The realization that we’re halfway through August is making me feel a little panicy. There’s just a few precious weeks of summer left and I feel like I’ve hardly touched the surface of everything I want to do. I really need to go through my closet and make sure I wear all my whites and brights before Labor Day. I need to get up early on the weekends and spend every free second I have soaking in the sun and swimming in the ocean. I haven’t even taken my yearly happy hour trip to the Frying Pan or ANY roof-top bar… like what have I been doing!? And most importantly I need to consume as many local summer vegetables as humanly possible before it’s too late. I’ve been a little manic running from tent to tent at the market buying up every delicious veg that I can get my hands on. I’m talking WAY more than any respectable couple could eat in a week. But I NEED to – when I think of the slim pickings in mid-winter it me makes throw in a few extra zucchini before I even know what hit me. If there is any local eat that I’m feeling particularly frantic about it’s CORN and TOMATOES. I realize this is my second corn and tomato recipe, but corn and tomatoes ONLY taste good fresh-picked in the summertime and I need to enjoy them while I have them! This Fresh Corn Polenta with Steak, Parmesan, Arugula & Tomato recipe is an awesome summer meal that highlights both corn and tomatoes beautifully. Topped with steak right off the grill, Parmesan and arugula, it’s so good you’ll totally understand why I’m starting to panic!
The other night I had an impromptu dinner party. Chad was going to be away and what I thought was going to be a night of eating breakfast for dinner (my go to meal when he is gone) and catching up on some DVR’d episodes of Vampire Diaries (guilty!) quickly turned into a bring-a-bottle-of-wine-and-I’ll-make-dinner-kind of night with the girls. Luckily I just went on a Farmer’s Market binge over the weekend so I had lots of supplies in the apartment. The recipe that resulted from this impromptu evening of catching up with the girls turned out to be totally blog-worthy. These Lamb Meatball Sliders are fun, light, tasty and sophisticated – the perfect meal to eat between girl-chat and multiple glasses of vino!