Friday, June 29, 2012

FFWD Corn Pancakes + More Catch-Up

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.


  1. Looks like you have been busy!! :) What a wonderful spread you have put together!! I actually liked the lime beet salad over the onion one though... I'm waiting for the melons to sweeten up here before I make that soup! I have been looking forward to it since last year! :)

  2. The cold melon berry soup and the salmon & tomatoes were both really nice dishes. With as hot as its been this week - the melon soup would go over really well right about now.
    Goat cheese & tomatoes on the corn pancakes sounds like a great summer treat.

  3. It all looks great. I loved that salmon recipe, I remember Tricia and I made it last year when we
    were all vacationing in Martha's Vineyard. We had picked up fresh salmon brought in on the
    boats and it was fantastic. Your corn pancakes looks wonderful with the salad on the side, great job.

    1. Fresh salmon from the boats sounds incredible! I've never had salmon that fresh

  4. What a fantastic and impressive Dorie post!

  5. Jora, all of your dishes look so incredibly delicious and healthy - great choices especially for summertime. It is wonderful to see that you are "catching up" on so many recipes, so much work...

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Wow! Nice catch up! Good luck with your cleanse. I added some fresh corn to the recipe and we loved it! I actually liked the melon berry soup too. Its a great summertime treat!

  7. I liked these corn pancakes, though I did use fresh corn, not canned. The Sara Moulton ones sound even better. Nice job on the catch up. Thanks for reminding me about several recipes that enjoyed and have forgotten to repeat... Have a great weekend.

  8. We really enjoyed the pancakes! Good luck with the cleanse. I don't know if I could survive three weeks!

  9. That Sarah Moulton recipe sounds delicious. I bet even these Dorie pancakes would be pretty tasty with some tomatoes and goat cheese. So many options.