Happy harvest season! This summer's gardening and kitchen renovation projects have finally converged upon a successful dinner picked from the front yard and boiled in the Big Ass Pot my husband scored at our local Habitat ReStore.
This thing is built like an antique bathtub and large enough to boil a baby. When my husband bought it, I immediately visualized it full of fresh-picked corn on the cob, and this week, I manifested that vision!
The first harvest, earlier last week, was just one ear that had transformed majestically into a fine chonk of huitlacoche. Right after I noticed it, I heard from a Mexican friend that she was about to pass by my house with another Mexican friend, looking for a special way to celebrate her birthday. I told her to stop in my front yard and pick up some specialty quesadilla filling, and she did.
If this happens to another ear of my corn, I'm going to try cooking it up and tasting it at my house. My husband, a burgeoning mushroom enthusiast, will want a chance to try this highly nutritious delicacy.
A few days ago, we had a wicked storm (hey there, climate change!) that knocked down some of my cornstalks (and sunflowers with climbing bean vines) on its way to flooding my basement. (Hooray for shop vacs. Also, we've added "build a French drain in the front yard" to our home repair and climate-proofing list).
I went out and picked a few ears of corn from the damaged stalks, shucked them on the front porch, and boiled them for dinner in the maiden voyage of the Big Ass Pot. I'm always afraid I'm going to pick things too soon, and then I wait too long and it's too late. This time, I found that three of the ears were perfectly ripe and one was starting to get past its prime already. So I'm going to do a bigger harvest today and share this classic summer goodness with my extended family at a cookout.
While I was out there, I counted three ears of corn taken as tribute by the local deer--not a bad tax on the prolific little plot that seems to be thriving upon my trashy suburban front yard, exceeding my expectations.
And here is the same view from my front porch today: