• Mexican Street Corn

    Original post for SIMON can be found here

    Having recently returned from a month-long trip in Los Cabos, Mexico, I was anxious to incorporate some of those flavors in my cooking back home. I was there working as a food stylist for a cookbook and made sure to taste test everything we photographed — for research purposes of course. I’m already a big fan of Mexican cuisine, and you’d think I’d be tired of it after a month, but when I returned home I couldn’t wait for more. This grilled corn recipe is so simple and such a crowd pleaser — I mean, you don’t even need utensils or a plate to eat it. Enjoy!

    Mexican Grilled Street Corn
    Serves 4

    4 ears shucked corn

    ½ cup crumbled feta or Cotija cheese

    ¼ cup mayonnaise

    1 tsp ancho chili powder

    ¼ cup cilantro, finely chopped

    1 lime, cut into wedges

    1. While preheating your grill, shuck the corn and tie back the husks.

    2. Once the grill is ready, place the corn directly on the heat, rotating occasionally until cooked through and lightly charred on all sides.

    3. Remove from grill and spread a spoonful of mayo on each corn cob. Sprinkle cheese, cilantro, and chili powder over all sides of the corn. Top with a squeeze of lime and serve immediately.

    Bon appetit!


  • Watermelon Gazpacho

    Summer is just around the corner and we’ve already had a few 90 degree days here in Austin. Those temps make me want to dive head first into Barton Springs and eat this gazpacho for every meal. Gazpacho has to be one of the easiest things to make, the most time consuming part being chopping. Although, with my new Vitamix Ascent 3500 this recipe is only two *super easy* steps. I’ve partnered with TheFeedFeed & Vitamix to bring you this incredible, super simple recipe.

    I’ve made gazpacho before, with what I thought was an amazing blender. But, this Vitamix makes all the difference. The Ascent 3500 has a touchscreen, is dishwasher safe (OMG YES), offers multiple programs, and even has a self cleaning mode. Can you fall in love with a blender? Because I think I just did….

    If you’ve got this beauty already in your kitchen arsenal then ignore the dicing instructions (except for the garnishes of course). Spend less time by just roughly chopping, throw it all in the blender and watch the Vitamix make the smoothest gazpacho of your life. If you don’t yet have the Vitamix - it’s currently on available through many great retailers as well as online, so now would be the time to treat yo’self.



    4 cups of seedless watermelon

    1 english cucumber, diced, reserve 1/4 for garnish

    1 large tomato, diced

    1 red bell pepper, diced, reserve 1/4 for garnish

    1 garlic clove

    1 green onion stalk, sliced

    1/2 red onion, diced, reserve 1/2 for garnish

    2 small beets, roasted and diced

    1 handful chopped cilantro for garnish

    4 tablespoons olive oil, 1 tbsp for garnish

    3 tablespoons red wine vinegar

    1 serrano pepper, sliced and seeds removed (optional)

    freshly ground pepper

    sea salt

    crumbled feta, for garnish

    Set aside the diced cucumber, red bell pepper, red onion, cilantro, green onion, and feta, to use later for garnishing. Add your watermelon, cucumber, garlic, tomato, bell pepper, red onion, beets, vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper and serrano pepper, if using to the blender. Blend until smooth. Taste and adjust salt and pepper. Chill in the fridge for at least 2 hours. To serve pour into a small bowls or jars and top with the reserved ingredients for garnishing and top with a drizzle of olive oil. Enjoy!

    *serves 6

    This post has been graciously sponsored by TheFeedFeed & Vitamix - all opinions expressed are my own