Corn reminds me of hot, sunny August days. I remember carrying ice buckets to the cornfield as a kid, and putting the ears of corn into the ice bucket to keep the corn sweet. And, man, is it ever sweet when you do this! This is why if you get your corn at the grocery store you may not get super sweet corn. If you can, find a farm stand to get the best sweet corn. I also remember eating Corn Fritters on the beach in Rhode Island with Maine maple syrup. AHHHHHH Summer days!
You can use corn in salads, stews, as succotash…the options are endless! Here are two of my favorite summertime recipes. The first is a spin on a Mexican Street Corn recipe, also known as Elotes. They are a popular late-nigh snack and traditionally served on a stick or with the husks as a handle. The recipe calls for Cotija, a type of fresh Mexican cheese from the town of the same name. Feta cheese can be used as a substitute. Street corn is a treat both on the street and at your next barbecue!
The second recipe is for Corn Chowder…YUM! Did you know the first Corn Chowder recipe was published in 1884 in the Boston Cook Book? It’s a classic New England dish and a fun way to use up those corn cobs. Enjoy this HOT August that we are experiencing!
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