Corny

Corn is one of the few vegetables left with a true season–basically August. You might find a sweet ear or two earlier or later, but with corn, fresh-picked ripe ears are the real treat, and they’re available for about one month each year. I tried to grow corn last year, but learned that you need more sun and more space.

This year, I’ve been buying corn at the farmers’ market and adding it to almost everything. For example, a little fried onion, garlic, turmeric, corn and kale with an egg on top. I almost finished this before I remembered to snap a photo for you:

It’s hard to imagine a more delicious breakfast. I like to fry the egg on top to get the richness of the yolk, which is sort of wasted when you scramble the eggs.

And I’ve been putting corn in soups, salads, and of course, in the zucchini fritters. Field of Greens (an excellent vegetarian cookbook) has a wonderful recipe for soup made with a stock of corn cobs. Corn and salmon are a natural together in any form. Not to mention fresh ears of corn, just cooked a minute or two, or set on the grill to get a little caramelized. It’s all the sweeter because of the very brief time it’s available. Which makes me wonder why the adjective “corny” is pejorative. Brief, intense sweetness shouldn’t be a bad thing. Something to ponder…

And while doing that, you hamburger lovers might want to check out a blog dedicated to this American invention. Now I’m wondering about a little corn pressed into one side of a little mound of grass-fed ground beef…

2 thoughts on “Corny

  1. We buy our corn in this glorious month at a farm called “Silver Rill”. People come from near and far to get their mitts on the “peaches and creme” and about 5 other varieties.
    I eat corn with great relish and could eat it every day of this harvest season! I think I will follow your corn loving ways.
    Of course loads and loads of BUTTER!

  2. Yes, we had corn and onion hamburgers last night, and a reprise of our corny breakfast this morning, with spinach instead of kale. I can’t get enough of this great stuff. And the cobs make the chickens very happy, too.

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