, of course, always have a bag of frozen corn in my freezer to add to chili or rice or whatnot. But it’s rarely the main event. But when corn season hits, it’s a whole different vibe. I want corn with every meal. Too much corn? No such thing! In season, fresh off the cob corn is, like, a different species. It’s sweet, it’s juicy, it’s crunchy. And when it teams up with butter it’s game over for you. When corn is at its peak it’s tempting to just eat cob after cob with a little butter and salt for the entirety of the season. But corn is capable of so much more than that. Take today’s Sweet Corn Risotto with Blistered Shishito Peppers for instance.
Okay, I know everyone and their dog is putting burrata on everything right now. And I realize this blog needs another burrata recipe like I need another hole in my head. But I just can’t say no to this beautiful, luxurious cheese. It’s so magical and visually impactful – it’s basically a food stylist and recipe developer’s dream. And in the summer? Well, come on, name me a more summer-friendly cheese. And yes, I realize burrata’s most frequent companions are tomatoes and peaches and here I am with all three on a giant sandwich. What can I say? I’m basic and so is this Peach Caprese Party Sub. But being basic doesn’t mean you can’t be delicious.
I have a weakness for American salads. And when I say weakness, I don’t necessarily mean I find them hopelessly delicious, although I do feel that way about some of them. No, what I find appealing about salads from the United States is how varied and out-and-out creative they are. Who else would plunk miniature marshmallows in the middle of lime Jello and call it a salad? Who?! And ambrosia salad? How wild is that? While today’s Watermelon Wedge Salad doesn’t pay tribute to the more outlandish dishes claiming to be salads. Today’s recipe gets its format from a particularly beloved slice of Americana, or perhaps I should say wedge.
Well, we’re neck-deep in a pretty intense heat wave here in Toronto. And judging by the long-range forecast, the heat isn’t likely to let up anytime soon. It’s hard to enjoy cooking at a time like this. Frankly, it can be hard to enjoy food in weather like this. And yet, I manage to persevere. It takes a lot to rob me of my appetite. But while the heat hasn’t affected my ability to eat, it has had a somewhat positive impact on my cravings. When it gets hot I crave all the refreshing things usually in the form of fruits and vegetables. That’s why today’s Silky Avocado Linguine with Strawberries and Tomatoes is my new favorite thing.