Corn coming in classic summer recipes
Fresh corn was always a welcomed treat from the country garden. My parents planted it in stages, so we would have fresh corn most of the summer months. With the abundance of fresh corn, Mom would can and freeze enough for the winter months. Our fruit closet, under the front stairway in the living room, would look like an aisle in the grocery store, packed full of pickles, relishes, jams, jellies, beets and much more. One of my favorite times was when we would shuck baskets of corn, clean the ears well and place them in large pots of boiling water. We cooked until tender, removed, let cool and sliced corn from the cob, putting it in freezer bags to be used in the winter for soups, fritters and side dishes. It was a lot of work but Mom never complained. Her hard work to feed a large family was always appreciated. Today, I clean an ear of corn, wash it in cold water, wrap it in a damp paper towel, microwave it for four minutes and have a tender ear of fresh corn. I wonder if Mom would have ever cooked her corn that way!
Easy corn chowder
Fry three slices of cubed bacon in a large skillet until crispy; add two sliced hot dogs and brown slightly. Add 1/2 cup chopped onion, two peeled and diced potatoes, 1-1/2 cups fresh corn, 1 tsp. salt, 1/2 tsp. black pepper and 1 cup water. Cover and cook over low heat until potatoes are tender. When potatoes are tender, add 1 cup canned milk and heat just until hot — do not boil. This is a very old recipe but give it a try and you may like it.
Mix 1 cup fresh corn, a dash of salt, 3 cups flour, 1 tsp. vanilla, 2 tbsp. baking powder, 1 cup sugar, two beaten eggs and 1/3 cup milk. Mix well and drop by tablespoonfuls in hot oil and fry until golden brown on each side. Delicious with your favorite meat, but fresh fish is my favorite.
Combine 1-1/2 cups fresh corn, two beaten eggs, 2-1/2 tbsp. sugar, 1 tbsp. flour, 1 tbsp. margarine and 1/2 cup milk. Mix well and pour into a buttered baking dish. Bake at 375 degrees for about 90 minutes. There are many recipes for corn pudding; this one is quick and easy and tastes great.