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. 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
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.
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
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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.
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.
We were in central Indiana last week, passed an orchard by New Castle, Indiana and could not resist the big sign of Honey Crisp Apples. So we bought a few, they were so large and nice. After a apple crumb pie, apple salad, applesauce, apples with cabbage, fried apples, snacking on apples, we needed more apples. This time we got seconds, said to be used for cooking, well, they were as good as the prime apples for eating.
Plain Crock Pot Honey Crisp Applesauce
Applesauce, just right for snack time or on top of toast.
Applesauce is a favorite fruit to have on hand for desserts, eating on bread or to use in baking. This time I decided to get out the crock pot. That really makes it easy and a time saver to do other things while the apples are cooking.
Crock Pot Honey Crisp Applesauce
I did plain applesauce: cooked apples and put the sauce into clean jars to be kept in the refrigerator. I did actually preserve some by using water bath canning.. I anticipated a much larger batch of applesauce. A lot of water boiling, for cleaning jars and for water bath kettle for 3 pints of applesauce. Oh well, it was a good practice as I do not do canning often.
While fixing a beef roast dinner to post, keeping track of the recipe, taking pictures, and still attempting to have a full meal prepared in a timely way can be a challenge. Even then, dinner was 2 hours later than planned. However, everything was done on time. The post on the Roast Beef Dinner and How-To are to come later. Keep following to see the rest of the dinner. Marinated Vegetable Salad was served with the dinner for two.
Mixed Frozen Vegetables
Marinated Vegetable Salad is quick and easy even in the days when the vegetables where poured from individual cans. Now using one or two packages of frozen mixed vegetables makes it even quicker. Using a purchased oil and vinegar salad dressing” or your choice to marinate will be time saving also.
Purchased Salad Dressing
Since this was a dinner for two, I used only one package of the frozen mixed vegetables for the Marinated Vegetable Salad. I did add diced onion, diced red pepper and made the oil and vinegar dressing for marinating.
Simply Salads of fresh vegetables and fruit combined can be the center of lunch or part of an elaborate dinner. Fresh vegetables and fruit can show up in the whole meal or menu. Check out the menu below.
A trip to the local farmer’s market makes a bountiful supply of fresh vegetables and fruit for gourmet and ordinary cooking. Road side stands, city markets, farmer’s markets, co-operative groceries and big name grocery stores are teeming with produce. Check out your community to find the foods for healthy eating.
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Select a recipe from each of the following list of foods to plan a menu for dinner.
Appetizer: Celery and carrot sticks, pineapple chunks and strawberries
Snack: Molasses Cookies or Grand Canyon Hermit Cookies
How about quick and easy salads?
Simply Salads by cookbookinabox®
Tomato, avocado and large pitted black olives are sprinkled with lime juice. To add more color serve it on a bed of romaine lettuce or spinach. Need more veggies, try chopping scallions on top. Serve with your favorite salad dressing. Asparagus Tart and this simple salad would make a good luncheon or brunch meal.
Red Bartlett pear and a naval orange are diced with chopped red onion, feta cheese and chopped walnuts on top. Anjou or Bosc pears, pecans or even add dried cranberries or cherries for another quick simple salad. Use a sweet vinaigrette dressing. The Microwaved Steamed Salmon with Bok Choy is an easy entree to serve with Simply Salads by cookbookinabox.
Salad or dessert, a little of each, a layered fruit salad of green grapes halves, pineapple chunks, diced navel oranges and sprinkling of toast almonds and coconut flakes on top. The juice provide its own dressing. This simple salad would be a sweet ending to the Corn and Mushroom Chowder.
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