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!
I’m really pleased with how well all the flavors and textures go together in this meal. The polenta is thick, creamy and cheesy and the addition of fresh corn ads a tasty sweetness. The ripe tomatoes and spicy arugula wilt and release their flavors from the heat of the polenta and give you hints of summer in every bite you take. The steak and Parmesan shavings are the final touches that wraps everything up in a pretty little culinary bow. This recipe is everything you love about summer cooking beautifully packaged in one delicious meal.
SO – In the next few weeks you will find me white-jeans-clad and stumbling down the streets of New York with heavy bags brimming with fresh produce. Either that, or drinking a glass of Rosé on one of the many Manhattan rooftops. I’ll be eking out every last drop of this season, and that definitely means dining on this Fresh Corn Polenta recipe several more times before root vegetable season is upon us. It’s coming fast, so gobble this recipe up before it’s too late!
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