Charred Fresh Corn Cakes and more

Charred Fresh Corn Cakes

Fresh Corn Cakes

You mean to tell me that I get to walk into a grocery store these days and choose between soft ripe peaches, juicy strawberries, big-ol raspberries AND fresh corn on the cob!? It’s just too good. Everything is like candy. Candy that I can char over an open flame and smash into savory pancakes.

I might need someone to hold my hand and tell me everything is going to be alright when summer fades and Winter tubers are all we have to get excited about.

Spoiled. Consider me spoiled.

Now let’s make some cakes!

Fresh Corn Cakes

These corn cakes could be a simple side dish to somethings delicious as Tracy’s Sticky Balsamic Ribs, or they can be paired with a few fried eggs for breakfast.

They’re simple and versatile. I’d say, if you have salted butter to slather on the warm and freshly-fried cakes… you’re totally in business. You won’t really even need a plate or chair. Formalities.

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HP Sprout and Food Inspiration

HPsprout + Joy the Baker wrapping paper

A Working List of Things We Do With Food

We stir it, mix it, fry it, and flip it.

Whisk it. Beat it. Rest it. Rise it.

Smear it.

Sneak it.

Shovel it.

Did I say fry it? Bake it. Sauté it and steam it.

We stand over food with a camera. We sit in front of food with love in our eyes. We shovel cold leftovers in out mouths with little shame. We sneak it from bulk bins at the grocery store because we’re hangry and that’s just going to be that.

We adore it. We appreciate it. We thrive from it.

And now… well, we can scan our food into fancy computers and make big, bright, poppy paper out of it, because… the world is new and exciting always.

I’ve been playing around with the new HP Sprout computer (and also totally playing with my food) and can I just say…. WHOA! The computer can scan anything, even 3-D object, to create mega-unique design products. And… for someone like me, who can be a little design challenged,... Read the rest of this post..... »


Let It Be Sunday!

Happy weekend-ing! I’m think I have what can only be described as a wind-blown sunburn. You’d think after 34 years I’d know the limitations of my pale, un-yielding, un-tanning skin.

I hope this finds you living your summer days well. With ice-cold drinks, outdoor picnics, lazy beach days, and enough sunscreen to know better. I’m crossing things off the Summer Bucket List with a smile on my face. This Amos Lee concert at the Hollywood Bowl with happy parents and picnic tables was ultra dreamy!

I think of you often. Most sincerely I do. I hope your weekend in filled with love and happiness.

Here’s what the Internet has for us this week:

NASA’s 3 Billion Mile Journey to Pluto, Explained. My brain breaks when I read this.

Schtoon: (verb) to steal someone’s chair when they get up to do something. “That cat schtooned my chair when I got up to do something.” I LOVE this: ... Read the rest of this post..... »


My Six Favorite Summer Drinks

Summer Sippin'

We can’t let these gorgeously warm, mostly steamy, sunshine-y days go by without sitting on our stoops, waving away lazy mosquitos, and enjoying an ice cold, condensation-sweaty glass of something cold. A little something something… with a splash of bourbon or without… let’s keep our glasses full and our company constant.

1 • Here’s what happens when a carving for Peach Cobbler intersects with a thirst for lemonade: Peach and Cardamom Lemonade. Sweet, refreshing, and a splash of bourbon never hurt anyone. Related: here’s what happens when a craving for Peach Cobbler intersects with a constant desire for Cinnamon Rolls: Peach Cobbler Cinnamon Rolls.

2 • Lime and mint are usually the stars of a mojito, but there’s still plenty of room for fresh kiwi. I’m thinking of remaking these with both strawberry and kiwi to relive my 90’s Snapple addiction. ... Read the rest of this post..... »


Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta

Roasted Tomato and Garlic PastaI spend a good amount of time in everybody’s way in the produce section at the grocery store. I’m known to stand and stare for a few too many minutes at the piles of gorgeous fresh tomatoes and heaps of garlic heads. I can feel everyone buzzing around me, mostly annoyed, reaching across me for a ripe avocado or an extra full basket of cherry tomatoes. It’s ok and… I’m sorry. It’s just that I’m waiting for the tomatoes to tell me what to do with them. the answer is usually (and most successfully) ROAST! Even in summer. Tomatoes are bossy and they know what they (and I) like. Roasted Tomato and Garlic Pasta Thank you summer time vines! These tomatoes are gorgeous. Tremendous, really. I slice most in half, large and small, and place them cut side up on a rimmed roasting pan. Cut side up ensures that all the juicy tomato goodness stays in the tomato and doesn’t completely bleed onto the pan. Salt and pepper, generously. Olive oil, generously. Heat, high.

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