Thursday, June 10, 2010

Corn on the Cob

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 =)

1 comment:

  1. Haha!! Love it. JB grew up boiling corn on the cob. I love it grilled in the husk. Might have to try the microwave.