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I want to eat real food. I want my family to eat real food. Armed with this plan, I know I can do it. I am a real person, with real kids in a regular ol' kitchen cranking out dinner. Find out my inspiration for the menus, what's happening in my kitchen, and the achievements on the kid-friendly front.

I Heart Corn

2014-07-26 | 0 comments
Indulge me for a moment…
 
It’s the height of summer on the Connecticut shoreline, I’m 11, I’m riding my bike home from another long day spent at the beach. My sandy little legs are cashed from swimming and climbing on the rocks all day. But, I will still take the long way home by the Bauer Brothers Farm to grab a huge, sweet tomato for the ride. And, while I’m there, I pick 8 of the best looking ears of corn you will ever see. They go under my towel and I’m home in 15 minutes.
 
OK, I’m back. It’s height of corn season for most of us – yay!  Was it picked today? Is it from the Valley? What variety is it? All legit questions  - we want just picked, sweet corn for dinner. That means it should be harvested and eaten within 1 day for the best results. Yup, once again, time to hit the local stand.
 
So, I love corn. Sometimes, if it’s just me, I will just eat a big bowl of warm corn, salt and pepper with a perfectly poached egg on top. This week it adds a fresh crunch Thursday’s Chicken & Corn Tortilla Soup. And, while boiled with a bit of butter, salt and pepper is the classic, I’ve been trying a few new ones. You just might want to give some of these a whirl:
 
Chili, Lime and Feta
Nutmeg and Sweet Butter
Sriracha
Pesto
Lemon and Herbs de Provence
Dijon and Honey
Parmesan Garlic
Crumbled Bacon and a tiny bit of Blue Cheese
 
They all start with 1-2 tablespoons of melted butter and then toppings.  We are lightly tossing some of the fresh cooked cobs with Pesto and Sriracha for Monday’s BBQ Beef and Corn on the Cob. It’s a must do.
 
Wow! That was long but, hey, the Shopping List is short this week! Enjoy!

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