I’ve been listening to a podcast lately by Joy the Baker and Tracy from Shutterbean.com and on a recent cast they talked about their summer bucket lists. In fact at Shutterbean right now it is list mania. I love lists and am also terrible at bucket lists. There is something about grouping disparate things together in such a way that they make sense and/or the satisfaction of checking the things off once they are a. procured b. completed or c. dismissed for their sheer ridiculousness. It can be anything–a grocery list, a to do list, a wish list. I even write things on after the fact if I completed them with the rest of said this just for the sheer joy of checking them off. Oh the humanity! All that said, I haven’t even done a great job at my new years cookbook and fill me up lists although I’ve made a whole lot of new things and been busy at doing all sorts of things. I’m working on one cooking project that should be wrapping up soon and that I CAN”T TALK ABOUT which is both so wrong and so right all at the same time and has taken a lot more time and work than I had expected.
On another totally unrelated note. We have been eating a summer (could be on a bucket list but isn’t) staple for the last month or so in various forms–corn. In Florida the season is earlier than say, Iowa, and we start into corn mid-May and finish before we wolf down much more (at least at the 12 ears for $2 price point.) We have eaten quite a few really delicious dishes. We had summer corn chowder from Food 52. We scarfed Grilled Corn Chipotle soup from the Blue Corn Cafe cookbook and we also ate something totally new from pinterest – corn and bacon pancakes with sorghum butter. Wow! I was totally scared that they would be terrible and wouldn’t turn out but they were awesome. I followed the recipe pretty closely except for swapping the chives with scallions (I had a huge package from the farm stand.) and probably doubling the bacon. We also made sorghum butter instead of regular butter because I had a couple of jars in the pantry I was itching to break into. They turned out perfectly and are a wonderful vehicle for my favorite bottle of bourbon barrel aged maple syrup from Blis that I got for Christmas. Crunchy corn, salty bacon, sweet syrup, and tangy sorghum with a bit of spice and the best brinner a girl could ask for. Do you have a summer bucket list? What’s on it?