Wednesday, June 13, 2012

the rest of the story

Yesterday morning after taking the boys to school, I stopped at the grocery store and bought 10 ears of corn and a big bunch of basil. I shucked the corn, and cut it off the cob. The fourth grade end-of-the-year picnic was happening that evening. Fried chicken, pasta salad and dessert were covered, so I decided to bring a vegetable. Corn, specifically. Kids and corn are like fish and water.

Then the phone rang. Abbott was in the school office, sick. I went and picked him up; needless to say, we didn't attend the picnic. I had enough corn to feed an army -- I'd doubled the recipe -- so I went ahead and cooked it; some of us will eat it, a little at a time over the next few days. So it goes, sometimes.

Confetti Corn
slightly adapted from Barefoot Contessa Back to Basics by Ina Garten

5 ears corn, shucked
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 small orange bell pepper, 1/2-inch diced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons julienned fresh basil, minced fresh chives, or other herbs of your choosing

To remove the kernels from the cob, stand one ear of corn vertically on a cutting board. Using a sawing motion, run a large knife between the cob and kernels. Repeat with the remaining ears of corn.

Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large skillet. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, or until the onion is soft. Stir in the bell pepper and cook for 2 more minutes. Add the butter to the skillet. After it melts, add the corn, salt, and pepper. Cover the skillet, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook until the corn is tender, 5 to 10 minutes. Season to taste, gently stir in the basil or other herbs, and serve hot.

Yield: 6 servings


Denise | Chez Danisse said...

I wish I was nearby to help you with your Confetti Corn. It looks delicious. Hope you are all feeling better soon.

Lecia said...

Thanks, Denise - I'd love to have you at the table with us! xo

Debbie said...

I can't wait to try this - there's nothing better than fresh sweet corn in the summer. Hope you're all feeling better soon.

likeschocolate said...

Looks yummy! I am amazed that you are able to get your boys to eat so many different vegetabls. Mine love fruit, but vegetables they would rather have a visit to the dentist.

Allison said...

I am so sorry your household has been stricken. There's nothing worse than stomach flu. I'd rather have strep.

Emma said...

Send some over my way ;)

Hope everyone gets over feeling so sick!

Francesca said...

oh no!

Lisha said...

Hi Lecia,

It's been a while since I visited your blog but it's lovely to be back. I've just been catching up on all of your beautiful photo's and now I've found this confetti corn recipe. I just happen to have the right ingredients for our dinner tonight, it's been a very hot Spring day here in Sydney and it looks like just the right accompaniment for our dinner.