This is my 50th post. I can hardly believe it's been almost a year since I started FFWD. Time really does fly...
One of my favorite summer recipes is fresh corn cakes. It's a Sara Moulton recipe. The cakes have both fresh corn and cornmeal, and they're topped with goat cheese and slices of fresh summer tomatoes. They're incredible, but can only be made in a couple of months. I was very curious when I saw this recipe. As much as I love corn cakes, they just didn't sound like they could possibly be very good. I eat frozen corn all of the time, but have never purchased canned corn (although I did used to love creamed corn as a kid). The times I've had canned corn - on top of restaurant salads - it's always seemed incredibly sweet. I debated substituting frozen corn, but decided that was missing the point, so I bought a can of corn (no salt or sugar added) and proceeded with the recipe.
It came together very quickly in the food processor, and within about 15 minutes we were sitting down to dinner: corn cakes and the beet salad. I was very pleasantly surprised by the corn cakes. They were nowhere near as good my fresh recipe, but if I didn't try to compare them they were definitely pretty good on their own. I would make these again if I needed a quick and easy side dish and fresh corn wasn't available.
I've been on a three week cleanse - eliminating dairy, grains, refined sugar, coffee, and alcohol from my diet - so I decided to use this time to catch up on some of the healthier recipes I've missed. I've never liked cold soup, but I really enjoyed having the Cold Melon-Berry Soup as my dessert when there weren't other options. The ginger makes it very refreshing. I also made the other beet salad - Chunky Beets and Icy Red Onions. I really liked it. Taking the time to soak and rinse the onions makes such a difference. I definitely preferred it to the lime and honey beet salad. Last, I made Salmon and Tomatoes en Papillote. It was a really hot night, so we grilled the foil packets instead of turning on the oven. This is definitely a recipe I'll make again. It was quick, easy, healthy, and tasted great.