Monday, August 8, 2011

CSA Share Ninja Rescue: corn

Cornbread muffins
Ah, sweet corn! Thank goodness you are back in season.

I don't even bother with plain corn-on-the-cob much anymore, since I discovered how amazingly sweet and awesome fresh corn kernels are when zipped right off the cob and used in salads, soups and sides.

(This OXO Good Grips corn zipper is the easiest, least messy way to strip the kernels from the cob, because it holds the kernels right in the built-in cup -- I love mine and can't recommend it highly enough!)

I would love to hear what your favorite corn recipes are. But for those of you who received corn in your CSA share or for whom the 8-gallion-ears-for-$2 roadside stands are popping up all over, here are some of the Ninj's current faves:

  1. Fresh Corn Salad from Jeanne Jones via Cooking Light: I could eat a whole bowl of this salad by myself! The dressing is slightly spicy and tangy -- just perfect
  2. Corn and Chicken Chowder from Better Homes & Gardens: Quick and easy but very satisfying
  3. Cornbread Muffins from Following other commenters' advice, I used a bit less sugar and fresh corn kernels -- very moist and not too sweet!
Lastly is a recipe for a corn and tomato salad that I feel certain was inspired by Molly Wizenberg but, for the life of me, I cannot find the source or a mention of it anywhere -- so I'm just going to describe it to you but make sure she gets the credit!
Simple Tomato and Corn Salad with Shallot Vinaigrette
Arrange some sliced fresh tomatoes on a plate. Top them with fresh corn kernels and sliced basil and drizzle with a shallot vinaigrette.
Don't forget to leave a comment and let me know what you've been getting in your share, if you need help!

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