Remember when you were a kid and you chose plain vanilla or chocolate over cream cheese frosting? Thankfully we’re not kids anymore. As we grow older, most of us find out that mushrooms aren’t gross and that blue cheese doesn’t just taste like dirty socks. Our tastes change, and the things that appeal to us as adults are often different from our childhood favorites.
Summertime means a return to so many wonderful and simple tastes. Sweet corn with just butter and salt. Meats simply seasoned and cooked on the grill, salads dressed lightly to enhance the delicate textures and flavors. Fruits eaten raw out of hand, with juices running down the arm and chin, or baked quickly into cobblers and crumbles. Something about the summer air just heightens the senses, and warm weather meals, especially if eaten outdoors, need very little gilding to make them magical.
Have you ever sat down to a eat a powdered-sugar-dusted crepe and thought it would be a lot better if it were smeared with cream cheese? It’s a common neurological occurrence, really. Your brain is simply telling you to make blintzes.