Spicy Barbecue Tofu

Tofu tends to get a bad rap. If it's not prepared properly it can feel like eating an old sponge and taste of absolutely nothing. On the other hand, when treated well, tofu can be a scrumptious treat for the senses as well as powerful nourishment for the body.

I first fell in love with tofu through my local Chinese takeout. They have deep fried tofu with sauteed vegetables. Deep fried tofu has the perfect chewy exterior and pillowy soft center. It tastes of all the vegetables, oil and soy sauce from the wok.

I've experimented with cooking tofu at home. I don't really deep fry. But there are other great ways to prepare tofu as a main protein. I like to broil it. I use a classic meat eaters method to give it flavor. I brush it with a glaze before and mid cooking. It works brilliantly both in terms of flavor and texture.

It's totally vegan.

1 package extra firm tofu
4 tbls olive oil
2 tbls hot sauce
2 tbls sriracha
1 tbl apple cider vinegar
1 tsp salt
1 tsp paprika
1 tsp…

Sweet Corn Salsa Recipe

Charred corn is a brilliant thing. A little oil, a little spice and something magical happens to a simple ear of corn.

All winter long I wait for corn season to begin again. When it finally does, I waste no time snatching up all that goodness.

The charred corn and blistered tomatoes are deep and savory. A granny smith apple adds some complex sweetness. Peppers, lime and vinegar add heat and acid.

It's only mildly hot, a little sweet and the range of textures are amazing. As usual, it's vegan.

Roasted Corn
3 ears corn
2 tbls olive oil
1 tsps salt
1/2 tsp each: black pepper, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne

Tomato Mixture
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 poblano, diced
1 jalapeno, minced
5 cloves garlic, minced
1 tbl olive oil
1 tsp salt
2 tsps white vinegar

The Rest
1/2 a medium onion, diced
1 granny smith apple, peeled and diced
2 tsps hot sauce
1 lime, zest and juice
1/4 cup basil chiffonade
2 tsps olive oil
1/2 tsp salt
1/4 tsp black pepper

Dehusk and desilk corn. In a small ramekin combine the remaining roasted corn ingredients. Brush ears of corn generously with the mixture.

Place a large sheet of foil on an oven rack close to the broiler. Place corn on the foil. Broil on high until nicely charred a several sides. Turning as needed to nicely char evenly. About 10 minutes per side.

You can do this on a grill instead. That will add another layer of smoky flavor.

Set aside corn to cool.

Cook tomatoes in oil, salt and vinegar until they begin to soften. Add remaining tomato mixture ingredients and cook until poblanos just barely begin to soften.

Remove to a large bowl with the prepared onion in it. Toss to combine. Let cool 5 minutes and then cover and put in the freezer to cool. Remove after 10 minutes and place in fridge.

Slice corn off the cobs.

Add corn and basil to bowl of tomato mixture. Add the rest. Stir to combine everything. Rest in fridge for at least 30 more minutes.

This is a corn salsa worth waiting all winter for.