Friday, September 25, 2009

Fall Guy

It is starting to feel a lot like fall around here. Temperatures in the mornings and evenings are much cooler and my mailbox has been packed with cooking magazines whose pages are loaded with recipes for soups, stews and Thanksgiving. Every year though, there is one event that really signals summer is over to me: a bag of corn is anonymously delivered to my doorstep.

Well, it isn’t really anonymous. I know it is our neighbor Dale that leaves a bag on our doorstep – and on the doorstep of every other house on our block – each year. He explained it once, many, many years ago. He visits a small farm in a nearby valley every September when they are harvesting the corn. I thought he was friends with the farmer, but I guess he is just a really big fan of their corn. The corn is so good and fresh that he buys a couple of boxfuls and wants to spread the love.

The corn arrived last Sunday, when we were still out of town. Our friend Maria was staying at the house and sent a text message, “Somebody dropped off a bunch of corn on your doorstep.” I called her immediately and said, “You need to cook up some corn immediately because it will never be as good as it is RIGHT NOW.” OK, that may have been a little bit of an exaggeration but I have never tasted corn as sweet and fresh as the corn that Dale brings us.

We arrived home on Tuesday and had about eight ears of corn remaining that we wanted to use up that night. The solution was simple. Fill a large stockpot with water and several spoonfuls of salt. Bring to a boil, add corn and wait 15-20 minutes. Drain water, remove the ears of corn, add butter and salt…EAT.


Anonymous said...

I usually prefer a stealth approach to reading your blog, and to be honest, I don't read it that much, but I just had to comment on something in this column. I am surprised--shocked actually--that you cook your corn in salted water. I usually use a couple spoonfuls of sugar but had always heard cooking it with salt toughens it. IMHO, you could be enjoying even sweeter, more tender, wonderful corn than you do now.

Also, do you do equipment reviews? Would love to know what you love and what you thought you'd love but find useless. Thanks!

Sonja said...

Hmmm...stealth indeed. I salt everything, but will definitely try sugar next time. I always remove the kernels from the husk though, so maybe that is why I haven't noticed any toughness.

As far as equipment, I am overdue for another post about Kitchen Gear I Love. I did one last winter ( and last summer ( as well as a post on a ridiculous gadget that actually works ( Stay tuned for more in the future...