Sweet Red Corn

Posted in Side Dish, Summer, Sweet, Uncategorized, Vegetable, Vegetarian on Sep 19, 2010

Camping Summer 2010 We’ve got a whole bunch of posts piled up over here, and I’m determined to get them posted this week!  This summer, we took our annual family camping trip to the Sonoma County coast.  We always bring along easy to cook and eat foods for our meals, and divide up the days – my parents plan for one entire day’s worth of meals, and I usually do the other day.  This year, my mom picked up some sweet red corn, something we hadn’t tried before.  We’re all corn fans, so it wasn’t a real challenge-worthy choice, but certainly, it was novel.

There was some discussion over how to cook it – we could have grilled it over the fire, but we were hungry and didn’t want to mess with trying to time it right, so we opted to remove the husks and steam them in large pot over the cookstove.

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Camping Summer 2010Camping Summer 2010My mom, whose brain-child this was, enjoyed clowning for the camera with the red corn. She’s a delicate flower, just like my children. You may have noticed the resemblance between the faces my kids make and the faces my mom makes. Coincidence? I DON’T THINK SO.

These acorns haven’t fallen far from the tree.

Shucking the corn was a family affair.  There was some discussion about whether we should burn the husks or not.  We decided yes, because something about camping brings out the pyromania in our family.  The men of the family gathered around the fire pit and poked at the burning husks, while I snapped photos the pretty corn.

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Oooh.  PRETTY.  We were all curious to see if the vivid colors would survive the cooking process.

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And as you can see – the corn’s color did fade a bit, but the smiles didn’t.

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This was a total success, with a little swipe of butter and salt and pepper.  Yum!

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