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Corn with character

Corn with character Author: Style At Home

Food Tips

Corn with character

3 ways to try corn right now

  • Dress your sweet corn like they do in Mexico, and rub the steamed ears with lime wedges, then sprinkle with salt.
  • Going to New York? Be on the lookout for pastry chef Deborah Snyder's moist fig cake with sweet corn ice cream; check if it's on the current menu at the acclaimed Lever House.
  • Use blue cornmeal for a twist on regular cornmeal muffins and breads.


3 things you may not know about sweet corn

  • The average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows. There is one piece of silk for each kernel.
  • The word corn once referred to all grains, but now it's used only for maize.
  • Archaeological studies have found that corn was grown near Campbellville, Ontario, before the year 1200 AD.


1 tip you can't live without

  • Instead of salt, try adding a bit of sugar to the cooking water to keep the kernels sweet and tender.


1 thing to remember at the grocery store

  • Ears should feel cool, not warm. Select fresh-looking green husks with moist, pale yellow tassels, and cook the corn the same day you buy it.


1 essential tool for corn

  • Serious corn lovers can bake their own bread in Lodge's skillet divided into pie-shaped wedges; alternatively, look for baking pans shaped like cobs.


3 varieties of corn to grow on your own

  • Hybrid White Cloud white popcorn
  • Big Quick bicoloured corn
  • Bodacious yellow corn
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