7 Recipes Celebrating Corn and Tomatoes

Chow on 08.26.11
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For years I didn't eat much corn on the cob because all we could get was the peaches and cream variety which I don't particularly like. This year when I headed to the farmers' market there was a farmer there who had three different varieties available. When I told him I wasn't interested in peaches and cream he totally lit up and got excited about explaining the differences between the other two varieties for me. Now each week I go and he has a new variety to offer me and it's great. I've eaten more corn this year than I have for the past 5 years put together.

On the other hand, I love any kind of tomatoes so I eat tons of them at this time of the year. I've got three baskets of them sitting there on my kitchen counter, two waiting to be turned into preserves, and one of them just to eat. My daughter is at home harvesting the tomatoes we planted in the spring and she has declared that next year she is going to ignore all other vegetables and just grow tomatoes. Whichever is your favourite, here a some recipes to get you cooking with them.

1. Corn on the Cob with Maple Chipotle Glaze

Photo: Kelly Rossiter

Kids love to eat corn on the cob. You get to eat it with your hards, your face gets right into it and mom and dad don't get cranky if you make a mess, because really, how can you avoid it? When i was a kid we had special plastic corn holders which also made this a highly desirable food to eat. This corn on the cob with maple chipotle glaze makes for a nice change to just tossing it on the barbeque.

2. Linguine with Tomatoes, Brie and Basil

This has become the favourite summer dish for my family. All year long we wait for the fantastic ripe tomatoes to make this. It's very rich, so it's not something that I make a lot. I do however, make it all the time during harvest season and just leave the brie out of it. It's a great thing to make because you make the sauce in advance and let the tomatoes macerate for a while and then when you are ready to eat, just cook the pasta and add it to the uncooked sauce.

3. Roasted Yellow Pepper and Corn Bisque

This roasted yellow pepper and corn bisque is a vegan recipe. It makes a lot, so if you are having some late summer company this is a terrific soup to serve. Whenever I think of corn in soup, I think of corn chowder that my grandmother used to make when I was a kid and I hated it. I think she made it with canned cream style corn, but this soup is about as far removed from that as possible.

4. Tomato Jam

Photo: Kelly Rossiter

This tomato jam is a fantastic condiment that always gets raves whenever I serve it. You can use it in place of ketchup, although that might be a hard sell for most kids, and it is seriously delicious on top of crostini with goat cheese. I've always just made it and eaten it right away, but this year I'm going to preserve it.

5. Farmhouse Corn Cakes

Photo: Kelly Rossiter

My husband just loves these farmhouse corn cakes. They are really easy to make and you can have them for breakfast, or as part of a brunch meal. I've made them both with corn flour and regular flour combined and just regular flour and they work just fine both ways. I like to make a little salsa to go with them, and I bet the tomato jam would be pretty delicious with them too.

6. Tomato Sandwiches

Nobody really needs a recipe for tomato sandwiches, but honestly, this is my absolute favourite way to eat tomatoes. It was also my dad's favourite and I think of him every single time I eat one. We liked them with bacon, but no lettuce, on white bread with lots of mayonnaise. Nowadays, I usually have jazzier bread, and sometimes use Canadian bacon, but nothing transports me back to my happy childhood faster than a bacon and tomato sandwich on white bread.

7. Warm Corn and Potato Salad

Photo: Kelly Rossiter

If your kids like corn, this warm corn and potato salad is a great way to serve it. As you can see from the photo I actually forgot the red onion and jalapeno peppers when I made this, so that might make it even more child friendly.

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