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Corn and Kale Panzanella

There was a point a few weeks ago when I just wanted to call a timeout.  What was already a pretty packed July was rapidly getting busier.  The e-mails, the requests, and the invitations kept coming in.  I have trouble saying no. This is especially true when it comes to work, but it occurs with other engagements as well. A dinner? Sure! A trip? Of course!  I want to agree to it all, afraid that declining will result in a missed opportunity.  But I hit a point when I just had to politely inform folks that I was booked for the next month.

Today, however, marks a number of deadlines for me.  I’ve been working on a few marketing campaigns and a cookbook shoot for the last month and a half and the majority of the work wrapped this past weekend.  I’m taking the day off before I gear up for three full days of work.  Despite the heat and humidity, I’m heading outdoors, picnicking in the Boston Common where a music festival is currently underway.

Before leaving you with today’s recipe (or, in this case, a link to a guest post I did), I wanted to direct you all to the summer issue of FoodieCrush Magazine.  If you don’t already know about it, stop whatever you’re doing and check it out.  It’s a beautifully designed publication from my friend Heidi and I’m so honored to have contributed photography for the last couple of issues.  Oh, and it’s FREE! Check it out here (and page 42 for the article I contributed to).

Now, onto the guest post! The folks at Better Homes and Gardens asked me to take one of their recipes and give it a twist.  Originally, I had thought that a lightly dressed panzanella with some kale thrown in would do the trick, but I found that it actually wasn’t all that interesting.  Shaved corn and some chopped roasted red pepper added the sweetness (not to mention a shock of color) that the dish needed.

Click over to see the original panzanella recipe from Better Homes and Gardens and to check out some of my alterations.

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  • SarahJuly 15, 2013 - 9:06 am

    Want. To. Eat. Please.ReplyCancel

  • Liz @ The Lemon BowlJuly 15, 2013 - 9:40 am

    I have been dying for a panzanella salad!!ReplyCancel

  • LirenJuly 15, 2013 - 10:20 am

    Smart use of kale, corn and peppers! I adore a panzanella salad, and this update on the classic is just my speed. I will definitely head over to BHG and check it out.

    Get some rest, you friend :-)ReplyCancel

  • TieghanJuly 15, 2013 - 10:27 am

    This looks incredible!! I love the kale and all the corn!ReplyCancel

  • Katrina @ WVSJuly 15, 2013 - 12:29 pm

    This looks so tasty! And I love the new issue of Foodie Crush so far. I’m going to spend my evening reading the rest of it :)ReplyCancel

  • Robyn Stone | Add a PinchJuly 15, 2013 - 1:02 pm

    Lovely and delicious!!!ReplyCancel

  • EileenJuly 15, 2013 - 1:37 pm

    Ooh, what a great way to change up the classic panzanella! Ad who doesn’t want to cram as much summer corn into their mouths as possible right now? :)ReplyCancel

  • cassieJuly 15, 2013 - 4:10 pm

    Totally mouthwatering! I happen to have a bunch of fresh kale ready for a salad like this!ReplyCancel

  • What a beautiful panzanella. I love all the bright colors in it, and it looks so tasty.ReplyCancel

  • Alison LewisJuly 15, 2013 - 7:44 pm

    great idea! On my list ASAP.ReplyCancel

  • Mr. & Mrs. PJuly 15, 2013 - 7:45 pm

    Sounds so flavorful! Best part very healthy!ReplyCancel

  • Kiran @ KiranTarun.comJuly 15, 2013 - 8:58 pm

    Mouthwatering!! Love the twist of using kale here :)ReplyCancel

  • ElizabethJuly 15, 2013 - 10:40 pm

    I know exactly what you mean about a busy July. It’s impossible not to try for every ounce of summer one can get, but it certainly is tiring. Such a gorgeous kale panzanella looks like the perfect thing for a laid back picnic in the Common.ReplyCancel

  • Andrew FrishmanJuly 16, 2013 - 12:23 am

    MMMnnnn… I LOVES me some Panzella, expecially when I’ve tasted it.

    ¿Ensalada de pan? si, ensalada de pan.ReplyCancel

  • JoanneJuly 16, 2013 - 7:31 am

    Well I’m glad i’m not the only one who has been finding summer absurdly insane! Hopefully I can carve out some time to make this panzanella because WHOA does it sound good.ReplyCancel

  • GrubarazziJuly 16, 2013 - 9:03 am

    Panzanella is always delicious, but this twist looks even better. I love massaged kale in just about anything. Definitely going to try this!ReplyCancel

  • Sommer @ ASpicyPerspectiveJuly 16, 2013 - 10:28 am

    Amazing salad, Brian!ReplyCancel

  • Belinda @themoonblushbakerJuly 16, 2013 - 11:05 am

    This looks so good, and the addition of kale is great to liven it up a bit. Some times the normal panzanella salad leaf is too bland for meReplyCancel

  • Sylvie @ Gourmande in the KitchenJuly 16, 2013 - 8:07 pm

    Glad to hear you are taking some time to get outside and enjoy summer despite a busy month!ReplyCancel

  • Taste Love & NourishJuly 16, 2013 - 11:30 pm

    I love panzanella salads and yours is so creative. Love it!ReplyCancel

  • TidyMomJuly 17, 2013 - 5:45 pm

    I’m so glad I have kale and corn in my fridge right now!!ReplyCancel

  • Aimee @ Simple BitesJuly 17, 2013 - 9:12 pm

    First, I loved your work in the Foodie Crush mag. Stellar, as always. <3

    Second, can I have a big plate of this gorgeous salad?!ReplyCancel

  • CarolynJuly 18, 2013 - 6:48 am

    I have the same issue with saying no. It isn’t easy! But summer is slipping away so make sure you enjoy a little of it!ReplyCancel

  • JeanetteJuly 19, 2013 - 10:14 am

    I love your rendition of panzanella – always looking for new ways to enjoy kale!ReplyCancel

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  • KaseyJuly 22, 2013 - 12:56 am

    Gah! I kind of hate that about summer – all I want to do is get out and enjoy but I feel like I get bogged down in a million commitments. They’re generally all fun and awesome, but I feel you on your timeout!ReplyCancel

  • ShainaJuly 25, 2013 - 12:42 am

    I am with you on the overwhelming sense of summer pounding down your throat. This is a gorgeous salad.ReplyCancel

  • Rachel SmithAugust 5, 2013 - 5:59 pm

    Such beautiful photography. I LOVE kale – have been making lots and lots of kale chips with a borrowed dehydrator, but this looks like a lovely supper option….on my list of ‘things to make’ too!ReplyCancel

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