My kids love June because it means that corn on the cob season is coming! It's funny how many things we all cook the way our parents do. I wonder if you're like me in that I will often assume that others do things the same way that I was taught to do things.
One of those things is corn on the cob.
I grew up growing corn in our backyard every summer. We had a big garden for Southern California, I suppose. As an adult, I appreciate it a lot more than I did as a kid. I had no idea how much work a garden requires. But, anyways, back to corn on the cob...
My mom would take the husk off the corn and wash it and then tear off a piece of wax paper and wrap it up in the wax paper and fold over the ends. Then, she'd stick it in the microwave for 5 minutes. (5 minutes is a good amount for 1 or 2 ears at a time--I never cook more than 2 at a time.) When it came out it was ready to put corn pokes in and butter and salt it up!
We never boiled or steamed the corn in a pot. We never grilled it either. We always, always microwaved it. It always came out right and never soggy =)
I still fix our corn on the cob this way.
My husband's family didn't. His mom boiled corn when he was growing up. So, he was surprised when he discovered how I fixed it. I think he balked the first few times. But, on Saturday when I was out of wax paper. I figured I would just boil the corn. I made a quick comment to my husband and said something about it being okay.
His reply was--"no". No, it wasn't okay. He preferred it cooked in wax paper. So, I called up my dear good friend and neighbor and borrowed her wax paper.
On the following Monday, I made sure to buy an extra roll of wax paper to keep around =)