Tuesday, July 12, 2011

There's no stopping me

Summer's here and you know what that means. Watermelon. Sunscreen. Bug spray. Corn.

How I love corn.

I'd eat it day and night if I could and yet I've never served it at home. Why?


Because I didn't know how to make it.

All this time I assumed there was some magical step or maneuver to making corn. Kind of like hard boiling eggs. Or blackening eggplant. Or buying a whisk.

It's a hurdle I could never quite master.

I'd walk by the corn display at the local supermarket and think—wistfully—if only I could make some for my family. If only you didn't have to [insert magical step like jumping counterclockwise while husking the corn upside down or humming Justin Bieber songs while sticking the ears of corn under your armpits and awaiting a harvest moon].

If only.

I lived this wistful corn existence until I googled "making corn" one day last week. And do you know what I freakin' found out?

Of course you know what I found out.

All you have to do is boil it.

Fricken boil it.

This piece of information has changed my life.

It's changed my family's life too. 'Cause you know what's for dinner every night now that I know that all you have to do is boil it?

Yes! Corn and more corn. Seriously, our dinner table sounds like this:

Junior: "Corn? No! I don't want corn."

Chuck: "Really? Corn again?"

Me: "That's right! Corn! Mwaahahaha!"

I'm getting teary just thinking about it.

Teary and um...a little stopped up actually. But hey, that's fodder for a different day.


Cris said...

Ya know what rocked my world? You can microwave it too! Just put a little water in the bottom of a microwavable dish put the corn in and cover. Nuke for 6 min and dude it is done.

Pricilla said...

Do you want to know how many ears I boiled last year to put in the freezer? Do you want to know how many ears grew in the garden?

Three hundred and forty seven.


Took me a while to want corn again.

Small Town Mommy said...

Another tip is that you can add a little sugar to the boiling water. It makes the corn even sweeter.

Anonymous said...

You can also steam it and, not that I've tried this but I've seen other people do it -- you can eat it raw.

Mama Badger said...

Husk it, soak in in water for about 20 minutes and throw it on the grill (watch you don't let it get black, though).

My little guys like it this way, and to give them variety, I cut it off the cob for them.

VandyJ said...

We love to grill it--cut the tassels off, soak in water for 20 minutes then throw it on the grill--turn occasionally and it's done by the time the meat is done. One less pan to clean.

MaryBT said...

I like to husk it, wrap it in foil with butter, then grill it.

Of course, being as how I'm from Missouri and corn is our #2 export, I could tell you 84,529 different ways to prepare it. lol.

Keely said...

I roast it in the oven.

Mmm, corn.

Sparkling said...

I do know how to make corn (you can grill it too, but baby steps...) but there are many things from my childhood that I thought required extraordinary amounts of time, talent and tools we did not own. Then I find out how simple it is and I could just kill my mother.

Rachele said...

Really? Is it rude to laugh at the act that you didn't know or bother to look up this info earlier. It's my favorite. You must be relieved... and getting a little sick of it?

dicarol said...

Shuck it, hold the ear in a bowl, cut the kernels off, scrape the ear with the knife. Cut up onions, and green & red peppers (if you like them). Melt some butter or bacon fat in a skillet, cast iron is best if you have one, add the corn, onion and peppers. Season, lower the heat and cover. Check on it and stir until done. YUMMMYYYYYY!!!!!

Thyra G said...

3 minutes in the microwave, don't even husk it....

Magpie said...

No! Boil the water. Drop the peeled corn in the water, put the lid on, and TURN OFF THE POT. Let it sit for 10 minutes. DO NOT BOIL!

Anonymous said...

So funny your experience with corn! One time I was with my nephew in a family meeting and he loves chicken and we wait so much for this chicken on the meeting and when we finally gets the chicken he bite it and by accident he drop it. It was so fun to see him like men -.- my chicken lol.


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