Summer time Gratitude Corn & Feta Salad

These blessings are sweetest which can be received with prayer and worn with thanks.
Thomas Goodwin

Because the summer time rolls in and we bask within the gloriously lengthy days of the season – there may be one factor I can’t assist however really feel in particularly large portions — my gratitude is spilling over in each which approach you possibly can fathom. The variety of blessings we’re given may simply be doled out primarily based on our potential to depend them…and if that is true then I’ve acquired my abacus out and may simply maintain it there endlessly as I don’t plan to ever cease counting, or believing that very concept to be true for that matter. 

Final week, I used to be fortunate sufficient to share one other nice meal with associates on a candy summer time evening, the type of evening that’s remembered for years to return, when the air is calm and there may be nowhere on this planet we’d quite be, however chilling on the deck because the solar goes down with the wine flowing (ever so gently however nonetheless). I’ve stated this earlier than, and I’ll say it once more, however taking time to attach with our fellow human beings is so important, and so essential to get to the guts of who we’re. Having fun with the easy issues collectively, like laughter, and good meals, for these are the instances we are going to look again on later in life. Not how we rushed by the times in our personal worlds after which laid awake at evening questioning how we have been going to suit all of it in once more the following day. We’re so weak in spite of everything, and people who are blessed on this life I consider have a calling, or an unwritten function: and that’s merely to share the love. As greatest we will and with our entire hearts, holding nothing again.

This recipe is one which was shared at that meal, a hearty, wholesome, fairly cheap option to eat, and a dish that everybody can love, in all of its candy summery goodness. For proper now, for me, it’s this, this sharing of straightforward lovely meals, and of ideas (nevertheless rambling), that is a part of my calling for now, and I like each second of it. I’m so completely satisfied to have just a few people alongside for the journey, fellow meals lovers and people searching for one thing, no matter it’s that brings you right here to learn (insert coronary heart emoticon right here).

As a result of no one is aware of what can occur tomorrow, however I do know what occurred right this moment, and yesterday, and the day earlier than that. These issues that I do, and say, and share, and assume: these are the issues that matter, and now, not later. What I do right this moment is what I’m. And darned if I’m going to squander even considered one of my blessings. And right here, as I sort, I’ve misplaced depend of them, because the quantity is just too nice. I wager for those who look onerous at yours too, you may simply lose depend your self. Maintain on to it. It’s an exquisite factor.

Summer time Gratitude Corn & Feta Salad:
~ Tailored from Whitewater Cooks at House

  •  (5) ears of recent corn
  • (2) purple bell peppers, seeded and chopped finely
  • (4) inexperienced onions, chopped finely
  • (1/2) bunch recent cilantro, chopped
  • (1.5) tsp floor cumin
  • (1/4) cup olive oil
  • (2) limes, juiced
  • (1) tsp salt
  • (1/2) cup feta cheese, cubed (non-obligatory)
  • cilantro leaves & cherry tomatoes for garnish

Begin by peeling the cobs of corn and breaking them in half. This generally is a little messy and is a superb job for youths — I nonetheless keep in mind shucking corn as a child — who doesn’t, proper? Put up the corn in a big pot with 4-6 inches of chilly water (don’t fear about protecting the corn). Boil the water with the lid on, and permit the corn to cook dinner for 8-10 minutes, retaining the water at a low boil with the lid on, till gentle to the contact.

Whereas the corn cooks, put together the remainder of the greens and put them in a medium bowl and put aside. As soon as the corn is cooked, drain it and permit it to chill about 10 minutes or so, till you possibly can maintain it with out your hand burning. Resting the corn on a slicing board, use a pointy knife to slice the kernels from the cob. Do that for all of the corn till you may have a big pile of gorgeous kernels. When cool sufficient to the touch, break aside the kernels along with your fingers.

When the corn has reached room temperature, mix it with the olive oil, lime juice, salt, and feta and toss very gently to combine. Subsequent, add the chopped greens and blend once more gently in order to not crush the feta cubes. Serve topped with recent pepper and non-obligatory tomatoes & cilantro leaves.

This dish simply serves as a aspect to a hungry group of 4-6, and leftovers maintain effectively for a few days within the fridge. I added the leftovers to a frittata, and it was fantastic, and this might additionally function the bottom for a recent corn salsa as effectively. It was served with a beautiful loaf of recent bread, an equally tasty inexperienced salad, and our newest fave: the frittata – we’ve been having fun with these usually in our home as the entire household loves them and so they make an amazing use of all of the kitchen crisper scraps.

Being busy is what stops us all from doing the issues we love – whether or not it’s taking over an excessive amount of, or simply attempting to make it by the lengthy checklist of things that’s life. However there ought to at all times be time for meals collectively, if not every single day then as usually as we will. This dish is simply excellent for sharing, and we’ve since loved it greater than as soon as. I hope you’ll prefer it as a lot as we did!