Rain, rain go aw- wait a minute! The East Coast is playing host to some seriously wet weather today and all of the rain got us thinking: can summer food ever be comfort food? Today, we say why not? We've rounded up our favorite cozy recipes that also happen to highlight the overwhelmingly awesome produce that's available right now. And while we want to relish the sunny and beautiful summer days for as long as we can (and we also want to can just about everything), the occasional rainy day is welcome change -- at least, that's the story we're selling. Whether or not you feel like embracing a little August gloom, these hearty dishes will serve as a welcome addition to any table.
Zucchini and Yellow Squash Gratin: Butter, cheese, and a breadcrumb crunch make this dish an instant crowd-pleaser. Since so many vegetables will be hidden below the surface, use up any bruised zucchinis first, and save your perfect slices for the top layer.
Savory Corn Pudding: If you can find fresh market corn that's sweet enough to eat raw, go for it (the season is about a minute long). But when you just don't feel like serving grilled or boiled corn for the 100th time, try this complexly-flavored side. When grated into a bowl, the kernels break down to become milky and rich. Top those tastes off with flecks of crisp bacon and you've got a side dish that can convert even the most pudding-averse people into lifelong fans. We're not exaggerating -- this is a Hall of Fame-worthy dish.
Pasta with Roasted Tomatoes and Capers: Sarah Carey lists this dish as one of her all-time favorites. Why? Because succulent and sweet cherry tomatoes combine with tangy capers to make an (almost) instant sauce that is out of this world! The recipe calls for it to be mixed in with oriecchette pasta, but it would also make be excellent spooned over chicken or a piece of fish.
Green Goddess Potato Salad: You thought it was the mashing that made potatoes the ultimate comfort food? Nope -- it's the spuds themselves (at least, we like to think so). Potato salad is a staple of summer picnics and this herb-filled, no-fail recipe is one you'll make again and again.
Coconut Fish Chowder: No comfort food round-up would be complete without a soul-warming soup. And while this coconut fish chowder benefits from Thai influences, it reminds us of some of our favorite flavors from the South (coconut layer cake, anyone?). The recipe calls for frozen corn kernels, but you could swap in fresh corn if it's available to you.