Chilled Corn and Crab Meat Salad

Corn and Crab Salad

If you can’t get your hands on some steamed crabs this summer, try to find some crab meat instead. Many of my friends don’t understand why I squeal with glee at the thought of cracking open steamed crabs. Generally the complaints are consistent: that it’s way too much way for too little meat; they don’t like the smell of Old Bay seasoning, it’s way too messy (on the hands and the table) and it’s way too expensive.

I’ll agree with the last complaint. Finding a cheap bushel of steamed crabs is impossible, especially if you’re looking for large or jumbo-sized crustaceans. But, if you grew up on the eastern shore of the Maryland, Virginia, and DC area as I did, then the smell, newspapers on the picnic tables, mallets, and messy hands are all the “welcomed” signs of a festive crab feast.

Last night we had a friend over and my son and I decided we wanted to try to make a new appetizer, main course and salad. As we were doing our “research” (which really meant searching our favorite foodie websites as opposed to thumbing through old cookbooks), we found a salad recipe that totally peaked our interest because it contains two of our summer faves: crab meat and corn. It’s from my good friend Martha Stewart so I knew it wouldn’t disappoint. [Read more...]

#Giveaway Cuisinart® Mini-Prep® Plus 3-Cup Processor

Now that one kid is back from sleep-away camp, the demands of home-cooked meals have been revived!  How can a mom say no to a kid that actually enjoys  home cooking?

I will admit, during the 3 1/2 weeks he was gone, it certainly was not as much fun cooking for one.  I had a nice reprieve from the responsibility of planing and preparing meals.

Last night my son and I lined up some recipes we decided we’d like to try to cook together and, I can’t wait.  I miss having my little helper(s) in the kitchen.

One of my most-used appliances in my kitchen is the Cuisinart Mini-Prep Processor.  I personally love it because of its small size.  For someone who mainly cooks in a NYC apartment, any appliance that doesn’t take up the entire counter space is ideal!  In addition, the special Auto Reversing Smart Blade™ and one-touch operation makes it so easy to process both soft and hard foods. I always use my Mini-Prep for small food preparation, from chopping herbs or bread crumbs, to chopping vegetables, to finely grinding hard cheese.

I’m excited to offer YOU the chance to win your very own Mini-Prep.  I promise, with one of these in your possession, you’ll look forward to any recipes that includes the words “chopping” and “grinding.”

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Ricotta-Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms

zucchini blossoms

My garden is THRIVING right now and I have barely been around to take pleasure in the day to day progress. While it’s only an 8×6 plot of land, managing the veggies has been quite an adventure over the past three years. While my thumb is definitely getting greener, the zucchini plant never ceases to overwhelm me.

Have you watched a zucchini plant grow in a garden?

The tiny little leafed plant turned into a monster overnight; something resembling a plant from the Little Shop of Horrors.   Every summer I’m overwhelmed and fearful.  Last year the elephant-sized leaves eclipsed the tomato plant.  The thick roots jutted across the soil and crushed my rosemary.  After a week, thanks to the robust zucchini plant, my garden looked like an overgrown mess.  So this year, I basically gave the zucchini plant it’s own plot.

However, hiding underneath all the leafy chaos are the beautiful yellow zucchini blossoms.  And, zucchini blossoms are edible flowers!  You can literally pick them off the plant and eat them raw.  When you do, you’ll enjoy a sweet flavor with a very slight hint of zucchini.  I love to try making a version of Mom’s stuffed zucchini I found in her archives.

Mom’s stuffed zucchini blossoms recipes was half complete which is so frustrating to a burgeoning cook like myself.  Having never cooked zucchini flowers, I needed to find a  a recipe that allowed me to fill in the holes, not excluding a single step.

Lucky for me, I rode my bike down the street to consult the local farmer at the farm stand for his wisdom and guidance.  I soon learned [Read more...]

Amaize Sweet Corn

amaize corn

Some of my fondest childhood summer memories were my car drives with Mom on late August afternoons.  We’d search high and low to find the farmer on the side of the road selling the freshest crop of Silver Queen corn out of the back of his pick up truck.  Mom would scavenge through all the ears, pull out pieces and prove to me first-hand that the higher the quality of sweet corn, the greater the chance of ear worms.  Whenever I bothered to pay attention, there was also some message or lesson to be taught. In the end, we enjoyed the delicious taste of grilled corn alongside our homemade meals.

In the spirit of summer and corn, I’m excited to introduce you to Amaize Sweet Corn.

What’s amaizing about Amaize Sweet Corn?

It’s a rare breed of sweet white corn created using traditional natural breeding methods through hybridization. Translation: this corn is never genetically modified.

It’s only grown and harvested during the warm summer months and available for a limited time during those months throughout the United States.

What are the benefits?

It’s is jam packed with natural health benefits. An ear of sweet corn is full of antioxidant power and has a caloric value similar phytochemicals that benefit eye sight and fiber to promote healthy digestion

Amaize sweet corn is the brain child of George Crookham and Bruce Hobdey. The pair began working on perfecting the taste and texture of this sweet corn in 1989 after experiencing a type of corn with a crunch and a pop that differentiated itself from the textures of other corns, which tended to get mushy when cooked. After 22 years of development, and over 10,000 varieties of corn tested, Amaize Sweet Corn was born—boasting a balance of crunchy texture and sweet bold flavor.

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Where can you get awesome ears of this corn?

It’s available exclusively in select stores including those in Houston, Toronto, Indianapolis, Des Moines, Spokane, and Buffalo. You can also find out where Amaize Sweet corn is sold in the US here: http://amaizesweetcorn.com/find-page.aspx

So, what to do with your Amaizing Corn?

Check out my two favorite methods of preparation:

Boil:

  • Remove the husks and silk from the cobs.
  • Place the cobs in a pot with boiling water, ¾ cup milk and 2/3 cup sugar.
  • Cover the pot and return it to a boil again Cook for 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Carefully remove the cobs from water promptly to prevent overcooking.

Grill:

  • Peel back husks, and remove them from the base of the cobs.
  • Remove all silk from cobs.
  • Melt butter and use basting brush to completely cover corn husks. Use approximately 1 tablespoon of melted butter per husk. Sprinkle some sea salt on top.
  • Tightly wrap butter-coated husk in tin foil.
  • Heat grill to high and place cobs in husks on grill. Grill for 20 minutes, turning every 5 minutes. Husks will blacken.
  • When cobs are done, remove from grill and carefully remove tin foil.

Once you’ve mastered boiling and grilling?

You can get creative and adapt some of your favorite recipes with corn.  Add it to your salads, salsas or sprinkle the kernels over your fish dishes!

Enjoy!

Disclaimer:  This is a sponsored post. I received ears of corn for review purposes but all opinions expressed within are, as always, my own.

 

 

 

 

 

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