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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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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Besides Strawberry Rhubarb Custard Tart, one other dish that I simply must have once summer has finally arrived is classic, fresh bruschetta.  Fresh from the garden tomatoes and basil combined with garlic and olive oil makes the most perfect combination.

I love to put twists on classic recipes like bruschetta and so this Grilled Tomato Basil Bruschetta is just different enough that you still recognize the flavors, but your tastebuds are pleasantly surprised by the slightly charred flavor that grilling the bread provides.

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I started my Grilled Tomato Basil Bruschetta by dicing five vine on tomatoes.  To the diced tomatoes, I added two cloves of crushed garlic.  I like my garlic flavor to be strong, but if you would like it to be a little more mild, just add one clove.  Finally, I cut a small bunch of basil into thin strips.  All of these ingredients are combined in a bowl and get drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper.  I let the tomato mixture sit out on the counter while I prepare the bread by slicing a baguette and smearing one side of each piece of bread with a light coating of salted butter.

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The key to the Grilled Tomato Basil Bruschetta is the grilled bread (duh), but if you don’t have an outdoor grill at your disposal, a hot grill pan will do the trick.  Heat your grill to medium-high heat and once it is good and hot, place the pieces of baguette buttered-side down onto the grill.

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You will only need to have the bread on the grill for about 5 minutes or less, depending on how hot your grill is.  You just want nice, dark brown grill marks on the bread.  I then placed my grilled bread onto an old cookie sheet that I wasn’t worried about getting a little charred on the grill.  I topped the bread with the tomato mixture and a sprinkle of shaved parmesan cheese and then put the whole cookie sheet back onto the grill just until the tomato mixture was heated through and the parmesan was slightly melted.

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Grilled Tomato Basil Bruschetta is the perfect appetizer to bring on any summer booze cruise, which is what I did with it at the lake cabin or to serve as an appetizer before the rest of your grilled meal.

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Grilled Tomato Basil Bruschetta

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 16-20 pieces

A summer classic kicked up a notch by the slightly charred flavor of buttered and grilled baguette

Ingredients

  • 5 ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1-2 cloves fresh garlic, crushed
  • 2-3 Tbsp chopped fresh basil
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • one baguette
  • 1/4 cup salted butter, at room temperature
  • shaved parmesan cheese (for topping)

Instructions

  1. Heat grill to medium-high heat.
  2. Combine tomatoes, garlic, basil, and olive oil in a medium bowl. Salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Slice baguette and spread a thin layer of salted butter onto one side of each slice.
  4. Place bread buttered-side down onto the heated grill. Grill for about 5 minutes or until bread is lightly browned and has dark brown grill marks. Watch closely as the bread can burn easily.
  5. Place the bread, grilled-side up onto a cookie sheet. Top each slice with 1-2 Tbsp of the tomato mixture.
  6. Sprinkle each piece with parmesan.
  7. Place sheet onto grill and heat until tomato mixture is heated through and the cheese is slightly melted.
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It is almost that time of year when every meal should include fresh corn on the cob as a side dish.  My family generally just unwraps a stick of butter, puts in on a plate and passes it around the table for everyone to roll their ear of hot corn in.  I love to sprinkle a bit of dill over my melty buttered corn.

Another one of the best ways I have found to eat corn is to cut it off the cobs, put it onto a cookie sheet, toss it with a drizzle of olive oil, a little butter, salt and pepper and roast it in the oven.  The corn gets almost caramelized and could be served as dessert it is so sweet.  If you think that corn is a pain to shuck, clean and cook, I encourage you to watch this video.  This is how I cook my corn every single time and it is quick, clean and comes out perfectly without fail.

Here are some other ways that I would love to enjoy corn this summer:

White Chicken Chili from Cooking Classy:  I like to enjoy soups and chilis year round and this one looks so flavorful.

Jalapeño Creamed Corn from Spicy Southern Kitchen:  Simple, yet I’m sure so rich and delicious.

Esquites-Mexican Street Corn Salad from See Brooke Cook:  Every time I see a recipe for Mexican street food corn dusted with spices and sprinkled with cotija cheese, it makes me drool and this salad looks like all of the best ingredients from that popular street food.

Pasta with Cilantro Jalapeño Pesto, Fresh Corn and Tomatoes from Oh My Veggies:  I die for anything with cilantro pesto and this pasta looks so fresh and drool-worthy.

Corn Fritters with Coconut Whipped Cream and Sweet Honey Bourbon Syrup from Half Baked Harvest:  I don’t feel that any explanation is necessary for this one making it on my list.

What is your favorite way to enjoy fresh summer corn?  Please share recipes in the comments if you’d like!

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I mentioned earlier this week how I tried out some new dinner recipes and they have been so scrumptious that I couldn’t wait to share them with you.  I have never been a huge baked potato fan.  When I used to think of russet potatoes, which are the most traditional baking potatoes, I thought of them being dry and blah and needing a lot of butter, sour cream and other toppings to make them worth eating.  However, I have to start singing a different tune, because I used russets for this recipe, and found the potato to be more flavorful and have better texture than I remember.

I suppose it helps too that the innards of the potatoes are scooped out and  mixed with flavorful mixture of mashed steamed cauliflower, garlic, buttermilk and a bit of cheese. I love these potatoes in particular because they give you the benefit of squeezing in some extra veggies where there might not otherwise be any.

I topped my potato with a little extra cheese, prosciutto, hot sauce and a small dollop of light sour cream.  I will be welcoming variations of this Twice-Baked Potato into my dinner repertoire in the future.

Lightened Up Twice-Baked Potatoes (with a secret ingredient!)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 40 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour

Yield: 4 potatoes

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Loaded baked potatoes with cauliflower for extra nutrition

Ingredients

  • 6-8 thin slices of prosciutto
  • 4 large russet potatoes
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and pepper
  • 2 cups cauliflower florets
  • 1/3 cup buttermilk
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 tsp vinegar
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese, plus more for topping
  • sour cream, scallions, any other toppings you would like

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place prosciutto onto a baking sheet and bake about 5 minutes until crispy. Remove from oven and set aside.
  3. Poke potatoes all over with a fork.
  4. Place potatoes on a plate and microwave for 4 minutes to give them a head start on cooking.
  5. Remove from microwave and place potatoes on a baking sheet and rub with olive oil, salt and pepper.
  6. Bake for about 30 minutes, or until tender.
  7. Bring a medium pot of water to a boil and place steamer basket over the pot of water. Place cauliflower into steamer basket, cover with lid and steam about 10 minutes or until tender when pierced with a fork.
  8. Remove cauliflower and place into a food processor. Add buttermilk, garlic, vinegar, salt, pepper and cheese and process until smooth.
  9. Use a small paring knife to cut a large oval in the top of each cooked potato. Scoop out the flesh of the potato leaving about 1/4 inch-thick wall.
  10. Combine scooped out potato with cauliflower mixture and pulse in food processor to combine.
  11. Fill cavities in potatoes with the cauliflower mixture. Sprinkle with cheese and return to the oven to melt the cheese.
  12. Top with crisped prosciutto and any other desired toppings.
  13. Recipe adapted from Food Network Magazine
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I feel a sense of urgency to squeeze in as much summer produce as I can before all of the perfectly ripened tomatoes, peaches and corn are gone.  Sometimes I wish we had summer produce year round, but then I wonder if we would still appreciate how good and refreshing watermelon tastes during the few months we can get it, for example.

Corn on the cob is prime right now, and it is good in it’s own rite, but another one of my favorite ways to enjoy corn is in a thick and creamy soup.  I especially love when I can make a creamy and satisfying soup without actually using heavy cream and multiple sticks of butter.  This soup will give you just that.  I added dill because I love the way that dill can lighten the richness of a dish and add a whole other flavor profile.


Dilly Corn Chowder with Cheese
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Serves: 4-6
 
Hearty, yet light corn chowder
Ingredients
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 2 onions, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 Tbsp dried dill weed
  • 4 cups vegetable or chicken broth
  • 2 yukon gold potatoes
  • 3 cups fresh or frozen corn kernels
  • 2 cups skim milk
  • ½ cup fat-free half and half
  • salt and pepper
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar or colby jack cheese
Instructions
  1. In a medium stock pot, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add onions and stir occasionally until tender, about 8-10 minutes.
  2. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in thyme, bay leaf, dill, salt and pepper and broth and bring to a boil.
  4. Add potatoes and continue to boil until potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork, about 10 minutes.
  5. Reduce heat to medium and add corn. Cook until corn is tender, about 2 minutes.
  6. Reduce heat to low and stir in milk and half and half.
  7. Serve sprinkled with the shredded cheese and more salt and pepper to taste.
  8. Recipe adapted from Sunset.

Which summer produce do you wish you could enjoy year round?

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