Summer

Parmesan Chili Grilled Corn

Summer is great because the corn harvest is sweet and cheap.  I’ve cooked my corn many ways – in the husk, without it, on the grill, in my oven, in a pot…  I love it all.  One thing is certain though, you must, I repeat MUST soak your corn in water with a bit of sugar in it.  This will help all the natural sugars come out in your corn when you cook it.

This particular time I had a craving for Parmesan Chili corn.  This corn sounds more intense than it actually is.  Not one flavor overpowers another.  Everything simmers together as the corn plumps and cooks, it’s a magical thing.  And yes, you read the ingredients list correctly, I used mayo.  Not butter.  I know, I know, crazy talk right?

The mayo acts as a binding agent for all the seasonings.  As the corn cooks, the mayo practically evaporates and you’re left with delicious chili and Parmesan flavors that stick to each kernel.  If you’d try the same thing with butter, everything on your sweet corn will drip right off into a charcoal abyss and that, my friends, is no bueno.

Try this out for yourself and tell me what your taste buds say.

Parmesan Chili Grilled Corn

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 1 hour

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes

Yields: 4 servings

Serving Size: 1 cob

Parmesan Chili Grilled Corn

Ingredients

  • 4 ears fresh corn, husked and soaked in sugar water for at least an hour
  • Mayonnaise
  • Parmesan
  • Chili Powder
  • Salt
  • Aluminum Foil

Directions

  1. Preheat your grill to 350 degrees F.
  2. Spread the mayonnaise, sprinkle with Parmesan, chili powder and salt on the corn so it is nicely coated. Wrap in aluminum foil and repeat with remaining cobs.
  3. Place on the grill for 30 minutes, rotating every 10 minutes, until the corn is tender. Remove from aluminum and allow to cool for a few minutes before serving.

Notes

Don't feel like grilling? Roast your corn in the oven instead!

http://foodiemcbooty.com/parmesan-chili-corn-on-the-cob/

Fresh Mango Salsa

Nothing says summer to me more than a fresh mango salsa. I could eat this by itself, but I prefer to scoop some onto a nice piece of grilled fish or chicken.  I love this flavor combination.

Unfortunately, this is not something you can make ahead of time. Even after a day the salsa will turn a bit soupy. But if you’re anything like me, you wont have leftovers anyway!

Mix things up by adding 1/3 cup fresh pineapple or diced cucumber to this salsa.  Super fresh and tasty!

Fresh Mango Salsa

Rating: 41

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Yields: Serves 4-6

Fresh Mango Salsa

Ingredients

  • 1 mango, diced
  • 4 ripe roma tomatoes, seeded, juiced and diced
  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup diced red onion
  • Juice from 1 lime
  • Up to 1/4 cup roughly chopped fresh cilantro
  • Salt, pepper and minced garlic, to taste

Directions

  1. Combine the mango, tomatoes, avocado, jalapeno, onion and lime juice. Add a couple tablespoons of fresh cilantro and taste test. To me, cilantro gets overpowering very quickly. Add more until you are satisfied with the result. Add salt, pepper, and minced garlic, to taste. Serve immediately and keep chilled.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/fresh-mango-salsa/

Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad

The other day at the farmer’s market in Denver I picked up these beautiful cherry tomatoes (among other finds).  Inspired by all the market’s fresh ingredients, I decided to make a Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad using their tomatoes and peppers.

This pasta salad turned out great.  It was light and satisfying, perfect for the summer.  Plus this recipe makes enough to share with a large group.  I brought a big bowl of this pasta salad to a big BBQ for the 4th of July.

If you can manage, try making this day before your big event.  I noticed that the flavors melded better as time went on.

Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yields: Serves at least 12

Farmer’s Market Pasta Salad

Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more for seasoning
  • 1 pound bow tie pasta
  • 1 cup organic Italian Dressing (Tuscan is my favorite to use)
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/2 diced green bell pepper
  • 1/2 diced red bell pepper
  • 1/2 diced yellow bell pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 diced red onion (according to your tastes)
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan, plus more for topping

Directions

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over medium heat. Add the pasta and cook it according to the package directions.
  2. While the pasta is cooking, in a small bowl, whisk together the dressing, mayonnaise and sugar.
  3. Drain the pasta well, transfer to a large serving bowl and let cool. Add the tomatoes, peppers, parmesan cheese, fresh basil, salt, to taste, and the black pepper. Pour the dressing over the salad and toss to combine. Add parmesan cheese to top and serve.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/farmers-market-pasta-salad/

Refreshing Watermelon Margaritas

It’s hot one out there!  And heck, you deserve a cold margarita.  Try this on for size.  An absolutely refreshing watermelon margarita to you cool down on a hot summer day.

[“Ahhhh……..”]

Recipe adapted from Hub Pages.


Watermelon Margaritas

Prep Time: 2 hours

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yields: 4 Glasses

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups seedless watermelon, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 ounces tequila
  • 1 1/2 cups ice
  • Lime or watermelon wedges for garnish

Directions

  1. Place cut watermelon into a freezer bag and freeze for at least two hours
  2. Dip rim glass in a plate of lime juice then dip into salt or sugar to coat rims
  3. Place all ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth
  4. Pour into glasses and garnish. Serve immediately.
  5. Sip. Repeat.
http://foodiemcbooty.com/watermelon-margaritas/

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