Thursday, June 25, 2009

Charred Corn Relish and Cooking Light Virtual Supper Club

I've been invited to a Supper Club where everyone brings a dish and we enjoy food, conversation & meeting new people. But, this is not your ordinary Supper Club. This is where 5 food bloggers (3 from America & 2 from Canada) come together for the first time for a Virtual Supper Club. The menu will be recipes all from Cooking Light Magazine. Cooking Light has generously agreed to partner with us on our Virtual Supper Club and we will be featured on the Cooking Light website! All 5 of us love Cooking Light recipes and what a fun way to share with all of you!

I am a subscriber to Cooking Light magazine and I look forward to getting my copy every month. Not only does it have a variety of healthful recipes, there are wonderful articles on exercise, nutrition, travel and meal menus, just to name a few items. Cooking healthy or "light" doesn't have to mean bland or boring. Cooking Light magazine and it's website, allows me to give balance to our family meals and to our lives.

For our first supper gathering, we have decided to showcase recipes that celebrate two holidays; Canada Day and Independence Day. These are recipes that you could make for your holiday celebration.

For me, July 4th is: birth of our nation, patriotic, Declaration of Independence, red, white & blue, fireworks, celebrations, summer, barbecues, fun.

Canada Day, which is July 1st, is Canada's National Day. It is considered Canada's Birthday and similar to our July 4th it is celebrated with picnics, barbecues, parades & fireworks.

Before I present what dish I'm "bringing", I want to introduce you to the 4 other ladies in our Supper Club.

Aggie - lives in Central Florida and is also my sister-in-law. Her blog is Aggie's Kitchen and she is bringing a salad....Spinach Salad with Stone Fruits & Maple Spiced Pecans.

Shelby - lives in Northern New York and her blog is The Life and Loves of Grumpy's Honeybunch. She is also bringing a salad....Curried Chicken Salad with Nectarines.

Val - lives in British Columbia, Canada. Her blog is More than Burnt Toast and she will be bringing the main dish....Maple Grilled Salmon.

Helene - lives in Vancouver Island, Canada. Her blog is La cuisine d'Helene. She is bringing the dessert....Cool Creamy Chocolate Dessert.

Jamie (me) - lives in the Panhandle of Florida. My blog is Mom's Cooking Club and I'm bringing the side dish....Charred Corn Relish (see link for recipe).

The Charred Corn Relish is a fantastic and flavorful side dish. The sweetness of the grilled corn paired with the spice and heat of the chipotle chile was a great match. This dish adds so many good ingredients for you from the corn to the red bell pepper to the grape tomatoes. It is low in calories (only 76 calories for half cup serving) and extremely low in fat. This is a great side dish to bring to a barbecue, family gathering or picnic. You can make it ahead of time and place it in the refrigerator since this is a cold corn relish.

Mom's Cooking Club Lesson: try grilling your ears of corn this summer instead of boiling. I feel grilling your corn brings out more flavor of the corn. The slightly smoky flavor of the charred corn along with the sweetness of the corn is a great combination.

Enjoy more meals from our Virtual Supper Club next month as we have another "get-together" and eat great food from Cooking Light.

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Happy Canada Day & 4th of July!


Bellini Valli said...

We such such a fantastic time getting to know one another at our virtual barbecue. Your Charred Corn Relish would be a perfect accompaniment anytime!!!!

Aggie said...

Oh Jamie that looks fantastic!! That's my kind of side dish!

Looking forward to coming up with CL menus with you each month! Yay for Cooking Light! :)

HoneyB said...

Jamie, you did an awesome job. What a great post! I look forward to our future menus! :-)

finsmom said...

What a tasty looking dish! That corn looks amazing!

Helene said...

This is a beautiful relish. I'm so glad that we are doing this together. Can't wait for the next Supper Club.

Deeba @Passionate About Baking said...

Got here from helen's. I think your club is a super fun idea, & I am enirely charmed by the Cooking Light theme. What could be better. The corn salad is just right for the season...YUM!!

laura said...

Wow , Jamie !!! Your post is just too awesome ! This all sounds so delicious ! Loved the fireworks, too ..... Kinda reminds me of the ones we all do in the cul-de-sac every July 4th , huh ? ( haha)

The Food Hunter said...

This looks delicious. And I love the virtual cooking club idea.

A World in a PAN said...

Your grilled corn shot made my mouth water!

Jamie said...

So nice to meet another Floridian named Jamie (although I now live in France). The Virtual Supper Club is a brilliant idea and sounds like great fun! And this corn relish looks absolutely delicious!

(I'll be back!)

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