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Inspiration for Cooking with Fresh Summer Corn

I get excited thinking about earthy-sweet and crunchy, hot buttered corn on the cob. But I don’t stop there. Corn also makes a wonderful addition to soups, salads, salsas, baked goods, casseroles and more.

Corn on the Cob with Feta and Herbs

Corn on the Cob with Feta and Herbs

Summer without fresh corn is like summer without sunshine. At the start of the summer, I get excited thinking about earthy-sweet and crunchy, hot buttered corn on the cob. If you’re a corn lover like I am, wait until you try these mouth-watering recipes:

These are my very favorite spreads for corn on the cob: 

  • Salted or unsalted butter, olive or flaxseed oil, garlic butter or Lemon Garlic and Herb Butter
  • A blend of olive oil, parmesan or Pecorino Romano cheese and garlic (nutritional yeast can be used in place of cheese for a vegan option with a similar flavor)
  • Thick and creamy salad dressing such as grilled tomato and tahini or buttermilk ranch
  • Traditional pesto, Basil-Spinach Pesto, Pumpkin Seed Pesto or Vegan Pesto
  • Softened cream cheese or mashed goat cheese mixed with fresh basil, parsley, chives, green onions, herbs de Provence, salt, pepper and garlic
  • Hummus (plain or flavored with roasted garlic, herbs or roasted red peppers) 
Black Bean and Roasted Corn Pasta Salad

Black Bean and Roasted Corn Pasta Salad

Corn makes a wonderful addition to a variety of soups, salads, salsas, baked goods, casseroles and more. It’s easy to freeze for later use. Simply blanch shucked corn on the cob for five minutes, and freeze in freezer bags for up to a year. If desired, cut the kernels off the cob before freezing for up to three or four months. Here are some ideas and recipes using fresh or frozen corn kernels:

Grilled Salmon with Sweet Corn and Avocado Salad

Grilled Salmon with Sweet Corn and Avocado Salad

When shopping, be sure to look for fresh corn with light green husks that cover the entire ear. Gently pull back on the upper part of the husk to examine the first few rows of kernels. They should be fresh, tightly aligned and never browned or mushy.

Got a crazy corn recipe you love? What about a favorite spread for corn on the cob? Let me know.

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