Sweet and Savory Corn Fritters

In a very rare moment yesterday, my sweet tooth was really trying to get the better of me. We usually keep a stockpile of cookies from my previous job in the freezer, but my sister likes to eat my favorite double chocolate ones for breakfast…so alas, we were out! Even our refrigerator and cupboard were seriously lacking ingredients to conjure up something sweet. Time to improvise!

It’s funny how some of the random kitchen staples use the word sweet, i.e.- sweet cream butter, sweet yellow corn, sweet clover honey. Yeah, none of those are going to make my double chocolate cookies, but they have the potential to come together and make something amazing. I had to think outside the box and hop a few state lines back to good ol’ Texas. I swear, I draw so much inspiration from my roots. Thus, a sweet and savory dessert found its beginnings.

Think donut + elotes + sopapilla.

I really just meshed  my recipes for corn and flour tortillas and my pie crust together to create something resembling a pastry dough. Once fried up, it was ever so sweet! For this particular recipe, I filled these fritters with a corn and tomato mixture,seasoned more on the savory side. At first my sister complained about the corn filling, but once she took a bite she quickly shut up. In all actuality, these would probably taste just fine without a filling, drizzled with some honey and maybe a sprinkling cinnamon sug. See churros and sopapillas. In the future I’d like to try out different fillings like jalapeno cream cheese, or chorizo and apple/pear (sounds weird but I bet it would be great!). Corn just seemed fitting since I was using maseca and sweet was right there, smack dab on the label. Processed with VSCOcam with e8 presetProcessed with VSCOcam with e8 preset

Sweet & Savory Corn Fritters

For the dough:

1 1/2 cups maseca flour + 1 tbs for rolling

1/2 cup all purpose flour + 1 tbs for rolling

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp baking powder

1 tsp granulated sugar

5 tbs butter (sweet cream!) at room temperature

1-1/4 cups warm water

For the filling:

1 can of (sweet yellow!) corn, rinsed and drained

1 large tomato, diced

savory seasoning to taste; I used cumin, s&p, chili powder, and cayenne pepper

vegetable oil for frying

honey for something extra

  1. In a large bowl, combine all of the  dry ingredients to make your dough. Using your hands, work the butter into the dry mixture until it takes on a mealy appearance. You should be able to form a ball in your hand. Slowly add the warm water in increments of 1/4 cup. The final product should be slightly firm while slightly sticky. For your dough into 8 equal sized balls. Cover with a damp cloth until it’s time to roll out.Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the ingredients for your filling: corn, diced tomato, and seasonings to taste. Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset
  3. Time to roll these babies out! Lightly dust your work surface and rolling pin with the leftover dry mixture: equal parts maseca and flour. Roll out a circular shape about 6-7″ in diameter and a thickness a bit more than a 1/4″. You just want to make sure it isn’t too thin, otherwise the filling may leak out! Spoon your filling right into the center!Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset
  4. To fully form your fritter (alliteration!) fold the edges over the top and press down. This is a two hand job. form your fritters into a biscuit like shape. You may have to use some of the dry mix to keep everything in place. Oh yeah, it is totally okay if there are some cracks! Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset
  5. Heat up your oil in a pan and fry these babies until they are golden on both sides. Transfer to a lined baking sheet and brush each fritter with honey. You can even sprinkle them with a bit of kosher salt and sugar. I sure did!Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset
  6. Note: I only baked these fritters for their second half of cooking because I knew ahead of time I did not have enough oil to do the deed. Bake your fritters at 350 degrees for about 25 minutes. Yeah, that did the trick! Let cool for 5 seconds and then drizzle with more honey if you’re feeling sweet, Cholula if you’re feeling saucy. Pick your poison!Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset

Seriously, who needs a freezer burned cookie when you can have something just as sweet, if not -er and maybe a tiny but healthy? Oh yeah, and it’s got a little bit of spice on the inside! Ha, that kind of sounds like my personality!

Thank goodness for those Texan roots and the Mexican food mart in the Strip District. God knows where I’d be if I was unable to find that giant bag of masa mix!Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset Processed with VSCOcam with b2 preset Processed with VSCOcam with e8 preset

 

Salute to Basics, Part One

You all know I have an affinity for wearing all black and staying away from trends unless they are black harem pants. For tees, tanks, leggings, and all clothing in between I had to cross my fingers in hopes that my bank account could handle American Apparel and double cross that the  H&M legging supply was still going strong in the summer. A few years ago I discovered Everlane. After signing up for their mailing list, I didn’t give them a thought until I moved to PGH and was in desperate need of comfy yet flattering basic clothing options. They have the science of basics down to the TEE, their U-neck and Ryan being my current favorites.

A recent online shopping splurge ended with a lovely brown package waiting on my doorstep. Black, white, chambray, and rust have wiggled into my late summer/early fall wardrobe. I can do color if its denim or not neon. I’ve been rocking the rust, black, grey combo as of late…….really just dreaming of fall! Consider this post part 1 in a salute to basics- an ode to Everlane!

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Small Space, Dream Space | Styling with Chairish

A few weeks ago I was approached via my blog by a company called Chairish to do some  e-styling. Of course after browsing their online catalog, I was totally down for any sort of collaboration! In case you didn’t know, Chairish (what an adorable, punny play on words!) is an online consignment for vintage furniture. Their site allows for individuals to buy and sell pre-loved decor to one another. Go ahead and visit their website! If you’re anything like me, have a mop handy- I drooled over a Chesterfield sofa and multiple Persian rugs…

For this e-styling venture, I was sent a selection of vintage bar stools and asked to create and style my perfect home bar. My brain automatically thought of two things: 1. Tiffany of Offbeat & Inspired’s cozy DIY cafe corner, and 2. Chicago’s Longman & Eagle’s dining and bar spaces. I absolutely love reclaimed wood combined with, say, vintage glassware and an old rug. Before I could take these ideas and run with them, I had to choose a bar stool. I felt like Tamra from The Real Housewives of OC when she was shopping for a wedding dress. First you have to choose the dress, then you plan your wedding around it. In my case, I had to design a space around a single piece of furniture! I chose a pair of Mid-Century wicker bar stools.

my choice

My ideal bar space is not just for sloshing and slanging drinks all night with friends, family, and cats. I wanted to design a space where I could sit and enjoy my morning coffee or arrange fresh farmers market flowers on a cloudy afternoon. Where mixology meets productivity. I wanted it to be multipurpose space. Add in some elements of Americana and muted yet classic colors, and you will have my dreamy space, which is only a figment of mine and my blog’s imagination at the moment. styling idea 1

I went to brands I knew and brands I love: West Elm, Anthropologie, Crate & Barrel,  and Restoration Hardware, to complete the big picture. (For more details, see the end of this post.) I am finally at the point in my life where my personal style has been nailed down. No more purple accent walls and Eiffel Tower posters of the college years. These days I lean more toward natural tones, fibers, and textures and a color palette some call boring. I guess living folk would be the trendy way of describing it.

For the most part, I tried to keep with the common Mid-Century theme. I love the smooth contours seen in most pieces of the time period. I also wanted a palette of mainly primary colors. nothing too flashy. Something I wanted to add but did not have a space was a hanging kitchen herb garden for a wall or window. I loved putting fresh herbs in my drinks, so this is necessary and also adds to the natural vibe I wanted to create. Moscow mules are also the beverage I am currently crushing on. Check out this recipe I found for a blueberry mule here! How good would that be with a few sprigs of basil or rosemary added?

 

Can I just say how grateful I am that I was approached to do this post? Styling is one of those new found passions that manifested from a love of food, vintage, decor, and photography of the mentioned subjects. Thanks for the opportunity Chairish!

 

Cheers!

Vintage Americana