Charred corn and poblanos mixed with spicy jalapenos, red peppers and cilantro come together in minutes for a sweet and fiery corn salsa that pairs well with chips or topped over chicken and shrimp!
My fondest memories of 4th of July are centered around family, fireworks and food. All pull on my heart strings and it just wouldn’t be the same if one of them wasn’t included. Twenty something years later, and not one thing has changed. For the past few years, we have been venturing down to our lake house to enjoy long cruises down the lake and some much needed time from the real world. Cell service is pretty nonexistent. Which is a blessing in disguise as it’s such a relief to be cut off from social media for a hot minute.
Oh right, we were talking about the joys of 4th of July and food! As being the foodie in the family, I am in charge of creating the menu for our lake weekends. When I ask for suggestions from my Mom, she usually just blankly stares at me. She isn’t the one to love spending time in the kitchen, so she gladly hands over the reins to me. It works and no one gets hurt. Every year, I love to center at least one (if not all) meal around the grill. From the appetizer (our go to is my Dad’s seasoned grilled shrimp), main course and all side dishes are cooked over the coals. The great thing about this is, no one complains and my Dad and fiancé are so giddy as they love to man the grill.
Fresh off the grill corn, with charred marks, is a sure sign of summer time. Mixed with fresh jalapeno, red pepper, grilled poblano and bright cilantro, this salsa comes together in minutes and is wonderful with tortilla chips or as a topping for grilled chicken or shrimp. No family dinner is complete without a cocktail. Light and refreshing CK Mondavi’s new wine, Blonde Five is a light wine with notes of pear and honeysuckle. The wonderful thing about this wine is the blend of Chardonnay, Muscato, Pinot Grigio, Savignon Blanc and Viognier. Five for the price of one, anyone? With the luscious flavors of baked appe, honey and lemon zest provide this wine a bright finish on the palate. This wine is wonderful on its own, but compliments grilled dishes and spicy flavors wonderfully. Making it the perfect pair for our fire roasted poblano and corn salsa. CK Mondavi is the perfect 4th of July wine. Not only is it the only wine in this price point to be 100% American made & grown, but a percentage of sales goes to supporting veterans. And is readily available, as it is sold in nationwide, in every U.S. State. I love seeing and supporting companies that give back to our communities! This 4th of July, I hope you all spend time with your loved ones, enjoying delicious food and remembering the soldiers that served our country well! Cheers!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.
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