Thursday, September 11, 2008
You mean to tell me I can lock summer up in my freezer and let it out whenever I choose? Tell me how and I’m so there. In this month’s issue of Everyday Food, Martha included a recipe for late-summer vegetable soup and I realized it would be perfect to make a big batch of it and store some in the freezer for one of the cold, snowy Boston evenings that will soon be upon us. I can just open my freezer, close my eyes, and remember summer whenever I want. Or the vegetables of summer anyway.
The soup is simple to make as long as you have the right veggies. And of course you can add anything or alter anything you choose. If you follow the recipe given, here are all the ingredients I used:
- 4 ears of fresh corn, husked
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- 2 large zucchini, halved lengthwise and thinly sliced
- 8 oz. green beans, stems off and cut into thirds
- 1 can diced tomatoes in juice
- 1/2 C orzo
- 2 cans reduced sodium chicken broth
- 2 T olive oil
- Salt and pepper
First, prepare all your veggies as instructed and cut the corn from the cob.
Cook the onion in your olive oil with salt and pepper until the onion is translucent, about 3-5 minutes. Then add the chicken broth and 2 cups of water. Bring it to a boil.
Knowing my freezer is full of this makes it a little bit easier to let go of summer.
Saturday, February 23, 2008
I admit, I have an aversion to corn on the cob. Ever since middle school when I got braces and couldn’t eat it, I started absolutely hating it. And now, though the braces are long gone, I cannot stand eating corn off the cob. I just won’t.
But the thing is, corn is sooo delicious. My great dislike for corn on the cob has nothing to do with my not loving it. But I refuse to eat corn on the cob. You’re probably wondering, but wait! How can you turn down the sweet, starchy taste of summer? I can’t, really. So, if my family happens to be eating corn fresh from the garden, my dad cuts the corn off the cob for me. Yes, I’m 25 years old and my dad still cuts the corn of the cob for me (I don’t even have to ask!). However, I don’t live with my dad and am often offered corn on the cob when he’s not around. This has been a problem in the past (no, I have not yet found anyone else willing to cut corn off the cob for me), but now, I have finally found the solution:
The Corn Stripper from OXO:
Is this not the best idea ever? I need to buy a few. One to give to my dad, of course; one to keep at my apartment; and one to carry in my purse. It would be acceptable to pull out the corn stripper in a restaurant, no? Well, there’s always those summertime barbecues. Talk about being the hit of the party….