Humintas

I’m racking my brain for the best way to describe a huminta, and all that I can come up with is the Bolivian version of a tamale, but that seems like a tragically inefficient way of categorizing these wonderful cheesy pastry.  This Bolivian speciality consists of a sweet corn dough, stuffed with a salty white…

Pickled Sweet Corn Salad

Lightly pickled sweet corn in a honey dijon vinaigrette with small cubes of salty feta, sweet bell peppers, and freshly picked chives.  A simple summer salad, that would probably qualify more as a starchy side then an actual salad, but is still a lovely accompaniment to any summer meal.  A lighter alternative to the more…

Chorizo & Corn Soup

A corn soup with some chorizo in it to liven it up and give it a hint of spice.  The chorizo makes a good contrast to the sweetness of the corn which can almost be too much when concentrated into a soup.  The addition of sour cream and chives also lends to contradicting the sweetness…

Grilled Corn Salsa

Fresh, homemade salsa is an easy way to add a little bit of summer’s freshness to your barbecued meat.  All it takes is a little extra chopping and some beautiful, fresh tomatoes.  The sweetness of the corn is a good complement to the spiciness of the jalapeño, the tartness of the lime, and the freshness…

Grilled Pork and Pineapple Tacos

For years now, I have been navigating through the wasteland of unripened pineapples, and the only method I have found for circumventing this dire problem is to toss them onto a hot grill and caramelize them into mouthwatering perfection.  Pineapples are one of those funny tropical fruits (like bananas and papayas) that need to ripen…