It’s August, so . . . Corn!


Led by intrepid Peg, the FOSB went out at the same time last Saturday night to look at the Green Corn moon (bella luna).  Mysterious howling was reported later that night, dancing by light of moon was noted.  Rain occurred in parts of the country that hadn’t seen any for a month. I’m just sayin’.  The power of the FOSB.   We’ll have to do this more often.  The world needs us!

Need more magical moon?  You can listen while you read . . . but the pictures are wonderful too . . . b e l l a   b e l l a   

It’s finally the middle of August, we’ve waited a whole year for the corn to be ready again!  The very best way to eat corn begins with something not everyone has, a garden with corn in it! We grew corn out in California. . .

 . . .  it’s one thing to tickle the earth with a hoe, as they say, and have corn jump out of the ground, but Martha’s Vineyard is not California — you’re bound to run into trouble here (either too cold, too hot, too humid, too buggie, too rainy, too overcast, too something for unprofessional corn-grower me to take a chance and get my heart broken because it was set on a perfect row of corn).  But let’s pretend we all have a big garden out there in the sun filled with rows of perfect ripe corn.  If we did, and it was August, and the first corn was ripe . . .

. . . we’d fill a big kettle halfway with unsalted water, put the lid on, and bring it to a rolling boil.  Then we’d run out to the garden and pick corn (make a little basket out of our apron skirt and fill it with ears), then back to the kitchen, husk it and drop it in the water.

Then all we do is get it piping hot, as vessel for butter; fresh corn doesn’t have to be “cooked” — three minutes in the water is fine; and it’s sweet, you can eat it with nothing on it …. or slather it with plenty of butter, salt, and pepper.

My dad especially loves sweet corn — he taught us to look for the whitest corn with small tight kernels, the kind that pops off the ear into your mouth. It’s dreamy, if you can find it, your eyes roll back in your head.  I can still see all of us around our picnic table in the back yard, my four brothers, just out of the pool, barefooted, brown, and shirtless, my sisters in pink bathing suits with ruffled bottoms, corn kernels stuck to chins, butter rolling off fingers, and my dad, happy as a clam, at the head of the table, saying to my mother, “Pat, it’s so sweet, isn’t it sweet kids?”  He LOVES corn season.

There are all kinds of recipes some people think are “improvements” to the corn; lime butter, jalapeno butter, garlic butter, or Parmesan cheese . . . I would definitely eat that if someone served it to me, but at home, we stick to the basics.  Perfect is perfect enough for us.  Since not all of us can grow it, fresh corn from roadside stands or farmer’s markets is the way to go and worth the trip.  While you’re at it, make a few extra ears. . .

. . .    the next day cut the corn off the cob (really easy to do, wide bowl, sharp knife) and make this quick fresh salsa to serve with lime tortilla chips and a salty Margarita one of these lazy hazy days of August.

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  • Kernels cut off of 3 ears of fresh corn (cooked or raw)
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/4 c. red onion, minced
  • 1 ripe, bumpy-skinned avocado, cubed
  •  juice of one juicy lime
  • 2 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 c. cilantro (or to taste)

Put first four ingredients into a bowl.  Combine lime juice, olive oil, chili powder and salt, and pour over the corn. Add the cilantro, gently toss. Watch out, it’s slightly dangerous; what sometimes happens when you eat this, is THIS: 🙂

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112 Responses to It’s August, so . . . Corn!

  1. Susan says:

    Susan your garden is beautiful! I love the white fence around the whole thing… Someday I’d like one just like yours! Enjoy!
    Susan @

  2. Tina in Ky says:

    Yummy!!! I can almost taste the salty, buttered corn now!!! 🙂

  3. Sheryle Towle says:

    Corn!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! My favorite. Thank you for the recipe….sounds delicious. Sometimes we have fresh corn for a meal….nothing else! Mike (my Joe) has a great garden, but no corn so we buy it at farmstands. By the way, we were in Falmouth over the weekend & I waved to you from the beach. Did you see me?
    Have a wonderful day!

  4. Jacqui G says:

    Good Morning Susan!
    Corn is something we have in abundance here in FL. Can’t wait to try the California Corn Salsa. Thank you for the morning treat:) Happy day to you!

  5. Connie says:

    My mouth is watering for that buttery sweet corn, oh my. I like mine buttered and salted and nothing more…but another ear or two or three. Yummmmmmmm

    • K. F. Ross says:

      Yes, Connie, my mouth literally started watering too at the sight of that ear of corn with butter, salt, and pepper – yum!! I remember shucking corn as a kid and seeing a little worm working its way through the kernels. Even now that gives me the willies! But they knew a good thing when they saw it too! 🙂

  6. Kim says:

    Oh! But my FAVORITE way to cook my freshly-picked-from-the-garden corn is in your Summer book- Buttered, salt and peppered, wrapped in foil and baked in the oven…..THE BEST!!!

    • sbranch says:

      I always do it that way when we have a lot of people . . .it’s good! And prep is all done!

      • Pat Mofjeld says:

        I don’t remember reading this in your book but will check it out. Sounds wonderful as not only is the prep all done ahead, it would eliminate the rolling steam from the stovetop cooking process raising the humidity level of the house…:-)

  7. peg says:

    Too fun, Sue! It WAS fun Saturday night. Charlie and I had a bonfire in the fire pit and made s’mores….and, you are right! We DO need to ‘get together’ more often!

    We had a small garden at our apartment years ago and the landlord let us grow corn. I remember putting the pot of water on the stove and bringing it to a boil…we dashed out and harvested several ears of corn and booked it back to the pot. The story was that the sooner you got the corn IN the water after harvesting the sweeter it tasted! I’m sure the neighbors were intrigued with our booking it back to the kitchen door, corn in hand!

    Thanks, Sue, for continuing to inspire us. ♥

  8. Country Gal says:

    Wonderful post and photos ! Looks soo yummy !
    This post brings me back to when I was kid on our farm enjoying the sweet corn my mum grew in our veggie garden ! Now I go to the farmers market in town to get my fresh corn . All the veggies there are wonderful and fresh , the farmers in the area sell their produce at the market so we know its fresh ! Have a wonderful day and enjoy your corn !

  9. Suzanne says:

    Good morning! Yes so happy its corn shucking time, we’ve been frequenting the local farm stand for a couple weeks now, the corn has been so sweet and tender. Living in W. Ma. there are stands on every corner! Me and hubby love the corn au natural too….just butter and salt, its the best. My heirloom tomatos are coming ripe too, love them sliced with mozzarella cheese and basil with a little salt and pepper…. yum. My kitty Maggie loves corn season too, she loves the silk sticking out of the end, I have to wrestle it away from her! Enjoy!

  10. Cindy says:

    Well, that does it. I’m off to the corn wagon in town to get some of that sweet stuff! We don’t even try to grow it anymore: the raccoons get it all. Love your sweet blog and always check for a new post!

  11. Peggy Cooper says:

    My husband grills the corn. He doesn’t shuck it or remove the silks or do anything other than put it on the gas grill. When it’s done, he does the shucking with a dish towel outside so there’s no mess, and then we have it with butter, salt, and pepper. Some of the kernals get a little brown which makes it even sweeter.

    Now I’ll have to head to the farmers market this morning. I grow lots of veggies, but not corn. I buy extra to give as a treat to my chickens as a reward for giving me such good eggs.

    • sbranch says:

      I do it that way too, but I take out the silks first…don’t know why, think it’s how my dad did it!

      • Jeannie M from NC says:

        My Daughter-in-Law and her family always does corn on the grill whole as well. Very good that way. Heading out to the tailgate market tomorrow!

  12. Pat Mofjeld says:

    Our corn here is just coming ready. Next week we’ve been invited up to our friends’ farm for a picnic lunch (with corn-on-the-cob) and then we process sweet corn for the freezer. We’ve helped for the past 3 years. It is wonderful to have sweet corn in the winter-time!!! 🙂

  13. Barb Kucera says:

    Hi Susan….I’ve been busy hitting the farm stands for fresh corn too. We have some with dinner of course because it’s so fresh and tasty we can’t wait to dig in. BUT, I’m also getting lots of extra and cutting it down and freezing for winter dinners, corn chowder and soups. Oooo, anticipation!!

  14. Joan Lesmeister says:

    AyYiYi! Good job on the corn blog Sweet Sue – I’m still grinnin’! We’re having corn on the cob (from the local grocer) tonight, planned before I read this….oooooOOOOooo! My Dad and Father-in-law both grew corn, so fresh and yummy. We’re just growing zucchini, tomatoes, basil & peppers in our small plot. Luckily, others are corn growers! Happy day to all!

  15. Pat Simon says:

    The best Maryland summer supper occurs in August: big, juicy tomatoes, crisp cucumbers (for cucumber salads: cucumbers seeded and sliced, red onion and gorgonzola), and sweet corn from the Eastern Shore. Heaven.

    • Holly says:

      Hi Pat! I practically grew up on Maryland’s Eastern Shore and you are absolutely correct! Of course, you have to polish off the meal with a huge slice of juicy watermelon, eaten outside while spitting the seeds at your sisters! 🙂

      • Pat Simon says:

        Absolutely, watermelon OR a snoball – Hershey’s chocolate for me, sky blue for a girlfriend! 🙂 Some days we have to suffer with some steamed crabs. Poor us!

  16. dawn says:

    Oh you are SO right, there is no possible improvement to sweet corn with butter and salt. It’s so addictive and delicious!
    So glad I have two ears here at home…definitely landing on my plate tonight!

  17. Nancy says:

    Love corn. We just had some last night butter, salt and pepper wrapped in foil and thrown on the grill. Sooooo good. Especially with bbq chicken and a fresh salad. Oh dear, now I’m hungry.

  18. Coni says:

    For me, the perfect summer meal includes fresh corn-on-the-cob, homegrown tomatoes, and cucumbers. Yum! And, oh yes, iced tea. 😉

  19. Sharon says:

    We had the first corn of the season on the weekend. We put it on the Barbeque and it turned out perfect. Love this time of year.

  20. Vickie T. says:

    I loved hearing about your memory of eating corn with your family as a child – I can picture everything your described 🙂

  21. Nellie says:

    One of our great pleasures of summer! My husband usually plants two rows, but there are always “mitigating circumstances” that interfere with its success. This year he replanted where the original planting did not sprout, so all the corn wasn’t ready at the same time. However, the second planting also didn’t have a very good yield. Before the raccoons had time to find it, we enjoyed it as straight corn on the cob and also as fresh cream style corn, enough for a little in the freezer. We use the microwave method in recent years for the corn on the cob – simpler as we need just 2 or 3.

    Today is our 42nd anniversary, so we are off for some celebrating.:-)


  22. Barbara (WA) says:

    Corn is my favorite!! Butter, s & p, I am a purist. My story: city girl from WA marries country boy from MN. Visiting the farm one summer, pots of boiling water, fresh just picked corn, just like you described. THAT corn is the standard by which all other corn has to match. “This is good but not like the corn Aunt Evonne cooked that one summer at the farm.” Oh my, I had never tasted anything like it. Oh, and I never did get the hang of milking the cows…

  23. Virginia says:

    My only attempt at growing corn was unsuccessful (corn smut – NASTY STUFF!), but we can get corn-picked-just-before-dawn at our Saturday farmer’s market. I am probably in the minority, but I like my corn naked (the corn, not me :-)) – no butter, salt, or anything. We have it at least once a week as long as the season lasts. I think I’ll be buying extra this week and making corn salsa. Yum!

    I have a speckled pot just like yours, Susan, and I use it only for corn. My father gave it to me long ago when he was downsizing his kitchen. He got it as a freebie from Land o’ Lakes butter.

  24. Susan Jones (CLBCQ) says:

    My secret ingredient for PERFECT fresh corn: add 1 T. lemon juice and 1 T. sugar to your water before you bring it to a boil… just makes it all the better! NEVER put salt in the water because it makes the corn tough… PS ~ The zucchini sticks were AWESOME last night… with “Grammie’s Mac&Cheese” and fresh slices of heirloom tomatoes… just the BEST summer supper!!! xoxoxo

  25. Marilyn says:

    You ladies are killing me today! LOL There is no fresh sweet corn where I live, only the memories I have from growing up in Upstate NY. We had some corn fields close to where I lived, and a great farm stand from which to buy fresh from the field corn.

    Oh ….the taste of fresh corn on the cob with butter!!!!!!! Nothing better!

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  26. laurie says:

    such a beautiful post,, great photos,, the corn in the pot is just the best,, my post on my blog today is about the moon, its a linky challenge with Creative tuesdays, our family always farmed by the moon,, it works!!

  27. Fresh, hot, sweet, buttery, salty corn-on-the-cob! Look at all those words in one sentence! Yum!

    We have a farmstand just a few miles away that also sell the corn just cut from the cob and flash frozen… not in any way a substitute for fresh except when you pull it out of the freezer on Thanksgiving morning, add heavy cream, butter (in copious amounts) salt and pepper and bake it for hours. It turns into the sweetest, butteriest creamed corn you can ever imagine!

    Off to get some corn!!!

    All the best,


  28. Suzanne says:

    Now, my thoughts of summer corn go back to my childhood….those carefree days of summer, 7 of us children shucking corn in the backyard for mom while the water boiled…(the young ones left way too much silk on the ears!) and the rest was usually stuck in our hair. We used to rotate the corn on the stick of butter and get it good and covered, then salted it and bit into tender goodness. Ah it feels like just yesterday……

  29. Deborah says:

    Hi everyone! Yes, I love corn in August too….here in central NY state we have plenty! That good kind that Susan talks about the small white kernels…here we call butter & sugar corn. The best! One of the most useful hints for buttering I ever saw was to take a end slice of plain old bread and butter good. Slap in the ear of hot corn and give it a rub down. Perfect! Also, I love to take it off the cob and freeze for the dead of winter and use in Corn chowder….so summery! I always cook extra just for this! Also, homemade corn relish is great in the winter. I love this post today! In fact I was going to head to the farmers stand nearby after work, I know I will now! Is there a better summer dinner than a tomato salad with fresh basil, corn on the cob, and BBQ chicken?…..

    • Marilyn says:

      I remember butter and sugar corn, and I agree…’s the best! I have fond memories of the farm stands around central NY. I’m drooling just thinking about it. 🙂

      Marilyn (in Dallas)

  30. Deborah says:

    Oh, I forget…..your bella luna part and the pics of the moon, love it! Brings to mind one of my favorite movies, with Cher and Nicolas Cage, Moonstruck….you gotta see this if you have not. oldie and a keeper!

  31. Gert says:

    Oh Susan who doesn’t just love sweet corn?? Actually we are having it for dinner today with hamburgers… Yummm can’t wait! And you are right…seems other than a little butter and maybe salt and pepper…who needs anything else??? smile.. My dad was the same as yours…he absolutely ‘loved’ sweet corn and ate it by the bushel loads….ha Well, at least it seemed that way…Mom would set a plate full on the table and dad would eat and eat!!! Of course he had to wash it down with some wonderful ice tea that Mom had brewed earlier in the morning (just for him!)…ha As a farmer he was always busy working in the summer, so loved to come in and have his dinner!! Later on they raised it and sold it to all the passer bys!! My kids had thier first lesson of picking corn early in the morning…bathing…then sitting out in the front yard and selling it for $1 a dozen!. They learnt how to make change and visit with customers. I think that is what Mom loved best…and people loved her conversations with them when they’d stop by on their way home from work and pick up some fresh corn for supper!

    As always you bring out the best memories for me….

    xoxo Gert

    • sbranch says:

      You do have wonderful memories Gert!

      • Gert says:

        Thank you Susan….yes I do.. what a beautiful life I’ve… thanks to my loving parents!!!

        • Pat Mofjeld says:

          Gert: $1/dozen for sweet corn–I remember those days, too! We lived in Iowa at about the same time, I’m guessing, from reading your blog. So how much does it cost at your local farmer’s market now-a-days? I just bought some today at our local farmer’s market (MN) and it was $5/dozen…had some for supper with stuffed peppers
          –yummmm… 🙂

          • Deborah says:

            That sounds like a very good combo! I paid 4.00 per doz yesterday, it was excellent! They did sell it for .40 an ear too! I got a big ole fat ripe tomato for .50 to go with the corn for dinner with ribs! so good….

        • Terrie says:

          Oh, Gert, I can’t believe you’re from Iowa! The only other person I’ve ever known with your name was my maternal grandmother, who lived in Dubuque. Her husband owned a grocery market, and Nana Gert was a wonderful cook. xoxo Terrie (Atlanta, GA)

          • sbranch says:

            My mom and grandma were from Sioux City which is one reason Gert and I connected over on Twitter!

  32. Margie @ Lavender Cottage says:

    OK – I know we’re talking about corn today but I want to mention Susan’s reference to the Green Corn Moon. Anyone who has her calendar up will notice that each month she references the moon names. I actually have folks that email me each month and ask me the name of the moon for that month. Apparently they think I am some amazing Goddess with special powers. Honestly, I have told them time and again that the info is on my calendar but I think it’s more fun for them to think I have magic powers!!! Thanks, Susan, for the extra bit of info each month that helps me dazzle and amaze those folks around me!!

  33. karen saunders says:

    I agree with you Susan…. don’t need to boil the corn long. Right out of the garden it’s the sweetest. However, in the winter I always put a little sugar in corn or carrots… makes it a little more summery! But fresh is much better of course.

  34. Rachel Lucas says:

    Ok yum, yum & double yum. I have grown my first corn this year…crossing my fingers! the cobs are small but growing well & lovely tassels on top! My Dad is very scornful…coming from Africa (land of corn) he likes it BIG. But he’s always complaining it’s too sweet these days. He likes it yellow & chewy! I love it any way but MUST have plenty of black pepper…xx

  35. Dorian says:

    I, too, LOVE corn on the cob. It’s perfect for me, 3 minutes in a pot of water, then slatherd with butter MMMMM 🙂 No salt, pepper or anything else. Thanks for your fun memories, they bring back memories for me too.

  36. Lin says:

    Here in OH we’ve been getting corn for the last couple of weeks, and having it several times a week for dinner. I love it, too, when it’s so crisp it pops off the cob! Bicolor is my fave – Yumm and YUMM!!

  37. Gumbo Lily says:

    I can’t wait for sweet corn. It’s not quite ready here yet. Love having Corn Supper — just corn with butter, salt & pepper. Your corn salsa sounds delish.

  38. We love corn on the cob and it’s been especially good this summer! I cut off each end, leave the husks on…microwave for 2 minutes! OH MY! It’s so GOOD and easy, too! ♥

  39. Jennie says:

    I have two cobs just waiting in the fridge and your post has made me want to go out, pet them, coo to them a bit- and take a big bite! Of course, they’re suppose to be for dinner- think Husband would notice if there was no corn on his plate?

  40. I so agree, there is nothing as yummy as corn straight from the garden and into that pot of hot water..butter and salt is all I it! We have been eating it every night! ;D

  41. yum!! Fresh corn! Nothing better in the whole wide world! With fresh cream butter and lightly salted after it is cooked!

    I always looked forward to the corn coming in when I gardened in Northwest Alabama! I would get up early to grab a few ears and after shucking and silking it, bring it into the kitchen to prepare breakfast! I would clip the tips off into my skillet and then take the edge of the knife and scrape that creamy corn off the cob… LOVE creamed corn!! … You have to serve bacon/sausage, fried eggs and slice some fresh tomatoes and boy do you have a breakfast fit for a king!

    Now I am hungry! Where is that farmers produce stand this week???

  42. mari1017 says:

    listening to the music and reading while at work – IT guy on vacation 🙂 – just had fresh Country Gentleman white corn from the farmer’s market in Williamsburg VA – one of the best around here – fresh and organic everything! The corn (and fresh crab cakes) didn’t even need butter, but of course I had to lather some on because it’s corn and it’s summer!!! YUM!!! Thanks for the post – that big pot bring sback lots of memories from growing up 🙂

  43. Angie(Tink!) says:

    Corn We’re glad you were Born! 🙂 Pure Summer Yumminess! & I swear That Green Corn Full Moon was actually Tinted Green!….& filled with lots of Summertime Magic! Thanks Sweet Sue…for another Fabulous Blog…& Never Ever “Corny” lol 🙂 (Little Joke) Love & Hugzzz on this Lazy Hazy Afternoon! xoxo Poof!♫♥

    • Angie(Tink!) says:

      Bella Luna…Herbster & I always Sing….Luna ♫ Di ♫ Luna…when anything seems Crazy…lol 🙂 (Which is sort of Everyday lol) :-)♫♥ 🙂

  44. Kim S says:

    I love corn on the cob – we have some here in Middle Tennessee called Peaches and Cream that is yellow and white and yummy!! I may try the Salsa! Think I will leave off the hot stuff (the guy yelling was so funny tho!). I love your blog and check it every day. I loooved the Peter Rabbit room and am thinking of decorating my granddaughters’ “visiting Grandma and Papa room” that way. I too love little vases and dish towels. I thought I would come out of lurkers ville and say hi and thanks!!!

  45. Karen P. says:

    Love your yummy post today, Susan! Love “corn-on-the-cob” season, too! Our favorite meal in the summer with our big family (6 kids – I’m oldest of the 6 – and mom and dad) was fresh shucked corn and fresh garden tomatoes….some preferred sugar on their tomatoes, some salt and pepper. But that was the meal…we ate until our tummies were filled with fresh goodness!

  46. Jacki says:

    Hi Susan 🙂

    Yummy pix, and yes, I do enjoy fresh, locally grown corn….especially peaches and cream, lathered in butter and salt…yummers !!!!!

    Here for you, a wee little poem :

    Susan loves her corn
    She grows it for sure
    My how she can fancy it up
    With creative recipes galore
    And her photos just make it sweet
    We all do enjoy her little treat
    Thankyou Susan for being born
    Keep on doing what you do
    Kudos to your corn…

  47. Jeannie M from NC says:

    I wish I had opened my computer earlier today, it’s late, and now I am hungry!!!
    Don’t have any fresh corn, so I guess I’ll settle for cereal! Thats good for you at night though. But! Tomorrow is another story! I am going to run out to the nearest tailgate market and buy corn! YUM!
    Thank you Susan and all, what great ideas!

  48. Vida says:

    I don’t know why but you always make my day! Thanks

  49. Rebecca Wright says:

    I love everything about your blog….I follow it every day…..thanks for all of your inspirations…..And I couldn’t resist this post…..About corn……I roast my ears of corn in the oven at 375 for 30 – 40 min with peppers…..pablano, jalapeno, hatch, bell peppers, salt, pepper, olive oil, garlic…..whatever you like…..then under the broiler for a few minutes until browned……remove corn from cob and mix with a lime vinegarette with lots of fresh cilantro and chili spices ( for some heat), to your taste…..grated lime zest, serve warm or cold…..yummy! A winner every time ! Thanks, Susan, for all that you do……

  50. Doreen Strain says:

    Oh yeah, we had wonderful corn when I lived up in Upstate NY. Sometimes we woud have a dinner menu of: An Ear Of Corn and A Sliced Tomato! What more could one ask for ??? Pure Summer Joy! I just love having a picnic and melting butter in one of my tall metal container. Then all you have to do is “dip” the ear of corn in the melted butter and chow down. Slup…oh excuse me….I just had to stick my tongue out and clean my chin off. Didn’t want to waste any of the wonderful butter…now….all I need is a nice cold slice of fresh ripe watermelon! Oh yeah…. In the good old summer time. In the good old summer time. La de da de da dee dee ! Happy Day there girlfriends! FOSB 4 ~ Ever! ~ Doreen ~

    Oh and BTW Susan…..sorry about the howling Saturday night. I just couldn’t help myself! LOL ! Boy sound really travels doesn’t it?

  51. Emily says:

    We had some California Grown corn tonight for dinner so super sweet!!!
    thanks for the Yummy pics. It was a warm summer night with a cool breeze. I love August in Nor. California!

  52. Christine from Lafayette, CO says:

    Wow! Who knew there was so much to say about corn! Susan… You could tell us all to stare at a rock and we’d do it and find so much pleasure out of it!! I love it! My corn memories make me chuckle: my brothers and cousins would eat it like we were type-writers: one row eaten and “ding”, on to the next! It wasn’t nearly as fun if you were missing your two front teeth. 🙂 Have a glorious day – I’m going to find me a rock, just in case!! xoxo

    • Terrie says:

      Now THAT is funny, Christine! But so true ~ Susan CAN find pure happiness in the smallest things in life…yesterday it was the full moon, today an ear of corn, why not a rock tomorrow?!? Either she’s a genius or we’re all lemmings – – I vote for her genius!!

  53. Lesley says:

    Love your corn pictures. We just harvested our corn the other day. It was small but oh so sweet. I planted white and yellow corn. It was a wonderful surprise when the corn came out like your pictures—yellow and white mixed. We will plant again next year—we will plant a lot more corn next year.

  54. Susan Webb says:

    Western Pennsylvania sweet corn can’t be beat! It’s so sweet and juicy when just picked. Our family says we are “corn snobs” as we only love it when just picked, or at the very least just picked that day. Our family grew tons of corn and would run to the house with the freshest picked ears. We used pressure cookers for 3 minutes and got the corn ready to eat faster. Butter with S & P on the table along with just picked green beans. What could be better?

  55. Marilyn says:

    I am loving this post! Ah, the joys of summer time!! 🙂

    Marilyn (in Dallas)

  56. Kimi says:

    Hi Susan

    I love corn too! when I see corn ready for picking it brings a nice thought to mind! Fall… you know that’s its not to far off. Also love your yard, Cozy.

  57. Marilyn says:

    Reading this ( & the pictures! ) took me back to my grandparent’s home. Grandpa always had a garden, grew corn, & it seemed to be my job to sit on the back step & shuck the corn. Never could get all the silk removed properly ( still can’t! ), but that fresh corn was the best!
    Thank you, Susan, for the memories.

    Marilyn ( Ohio )

  58. Pom Pom says:

    That recipe looks good, good, good!

  59. My Father (from Mich.) grew corn for the cows, but 🙂 He always put a section of sweet corn in for family and friends. When I shuck corn now, I can smell my childhood. Your Dad was right, small ears are the sweetest. I think simple beginnings make for sweet memories. Hugs from Texas 🙂

  60. Daphne Massaro says:

    I always knew we are kindred spirits. Knowing Ramona (the prievous owner of your sweet, home) to having those sweet (my favorite China Dishes) Rose Chintz plates, etc. I was reminscing of Ramona …. thank you for your sweetness of a blog! YOU, continue to inspire me to be an old, vintage wife and mother who loves CHINA, cut glass and lots and lots of flowers!

  61. madame samm says:

    Good Morning Susan….Ahhh corn is in season here too…we have a couple feasts already and yesterday we had our first crops of apples harvested right into an apple pie…Don’t you just relish this season…I think it is the one thing I love most about this time of year…we eat better, we laugh more and we get to have a taste or two of your sweet posts…

  62. Evelyn says:

    Hahaha! Loved that last bit. We’ve been having super, extra good corn this summer too. The kind that your Dad liked…silver queen….so good. And great tomatoes. We get Jersey tomatoes here in Penna…I think they’re the best…so good.

  63. Mary says:

    I made the corn salsa today and just tasted it!! I LOVE it!! I made it according to your instructions, except I put in a whole cup of cilantro, because, next to popcorn, that is my favorite thing in the whole world!! Thanks for the awesome recipe!!

  64. Terrie says:

    What I love most about all of our shared memories is how we were all taught to wait ’til the water was BOILING before running out to pick the corn! This wasn’t possible for everyone, but it sure felt like a Most Important Job as young cooks learning their way around the kitchen. Susan, I think we just wrote a “Corn” book!!

  65. Kristina says:

    All I can say is – instead of salt & pepper, try butter & lemon pepper! No, really… you won’t be sorry! Yum…

  66. Sally says:

    Your blog is so much fun to read and so much better than waiting for the Willard to show up. Susan, it brings joy into my life.

  67. Maureen Dunn says:

    Oh this is lovely!!! Takes my lil mind off all the ugh going on !! Corn on the cob yes!!!
    Yes, yes!! Grew up in the city and canned was all we ever had! Got married and found fresh corn-OMG-Love! Anyone in Charlotte, NC? Please take care with the Hurricane! This is like having relatives—-smile!!

  68. Luanne says:

    Oh, my! When you said it was 65 degrees, I sighed. It has been so darn HOT in Texas since June, everything has dried up and died! I love seeing how beautiful your yard and garden are. If I decorated my house for fall right now, my family would think I had lost my mind. It’s nice to think about it getting cooler here–by Halloween. I always love reading about and seeing pictures of the Vineyard. It’s one of my favorite places to visit! Love your brownie recipe. I’ve been working on a new one, Red Velvet Brownies. I made white chocolate cream cheese frosting for them. Yum!

  69. boy, I can almost taste it….I grew up where we had corn in the garden and for some of the years we’ve been married. I still have a scar on a knuckle where the knife slipped when I was cutting an ear off the stalk…..I think I’ll stop at the farmer’s market next week and see if there is any fresh corn.

  70. Jacki Rolin says:

    Can’t begin to tell you how much I love your newsletters and posts ! We live in Arroyo Grande and miss your store and yard sale !!!

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