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Pocket of Joy: Sweet Corn

It's almost sweet corn season in Michigan, and my shaggy little baby cornfield is all ears!

I've planted corn in the back yard before and once, to be funny, in the flower bed along the front porch.

This year, I got serious about replacing my suburban lawn and took a big chonk out of the front yard to plant locally developed corn and its "sister" crops sunflowers, beans, and (by surprise volunteer via compost) squash. My cornfield has some bald spots where I didn't plant deep enough and birds ate the seeds, but the stalks that grew are producing many fattening-up ears of corn!

I am very excited to get out the huge pot I bought at Habitat ReStore while shopping for my kitchen renovation and put water on to boil while we pick and shuck the corn (now that's fresh) like I used to do with my grandparents when I was a kid.

My family and I have always loved sweet corn season, whether we eat the corn steamed, boiled, or brined and fire-roasted. Way back in '09, I wrote the post below in a joyful ode to sweet corn season.

Kinky Cornman (2009)

There's still fresh sweet corn on the market!


The price has risen from 4 ears for $1 to 3 ears for $1. I'd still call that a good deal for something as obscenely delicious as fire-roasted sweet corn.


Mr. G makes a good fire, y'all. It's worth the effort, trust me. We made an Autumnal Equinox Bonfire this weekend and feasted on buttered, salty produce.After one taste, you'll never want it boiled or steamed again.


If you haven't roasted corn on the cob over a fire or grill yet this year, there's still time! DO IT QUICK!
I leave you with a track to put on your iPod and stick in your overalls... "Cornman" by Kinky!





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  1. I love sweet corn. LOVE IT. Actually, hometown is semi-famous for its soil and the corn it produces. We even have our own logo. It's a flying ear of corn. Every summer, we have cornfest, and everyone gets a free ear of roasted corn. You can still get 4 ears for $1 here.

    Have you ever had Mexican-style corn? It's awesome. There are a lot of little stands in my neighborhood that sell it. It's an ear of corn smothered in butter, mayo, and chili pepper, and then roasted. I think there are several other variations, but it's awesome. I highly recommend it.

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  2. A flying ear of corn?? Nice. My town has no logo that I am aware of, and my high school's logo is the Quaker Oats guy. No joke.

    I am familiar with the Mexican-style corn! I wrote about it in my last corny post (see "Click here for the magical recipe" link).

    Man, they put chili on/in everything in Mexico, including beer. They dump chili, salt, and Worcestirshire sauce in the beer and call it "English style." I'll bet it makes a good accompaniment to the chili-mayo corn.

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