peach and tomato salsa

Peach Salsa 4

I love peaches. For me, peaches are the best thing about summer. Right up there with beaches. Rhyming coincidence? Spelling happenstance? Unlikely.

Summer is usually way too hot to be an enjoyable season here. But as long as I can get my summer’s worth of peaches, I’ll try not to hold that against it.

This is a really simple recipe that I just made up on the spot, which means that it’s also really simple to modify to work with whatever you have on-hand. Mango? Sure! Nectarines? Basically peaches without the fuzz, saves you a step. Kiwi? Well that’s what I used, so I say go for it.

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September 1, 2010 at 7:13 pm 5 comments

summer squash and corn chowder

Squash Corn Chowder 3

I know what you’re thinking. “Erin, it’s summer. I don’t want to eat a heavy chowder.” Obviously, you and I do not share genes. But don’t worry, this is not a heavy chowder.

This is chowder courtesy of Cooking Light magazine. I know what you’re thinking. “Erin, it’s chowder. I don’t want to eat a low-fat chowder.” Obviously, you and I do not share body mass┬áindices. But don’t worry. This is not a flavorless low-fat chowder.

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August 16, 2010 at 6:09 pm Leave a comment

sweet corn cupcakes with browned butter frosting

Corn Cupcakes 3

My brother and I have our birthdays within a week of each other. This year, for possibly the first time in 23 years, my mom decided that we weren’t both getting our own separate birthday cakes. Whether this brilliant notion hit her for the first time this year, or perhaps this was the first year my brother and I were simultaneously mature enough to not make a fuss about it (obviously this is the right answer, but I’d rather blame it on mom’s sudden stroke of genius if I can get away with it), she did it by scrapping tradition (chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake, in my case – I’ll share that with you eventually) and going with something completely new and a little bit…well…weird. At least until I tasted them. My mom is an amazing cook.

Corn cupcakes. Go with me. These are light and summery, thanks in part to the corn, and in part to the hint of lemon in the frosting. The frosting is mostly butter, so that should defeat the lightness, but I promise you that you’re going to want to smear this stuff on everything. I would love to try it on gingerbread, and I expect that, come winter, I will. Brace yourselves.

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August 15, 2010 at 9:54 pm 3 comments

zucchini pie

There’s really no better way to enjoy good food than to enjoy it with your family. But before I get into that, I feel a need to explain my long absence. A dentist decided that it was necessary to forcibly remove my wisdom teeth from my face. Since I was on pretty much a mashed potato and applesauce diet for a week or so, I got out of the habit of cooking. I got back into it on my recent trip to the beach (!!!) with my family. And that, my friends, is where our story begins.

With zucchini pie. Don’t squirm, it’s easy. I’m going to share with you my new favorite pie dough recipe, complete with link to anyone-can-do-it directions and step-by-step photos, provided by one of my favorite bloggers, Joy the Baker. However, if dumping flour and butter on your counter and attacking it with a rolling pin seems like more mess and stress (which I’ve dubbed Thing 1 and Thing 2, in my kitchen) than you’re up for, I’m confident this pie would still be delicious with store-bought pie dough, or whichever dough recipe is your go-to favorite.

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July 23, 2010 at 7:40 am 2 comments

leftover french fry frittata

I’ve always had a bit of a love affair with french fries. My mom told me once, that when I was little, I only used them as a vessel with which to consume ketchup – dipping them in, licking them clean and dipping again. Kids are gross.

I don’t do that anymore, but I still love french fries to the point that, if health was not a factor, I would eat them every day. Every. Day.

The problem is, that usually when I get fries at a restaurant, I can’t finish them all. ┬áI can’t let perfectly good fries go to waste, right? So I bring them home with me.

If you’ve ever done this, then you understand that leftover french fries just never reheat into anything remotely as palatable as the first run. Which is why I decided something must be done.

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June 9, 2010 at 10:10 pm 4 comments

chunky pesto sauce

Bit of a disclaimer on this one – I made this up. It’s not actually pesto at all. Basically, it’s a sort of a ragu (only not really), with traditional pesto ingredients thrown in to tie it all together. Make sense so far? Good.

If you love the flavors of italian sausage, peppers, and onions, but also really love a good tomato sauce and a good pesto sauce, then this is the answer to all of your sauce-based prayers and postulations. It truly covers all of those bases.

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May 31, 2010 at 2:22 pm 2 comments

lemon lime pound cake

I’ve given plenty of evidence already to the fact that I am no good at making attractive food. So the results of this cake should come as no surprise to anyone.

I only took the mostly-whole half to work with me. The surprising thing about this cake, is how it manages to be both dense and light at the same time. A nice moist pound cake meets bright citrus flavors. It made for a welcome change from the rich frosting-covered cakes I’d been making lately.

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May 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm 2 comments

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