Summer Corn Chowder

Summer corn chowderEven though my favorite cooking season is fall, I do like summer cooking. Mostly because there’s just such an abundance of fresh vegetables which is constantly changing from week to week as the season progresses. As such, it shouldn’t be a surprise most of my summertime posts are vegetable-centric. Like this week’s post for example. We’re heading into the heart of sweet corn season and since it was rather cool and fall-like this week in Chicago I decided to make a quick pot of corn chowder. Correction, a chock-full-of-corn chowder! (more…)

Heirloom Candy Stripe Beets and Goat Cheese Salad

Beet and goat cheese saladI’ve been wanting to do something with beets and goat cheese since our dinner at Bistrot L’Entrepont in Montreal where Cheryl had a beet and goat cheese mille-feuille. I played with that idea a little, but alas I just can’t get everything to come together as well as the chef did that night, so I turned to the always popular beet with goat cheese salad. However, the one problem which always occurs is: red beets make everything they touch pink. Hot pink even. Not the most visually enticing. Ah but wait, there’s a solution. Use different beets! (more…)

Cold Carrot Soup – A Summer Refresher

Cold Carrot soupLast week, it was the abundance of tomatoes from my tomato plants. This week I pulled up about 2 lbs of carrots from our back patio garden boxes and again the question was…what to do with them all?! The answer I came up with was: a pureed, chilled carrot soup. (more…)

Tomato Basil Focaccia

Tomato basil focacciaMy tomato plants are awesome. For all the crappy weather we’ve had this summer they kept chugging along, growing rapidly with all the rain. Once the hot weather hit they went crazy. I’ve been getting lots of tomatoes off of them this past week. As always, the question comes…what to do with them all? Cheryl has been buying focaccia at our local Saturday farmer’s market which gave me the idea for a classic combination, tomato basil focaccia. (more…)

Corn and Lentil Summer Salad

Corn and lentil saladSummer has arrived! It’s hot and steamy and I’m actually happy about it. After the cold and rain we had for past month I’m ecstatic to be using the central AC these days. Food wise, hot days require cold salads and this corn and lentil salad is good for when summer is in full swing. (more…)

Merguez – Lamb Sausage

MerguezOk I’ll admit, I’m on a bit of a sausage making kick lately. One reason is because Cheryl and I have been pretty busy with work and so I haven’t had much time to do some good experimenting with our CSA boxes. Another is sausages are pretty easy to make and are delicious. I’ve long wanted to make a merguez and after sampling one at Marche Jean Talon on our Montreal trip I decided now was a good time. (more…)