Saturday night was steak night in our house. The big guy braved the scorching temperatures to get the charcoal going and cook a couple of perfectly wonderful rib eye steaks. It was bliss.
I'm still on a kick to clean out the freezer before we blow this pop stand and it's amazing what's surfacing. For one that hates wasting food but isn't really into leftovers, there is some stuff that I'm happy to recycle including the leftover corn on the cob from a couple of weeks ago. It was the basis of this absolutely fabulous corn pie that we whipped up in no time flat. My kitchen sidekick has pretty awesome knife skills so he did all the chopping. How lucky is that?
Adapted from Diane Clement's cookbook At the Tomato, this casserole is loaded with corn, cornmeal, sour cream, Monterey jack cheese and spiced up with a couple of Serrano chilies from our garden. Baked for 45 minutes, it is creamy, spicy and absolutely chock full of flavor - a perfect sunny side dish next to a perfectly cooked steak. The leftovers will make a wonderful lunch along with a salad or it'll be great for Sunday brunch topped with salsa, avocado and a side of bacon. mmmm - guess what we're having for breakfast? Download Santa Fe Corn Pie
Figuring I needed to get some more vitamins into us, I also whipped up a Broccoli Salad - now this one's been making the rounds lately in the blogosphere, but my version's just a little different. Along with fresh broccoli, it includes bacon, red onion, sunflower seeds and dried cranberries rather than raisins. I also mixed the mayo with sour cream to reduce some calories. The original recipe calls for a cup of mayo, and even the light stuff has 800 calories but reducing it to one third cup and adding a half cup of sour cream saved a whopping 371 calories from the total and still made a darn fine tasty salad. Download Crunchy Broccoli Salad
As for today - we'll be suffering let me tell you. While the weatherman said it was heading to 108 my computer says 110. It's 7:30 in the morning and already 80 degrees. Me thinks it's time to hit the ON button on the AC, pull the shades and pour some iced coffee. What's on your agenda today?