Corn, corn, corn. Photo credit: http://www.etftrends.com

Happy Monday!

I’m kicking off the week with an ode to corn.

Earlier Sunday afternoon I took a drive through the countryside here in Ohio. Music blasting, I’m driving through this almost tunnel like road lined with beautiful trees. The road winds around, and all of a sudden I’m driving through open space. Gorgeous open fields. Of corn.

So much green around me, I took it all in.

Which tonight got me thinking about the corn itself. Those golden yellow kernels, the butter, the little corn on the cob holders, and the little dishes you put the corn in. I flash back to my days in Connecticut, going to Stew Leonard’s with my family and picking out corn on the cob with them to have at dinner. We’d come home, and I’d always help out with shucking the cobs of their exterior green coats, and boiling all the cobs in a big pot of water, then eating it with just some butter on it, no salt or pepper or anything. The perfect summer food. Love. It.

I flash back to one point in time when my aunt (a wonderful chef), did something a little different with the corn one year at our house.  She made this chili lime butter and dipped the cooked corn on the cob in it,  rolled it in Parmesan cheese, then put it on a wooden skewer.

It was incredible. I’d never had anything like it. Since then, my dad and I still do the Parmesan cheese thing with the corn (but instead of chili lime butter, we melts butter with chives).

I love popcorn, I love corn on the cob, but I remember that chili lime butter Parmesan dipped corn being so cool. It was fun. To have corn in that different, more dressed up way.

But when it stands on its own, how does it benefit our health?

Here’s what whfoods.com has to say (I picked out a few noteworthy items):

  • It’s a good source of vitamin C.

  • Its good sources of fiber and protein help stabilize the passing of food through our digestive tracts; that helps make it easier to avoid sudden spikes/drops in our blood sugar.

Bottom line: corn IS good for our health.  But you don’t have to just eat it plain, up to you. It certainly has enough power to stand on its own, but there are so many different options with corn you can try!

Below are some fun recipes I came across for cooking with corn this summer! Happy eating.

http://www.seriouseats.com/2013/07/how-to-make-mexican-street-corn-elotes.html?ref=pop_serious_eats

http://www.marthastewart.com/356647/corn-salad

http://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/browse-all-recipes/coconut-shrimp-corn-chowder-10000001167280/index.html

http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/paula-deen/corn-fritters-recipe/index.html

How do you like your corn? On the cob, off the cob, popcorn, fritters, soup, dessert? Join the conversation below!

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