I seem to have done it again. Rather than cook during the long hot pandemic summer, I’ve been assembling our dinners these days from a few delicious tidbits that cry to be served together on the same plate. Look at my latest compilation: crab cakes, corn relish, beefsteak tomato, and pickled chiles. Somebody (not me) made the crab cakes. Another friend made the corn relish and generously gifted it to me. I didn’t even grow the beefsteak tomato myself. But I did make the Pickled Fresno Chiles! So I’m here to brag…
…about my friends. This isn’t the first time during this lockdown that friends and neighbors have dropped off treats at my house. I’ve mentioned the plums I got last month, but there have been bags of flour, chocolate cakes, smoked oysters, and plenty of other delicacies. Featuring some of them here is my way of saying thank you.
Crab Cakes with Corn Relish and Pickled Fresno Chiles
Today’s thank you is for the corn relish lavishly crowning my crab cake creation. I wasn’t on the particular ZOOM call, or text thread, or socially distanced backyard gathering, or whatever it was that led to the sharing of this corn relish but I imagine the story goes something like this…
Friend A tells friend B about the corn-filled summers he spent on a farm in Missouri. Believe it or not, I can see this happening quite naturally. Friend A even has a recurring corn joke waiting for the merest mention of corn. It’s potty humor so I won’t repeat it here. The point is, there’s something special about Mid-Western corn. So you know that a corn recipe from Missouri has been fully vetted. Friend B is so impressed that he asks friend A’s mom if she would share the recipe. She’s from Missouri so of course, she says yes. Mid-Westerners are so nice.
Once the corn relish was in my refrigerator I had to give it a special place on my plate. The crab cakes (I didn’t make) seemed the perfect starting place. Someone else’s beefsteak tomato got invited to the party too. After that, I felt I should make a small contribution of my own and quickly made some Pickled Fresno Chiles as a garnish.
It may not be the kind of cooking you’re used to seeing on this blog but it sure is delicious. GREG