I’m no corn fanatic. I virtually abandoned the sweet, summer vegetable when it insisted on wrapping itself around the wires that slowly and painfully pulled my teeth in line during the far-too-many years I spent wearing braces throughout junior high and high school. At a time when appearance and avoiding classmates’ ridicule seemed all-important, the potato reigned as my slathered-in-butter-and-salt starchy vegetable of choice.
Even after the braces came off, it took awhile to readjust to certain foods, corn included, because several years wearing teeth cages had made me a tad OCD about keeping my teeth food remnant-free. Quite a few years later, my friend Amit introduced me to some grilled corn whose flavor finally justified the inevitable tooth-picking.
Rather than slathering sweet, starchily rich corn in butter and off-setting the sweetness with salt, Amit grilled the corn until it was completely black. (more…)
It’s officially summer, which means grilling time. I love the smoky flavor that barbecuing imparts to unsuspecting fruits, veggies, and meats, not to mention the relative lack of clean-up involved. And on top of that, there’s the 30 or 40 minute grill preheat time during which I can sit back and relax with Jay, friends, and an adult beverage or two.
But seeing as I’m confined for another five weeks of delicious bar exam preparation, I encourage you to make the most of summer grilling on my behalf, starting with some Tamarind Barbecued Chicken.
Next time you’re planning to grill up some chicken for friends, make things a little more interesting with this version made from tamarind paste, which is now widely available at Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, and many other markets.
The sour tang of tamarind combines with the spicy zing of habanero peppers and the sweet nectar of agave (or honey) in a marinade that lends the chicken a complex flavor.
Serve it up alongside Slaw with Thai Peanut Sauce and grilled peaches to complement the tamarind. (more…)