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I is for IOWA which means CORN! #atozchallenge

And Corn is INCREDIBLY sexy! #atozchallenge

cornI was going to do I is for Indies and actually Geoff promised to do one like he did last year with his piece on Z is for Zombies called – MANUFACTURING DISBELIEF – Keep the Science out of my Zombies. But he is going through a lot now and his time is important to him. I will state that he has a lot of wonderful insight on Indies and one day he will grace us with his thoughts. For now however, I want to talk about Iowa and Corn, why? Summer is coming and we had run to the store yesterday to fill my prescriptions and there it was… this glorious, sexy end cap full of perfectly green husked  corn in the cob. The tops all frilly with silk and I just wanted to grab a half-dozen.

Geoff loves my famous sweet and salty corn on the cob and with spring almost here and a last-minute winter snow storm happening nothing sounded better than to roll home and make a bowl. We ended up not grabbing any but we will this weekend because we love corn. I have a couple of wonderful recipes to share with you but first a few facts about Iowa and it’s number one crop (and America’s number one crop) … CORN!

 2+2 = Corn

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    English: A display of six ears of field corn with dented yellow kernels(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    An ear of corn averages 800 kernels in 16 rows.

  • A pound of corn consists of about 1,300 kernels.
  • 100 bushels of corn produces about 7,280,000 kernels.
  • Each year, a single U.S. farmer provides food and fiber for 129 people – 97 in the U.S. and 32 overseas.
  • In the U.S., corn production measures more than 2 times that of any other crop.
  • Over 55% of Iowa’s corn goes to foreign markets. The rest is used in other parts of the United States.

Corn Products

  • Your bacon and egg breakfast, glass of milk at lunch, or hamburger for supper were all produced with U.S. corn. (did you read that? BACON.. people BACON!!)
  • Corn is a major component in many food items like cereals, peanut butter, snack foods and soft drinks. (YEP, COKE and PEPSI.. even 7-up and Sprite)
  • U.S. researchers have led the way in finding many uses for corn – like in vitamins and amino acids.
  • Corn is used to produce fuel alcohol. Fuel alcohol makes gasoline burn cleaner, reducing air pollution, and it doesn’t pollute the water. (take that!)

Corn Geography

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Maize (Photo credit: amcdj)

  • Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska and Minnesota account for over 50 percent of the corn grown in the U.S. Other major corn growing states are Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Kentucky.
  • The “Corn Beltincludes the states of Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Michigan, Missouri, Kansas and Kentucky.
  • Corn is produced on every continent of the world with the exception of Antarctica. (Yep, it even grows here in ALASKA, BABY!)
  • The area known as the “Pacific Rim” region (in Asia) is emerging as the world’s fastest growing market for U.S. corn. There, most of the corn is fed to livestock to produce food for humans. The majority of the world’s population is located in the Pacific Rim region.
  • Exports are critical to the well being of American agriculture. Nearly one-third of our nation’s corn crop is targeted for exports.

Sexy, Sweet and Salty Nibs

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FIRST you need to boil the corn, and this can be tricky. There are lots of opinions and no matter how you dress the corn from slathering it with butter or squeezing it with lime and pepper(which BTW is OMG good) to doing the following, in my absolutely NOT so humble opinion this is the one that works best, and I am a corn whore.

Cabin Goddess Corn Tip 

Put a pot of water on the stove, and while it comes to a boil, pick your corn and husk it. Drop the corn into the boiling water, when the water starts to boil again, remove the corn. IT’S DONE! You can add some sugar to the water but NEVER add salt as you will make the corn tough.

Now let’s make sexy sweet & salty nibs!

Ingredients:

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  • 4-6 cobs of corn
  • stick of butter
  • tsp of honey
  • tsp of salt
  • covered 9×13 dish

I use a Tupperware Season-Serve Marinater. For four-six ears of corn I cube up a stick of butter. I hold one tbsp. back and clarify it with one tsp of honey and one tsp of salt. I place the corn in and seal then I usually let Geoff shake it, to get his frustration from work out, that is if the kids are not handy, or I do it and swear about clients. I set it on the counter and let it settle, than open it up and drizzle my sweet and salty over the top and shake one more time.

Voila… SEXY SWEET and SALTY NIBS! Don’t double up on this recipe or you may have foodgasm you cannot recover from!

Thank God for Iowa!!!

 

More Corn Facts…..

 

 What’s Your Favorite Summer Food?

For the rest of this month I will be blogging with the single prompt, the prompt of a letter. Each day (except for Sundays) I will be using A to Z and all of the letters in between. I guarantee it will be fun! A taste of my Camp NaNoWriMo project, Reviews, Interviews, Teasers, rants, Recipes… You name it, I plan on doing it all using the #AtoZChallenge hashtag!

Join with me and pick a group of 5 to hop through from the #atozchallenge blog list & check out the almost 2000 blogs participating HERE. Oh… and show me some comment love too! I can admit I am a comment whore, it makes me feel really good when folks tell me they like my post!

 

One Comment

  1. Kriss – I’m from corn country (Illinois) and I share the love. thanks for the recipe.

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