Today is one of those days where it looks like 7:00 pm at noon. It’s rainy and thundering and all I want to do is stay in all day. Is this a sign that summer’s over? For the past few days I’ve been reading everywhere that summer is over and it’s time for fall. I do love autumn, but I’m not quite ready for summer to be over. This summer was a fun one. I spent a whole month with my sister – something I haven’t done in years. We had a fun time together, first she visited me in Toronto and then we went on a sister road trip from Toronto to Rhode Island to see my parents.
I was quite nervous to drive 9-10 hours with just my sister. I’ve done that drive with my husband before, but he drives most of it and I just keep him company. Neither my sister or myself had tackled such a long drive on our own. Surprisingly, it wasn’t that bad and I drove for the majority of it. Usually I tend to get sleepy while driving long distances, but I was fine and so was she. My sister started to drive once we entered Massachusetts.
The funny thing about this drive is that my GPS took out the scenic route. When I say scenic route I really mean it. We drove through Amish country in upstate New York and drove for about 3 hours on a rural route. I should have known better, my GPS is notorious for making me take the scenic route. I guess it wants me to explore a little more and not just take the highways. Usually, the scenic route takes way longer even though the calculated time is shorter. But this time, my GPS knew what it was doing and we cut an hour off of our time.
The best part of this alternate route were all the farms and farm stands we got to see along the way. It was a really beautiful drive. Rows and rows of corn and other produce scattered the terrain. We saw Amish horse and buggies riding along the edge of the road and whole families tending to the fields. It was really nice and we both felt like we stepped back in time. We really wanted to stop at the farm stands and pick up some produce – lots of fresh corn, tomatoes, peppers, radishes and even dairy products like eggs, milk, and cheese. If we didn’t have such a long drive ahead of us we surely would have.
The fields of corn came to an end once we got back on the highway, but it was truly a memorable drive. I photographed this recipe back in June and wasn’t inspired to post it. But after the trip and drive home I felt rejuvenated and felt like sharing this story with you all. I know summer is over and fresh corn will be hard to find by October. But August and September are the best produce months in my opinion and we should all relish these last weeks of summer because before we know it we will be sitting in snow again. Or I will – because I live in Canada. 🙂
End of Summer Corn and Potato Salad with Red Chilies
2 tablespoons olive oil
2 ears corn shucked (can also use cooked grilled corn and take the corn off the cob)
2 large Yukon gold potato, peeled and sliced
6-7 radishes, sliced
1 avocado, cut into chunks
chives, cilantro, parsley or any herbs you like chopped – about a 1/4 cup
salt, to taste
for the red chili dressing
4 mild long red chilies, sliced thinly
1/4 cup olive oil
2 cloves of garlic, chopped
1/4 cup sour cream or full-fat yogurt
2 tablespoons mayonnaise
juice of 1 lime
1 tablespoon chives, chopped
salt and pepper, to taste
In a pan on medium heat add the 2 tablespoons of olive oil and add the potatoes and some salt and cook until they begin to get crispy and lightly browned, about 15 minutes. Next, add in the shucked corn and cook for about 5 minutes. Set aside.
Now, make the chili dressing. Start by heating a sauté pan on medium heat with the 1/4 cup of olive oil. Add in the chopped garlic, once the garlic becomes fragrant, about 2 minutes add in the sliced red chilies. Lower the heat to medium-low and let the chilies soften and caramelize. Cook the chilies like this for about 35 minutes. Let the chilies cool a bit and then add them to a bowl with the sour cream, mayonnaise, lime juice, salt, pepper, and chives. Mix the ingredients together. You may not want to add all the oil from the red chilies.
In a large bowl, add the avocado, radish, herbs, potatoes and corn mixture, and the red chili dressing. Mix everything together gently and check for salt and pepper. Serve in a bowl at room temperature or cold.