On Our Plates: Corn and Canine Companions


Once again, we’re going to kick-start the weekend by sharing some of the things that we’ve got on our plates: recipes we’ve bookmarked, places we’ve been, fun food we’ve discovered, and other cool stuff that we’ve come across.

What’s on your plate?

On Laura’s Plate: Corn off the cob 

Here in Nashville, the kids are already back in school and with the unusually cool nights, it certainly feels like fall. But I’m not quite ready to give up on summer yet. Thankfully there is still plenty of summer produce to enjoy, and few things say summer better than great corn on the cob. That said, there are also a ton of great ways to enjoy corn off the cob. I wait all year and only make these recipes when corn is at it’s peak.

Corn, Avocado, and Tomato Salad with Honey Lime Dressing by For the Love of Cooking: This is the salad I make the minute I get summer corn in my CSA box. It’s fresh, flavorful, and easy to put together. If you aren’t planning on grilling, I suggest baking your corn instead.

Parmesan Cilantro Skillet Corn by Eat.Drink.Smile:You can leave out the cilantro if that’s not your thing, but be warned- this stuff is addictive. I rarely make the whole recipe because Tim and I would eat it all in one sitting. The corn absorbs the cream and oh my. I want some right now!

Corn Pancakes by Closet Cooking: These can be made sweet or savory depending on the toppings. I tend to go the savory route and make these for dinner with salsa, but I imagine they’d be great for breakfast with a little syrup.

You can also check out my recipe for summer corn risotto!


On Amy’s Plate: Canine Companions, In memory of Deb Ratcliffe

Last week, I lost a very dear friend. I met Deb four years ago when I adopted my golden retriever mutt, Zoe. Deb was just starting up The Pet Nanny, a pet-sitting business that she ran out of her home. Not only was she a fabulous Pet Nanny (and my dog’s favorite person in the whole world), but Deb quickly became a personal friend as well. I know that she’s at peace in God’s good presence…but it was still hard to say good-bye. My link list this week is in memory of Deb.

Best of Breed Dog Biscuits by King Arthur Flour – This dog biscuit recipe calls for peanut butter, which my Zoe loves!

The Bluegrass Barkery – When you don’t have the time (or the desire or energy or sanity..) to make your own treats, try this Lexington, KY, bakery for dogs. In addition to pup-friendly cookies and cake, they’ve got a fantastic treat selection. Flavors range from sweet potato to chicken & waffles. Zoe’s favorite part of a visit to the Barkery? Sampling the wares. She’s not very particular.

Love on a Leash – Zoe has been the unofficial therapy dog for my circle of grad student friends. After a long day of teaching and researching, a few minutes with a pup puts everything back in perspective. Love on a Leash gets this. They spread puppy love around the community with their certified therapy dogs (and cats and rabbits!). Deb was a member of Love on a Leash, and she believed strongly in their mission. Check around your community to see if there are any similar groups – they’re worth supporting!

Zoe the Wonder Dog. Yes, she has one black spot – it isn’t paint, grease, shoe polish, or oil.