I have been loving my heirloom tomatoes from Bountiful Baskets- and so has everyone else in my family. We have all enjoyed discovering the different flavors that come with each different color and pointing out the best ways to use all the colors to create “the perfect bite”. The best quote of the night came from my 13 year old while enjoying the little dish I’m about to share with you. She said “You know what’s great about these tomatoes? They taste like tomatoes. A lot of the time tomatoes don’t really taste like anything. But these are full of tomatoey goodness”. Yes my dear, yes they are. And since these little gems have the guts to actually have a flavor, I thought they deserved a dish that showcased it. (more…)
Posts Tagged ‘Corn’
What to do on a chilly fall or winter day? Want that tasty, savory comfort food? Want something that melts in your mouth but you know has that hearty goodness fresh from your basket?
We had this off and on growing up when we’d spend the night with friends. It was a tasty and easy way to get us kids to eat our veggies and love having seconds, too. (more…)
We have many Sunday evenings where we need a quick and easy meal. This is often when I create most my family recipes. One Sunday we were busy, I was sick, and just wanted to have a warm easy soup. I had plans to make Beef Stroganoff but did not feel up to it. So I combined a beef stew with a hobo stew and created something we all devoured. I was able to rest and not feel rushed as I made this wonderful dinner.
Growing up we ate out ALOT. I thought it was perfectly normal until I got married. My husband informed me that eating out 2-3 times per week was excessive and would take a whole lot of extra money that we just didn’t have being newlyweds. When my family ate out we frequented a Mexican restaurant called Rafael’s, owned by our next door neighbor’s family. They had the most AMAZING Chile Verde! I have tried replicating it on several occasions and for the most part I’ve failed. I have tried cooking the pork first, roasting tomatillos, slaving over a hot stove for hours only to come away with sauce that just wasn’t right and pork that was tough. Well tonight I came as close to the perfect replication as I ever have. It also happens to be the easiest attempt I’ve ever made. This will definitely be back on our regular rotation.
I absolutely love the way Indian corn looks – it’s colorful, shiny kernels make it excellent for decorating during fall nestled with some funky gourds and cute mini pumpkins. Only recently I found out that some of it is food grade (though some is not because it is treated to only be used as decorations). I was eager to pop some with my daughter. We tried it three ways – on the stovetop, in the microwave and in our popcorn popper.
adapted from the Ball Complete Book of Home Preserving
makes 6 pints
Forty-eight cobs of corn!
That’s a lot to eat at one sitting. Looking for ways to preserve this wonderful sweet corn for when it’s out of season? Freezing it, on and off the cob, is an easy way to save the harvest.
Corn, and most fruits and vegetables, has enzymes that destroy the nutritional value and change the flavor of the kernels in your freezer. If you plan on eating your frozen corn within two months this is not too much of a problem, but I find that unblanched corn tends to get mushy when cooked. Blanching, which is simply plunging your corn into boiling water for a bit, is an easy way to destroy the enzymes that may turn your sweet corn into starchy corn.
Did you peel back your green husks and silken threads expecting golden nuggets of yellow corn, only to find ruby red kernels in their place? No, your corn has not been infested by bugs, artificially dyed, or crossed with a pomegranate (as my 12-year-old suggested). It is in fact Red Corn – just one of the thousand varieties of corn available each year.