Earlier this week, our dinner was a reflection of exactly what’s available at the markets right now: corn chowder loaded with chunks of potato, zucchini, pepper, and carrots; peach salad with cherry tomatoes and blue cheese; and quick-cooking quesadillas, some stuffed with caramelized onion, brie and fresh cherry preserves (for the adults) and others filled with oven-roasted pizza sauce and grated mozzarella (for the kids).
It was satisfying, simple to make, and super inexpensive thanks to most of the ingredients being in season and readily available. It was also vegetarian, gluten-free, and could easily be made vegan.
When it comes to shucking corn, it’s almost always a job I reserve for the kids. I send them outside with a big bowl and the cobs that need stripping, and let them have fun removing the outer husks. They’ve been doing it since they were four or five, and today they still prefer that task to almost any other I give them.
Also, if you’re wondering how to efficiently remove the kernels from the cobs I have a nifty trick I always put into use: place the pointy end of an ear of corn in the hole of a Bundt pan, and holding the top of the cob firmly, run your knife along the sides of cob, from top to bottom, slicing the kernels off and allowing them to fall into the base of the Bundt pan. I promise you, you will get a dozen cobs of corn cleaned of their kernels in less than 10 minutes using this method.
What are some of your favourite corn recipes for this time of year?
Sadly, neither of my children have a summer birthday, but if they did I know I wouldn’t hesitate to throw a seasonal bash complete with a festive cake.
In searching through our archives, I’ve come to realize that we have a lot of fabulous summer-inspired birthday cake ideas that just might help you out in the coming month, if you happen to be planning a warm-weather celebration for one of your favourite little people.
The beauty of these cakes is that despite looking relatively impressive, they are all easy to put together, and don’t require specific baking or cake decorating skills.
The Watermelon Birthday Cake: While we love (and highly recommend) the mighty watermelon itself, this delightful cake version is a perfect end to your picnic/outdoor feast and is sure to be the only time you’ll want the ants to join you.
The Swimming Pool Cake: Your little swimmers will dive right in to this delectable dessert.
Baseball Cupcakes: You’ll score points with the kids for making these simple cupcakes for your sports-themed party
Campground Birthday Cake: Outdoor enthusiasts will adore this cake designed for little campers.
The Western-Inspired Birthday Cake: Summer is the perfect season for a western-inspired soirée. This cake is pretty basic to make and only requires some fabric or ribbon to create the fancy cake toppers.
Hawaiian Luau Cupcakes: Variety in flavour and colour, not to mention simple decoration, is what makes these Hawaiian Luau Cupcakes so festive and fabulous.