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grilled corn salsa with blue corn chips

It’s sweet corn season here in the Midwest, which means that the roadside stands in our small town are piled high. And while we love to eat it simply boiled with a bit of butter and salt, we have so much of it on hand that it was a good excuse to try out this Grilled Corn Salsa over the weekend.

fresh sweet corn

Within a few blocks of our house, we have about four different options for buying sweet corn—so we’ve been enjoying it a lot. My 3-year-old loves it and is learning to help me remove the husks and silks, just like I did as a kid. We sit on the back step, with a growing pile of husks bound for the compost bin at our feet, and chat about dragons, fairies, and the stray cats that frequent our neighbor’s yard as we work. It’s not unusual for her to sample some of the corn raw, which is fine with me—her vegetable intake is usually much higher when she can eat it outside.

fresh grilled sweet corn

The beauty of this Grilled Corn Salsa is that it has all the flavors you expect from salsa, but with the sweetness and slight smokiness of grilled corn. And even though I am a total grilling novice, I still found the process incredibly easy. The cobs simply grill until they turn a darker shade of yellow and are starting to char just a bit, and then they get stirred together with the rest of the ingredients.

fresh sweet corn salsa with tomatoes and cilantro

Amazingly, we actually had almost all of the rest of the ingredients for this salsa in our garden—I used green bell pepper instead of red, I pulled a small red onion from the ground, picked some cilantro, and added a bursting heirloom tomato to the mix. Tossed with a little salt, lime juice, and an extra dusting of cilantro, the salsa was ready for chips.

breakfast tacos for a toddler

We had this alongside lamb burgers one recent Saturday night, and then with breakfast tacos the next morning. We all liked it both ways, though I think that the breakfast tacos will become a new weekend tradition!

Get the full recipe for Grilled Corn Salsa here.


Fresh Corn Salad with Bacon | BHG Delish Dish

When I think of summer and produce, I think of corn and tomatoes. So when I saw this recipe on bhg.com, I was really intrigued. I have never had a raw corn salad before. Have you?

I’m so glad I made this because it’s so fresh and so good! So many bright flavors and guess what? I added bacon!

Fresh Corn Salad with Bacon | BHG Delish Dish

You put the easy dressing together first and then get to chopping the vegetables.

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Marla Meridith is the founder & editor of the food and lifestyle blog, Family Fresh Cooking, which has garnered attention from loyal readers around the world. She aims to bring a fresh, unique, and stylish approach to every facet of life. Her mission is to be your preeminent source for fabulous food, drink, lifestyle and travel features sure to inspire a case of wanderlust. She is the photographer, stylist & recipe developer for her visually rich blog. Marla lives in the breathtaking mountains of Telluride, Colorado with her husband and two amazingly energetic kids.

Summer Dogs | Recipe on BHG.com by Marla Meridith @FamilyFreshCooking.com

As soon as I saw this recipe on BHG.com I knew I had to this grill up ASAP! Around here we love hot dogs. The toppings on these Summer Dogs had me at hello.

What makes these grilled hot dogs extra special & summery? Its the wonderful grilled corn salad on top. There is also avocado ~ which is always a win!

Summer Dogs | Recipe on BHG.com by Marla Meridith @FamilyFreshCooking.com

I kept the recipe pretty much as is on the BHG website, but added a few small tweaks of my own.

Instead of tomatoes in the corn salad I added diced red pepper. I also added some teeny tiny pickles & pickled onions to the topping. That was my sons request!

Summer Dogs | Recipe on BHG.com by Marla Meridith @FamilyFreshCooking.com

These hot dogs are amazing for entertaining. You can serve ‘em loaded as seen in the photos. Or, you can create a hot dog bar & have the toppings separate so guests can pick & choose their own toppings.

Serve with a side of sweet potato or regular fries & some fresh fruit too.

Summer Dogs | Recipe on BHG.com by Marla Meridith @FamilyFreshCooking.com

Click Summer Dogs for the recipe.

Enjoy!


Hey folks! It’s Brian from A Thought For Food and I’m so happy that I was asked to play around with a BHG recipe!

When I was first approached about writing a post, I immediately knew what I wanted to make. Panzanella, the Italian bread and tomato salad, was something of a revelation for me when I learned of its existence only a few years ago.  You see, for me a salad can never just be lettuce and chopped up carrots and cucumber. I need something substantial on my plate.  Give me cheese or fish or eggs… or bread! Needless to say, when I first came upon the panzanella, I was elated.

The original BHG recipe is outstanding on its own, but I’m the kind of cook who likes to mess with tradition.  Initially, my only modification to the recipe was to include some chopped kale, but when I tried it, I thought, “Eh, that’s okay, but it’s still missing something.” The night before was July 4th and we had a ton of leftover grilled corn in the fridge.  I sprinkled a bit of that in and chopped up some roasted red peppers we had around.  At this point, I knew that I had something special… a recipe that took the panzanella to the next level (not that it needed a whole lot else).

You can try out the original BHG panzanella recipe here. Leave it as is or add in some of these additional items.  Totally up to you. You really can’t go wrong.

Brian Samuels is a Boston-based food photographer and writer and is the creator of the food blog  A Thought For Food.  He is also the co-creator and Editor-In-Chief of the cocktail blog, The Boys Club, which recently won the Saveur Food Blog Award for Best Cocktail Blog.  Brian’s work has been featured on Saveur.com, The Wall Street Journal, Edible Boston and the Improper Bostonian. Follow Brian on Facebook and Twitter.

 


Happy Belated New Year! How many of you are getting healthy in 2013? This is something I always try to focus on because I’m a young Mom with a 3 year old and another one on the way. Pregnancy tires me out and I’ve noticed I’ve had less patience for elaborate dinners. But lucky for me {and you!} I’ve found a few healthy shortcuts to save time and keep things healthier in my family’s diet.

1. Add more veggies to all your meals! My favorite thing to do is hide lots of zucchini and carrot in my Spaghetti Sauce or making something with Mexican flavors, like Portobello Fajitas or Chicken Enchiladas, and throwing in a few extra peppers and using corn tortillas. I used to hate corn tortillas because they were dry and I never had the patience to fry each tortilla individually to soften it up. Seriously, who has time to babysit seventeen tortillas in a shallow oil bath? Not this girl! I’ve seen people ‘dry fry’ their tortillas in a hot pan just to warm them through, but again I don’t have time for that! I tried microwaving them dry too, but it didn’t seem to help. Mine kept cracking. Well, one day I got an epiphany that seriously has been such a caloric time saver! One that will keep corn tortillas soft and pliable. Are you ready for my shortcut? It seriously takes 2 minutes or less to do.

First, grab a wad of paper towels and make them damp.

Unwrap these paper towels and place your stack of tortillas in the center.

Wrap the paper towels up and around your corn tortillas and microwave 30 seconds to 1 minute, depending on how strong your microwave is and that’s it! 

The water helps steam the tortillas, turning them into pliable, soft extra tasty tortillas! Perfect for any Mexican dinner like these Portobello Fajitas or Chicken Enchiladas! So tasty and packed full of veggies! If you think you’re not a corn tortillas person, give this trick a whirl and see if it changes your mind! It definitely changed mine!

2. Bake instead of fry chicken. Baking chicken is a great way to lower the fat content in a dish. Season it up and throw it in the oven. The best part about this is you don’t have to babysit the chicken on the stovetop. This is such a time saver for me! This Roasted Cranberry Chicken sounds simple and super delish!

3. Choose to drink water over juice or other beverages with calories–I’m pretty sure my child is the only one on the block who would rather have water than apple or orange juice! If you don’t like water or seem to have to force it down, try squeezing in a little lemon or experiment with this Cucumber Mint Water.

Hope you all have a happy and healthy new year! Enjoy!


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