Every week, Caroline Wright creates simple, civilized recipes for Food52 that feed four—for under $20, in under 20 minutes.
Today: Caroline makes a meal in celebration of one of summer's sweetest gifts—fresh corn.
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The other day, a friend offered me an ear of corn that he grew in his backyard. (If I needed a reminder that I lived in Texas rather than Brooklyn, this was it.) He had steamed it in its husk, and the plump kernels were sweet and richly golden. That gifted corn made me want to make these cakes, also sweet, crisp and simple in their freshness. A crab and tomato salad, summer’s other warm breeze of flavors, felt like the perfect pair.
4 cups fresh corn kernels (from 4 ears corn) or thawed, frozen kernels, divided 2 large eggs 1/4 cup sour cream Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 2 scallions, chopped (whites and greens separated) 1/2 cup cornmeal 1/4 cup all-purpose flour 1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided 1 teaspoon white-wine vinegar 8 ounces cooked, fresh crab 1 pound tomatoes (about 3 medium), cut into 1/2-inch pieces 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves, torn if large
As a freelance food writer and cook, I first wrote this style of recipe as a column on my blog, The Wright Recipes, as an excuse to cook good food for my friends in a quick and simple way.
Twenty-Dollar, Twenty-Minute™ Meals grew into a cookbook that’s being published by Workman in May 2013. The recipes found here are original, made especially for Food52 to once again celebrate simple food with friends.
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A New Way to Dinner, co-authored by Food52's founders Amanda Hesser and Merrill Stubbs, is an indispensable playbook for stress-free meal-planning (hint: cook foundational dishes on the weekend and mix and match ‘em through the week).
Before her diagnosis, Caroline wrote a book on cakes called Cake Magic!. She started developing a birthday cake using her gluten-free mix found in that book. Check out other recipes she’s developing for her new life—and the stories behind them—on her blog, The Wright Recipes. Her next book, Catalan Food, written with chef Daniel Olivella, comes out in early September from Clarkson Potter.