Grilled Sweet Corn w/Cilantro Pesto Butter

Grilled Sweet Corn w/Cilantro Pesto Butter
Recipe type: Side Dish

  • 3 cloves garlic
  • ¼ cup toasted pumpkin seeds
  • Fresh hot pepper to taste (habanero is great in moderation!)
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 2 Tbsp. lime juice
  • 1 bunch cilantro leaves & stems, washed, dried, & coarsely chopped
  • ¼ c. sunflower oil
  • 4 ears corn
  • 2 Tbsp. unsalted butter, softened

  1. Make cilantro pesto: In a food processor, pulse garlic, pumpkin seeds, hot pepper if using, salt & pepper until coarsely chopped.
  2. Add lime juice & cilantro & pulse while pouring in sunflower oil, until pesto-y.
  3. Combine 2 to 3 Tbsp. with softened butter (remaining pesto keeps in fridge for a week or so or freezes beautifully).
  4. Grill or boil corn, & spread with cilantro butter & serve.


Roasted Tomato Pasta/Pizza Sauce

Roasted Tomato Pasta/Pizza Sauce
Recipe type: Sauce

  • 6-8 tomatoes, preferably romas
  • 3 Tbsp. Driftless sunflower oil or olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • ½ – 1 hot banana pepper, seeds removed, minced
  • Fresh/dried herbs to taste: rosemary, oregano, thyme, etc.
  • Pinch of sugar (optional)
  • Salt & pepper to taste

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut tomatoes in half lengthwise & use your fingers to scoop out seeds & liquid.
  2. Place tomatoes cut side up on a cookie sheet, drizzle with a bit of oil, salt, & pepper & roast for 30-40 minutes, until tops are starting to brown (if you have a convection oven, it will speed this process up a bit).
  3. Let cool a bit & puree in a food processor.
  4. Meanwhile, heat remaining oil in a heavy bottomed pan & sauté onions until translucent. Add fennel seeds, garlic, & banana peppers & stir for a couple minutes.
  5. Add herbs of choice, pureed tomatoes, sugar, & more salt & pepper to taste.
  6. Simmer until sauce reaches your desired consistency – it may be ready for pasta at this point but you may want to simmer it for a while for a drier pizza sauce.
  7. Makes about 3 cups.