Tuesday, June 3, 2014

#SpankA2Z C is for....

Corn on the Cob!

One of life's greatest culinary pleasures and a good excuse to use this funny photo.

Now there's a guy who enjoys his job! 

I'm from the midwest, where they grow corn. I visited a friend in Boston and she was so excited to buy corn at the grocery store (wrapped in plastic...ick) and when we took it home...she didn't cook it until the next day! 

It felt like sacrilege. 

Here in the midwest, we know you cook corn as quickly after picking as possible. I've been invovled in some conversations about the logistics of taking a propane burner to the field to simply dip the ear of corn into the water while still on the stalk. I'll let you know if we ever try it. Or if you hear about a major cornfield fire and I don't blog for a few days....

And here's a Cooking tip (from Tyler Florence): Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place corn (husks and all) on oven racks and roast 30 mins or until corn is soft. Husks peel off so easily. Yum. 


28 comments:

  1. My in-laws grow corn and we're all there like hungry puppies when the ears are ready. Good eating that night!

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    1. I know! I feel like I have to eat all I can during the short time it's available.

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  2. My husband I and once drove across country from Idaho to Washington, D.C. We were stunned by how much land is used to crow corn. You can drive for hundred of miles and see nothing but corn fields. My guess is that much of it goes to feed lots (cattle) and/or is used for bio fuel. We as a nation do not eat as much corn as I saw growing.

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    1. That's for sure. Maybe it's all going into Fritos. :)

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  3. I <3 corn but I would be guilty like your friend....or guiltier. LOL! Thanks for the tip!

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  4. I grew corn in our vegetable garden one year. I made sure the water in the stove was boiling before I went to cut the corn and, well, it didn't taste a lot different to store-bought corn to be honest. That's probably even worse sacrilege. Maybe I need to travel to the corn-growing states of the US and see how it's done properly.

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    1. I'm weeping quietly over the sacrilege....

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  5. Yum. We grow corn in our tunnel and it's so good cooked fresh. Juicy and yum. But I never tried baking it, always boiled. I will do when this years batch is ready.

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    1. This method is so easy because after it's baked the husks come off easily and it has a bit more of a roasted flavor. Let me know what you think if you give it a try.

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  6. My Grandma used to make what she called 'Winter Salad'. She took it off the cob, mixed it with other things I can't remember right now and canned it. She canned all her own vegetables! Someday, Keriann and I are going to publish her cookbook.

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    1. That sounds de-lish. I also love family cookbooks, so I hope you do publish one.

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  7. Mmm, I love corn on the cob!
    Thanks for the cooking tip!
    We like to grill out with our corn.
    I love grilling out.
    ok, not the actual grilling part. The eating part.
    Hubby does the best cooking
    :)

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    1. The oven method tastes a bit like doing it on the grill. But on the grill is awesome too.

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  8. We love sweetcorn and popcorn in this house; although I'm sure it's not as fresh as yours! ;-)

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    1. Popcorn! another of my great loves!

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  9. I have to admire people who wear those costumes when it is so hot. Fresh corn, yummy.

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    1. Good point. He was a good sport about it, as you can see.

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  10. I love corn on the cob! My grandparents used to own a farm and they grew corn, so I ate lots of corn growing up, all year long because they canned it too! Sometimes my husband buys corn at the grocery store and it makes me sad, LOL.

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    1. He should have to bring home a Boston Cream Pie when he does that.

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  11. I love fresh from the garden corn on the cob!

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  12. I will have to try that, Celeste, with putting it in the oven! My husband loves corn on the cob, especially the sweet white variety. I'll have to share what you said about it, coming from the Midwest!

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    1. Oh yes, the sweet white is awesome. Now I don't know if I'll be able to wait for a few weeks until the corn is ready.

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  13. Nothin' better than Corn on the Cob. especially fresh:)

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  14. Corn on the cob is one of my favorite summer foods!

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  15. Corn on the cob and BLT's made w/fresh tomatoes. Yum! Showing my redneck ways!

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