I just got home from my friend Jill’s house tonight and, not only did we have great conversation but she had the BEST corn on the cob that I’ve ever had!
They say that a great hostess makes her guests feel right at home and gives the impression that nothing is too much trouble for her guests. This is Jill.
It was a simple cookout. The kids swimming in the pool. Hot dogs and hamburgers on the grill. Big wedges of watermelon on the table. And, corn on the cob. A perfect, warm June evening.
Now, back to the corn. To me, nothing says summer like corn on the cob (COTC). For as long as I can remember, it has been my favorite summer food. My mom always tells this story about a cookout my family went to when I was 3. Apparently, I ate thirteen ears of COTC that day. Yes, that’s right. Thirteen. I told you I loved corn! However, I have learned to limit myself to one or two these days. But COTC is definitely on my list of 10 favorite foods!
I always make it very simply — boiled with a pinch of sugar and then dripping in butter with plenty of salt and pepper. Usually, I’m not a big fan of salt. But COTC requires a good dose of the stuff!
Jill’s way of making COTC was also simple. But it took the flavor to a whole new level!
First, she boiled the COTC for a few minutes, making it tender. Once she removes the corn from the water, she puts on a sprinkling of salt and pepper and then evenly coats the ear with a clove of fresh, minced garlic. The last step is wrap the COTC up in aluminum foil and put it on a medium-high grill to finish cooking for a few minutes.
When it’s done, add a coating of butter and enjoy!
Is it a Keeper?
I’ll never make my plain old COTC again. This was to die for! And, wait until you see her kid-friendly way of buttering COTC! Sheer brilliance! Simply wrap a slice of plain bread around a stick of butter. You have an instant holder for your butter that you can just toss when you’re done! So simple and so very kid-friendly!
As I sat there with my belly full of comforting cook-out fare, listening to the kids playing, feeling the warm evening breeze, I thought to myself, “this is what summer is all about.” Good food. Good friends. Good memories.
So thank you, Jill. We had a great time tonight. You are the perfect hostess and a very special friend! Plus, you make a mean COTC!
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