Recipe: Corn Fritters

corn fritters With just two weeks of summer to go, we're clinging to the season with these addictive beer-battered corn fritters from Eric Warnstedt, chef/owner of Hen of the Wood in Waterbury, Vermont. The recipe employs the most satisfying stuff of hot-day dining (corn, beer, and deep-frying), so make a big batch for your end-of-summer sorrows. (Just keep those tears out of the frying oil, or you'll really be sorry.)

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Recipe: Chilled Corn Soup with Scallion Toasts and Smoked Salmon

Chilled Corn Soup with Scallion Toasts and Smoked Salmon We like the choose-your-own-adventure spirit of this soup from JBF Award Winner Gavin Kaysen. We’re sharing his scallion toast–topped version, but the chef notes that sweet seafood, like lobster or crab, is another natural match. You can also garnish the soup with a cluster of sevruga or golden osetra caviar if you’re feeling fancy. Even on its own, the creamy corn base tastes wonderful.

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Recipe: Sautéed Sweet Corn and Red Peppers

Sautéed Sweet Corn and Red PeppersThis sweet-but-healthy sauté from former Top Chef contestant Andrea Beaman is about as easy as it gets. Happy Monday!

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Recipe: Corn Sformato with Pancetta, Tomato, English Peas, and Fontina

Corn Sformato with Pancetta, Tomato, English Peas, and FontinaAs we learned earlier this week, the definition of sformato is hard to pin down (though we do know that it’s traditionally bound by eggs and molded). But there’s nothing perplexing about this decidedly summery version from chef Scott Fratangelo, featuring the classic seasonal trinity of corn, tomato, and basil.

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Eat this Word: Hominy

hominyWHAT? Indigenous edible. This venerable grain is in fact dried corn kernels that have been processed with an alkali—traditionally a lye or limewater solution—to remove their tough outer skins. Its consumption dates back to ancient Mesopotamian cultures; in her book Crazy for Corn, Betty Fussell referred to hominy as “the world’s oldest chemically processed food.” Hominy was a staple of the Native American diet, and vestiges of its past can be found in Mexican soups and stews like menudo and posole. Its most common contemporary American iteration is as grits, the Southern staple in which dry hominy is ground, simmered over slow heat, and served with butter and cream in either savory or sweet variations. WHEN? Marc Dunham’s Beard House dinner WHERE?

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Eye Candy: Masa Turnovers

At a Beard House dinner celebrating the cuisine of Oaxaca, the chefs served these tiny masa turnovers. (The Spanish word for "dough," masa is made from ground corn kernels that have been fire-dried and soaked in limewater.) To see more photos of the Oaxacan feast, click here.

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Eat this Word: Spoonbread

spoonbreadWHAT? "The apotheosis of cornbread." Or so said writer Redding Sugg. This Southern soufflé may take its moniker from suppon or suppawn, an Indian porridge. Perhaps the name stuck because this Southern comfort food is best eaten with a spoon. It's made from cornmeal, eggs, butter, and milk, sometimes enlivened with baking powder and a dash of sugar, and it's served across the South with country ham or rabbit stew or all on its own. Spoon bread is an any-meal kind of food: Jefferson, for instance, ate it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Spoonbread, according to Southern Food author John Egerton, is "the ultimate, glorified ideal" of cornbread." True Grits author Joni Miller declares it "one of the most elegant and classic Southern dishes." An essential Southern savory, "a properly prepared spoonbread," Egerton writes, "can be taken as testimony to the perfectibility of humankind." WHERE?

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Staff Recipe: Phyllis's Sauteed Corn with Pesto and Robiola

Corn When Phyllis Isaacson told us about her deliciously simple pesto the other night, we knew we had to share the recipe. “The inspiration for combining Robiola with pesto comes from the gastronomic superstore Peck in Milan,” she told us. The combination of the garlicky pesto, creamy Robiola, and fresh corn makes for the perfect end-of-summer weeknight dinner.

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