Commons Cooks: Seasonal Summer Corn and Tomato Dishes

Summer is at its best and brightest right now with delightfully mild temperatures and an abundant summer harvest offering fresh seasonal veggies. New Englanders everywhere rejoice as corn and tomatoes sprout up around farmer’s markets and grocery stores, ripe and ready for a Labor Day BBQ or an easy family dinner.

Break from tradition and go lettuce-free with salad recipes that celebrate these crowned jewels of summer. Please your palate with a savory corn salad or indulge in a flavorful Greek inspired tomato salad. As a bonus, these salads are healthy too. Tomatoes are full of fiber and aid in regulating blood pressure while corn is antioxidant rich and helps to stabilize blood sugar– a-maize-ing! For the perfect complement to any summer meal, we have also added in a bonus recipe link to delicious chilled corn soups to cool off with.

As always, don’t forget to check out the Grocery Guru section, listed below, for nearby grocery stores and farmer’s markets selling fresh summer veggies in your area!

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Summer Corn Salad

Prep time: 5 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

·         5 Ears of Corn (boiled, grilled, or oven roasted)

·         3 tablespoons Olive Oil

·         1 Tomato (seeded and diced)

·         1 Red Onion (chopped)

·         1 Green Bell Pepper (diced)

·         Juice of 1 Lime

·         Salt and Pepper

·         Fresh Cilantro, to taste

Directions

  1. Use a knife to remove corn kernels from the cob.
  2. Transfer to large bowl.
  3. Add tomato, red onion, bell pepper. Toss to combine.
  4. Add olive oil and lime juice.
  5. Season with salt and pepper and garnish with cilantro just before serving.

This dish is great to serve at a summer cookout or as a vibrant side dish any time of year. Feel free to swap out cilantro for the milder flavor of parsley.

* Recipe credit: FoodNetwork.com

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Chilled Corn Soups

 

Hearty soups are great for satiating hunger but not so great for keeping a cool kitchen in the summer months. Thanks to this past Sunday’s Boston Globe Magazine, here are a variety of chilled corn soups that offer cozy comfort on the hottest of days. Check out the recipes here:

 

http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2014/08/23/recipes-for-chilled-corn-soups/UgkeLBsNOCUXiaV5cyjHQO/story.html

 

Grocery Guru Advice

Supermarket:
Whole Foods,35 Pleasant St (at intersection of Route 18)

Local Farm: Christopher’s Garden Shop & Farm Stand, 689 Washington St, Weymouth. Hingham’s Farmer’s Market, 75 Middle St. (Saturdays)

 

 

Congratulations! Get Up & Go Facebook Contest

Our Winner: John Dennehy

The official tagline for a tranquil island paradise in the Caribbean Sea is “Nevis, Naturally.”

Get Up & Go! contest winner John Dennehy can credit his good fortune to the spectacular glory of the Nevis beachfront setting, where he had his photo taken while riding horses with his sweetheart, Steph. The gorgeous image, captured earlier this summer while on vacation, features a sunset, clear blue ocean waters and the hills of St. Kitts in the distance. So relaxing …

Cool Get Up & Go! Fact: Nevis, a small island in the Caribbean Sea that forms part of the inner arc of the Leeward Islands chain of the West Indies, has over 63 different species of butterflies and more than 140 species of birds, according to TripAdvisor.com.

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As gorgeous as John’s entry was, fellow Southfield residents submitted some awesome photos. We loved Corey Davin’s pic, which was snapped this month at the Highland Mountain Bike Park in Northfield, NH, 120 miles north of Weymouth. You can almost smell the pines! Described as the world’s only lift-accessible mountain exclusively dedicated to cyclists, the park features downhill and cross country trails. Highland Mountain also features “dirt jumps” for the thrill-seeking crowd and a full-scale training program.

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We also enjoyed Colleen Markow’s entry of a photo taken while kayaking with her daughter Jenna on the Charles at The Gardens at Elm Bank near the Natick and Wellesley town line off of Route 16. Colleen enjoyed a spectacular view!

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