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Romesco, Romesco. Wherefore art thou, Romesco?

Ooops, I was getting a little silly there. I’m over it now. Continuing on….

Romesco sauce originated in Tarragona, Catalonia, in northeastern Spain. Fishermen made this sauce to eat with fish, but once made, it can be used in salads, with grilled veggies, meat, chicken, stirred into fish stews, tossed with pasta or as a sandwich spread. This mixture of almonds, garlic, red peppers, cayenne, balsamic vinegar and olive oil is your addictive multi-purpose helper. A little sweet, garlicky and vinegary, with perfect punch.

I even used it on leftover pizza crust edges. You know how you eat a pizza, but leave those little curving edges because they’re pretty tasteless, empty carbs, and they fill you up? Well, I ate them for breakfast, spread with a little cold butter and for scooping up Romesco. Romesco with butter is divine. Maybe I could mix it in some melted butter and use that on garlic crostini or on fried eggs. Whoa, getting carried away here.

One more thing about your Romesco, you can spoon about 2 tablespoons into each section of an ice cube tray, freeze for about an hour, then turn out into a zipclose bag and keep frozen for 3 months. Little flavor bombs, ready to go.

Now, the corn pancakes. You probably noticed their yellow color, which is because they are made with yellow corn meal. And with high summer upon us, these are a perfect use for that sweet corn that is in every market. Or, you can do as I did, and use canned corn. Shame on me. But I wanted yellow corn kernels and my market only had white corn on the cob.

About these corn pancakes…. if you don’t want to make Romesco, an alternative is to make a nice herb butter with minced cilantro, parsley and basil. Add them to some softened butter, roll in a log, chill, and slice coins to place on top of your hot pancakes. I’m shaking my head up and down. That sounds really good, especially if you’re using the pancakes as a corn side dish, along with your meat or fish. Actually, I bet they would taste good with maple syrup, too. Just sayin’.

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