Catching Up with Dorie: Summer Sides

After receiving the warmest welcome for showing up after four months of FFwD hiatus, I’m already skipping this week’s recipe?  Bad Adriana!  I hope these three summer sides make up for it.  I do have plenty of vegetables on hand for this week’s stone soup and it will get done.  I even have a secret ingredient up my sleeve for it!

Way back in Memorial Day weekend, we kicked off the summer with a little cookout.  Remember these corn pancakes? 

Corn Pancakes

I punched up the savory ingredients and mixed in green onions and plenty of black pepper.  They seemed not too traditional as a side for steak, but we ate them up.  The side of sour cream went really well with them.  I could see this popping back again in a brunch spread or pancake party.  Another great idea would be to top them with just a schmear of mayo and crumbled queso fresco.  That’s my favorite way to eat corn these days, thanks to the Mexican hole-in-the-wall place I go for lunch regularly.

That evening we also enjoyed the Honey-Lime Beet Salad.  And the one after that too.  I am happy I gave roasted beets a chance the summer before.  The dressing for this salad was sweet and tangy, a perfect foil for the earthy beets.

Honey-Lime Beet Salad

Recently, I also made the cafe-style carrot salad.  This was one of those too easy to skip on recipes, perfect for a weeknight.  I loved the mustard kick on this one, even though I had to substitute prepared mustard for the suggested Dijon.

This recipe accompanied a great main dish.  A little over a year ago, many Doristas beat their squeamishness and spatchcocked cornish hens.  I brined a chicken over that weekend, handed over the kitchen shears to Eduardo, and voilá:

The chicken backbone will definitely be part of our stone soup this weekend!  All these summer sides definitely livened up our meals and I will be revisiting them again, especially the honey-beet salad.

French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking group where  we work our way through Around My French Table, Dorie Greenspan’s award winning cookbook. All the links I’ve pasted above will take you to the French Fridays with Dorie pages for those recipes.

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Author:Adriana

Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

14 Responses to “Catching Up with Dorie: Summer Sides”

  1. October 19, 2012 at 8:50 am #

    I thought I was bad for missing two weeks… thank you for out doing me. Fantastic catch up… your dishes really came out lovely.

  2. October 19, 2012 at 9:15 am #

    Ah, the return of the spatchcocked bird :-) That one still gives me the shivers.
    Beautiful round-up – oh, how I miss summer.

  3. October 19, 2012 at 12:48 pm #

    Great catch up post. I enjoyed all of those recipes and every one has made a repeat appearance in my kitchen. But the chicken has probably been repeated the most often, it’s just such a great method for getting nice crispy skin.

  4. October 19, 2012 at 1:00 pm #

    4 posts in one! I think you get a pass for skipping the soup :)

  5. October 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm #

    You have been busy. Great dishes and beautiful pictures. Everything looks delicious.

  6. October 19, 2012 at 6:10 pm #

    Those are definitely worth ‘catching up’ with.

  7. October 19, 2012 at 7:56 pm #

    What a wonderful array of dishes you prepared! The corn pancakes look so delicious – I have to remember to make them again and I love both your salads. We really enjoyed the beet salad and I have prepared that recipe numerous times since. The grated carrot salad (sans raisins) has been a staple at our house for many years and we enjoy it tremendously, never tire of it. The grilled chicken makes me hungry (and it is the middle of the night here) – so well done!

    Have a great weekend!

  8. October 19, 2012 at 9:21 pm #

    Nice recap. My favorite of those sides was the corn pancakes. The leftovers were good with smoked salmon and creme fraiche. Can’t wait to hear about your post-weekend. stone soup.

  9. October 19, 2012 at 10:45 pm #

    Beautiful round-up of dishes. I just got some beets this week and seeing your salad makes me what to make that recipe again. It was so good.

  10. October 23, 2012 at 11:47 am #

    http://acookingmizer.wordpress.comwhat a great catch-up! i loved that beet salad so much that i have made it a few times since!!

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