Tried a couple new things with the haul from the farmers’ market. Very simple and quite good. Especially the butter. I mean, corn. Went well with new fave, roasted fingerling potatoes. (New fave because they are so much easier to flip over midway than tiny chopped-up taters.)
Oh, and sad news: blue bowl has gone to bowl heaven. You served us well for so long. Sorry my hand slipped and completely shattered you into a million pieces all over the floor. Hope there’s tons of ice cream in bowl heaven. So long, blue.
From Smitten Kitchen, Adapted from Chez Panisse Vegetables
1 pound green beans, though if you can find a mix of green and yellow beans, it will be all the prettier
1 pound cherry tomatoes
1 large shallot
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
Salt and pepper
1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Basil or other herb (optional)
Prepare the vegetables: Top and tail the beans and cut them into large segments. Parboil the beans in salted water until just tender, about four to five minutes. Drain and immediately spread them out to cool. Stem the cherry tomatoes and cut them in half.
Make the vinaigrette: Peel and mince the shallot and put it in a bowl with the vinegar and salt and pepper. Whisk in the olive oil. Taste and adjust the balance with more vinegar, oil, or salt, as needed. Toss the cherry tomatoes in with the vinaigrette; this can sit for a while. Do not add the green beans until just before serving or they will discolor from the acid in the vinaigrette. For variety, the salad can be garnished with basil or some other fresh herb such as parsley, chervil or hyssop.
Do ahead: Beans and vegetables can be prepared ahead of time. Simply toss with the dressing only at the last minute, as it can discolor the green beans after several hours.
I made a two tiny tweaks to this right before serving: chopped cilantro and a squirt of fresh squeezed lime. Mmm….
Sauteed Fresh Corn (from Barefoot Contessa Parties!)
- 8 to 10 ears of corn on the cob (yellow or white corn)
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Remove the husks and the silk from the corn and cut the kernels off as close to the husk as possible without removing any of the husk. You should have about 7 cups of kernels.
Melt the butter in a large, heavy saute pan. Add the corn, salt, and pepper and saute uncovered on medium-low heat for 8 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, until all the starchiness in the corn is gone. Taste, for salt and pepper, and serve.