Archive for August, 2012


Cornmeal Cake with Fresh Corn and Berries

It’s an understatement to say that this hasn’t been a good year for corn farmers!  However, if you can still find good sweet corn in your grocery store or at the farmers’ market, this cake is a great way to celebrate the harvest!  I first found the recipe in a cookbook given to me as a gift (thanks, Cara) called “Farmers’ Market Desserts Cookbook“.

As written, the recipe makes a delicious dessert.  Not too sweet and great for picnics.  But, after a few substitutions, I feel much more comfortable serving this cake beside eggs at brunch, as an afternoon snack with coffee or I’ll top it with some ice cream to create an indulgent-tasting dessert.  the substitutions I made not only made the cake a bit healthier, but they have the added bonus of creating a much more moist cake.

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Corn-n-Sweet Potato Chowder

Thanks to my cousin, Anna, I have become a big fan of Moosewood restaurant cookbooks– especially their “Moosewood Restaurant Low-Fat Favorites Cookbook”.  Most of their recipes are relatively simple and healthful, but they pack a lot of flavor.

This corn chowder is no different.  It has NO oil, or dairy added and, yet, the corn makes it deliciously creamy.  This soup has been a go-to of mine for a couple of years now and I usually double or triple the recipe and freeze the leftovers in single serving bags for those days when I need a quick meal (my version of fast food).

As you may have noticed, I am on a soup kick this week.  And, my frozen stash was completely depleted so, despite the hot temps, I spent a morning last weekend replenishing my reserves.  With all the fresh corn in the  stores right now, this is the time to make an especially large batch!

Although this soup can be unfussy and pairs well with a cheese quesadilla or salad, sometimes it’s nice to dress it up…try serving it in a freshly roasted squash “bowl”.

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Summer Gazpacho

The baskets of fruits and veggies at my neighborhood market have been overflowing recently with lots of good finds.  But, it’s the great selection of plump, ripe tomatoes that caught my eye this week… and for good reason!

As we edge into the latter part of summer, Denver’s hot, dry, sunny days have left me craving light foods that still pack a lot of flavor as well as a lot of nutrients.

This quick gazpacho, adapted from Thomas Keller’s French Laundry Cookbook, does both so well.   It somehow tastes rich, without being heavy and the flavors meld together perfectly without overpowering each other.  Plus, it’s easy to throw together and, like most good soups, the flavors just get better after a day or two in the fridge.  Serve it along with a salad or sandwich for a light, summery meal.

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