Cool Down on Summer Nights With This Sweet Corn Gazpacho

This soup may be served chilled, but a pop of jalapeño brings some warmth.

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To me, summertime means corn — I love it! This corn gazpacho is a simply sumptuous meal, super-refreshing and so easy to make. You can even do it a day ahead for a party. Because it's almost all vegetables, it feels light and healthy, but the corn and grapes add a sweetness that takes it to a whole other level. I like to serve my gazpacho with rosé and crusty sourdough bread, which I brown in a hot cast-iron pan with salt and olive oil for crunch. Delicious!

Sweet Corn Gazpacho

Serves 6

  • 1 pound yellow tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 3 ears of sweet corn, kernels removed from cob
  • 1/4 cup sweet white onion, roughly chopped
  • 1/2 cup green seedless grapes
  • 1 Persian cucumber, peeled and chopped
  • 2 small garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded Sea salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Optional: hot sauce, chive oil
  1. Combine the tomatoes, bell pepper, corn, onion, grapes, cucumber, garlic, and jalapeño in a large bowl. Sprinkle with 1 teaspoon of sea salt, mix well, and set the bowl aside for 1 hour, covered.
  2. Put the mixture in a blender with the olive oil and blend until it reaches your desired smoothness. Stir in the vinegar and lime juice, then season to taste with sea salt. Serve lightly chilled; pretty it up with a hot sauce or chive oil garnish.

This story originally appeared in the July/August 2017 issue of House Beautiful.

PINEAPPLE JALAPEÑO MARGARITA

PINEAPPLE JALAPEÑO MARGARITA

Spice up your Cinco De Mayo with this delicious Pineapple Margarita. This easy-peasy recipe will get those sneeky's served quickly. I like to garnish mine with fresh cuts of pineapple or for a more festive look and feel you can add a slice or two of jalapeño. 

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Hey put some Fritos in a bowl with a big spoon and your good to go. Fritos are  ol school. Recently I was served Fritos in an ol silver gravy boat with a ladle looking spoon. First thought: chic presto bingo you have a "snack" for your guests. All it takes is keeping a bag of Fritos in your pantry.

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Sally's Scrumptious Crab Dip

1 lb lump crabmeat

1 can quartered artichokes

2 8 oz. pkgs cream cheese, softened

1 cup mayo

Juice of 1/2 lemon

Tabasco to taste

Sea salt to taste

300 degrees in the oven for 20-30 minutes (stir halfway through) Serve with Fritos!

Sally's S’more Bites

3 tbsp butter

1 bag (10oz) marshmallows

6 cups rice-crisp cereal

1 cup melted semisweet chocolate chips

71/2 rectangular graham crackers (or 15 squares)

1 cup marshmallow creme (such as fluff)

In a medium saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Stir in marshmallows and cook, stirring until smooth, 2 minutes; remove from eat. In a bowl, combine marshmallows with cereal; mix well. In the bottom of a 9”x 13” pan, spread half of the cereal mixture into a thin, even layer. Top with warmed chocolate. Place graham crackers in single layer over chocolate, breaking crackers as needed to fit; top with creme. Spread remaining half of cereal mixture over creme; lightly press to cement layers together. Let s’mores sit at room temperature for at least 15 minutes before cutting and serving.

Spicy Sally Sneeky

1/2 lime

1/2 oz 100% agave tequila

2oz pineapple juice

1/4 oz agave nectar or simple syrup

3 fresh jalapeño slices, divided

2 to 3 sage leaves

Club Soda (optional)

Squeeze lime into cocktail shaker and add tequila, pineapple juice, agave nectar, 2 jalapeño slices, and sage. Muddle, add ice, and slake well. Strain into a Collins glass filled with ice. Top with Soda if desired. Garnish with remaining jalapeño slice.

*single serving