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Surprise!

I was away from home last week, working on the other side of the country.  When I returned, a visit to my farmers market was very near the top of my “To Do” list.  Once there, I found the summer produce season at its peak, and amaranth, corn, lemon cucumbers, sweet onions, green garlic, chilis of every variety, baby eggplant, carrots, zucchini, okra, edamame, sugar snap peas, English shell peas, cranberry beans, watermelon, cantaloupe, peaches, cherries, blueberries, and countless varieties of tomatoes, all found their way into my cart.

I still have no idea what I will do with most of it, but I can hardly wait to find out.  I love a surprise!

Surprise!

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Corn Chowder

As soon as the hot summer air turns to cool fall breezes, it’s the perfect time to cut the corn off the cob and make creamy corn chowder.  The trick to delicious corn chowder is not throwing those cobs away too soon.  Instead, after removing the kernels, put the cobs in a pot of water and simmer them for an hour or so, then use the corn cob stock as the base of the chowder.  Of course, a little bacon, onion, cilantro, and fresh chili peppers won’t hurt, either.

Corn Chowder

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Corn on the Cob

In another time in another city, I used to love to grill corn on the cob.  In New York, however, I don’t own a grill.  As a result, I simply “grill” the corn right on the open flame of my gas range.  In only a minute, the kernels are perfectly charred and ready to eat.  A squirt of fresh lime and a little cayenne pepper are my preferred finishing touches.  Though I still miss my grill on occasion, I refuse to let its absence prevent me from enjoying my corn.

Corn on the Cob