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Zucchini with Corn and Green Chilies Trying to think of different ways to prepare the summer bounty harvested from your vegetable garden? This recipe, from the famous Pink Adobe Restaurant in Santa Fe, New Mexico, utilizes summer favorites such as zucchini, fresh corn, and green chilies. For an additional fresh pop of flavor and color, dice and toss in some sweet vine-ripened tomatoes from your garden.

Zucchini with Corn and Green Chilies
The Pink Adobe Cookbook

INGREDIENTS
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
1 T olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh green chilies
4 cups sliced zucchini, 1/2-inch thick
1½ to 2 cups fresh corn kernels, scraped from about 4 ears
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp dried oregano
1/4 tsp cumin seed
1/2 cup chicken or beef broth

DIRECTIONS
1. Heat the butter and olive oil in a 12-inch skillet.
2. Sauté the onion and green chilies for about 3 minutes.
3. Add the zucchini, corn, salt, oregano, and cumin seed. Mix well. Stir in the broth.
4. Cover the skillet and simmer until the zucchini is crisp-tender, about 5 minutes. Serve hot.

LINNELL’S NOTES
1. The ears of corn I used must have been on the large side. I had a lot more than 2 cups of kernels. Not wanting the extra to go to waste, I threw them in to the mix. It probably would have been better if I measured the kernels after I cut three ears.

2. Try to cut the zucchini the same thickness, so that all the slices cook evenly.

3. In my post Creamed Summer Corn, I wrote a tip on how to safely and easily cut kernels off of a corn cob. Here’s the tip again: Place a damp kitchen towel on your kitchen counter. Place a tube pan or Bundt pan on the towel to prevent the pan from slipping. Insert the stem end of the corn cob into the hole of the pan. Hold the top of the ear of corn and slice down straight, pressing against the cob until you reach the bottom. The kernels will fall into the pan. Kitchen Tip: How to cut kernels off corn cob

4. When I cut chilies, I wear gloves that are designated for food preparation only. A little bit of chili oil rubbed in the wrong place (eyes, mouth, nose, etc.) can burn! Kitchen Tip: Designate a pair of gloves for food preparation

ENJOY!

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Creamed summer Corn Ears of sweet summer corn require little embellishment to be fully enjoyed, but for a change of pace try this refreshing version of a traditional creamed corn dish. Just a little bit of lime zest, lime juice, and cayenne pepper transforms a normally predictable dish into a bright, surprisingly-sophisticated summer side dish.

Produce man Michael Marks gives this advice on selecting and storing fresh corn: When you’re picking your corn, make sure the husk is bright green and looks fresh. If it’s tanned and shriveling, it’s old or heat has gotten to it. Feel the top end. Fully mature ears of corn will have a rounded top. If the top feels pointy, it’s likely immature. Then pull down the husk and take a peek. There should be no cracks between those plump kernels. If you see any dimples in those kernels, step away from the corn. It’s old; the sugars will have turned to starch and it won’t be pleasant to eat. As soon as you get your corn home, refrigerate it and try to enjoy it within a couple of days.

Creamed Summer Corn
Torie Ritchie’s adaptation of a recipe from Ad Hoc at Home by Thomas Keller

INGREDIENTS
6 ears white or yellow corn, shucked
1 large lime
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
Kosher salt
3/4 to 1 cup heavy cream
Pinch cayenne
1-1/2 tablespoons snipped fresh chives

DIRECTIONS:
1. With a chef’s knife, cut down each ear of corn to remove kernels. Place kernels in a bowl. (To remove excess silk see note below.)

2. Holding one cob over the bowl at a time, use the back of a knife or a spoon to scrape any remaining corn and “milk” (corn juices) from the cob into the bowl. Repeat with remaining cobs.

3. Grate the zest from the lime onto a small plate and set aside. Cut lime in half. Juice lime into a ramekin and have a tablespoon measure handy.

4. Melt the butter in a large fry pan over medium heat. Add corn kernels and 1 tablespoon of lime juice. Season to taste with salt.

5. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook the corn, stirring occasionally, until the liquid evaporates and the corn starts to sizzle, about 12 minutes.

6. Stir in 3/4 cup of the cream, cayenne and lime zest. and bring to a boil. Adjust heat to medium and simmer until cream is thickened and almost absorbed, 6-8 minutes.

7. Taste and add more lime juice, salt, or cayenne as desired and stir in remaining cream for a creamier texture, if desired.

8. Remove from heat, stir in chives and serve.

Serves 4 to 6

LINNELL’S NOTES:
1. The easiest way to cut kernels off a corn cob is to stick the stem end into the hole of a Bundt pan. Holding the cob carefully, run your knife down the cob to remove the kernels. As you cut off the kernels, they will fall into the Bundt pan. Kitchen Tip: How to cut kernels off a corn cob

2. Here is Torie Ritchie’s note on removing corn silk: To remove any last bits of silk from the corn kernels in the bowl, set another bowl of water next to it. Swish your hands through the corn kernels in a circular motion to let your fingers pick up most of the remaining silk strands. Rinse your hands in the water bowl as you work to remove the silks. Repeat this a couple of times. I tried her technique and it worked for the most part — I still had to pick out a few strands of silk.

3. At step #7, I added a tiny bit more cayenne and the rest of the lime juice.

4. I keep an 8-ounce box of shelf stable whipping cream from Trader Joe’s in my pantry for convenience. No last minute dash out to the market to purchase whipping cream for me!

5. This recipe would go well with any tropical-type menu.

ENJOY!

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My Auntie Ella or Auntie La-la, as some of her nieces called her when they were young, makes a corn relish that is a family favorite and a perfect summer side dish. Its sweet and tangy flavor compliments grilled meat, seafood, burgers, hotdogs, sandwiches – just about anything! My mom actually prefers the relish all by itself and by the spoonfuls! Want to dress up a plain green salad? Just mound some of this relish on fresh greens and your salad is instantly more attractive and flavorful!

Corn Relish
Recipe from my Auntie Ella

Ingredients:
1 15-ounce can Le Sueur peas, drained
2 11-ounce cans white shoepeg corn, drained
1 8-ounce can of cut green beans, drained
1 4-ounce jar of diced pimientos, drained
1 cup chopped onion
1 cup chopped celery
1 green pepper, finely chopped
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup oil
3/4 cup vinegar
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon ground black pepper

Directions:
1. In a large bowl add the drained peas, shoepeg corn, green beans, and pimientos.
2. Add the chopped onion, celery, and green pepper to the bowl.
3. In a small bowl mix together the sugar, oil, vinegar, salt, and pepper. Pour into the bowl of vegetables and stir gently.
4. Put seasoned vegetable mixture into a glass jar or other acid-resistant container and refrigerate overnight.

Linnell’s Notes:
1. Look for cans of Green Giant shoepeg corn.
2. For more color, instead of using canned green beans, I blanch fresh green beans in boiling water, dump them in an ice water bath, drain them well, and cut them up.
3. Auntie Ella likes to add diced fresh tomatoes instead of using diced pimientos.
4. This relish tastes so much better when the flavors have had a chance to meld, so make sure to refrigerate it for a while before serving.
5. For a little bit of kick, I add one-half finely diced fresh jalapeño pepper. My family wouldn’t mind if I added the whole pepper, though!

ENJOY!

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