Sweet Red Corn09.19.10

Camping Summer 2010 We’ve got a whole bunch of posts piled up over here, and I’m determined to get them posted this week!  This summer, we took our annual family camping trip to the Sonoma County coast.  We always bring along easy to cook and eat foods for our meals, and divide up the days – my parents plan for one entire day’s worth of meals, and I usually do the other day.  This year, my mom picked up some sweet red corn, something we hadn’t tried before.  We’re all corn fans, so it wasn’t a real challenge-worthy choice, but certainly, it was novel.

There was some discussion over how to cook it – we could have grilled it over the fire, but we were hungry and didn’t want to mess with trying to time it right, so we opted to remove the husks and steam them in large pot over the cookstove.

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Okonomiyaki (Cabbage Pizza)06.12.10

055I spent a few weeks in Japan when I was 15. I stayed in the suburbs of Osaka with a lovely host family, who introduced me to Okonomiyaki. In train stations and little restaurants all over the place, you can point to a bowl of ingredients displayed in a glass case, and then take your seat around a table with a frying surface embedded in the top. Servers bring your ingredients to the table and add an egg, and then you fry up your own and top it as you like with sauces and cheese.

While my host mom insisted that this was a form of pizza, the actual base of this treat is cabbage and other veggies, in a thin batter. There are some traditional Japanese ingredients that give real okonomiyaki a distinct flavor. For my family, I tend to just clean out the produce drawer, adding whatever leftover meats or cheeses we have on hand.

Around here, it’s called Garbage Pizza. And it is delish.

Here’s what we started with:
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Tortilla Soup02.15.10

074It appears that all we eat is soup around here. That’s not really the case, but it’s winter and I’m trying to get my kid to eat produce – and soup always sounds like a friendly-vegetable-delivery-system. With my flair for screwing up recipes, or blatantly not even trying to use a recipe, we’ve had some really weird soups over the last month and half. Part of me thought, hey, I should look up a great recipe for Tortilla Soup. But then, why break my streak?

We’re winging it over here – come along for the ride!
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Corn Fritters01.05.10

her fourth fritterCorn is one of the few vegetables that The Boy will actually eat without too much drama. He prefers it on the cob with lots of butter, but with the Sous Chef’s teeth falling out like crazy, gnawing corn off the cob is pretty impossible. Add to the fact that I had purchased only four ears of corn for the five of us in a spectacular brain-fart at Trader Joe’s, and I went looking for a recipe that could keep everyone in the family happy.

Back in my vegetarian days, I was given a cookbook called Vegetarian Dishes from Around the World
by Rose Elliot. I think it was a gift from a long-time friend who went vegetarian around the same time. Maybe it was her idea? Anyway, I’ve still got the book, and went looking for a quick and easy recipe for corn.

The recipe called for a can of corn, one egg, separated and two tablespoons of wheat flour, along with salt and pepper and some oil. You can’t get much simpler than that, right? Here’s what we did:

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