Holy cow, how is it almost September?!
I had so many plans for this summer, and I was well on my way to accomplishing them in June. Then July rolled around, and brought with it that horrible heat wave that drove all motivation from me. Then work picked up, and I've been busy designing a logo, a website, business cards, and operating manuals for work. Which means a lot of time spent on the Adobe help website, looking up answers to all of my problems.
I have also been working like a dog on my novel, so that I can get it on Amazon by September (back to school presents for everyone you know? Just sayin').
So basically my summer has turned into an eyes glued to a computer screen and butt falling asleep in my chair kinda summer. Boo.
I did set aside time to make some fabulous corn chowder though, because it's the best time to find these guys at your local farm stand (try Knickerbocker Farms in Pittsford, NY for the best sweet corn ever!) ...continue reading
My next item to recreate from last year's failed first posts was the grilled corn.
When I made this last year, it was my first time attempting to cook corn on the grill. I had no clue what I was doing, but decided to barge ahead blindly and make something up. Well, that something resulted in the aluminum foil leaking out butter, which then caught on fire. Psh...rookie mistake, right?
I wish. Pretty much every time I grill corn it catches on fire. I've learned several tricks since that first time though, and these result in actually edible (and delicious!) final products. ...continue reading
I knew I wanted to challenge myself, and guess what I got to use for the first time ever?
This is cool because I didn't even know we had one of these. Turns out, it's been hiding on a top shelf in a cabinet I never go into, for like 30 years. When I asked my mom how to use it, she had no idea.
So, after googling "how to use a wok" (this is a judgement free zone, folks), I was ready to make a delicious side dish to go with my sweet and spicy takeout chicken. ...continue reading
I only just started eating vegetables this summer, and the dish that made me realize they weren't so bad was this one. I made it originally with zucchini, yellow squash, yellow onions and red peppers. It was bright and colorful and the flavor was out of this world. I've been making it ever since! (Here is the original recipe)
You will need:
- vegetables of your choosing: for this batch I used 1 small zucchini, 1 small yellow squash, 1/2 package of baby bella mushrooms and 1/2 package of mini corn
- 1/4 cup of olive oil
- 1 tsp Cajun seasoning: I use Emeril's Bayou Blast!
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp cayenne (or a little more, if you like things spicy)
- 1 tbs Worcester sauce (in a pinch I have used soy sauce with a little bit of water before. Came out great)
This is one of those "don't follow this recipe" recipes. And by recipe, I mean I made this up and it came out pretty terrible. Edible, but only just.
Ignoring the recipes online that suggested soaking the corn and grilling it IN the husk, I decided to husk it and wrap it in aluminum foil with some butter. What could go wrong?
They caught on fire.