Chef's Notes Plus

Creamy Corn, Hold the Cream

Corn: looks like a vegetable and tastes like dessert. Enjoying summer corn is probably the easiest thing you do all year. To date, we’ve never met a person who doesn’t like it. It can be eaten raw, but even if you cook it, it takes less than five minutes. It’s […]

Breakfast and Brunch, Side Dishes

Garlic Cheese Grits

Makes 8 servings These grits get a great garlic flavor from just a little bit of garlic and they are jam-packed with cheese and butter, just the way they should be. The Tabasco and the cayenne give them a little kick. You may opt to leave out the eggs and […]

Side Dishes

Grits with Corn and Hominy

Makes 4 to 6 servings This dish combines three types of corn for a hearty side. Try it for breakfast with a fried egg and plenty of hot sauce. Ingredients 1 tablespoon olive oil 1 large yellow onion, minced (about 1 1/2 cups) 1 tablespoon minced garlic 1 cup seeded […]

Chef's Notes Plus

How to Choose Corn on the Cob

Sweet and tender corn is a pinnacle of summer, enjoyed raw, grilled, on the cob, or off. It is a plentiful and inexpensive ingredient that adds a burst of sweetness to any dish, and, boy, do we cherish it. Before you’re able to enjoy the perfection that is summer corn, […]

Side Dishes

Kamut With Fresh Corn and Peas

Makes 6 servings Ingredients 2 cups kamut 4 ears fresh corn 1 gallon water or vegetable broth, plus more as needed 3 tablespoons kosher salt, plus more as needed 1 bay leaf 1 thyme sprig 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more as needed 1 small onion, peeled and cut into […]

Side Dishes

Lima Bean & Roasted Corn Succotash

Makes 8 servings This dish sounds simple, but the addition of tarragon adds something a little unexpected and savory. For a vegan or dairy-free version, substitute olive oil for the butter. Ingredients 1 1/2 lb frozen lima beans, defrosted 4 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen (defrosted if frozen) 1/3 […]

One-Dish Meals

Lobster Ravioli with Corn Sauce

Makes 5 or 6 servings Striping the pasta is really fun, but also takes some time. You may want to batch it out and save some of the dough for later. When you make this, you may want to prepare extra ravioli and freeze them. The sauce will also freeze […]

Side Dishes

Mexican-Style Street Corn Salad

Makes 4 to 6 servings Ingredients 1 tablespoon vegetable oil 2 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen 1 tablespoon lime juice 3 tablespoons mayonnaise Hot sauce, to taste 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper 1/4 cup chopped cilantro 1/2 cup crumbled queso fresco 1/2 teaspoon cayenne powder […]

Main Dishes, Soups and Stews

Minguichi (Chile and Cheese Soup)

Makes 6 servings This soup, from Michoacán in Western Mexico, is perfect at the end of summer when the tomatoes and corn are at their best, but it’s just as flavorful in the winter, and even quicker to make from canned tomatoes and frozen corn. If you wish, you can […]

Chef's Notes Plus, Family Fun

National Taco Day (aka Best Day Ever!)

It’s National Taco Day, which is weird because we celebrate tacos every week (#TacoTuesday). Of course, we don’t need an excuse for tacos, and neither do you. We’ve talked tacos here before, so we know what can go IN them (sweet potatoes, flaky fish, homemade salsas!), but how often do […]