Monday, August 04, 2008

Sweet Corn!

Over the weekend we had a rousing book club (with the biggest turn-out yet!) and then we went to M's Granny's house to celebrate his mom's 60th b-day! M's gran lives in a tiny town in Indiana where a local farmer plants a couple of rows of sweet corn for the community. She said you find the spot by "trial and error." I said, "What's the 'error'? A farmer chases you with a shotgun?" But, she never laughs at my jokes. We drove out and picked some corn and my boy fixed it up Grandma-style. Now we wait until the middle of winter to consume it and dream about these halcyon days. Camilla's magical recipe goes like this:
slice the corn off 16-20 ears. Melt one stick of butter in a heavy saucepan. Mix in corn with approx. 1 cup water. Cook for approx. 20 minutes. Cool and freeze. It's heavenly.

M's gran is a master of self-denial. Aside from telling us she had no intention of eating the tupelo honey we ordered for her because it was "too good to eat", she pulled out this never-before-used "amazing new invention" from around 1945. She told us it had been in her drawer for over 55 years, but she's never used it. M gave it a go with the corn (but it turns out he preferred to use a knife too!)

3 comments:

KHM said...

Aha! I thought you must have gone a-visitin'... it looks like some fun but I didn't see your flask anywhere...?

I liked your trial and error joke. Its really sad how under appreciated you are. I'm glad you have the kind of esteem it takes to survive the slights...

dad said...

Looks like you guys had a great weekend over off Hwy.36, near the Indiana-Illinois line, that ought to be some wonderful corn come this winter, if it last that long! Also the birthday party went well also? Happy Birthday to M's-Mom. K must be feeling lots better,...you know, sometimes jokes can be "trial and error!"

kbmulder said...

I had to run out and get some Indiana sweet corn today after I read your post. We ate it off the cob with butter salt and pepper. Yummy!