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Vegetables and side dishes

Corn, A Summertime Treat

CORN: A Summertime Treat!

 

Julia Ann - Summertime Corn

Parboiling fresh corn on the ear.

Have you tasted fresh corn-on-the-cob?  It is certainly is a Midwestern food and maybe across the USA.  In farm country it is the hit of the season with farmer’s markets flourishing along the road sides.  Indiana serves the corn cooked in a husk to carry and eat as fun food  at county and state fairs.

 

How-to preserve that wonderful taste all winter.

Select fresh corn.

Select fresh corn. The husks will be removed to prepare the ears of corn for parboiling.

The best time to get fresh corn is early in the morning after it has just been picked.  Plan on processing it when you get home to maintain the freshness and the milk in the kernel of corn.  I  prepare 12 ears at a time.

Remove the corn husks and the silk. Rinse well.

Removing the corn husks

Removing the corn husks

Cutting corn off the cob.

Cutting corn off the cob.

Now the corn is ready to be put into a large pan of boiling water. Cover and scald in the  boiling water for 4 1/2 minutes.  Cool in an ice water bath.  The corn is then ready to cut kernels off the cob and package for freezing.

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To freeze corn on the cob, after scalding, cooling and draining, put the ears of corn into plastic freezer bags to store in your freezer.

Savory Baked Sweet Corn

Savory Baked Sweet Corn

cookbookinabox® has other delicious and great corn recipes.

 

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Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions

Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions

Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions

Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions with Sesame Seeds

Brussel Sprouts and Pearl Onions

Brussel Sprouts and Pearl Onions are not one of the first side dishes served, unless at winter holiday times  The Brussel sprouts are fresh as the growing time is autumn to early spring.  A good Brussel sprout has vivid green leaves and a solid firm head, much like cabbage, only smaller.  Leaves that have perforations in them are to be discarded as it indicates aphids within.

Brussel sprouts will keep 10 days in the refrigerator if kept unwashed and untrimmed in a plastic bag in the vegetable drawer.  To cook, steam Brussel sprouts between 3 to 5 minutes before freezing.  Frozen they will keep up to 1 year. Overcooked Brussel sprouts will lose their taste and nutrient value, and also emit an unpleasant smell of sulfur.  Overcooked crucierous vegetables such as cabbage and broccoli will also have an unpleasant smell.

Benefits of Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions with Sesame Seed

The nutritional profile of Brussel sprouts is excellent for vitamins K and C.  Folate, manganese, vitamin B6, B1, copper are also very good nutrients in sprouts. They have important antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits and cancer and cardiovascular health.

Pearl Onion 

The pearl onion is a relative to the leek.  They are used mostly for pickling, relishes or with other vegetables giving a sweeter taste than the common onion.  The nutrient benefits are in helping cardiovascular health, stablize blood sugar levels and acting as an antioxidant and anti-iflammatory.

Sesame Seed

The tiny sesame seed is chocked full of nutrients:  copper, manganese, calcium, iron magnesium, phosphorus, vitamin B1, zinc and dietary fiber.  The special lignans fibers in the sesame seed have benefits of cholesterol-lowering effectn in human and prevent high blood pressure.

Enjoy a side dish which is rich in beneficial vitamins and minerals.

Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions

A vegetable dish made flavorful and healthy with a sprinkling of sesame seeds over steamed Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions. These are a winter holiday favorite.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Vegetables
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1 pound fresh Brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup fresh pearl onions
  • 2 teaspoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds toasted

Instructions

  • Toast sesame seeds by stirring in a hot skillet until lightly brown. Watch carefully to keep from burning.
  • Trim outer leaves and cut bottoms of Brussels sprouts, cut in half and wash.
  • Steam sprouts in vegetable steamer or parboil in boiling water for 5-7 minutes; drain.
  • Bring a saucepan of water to boil, drop in the whole unpeeled pearl onions. Boil for 3 minutes.
  • Drain onions.
  • Cut the end off the onions and squeeze the onion out of the outer skins.
  • Melt the butter in skillet, add Brussels sprouts and pearl onions, heat briefly to keep at serving temperature.
  • Add toasted sesame seeds prior to serving.

Notes

Microwave Brussels Spouts: Boil 3-4 cups water in microwave (10 seconds on high), add the Brussels spouts and boil for 6-7 minutes. Drain and put them into skillet of melted butter. Microwave Pearl Onions: Boil 2-3 cups water in microwave (3 minutes), add the onions and bring back to boil for 3 minutes. Drain and cut end of onions and squeeze the onion out of outer skins. Add to Brussels Sprouts, heat to serving temperature.
Brussels Sprouts with Pearl Onions

Brussels Sprouts and Pearl Onions with sesame seed

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Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole

Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole

I am trying to get a jump start on comfort foods for fall and winter.  Rice, potatoes, and pasta are creamy foods that lead my list.  I actually try to balance menus with one of these carbohydrates.  Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole is also an excellent entree for a vegetarian meal.

Steamed Broccoli and Vegetable Blend

Steamed Broccoli and Vegetable Blend

Using canned soup and frozen broccoli speeds up the cooking process.  I have started to steam vegetables in the microwave.  I put the chopped or diced vegetables in a small bowl, add 1-2 teaspoons water, depending on the amount of vegetables, cover with plastic wrap and steam for 1 minute.  Occasionally I will have to add a minute.  They are ready to be combined with other vegetables or meats and sauces.  I do not add  salt or oil to saute.  

 

Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole

A good recipe to have for pitch-in dinners and a winter comfort food for week day dinner.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Rice Vegetable Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup long grain rice
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons finely diced onion
  • 2 garlic cloves minced
  • 2 tablespoons jalapeno pepper finely diced
  • 1-2 tablespoons sweet mini peppers diced
  • 1 cup steamed broccoli cuts or 10 oz. frozen broccoli
  • 1 can 10 3/4 ounces Nacho cheese soup
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/4-1/2 cup cheddar cheese shredded
  • 2 tablespoons bread crumbs finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

  • Cook the long grain rice in the chicken broth until broth is absorbed.
  • Cut and dice the onion, garlic, peppers.
  • Put into a small microwave dish, add 1 teaspoon water.
  • Microwave 1 minute or until onion is translucent.
  • Steam the cut broccoli, just until crisp.
  • In a larger pan blend the Nacho soup and milk, cook until hot and bubbly.
  • Add the broccoli, diced vegetables, and rice, stir to blend.
  • Pout into a 9 x 9 x 2 casserole.
  • Sprinkle with bread crumbs.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese on top.
  • Bake at 350 F 20 minutes

Notes

To make a 9 x 13 casserole, use 1 cup long grain rice and 2 cups chicken broth. Adjust vegetable as desired......This was adapted from Campbell's Soup Kitchen..............Julia Ann and cookbookinabox® in partnership with Netta Belle’s Choice® brings you great recipes for your cooking experience. ©2007-2018 Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® “Reg. U.S. Pat. & Trdmk. Off.” Reg. “Trade-marks Canadian Intellectual Property Office. “ Netta Belle’s Choice® The Art of Gourmet Cookery® cookbookinabox® All rights reserved.

 

 

Round out your meal of Broccoli Rice Cheese Casserole with

Green Beans with Red Pepper Stir Fry

Green Beans - Red Bell Pepper Stir Fry

Green Beans – Red Bell Pepper Stir Fry

Use your favorite recipe for green beans:  canned, frozen or fresh.  Fix them by stir-frying, steaming. slow-cooker  or in the pressure cooker, with or without ham.

Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad

Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad                                          

Try the Spinach-Romaine Lettuce Salad.

And for Dessert :  American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie

American Apple Pie

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Peas, Cauliflower and Cashew Salad

Peas, Cauliflower and Cashew Salad

Peas, Cauliflower and Cashew SAlad

Peas, Cauliflower and Cashew Salad

Peas and cauliflower are not vegetables often served.  Peas get added to soups or rice, rarely used in salad or as a side dish as buttered peas.  Cauliflower is in almost every vegetable tray  set up at the grocery or buffet.  It is a once-in-awhile vegetable on my table.  After eating the , Peas, Cauliflower and Cashew Salad, raw cauliflower is becoming a salad stable.

Peas, Cauliflower and Cashew Salad

Peas, cauliflower, nuts and a bit of bacon makes a delicious summer recipe for your luncheon or dinner,
Prep Time20 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Salad
Cuisine: American
Servings: 6
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 1/2 pound bacon fried, drained and crumbled
  • 10 ounces frozen peas
  • 1 cup cauliflower cut into small pieces
  • 1 cup celery diced
  • 1/4 cup green onions diced
  • 1/4 cup yellow mini pepper diced
  • 1 cup cashew pieces lightly salted
  • 1 cup Hidden Valley Ranch dressing
  • 1/2 cup sour cream

Instructions

  • Fry bacon, drain on paper towel.
  • Cool and crumble in small pieces.
  • Wash and cut the cauliflower, celery, green onions and peppeer
  • Mix the Ranch dressing and sour cream.
  • Mix bacon and vegetables together, except peas, into a large bowl.
  • Stir in the dressings.
  • Pour into a large serving dish, refrigerate.
  • Add the frozen peas 45 minutes to 1 hour before serving.

Notes

This recipe was adapted from Peas Cashew Salad by Janice Griggs in "Our Pitch-In Secrets" by UNISYS, HIM Service Center employees.

 

Cauliflower protects against cancer and packed with vitamin C and vitamin B folate helping your  immune system.  To get the most benefit of the nutrients, it is best to steam, cook in a wok or microwave.  Boiling the cauliflower in water causes it to lose those nutrients.

Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

Cauliflower Vegetable Pizza

 Cauliflower with Mornay Sauce

Cauliflower with Mornay Sauce

Cauliflower with Mornay Sauce

Stir-Fried Frozen Cauliflower

Stir-Fried Frozen Cauliflower

Stir-Fried Frozen Cauliflower                                                        

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Fried Corn with peppers

Fresh Summer Fried Corn

Fried Corn with Peppers

Fried Corn with Peppers

Early  summer we begin to looking  forward to  eating corn on the cob.  When available at the Farmer’s Market, we made sure we had plenty of fresh corn, green beans and tomatoes.  For a change of taste, I made Fried Corn with Peppers.  It was delicious, the corn was filled out with  milk in the kernels.

It takes 3 large ears of corn to yield 2 cups.  This is also the same amount of Savory Baked Corn and also the quantity for creamed corn. Fresh corn is much tastier when you cut off the kernels of corn and scrape the ear to press out the milky liquid.  When making the Fried Corn, the corn was cut off and scraped before frying.

Fresh Corn

Fresh Corn

 

Fried Corn with peppers

A hearty vegetable dish to serve with your barbecues and patio dinners, an alternative side dish to serve in place of corn on the cob and yet have the delicious fresh flavors.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Vegetable
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Julia Ann

Ingredients

  • 2 cups of corn 3-4 ears of corn
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon of jalapeno pepper finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons of olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  • Remove the husks off the corn, use soon after.
  • Wash to remove any remaining silk strands.
  • Cut uncooked corn off the ear, scrape to get the milky liquid.
  • Dice the red pepper and jalapeno pepper.
  • Heat the olive oil in a 10 inch skillet.
  • Add corn, peppers and sugar.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Cook slowly, occasionally stir.
  • Cover and heat 15 minutes, or heated thoroughly. 

Notes

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Other Corn Casseroles you will enjoy.

Collard Greens, Corn and Tortilla Strata Collard Greens, Corn and Tortilla Strata

 

 

 

 

 

Corn and Mushroom Chowder

 

 

 

Corn and Mushroom Chowder

Savory Baked Sweet Corn Savory Baked Sweet Corn

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Southern Creamed Corn   Food Network Recipe courtesy of Patrick and Gina Neely

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