Just in time for the long holiday weekend, I have the perfect dip for all of your barbecues and picnics!  When my husband and I were in Seattle recently we ate at a restaurant recommended to us called Señor Moose.  This quirky restaurant was small in size but huge on flavor.  I wanted to order just about everything on the menu.  To whet our palates, we started our meal with handmade margaritas (I had one with muddled cucumber and lime and it was so refreshingly delicious!) and Esquites which was fresh corn cut off of the cob and mixed with cream, herbs and other unknown ingredients!  That appetizer was the inspiration for this Mexican Street Corn Dip because it reminded me of the corn slathered with mayo, herbs and seasoning that you find on the streets in Mexico.

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I brought this dip to a party and everyone gobbled it up and was asking for the recipe.  I used frozen corn because it was early for fresh, but fresh corn cut off the cob would work great too now that it is in season.  If you go for fresh, aim for about 3 cups of fresh corn kernels.

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Mexican Street Corn Dip could not be much easier to make and is quick enough to whip up at the last minute if you need something to bring to a party.  You can tweak the recipe to make it more spicy by adding more chili powder and could even add chopped fresh jalapeño if you have a crowd that really loves heat.

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Have a lovely 4th of July weekend!!

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Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 8 minutes

Total Time: 23 minutes

Yield: ~3 cups of dip

Sweet corn, creamy cheese and mayo together with fresh and dried spices will make this dip the first thing to disappear from your summer party

Ingredients

  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 2 (10 ounce) bags frozen corn kernels
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 4 ounces cream cheese (room temperature, I used 1/3 less fat cream cheese)
  • 1/3 cup mayo (I used light)
  • 1 (5 ounce) container of plain Greek yogurt (I used nonfat)
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4-1/3 cup cotija cheese (if you can't find this crumbly Mexican cheese, you could substitute feta or leave it out)
  • 1/4 cup diced red pepper
  • salt and pepper
  • sliced baguette or tortilla chips for serving

Instructions

  1. Heat a large sauce pan over medium heat and add 1 tsp of olive oil. Once pan and oil are hot, add frozen corn and cook for about 2 minutes until warmed through. Sprinkle with salt, pepper and the chili powder. Add garlic and saute for about 5 more minutes or until corn and garlic are cooked and slightly browned. Remove pan from heat and pour the corn onto a plate or baking sheet to help it cool more quickly.
  2. While the corn and garlic cook, in another medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, mayo, yogurt and cilantro using a whisk or electric mixer until it is well combined and smooth.
  3. Add cooled corn to the cream cheese mixture and mix until well combined.
  4. Place corn dip into a serving bowl and garnish with extra cilantro leaves, the cotija cheese and red pepper. Serve with sliced baguette or tortilla chips.
  5. Recipe inspired by A Nutritionist Eats|anutritionisteats.com

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As long as it is summer, each week I buy a watermelon, chop it up and snack on it morning, noon and night.  I just can’t get enough.  Inevitably I can’t get through the entire melon myself, so I turn it into other delights like the Strawberry Watermelon Cooler that I shared with you a couple of weeks ago.  My latest obsession is this Easy Watermelon Granita.

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A granita is essentially a grown-up version of a snow cone that it is so refreshing and cooling on these hot summer days.  Not only do I love the flavor of this Easy Watermelon Granita, but that color, that perfectly pink watermelon color, is just so perfect.

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Now when I say “easy” I am not exaggerating.  To make this granita, you simply puree chunks of watermelon and strain the juice, mix in a couple more ingredients, pop it into your freezer and in a few short hours, you will be spooning icy chilled Easy Watermelon Granita into your mouth.  I added a very small amount of tequila to my granita and I’ll tell you why:  alcohol inhibits the liquid from fully freezing so that no matter how long you have left your granita in the freezer, it won’t freeze into a solid block, but will remain nice shards of frozen goodness.  You could use any alcohol you prefer (vodka, gin, rum, etc.) or omit it completely, but if you omit it just make sure that you do an effective job of scraping the entire mixture into fine bits during the freezing process so that you don’t get large ice pieces.

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Easy Watermelon Granita

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 10 minutes

Yield: about 2 1/2 cups granita

Cool and refreshing shaved watermelon granita will be the perfect refreshment for the remaining days of summer

Ingredients

    For the simple syrup
  • 2 Tbsp water
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • For the granita
  • 2 1/4 cups watermelon juice (from about 5 cups chopped watermelon)
  • juice of 1 lemon
  • the simple syrup
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tequila (or vodka)

Instructions

    For the simple syrup
  1. Place the water into a small microwave-safe mug and microwave for 45-60 seconds (until almost boiling).
  2. Add the sugar and stir until the sugar is dissolved completely.
  3. Place into the refrigerator to cool completely.
  4. For the granita
  5. Use a blender or food processor to process the watermelon until you have 2 1/4 cups of juice.
  6. Strain the juice through a fine mesh sieve to remove any pulp.
  7. Pour the juice into an 8X8-inch baking dish.
  8. Add lemon juice, simple syrup and tequila to the watermelon juice and mix gently until the mixture is well combined.
  9. Place the dish into the freezer. Every 2 hours until the mixture is completely frozen, remove the mixture from the freezer and gently scrape the surface with a fork so that the frozen bits become fine shavings.
  10. Serve directly from the freezer.
  11. Can be kept in a well-sealed container in the freezer for one month.

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I just don’t know how it can possibly be the end of July!  I feel like I just can’t fit enough s’mores, lake time, patio happy hours and barbecues in before the snow will be flying again!!  Lucky for you and me, I have The Best S’mores Bars to fit in some quality summer flavors before he heat is gone.

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Every night that we are at the lake cabin, even if I make a different dessert, at some point after dinner we always end up around the fire toasting marshmallows to golden brown perfection and slapping them on top of a graham cracker with chocolate to make a s’more.  And every time I eat one, I just can’t get over how perfect that roasted sugar is with the creamy chocolate and minimally sweet graham cracker.  I have never met a form of a s’more that I didn’t like.  There are very selective times when I tell you that something is “the best” I have ever had, and these, sweet teeth, just might be the best s’mores dessert I have ever had!

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Don’t get me wrong, the S’mores Ice Cream Cake that I shared earlier with you this summer was pretty spectacular, but the texture contrast and flavors of these S’mores Bars are pretty hard to beat.

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I began these bars with a traditional graham cracker crust that I lightened up by using less butter and sugar than most graham cracker crusts.  I love the flavor of graham crackers and don’t feel like they need to be overly sweetened to be enjoyable so I wanted to cut out the extra sugar where I could and there was no downfall to this modification.  The fudgey chocolatey filling that tops the graham cracker crust in The Best S’mores Bars is obviously my favorite layer, because I am a chocolate nut but it is just so perfectly contrasted in texture with the crunchy crust.  Since one of my goals for this recipe was for these bars to be something quick and easy to put together, I simply topped that thick, gooey chocolate layer with Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits.  Everyone loves the look of these tiny bits and it just adds to the fun of this perfect summer recipe.

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The Best S’mores Bars

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 12 minutes

Total Time: 22 minutes

Yield: 25 bars

Crunchy graham cracker crust topped with a thick fudge layer and mini marshmallows makes for The Best S'mores Bars

Ingredients

    Graham cracker crust
  • 8 whole graham cracker sheets, crushed into crumbs
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 4 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
  • Chocolate fudge filling and topping
  • 2 cups milk chocolate chips
  • 1 14-ounce can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat-free)
  • 1 cup Jet-Puffed Mallow Bits

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Line a 9X9-inch square baking pan with foil allowing the foil to overhang the edges of the pan. Spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Graham cracker crust:
  4. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and mix to combine.
  5. Press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake for 12 minutes.
  6. Chocolate fudge filling and topping
  7. Combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a medium microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for 30-second increments until chocolate is melted and smooth.
  8. Stir together and pour over graham cracker crust.
  9. Immediately, while the chocolate is not yet set, top with Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Bits
  10. *Chocolate filling recipe adapted from Cookies and Cups (http://cookiesandcups.com)

combine all ingredients for crust in a small bowl and mix to combine

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press the mixture evenly into the prepared pan and bake

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for the chocolate filling, combine chocolate chips and sweetened condensed milk in a medium microwave-safe bowl

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microwave for 30-second increments until chocolate is melted and smooth, stir, then pour over crust

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immediately, while the chocolate is not yet set, top with Jet-Puffed Marshmallow Bits

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We are all screaming ice cream as the weather heats up so when OXO asked me to team up with them for their #IceCreamforOXO campaign, I could hardly contain my excitement and really had to reign it in so that I could choose what flavor to make!  Lucky for me, I have an ice cream expert in house, and when I asked him if there was any flavor of ice cream I could make for him what would it be?  Without skipping a beat he answered “Sweet Corn Ice Cream!”  Sweet corn??  Yes, imagine sweet, buttery almost caramel notes with creamy, dreamy ice cream and just the undertones of that sweet summer corn that we all wait for until it’s knee high by the fourth of July and I can assure you, you’ll be singing the same tune after you have your first bite.Sweet Corn Ice Cream {satisfymysweettooth.com}

 

A small cafe within walking distance from our house serves freshly made gelato and among other interesting flavors such as Blackberry Balsamic and Avocado, they have Sweet Corn flavored gelato during a short time each summer.  I am sure this is what inspired my husband to have such a quick answer when I asked him what flavor ice cream I should make.  Think of the best creamed corn you have ever eaten:  it is sweet, creamy and rich and that is the same idea with Sweet Corn Ice Cream.

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I chose not to use my ice cream maker attachment for this recipe because I know that many people don’t have that kitchen appliance and so this Sweet Corn Ice Cream requires no churning or ice cream maker at all!  There are a few steps involved to make sure that the flavor of fresh summer corn shines through just enough, but each of the steps is super simple.  The hardest part will be waiting for the ice cream to set before you eat it!  See below for a step-by-step photo tutorial!

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add 2 cups of heavy cream to the corn kernels to a medium pot and heat over medium heat to gently simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally (Do not let the mixture boil)

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remove the pan from the heat and remove and discard the cobs

place a fine mesh sieve over a medium bowl and pour the cream mixture through the strainer to remove the corn kernels

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allow the cream to cool for 10 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 1-2 hours

place the reserved corn kernels into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth, then chill the blended corn in a small container

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Sweet Corn Ice Cream {satisfymysweettooth.com}once the cream has fully chilled, use an electric mixer to whip the cream to firm peaks

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place the sweetened condensed milk and blended corn into a large bowl and mix with a spatula to combine

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fold in the whipped cream until the mixture is well combined

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Sweet Corn Ice Cream {satisfymysweettooth.com} pour the mixture into a regular-sized loaf pan or another medium-sized plastic or metal container and place into the freezer for at least 5 hours

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Sweet Corn Ice Cream (no churn)

Prep Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Total Time: 6 hours, 30 minutes

Yield: about 3-4 cups of ice cream

Sweet Corn Ice Cream: No ice cream maker needed for this creamy treat that has just the subtle flavor of sweet corn with caramel highlights

Ingredients

  • 2 ears of corn
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk (I used fat-free)

Instructions

  1. Shuck and clean 2 cobs of corn.
  2. Cut the kernels off the corn cobs and place both the kernels and the bare cobs into a medium saucepan.
  3. Add 2 cups of heavy cream to the corn and heat over medium heat to gently simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. (Do not let the mixture boil.)
  4. Remove the pan from the heat and remove and discard the cobs.
  5. Place a fine mesh sieve over a medium bowl. Pour the cream mixture through the strainer to remove the corn kernels (do not discard the kernels).
  6. Allow the cream to cool for 10 minutes, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until cold, about 1-2 hours.
  7. Place the reserved corn kernels into a blender or food processor and blend until smooth. Place the blended kernels into a small container, cover and chill along with the cream.
  8. Once the cream has fully chilled, use an electric mixer to whip the cream to firm peaks.
  9. Place the sweetened condensed milk and blended corn into a large bowl and mix with a spatula to combine. Fold in the whipped cream until the mixture is well combined.
  10. Pour the mixture into a regular-sized loaf pan or another medium-sized plastic or metal container and place into the freezer for at least 5 hours or until the ice cream is completely set before serving.

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*OXO provided me with some wonderful kitchen tools for participating in their #IceCreamforOXO campaign, but all opinions are, as always, my own. 

Here are some of my favorite OXO products that I personally use just about every time I cook and bake:

Small silicone spatula:  Amazing because there is no seam between the spatula surface and handle so it is super easy to clean!  And it is heat resistant to 600 degrees!

 

LockTop Containers literally will not allow anything to spill out, so they are my go to if I am bringing soup to work for lunch or transporting anything that I want to be absolutely leakproof.

 

Angled measuring cups:  I already had the 4-cup version and OXO sent me the 2-cup one and I was so happy to receive it!  It is so much easier to measure anything liquid when you can just look directly down on the measurement numbers.

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Just in time for the hottest dog days of summer, I have the most refreshing, easy breezy cool down drink for you.  I hardly feel like I can call this Strawberry Watermelon Cooler a “recipe” because it is so simple, but it is so delicious that it is definitely worth sharing with you.

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Watermelon is hands down one of my favorite parts of summer.  I always have a tub of cut up melon in my fridge and it is the best way to quench my thirst and cool down after a workout or satisfy my hunger while I finish dinner.  I’ve told you a million times how much of a texture eater I am and that juicy light crunch of watermelon is pretty much what my dreams are made of.

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As if the taste of this Strawberry Watermelon Cooler wasn’t reason enough to make it daily, it is basically like sneaking in several servings of fruit without even noticing.  Watermelon is receiving more and more praise for being one of the fruits that is highest in lycopene which is an antioxidant which helps to fight numerous diseases.  I was also surprised to recently learn how high in vitamin C watermelon is.  I think of citrus fruits instantly when I think of vitamin C, but watermelon is one of the fruits that has a very high amount of this immune-boosting vitamin as well.

Have I mentioned that there is NO added sugar in this Strawberry Watermelon Cooler??  But you’d never know it by how sweet and tasty it is.  The watermelon and strawberries are sweet enough to shine on their own which is a bonus because I try to avoid sugary overly-sweetened drinks.

Strawberry Watermelon Cooler

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes

Yield: 2 servings

about 1 1/2 cups

Ingredients

  • 2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 1/3 cup ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Place all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve.

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