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I Always Think of Corn

When I think of iconic summer foods, I always, always think of corn.

I have this very vivid recollection of the entire extended Adams (my maiden name) family convening in Avalon, NJ, eating ear-upon-ear of sweet Jersey Silver Queen corn. My dad is one of 8. Our family is a large one, with more cousins than I can count on both hands. When we’d meet up, in the boiling months of July or August, we’d spend our days at the shore and our nights gorging on corn.

Last night, Hubs whipped up his tasty take on the beloved summertime staple pictured above. He pan-fried it with a chili powder rub and then topped each ear with crumbled Cotija cheese and chopped cilantro. These ears of grilled deliciousness were served alongside grass-fed skirt steak tacos filled with celery seed coleslaw and fresh pineapple & pineapple sage salsa.

Summer is here, and it is corny as all get out, and spectacularly tasty.

Grilled Corn

The Goods:

-2 Tablespoons peanut oil
-1 Tablespoon butter for the pan
-Shucked ears of corn
-Homemade chili powder (1 Tablespoon ground dried chilies, 1 Tablespoon granulated garlic, 1 teaspoon salt)
-Fresh butter for the corn
-A pinch of salt
-Crumbled Mexican farmers cheese (Cotija)
-A couple tbs of chopped cilantro, if desired

The Deal:

1) Place the peanut oil and butter to a heavy, hot pan (we used a flat surface cast iron pan).
2) Roll the corn ears in the oil in the pan.
3) Sprinkle the corn with chili powder; turn, and sprinkle the other side.
4) Cook the corn, turning every minute or so, for about 10 minutes, until there are some nice brown marks here and there.
5) Remove the corn from the pan and rub with some fresh butter.
6) Toss the corn in a bowl with the pinch of salt, crumbled cheese, and the cilantro, if desired.
7) Serve and enjoy.

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