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Saturday, July 2, 2011

Last night's dinner and how to grill corn on the cob

We have some more chicken and corn to make, but this time we are doing a different marinade on it (BBQ rub and olive oil) and instead of steaming the corn we are grilling the whole cobs. To make grilled corn on the cob, remove the husk and silk, rinse and remove any additional silk from the ears. Soak the corn in water for 15 minutes, making sure cobs are completely covered. Remove cobs from the pot and shake off any excess water, brush ears with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, roll in aluminum foil. Place the wrapped cobs on the grill and turn frequently allowing the cobs to be over direct heat for about 5 minutes. Then remove cobs to an indirect heat source (or cooler edge of the grill, cover and allow to cook for another 10-15 minutes, when an individual kernel pierces easily the cobs are done. Serve with a light coating of butter and enjoy! We are also making s'mores over the grille for dessert, a s'more (for those who may not know) is a lightly toasted marshmallow, placed on a graham cracker with a piece of chocolate and then topped with another graham cracker. I remember having them for the first time as a Girl Scout (I had only ever had toasted marshmallows before) and it was a revelation to me. I literally thought it was the best dessert ever!

Last night's dinner was pizza, delicious veggie topped pizza. A tip on covering your pizza with veggies, pre-cook them in a separate pan. The veggies (especially mushrooms!) give off a ton of water as they cook and can make your pizza unappetizingly soggy. Also, chopping those veggies into small pieces makes them more easily eaten, larger pieces tend to slide off the slice. Broccoli can be lightly steamed and then chopped small to make a delicious pizza topping, especially on a white pizza. Another great pizza variation is to try a roasted bell pepper sauce instead of the usual tomato sauce on top of the pizza, yummy and fairly easy to do. Simply blacken a red bell pepper under the broiler of an oven, over the open flame of a gas burner, or on an outdoor grill, cover it with wax paper (loosely) after grilling and then remove the blackened outer skin, and seeds, Chop the pepper into rough pieces, throw it into the blender with salt, pepper, roasted garlic and sauteed onion and hit mix to combine, slowly drizzle in some olive oil (as if you were making an emulsion) and use in place of tomato sauce on pasta, on pizzas or even in lasagna!


  1. These all sound absolutely delicious. I love, love, love corn on the cob. Now I have a new way to cook it. And roasting instead of boiling them will mean I don't have to fill the kitchen with steam. Thanks!

  2. I too find it essential to move as much of the cooking outside as possible in the summer! Too darn hot... as the song says.

  3. 4 times in 4 years is a lot! Especially if they are big moves. I hope things go well with the move and it's not too stressy and that you get to stay put for at least 2 years :)

    Not sure if you know of this method for corn on the cob, I learned it here in NZ when I moved from the UK.

    Pull off all but a thin layer of the leaves place on a paper towel in the microwave and cook on high for 5 - 7 mins.

    I can't wait to try the BBQ version next summer.


  4. Another thought on veggie pizza: we cook the pizza with all the sauce, cheese, and meat (assuming you want meat) first, then add chopped up raw veggies in the last few minutes of cooking. This gives you the crispness of the veggies, and also allows you to reheat any leftovers without the veggies going to mush. My husband likes to take raw corn on the cob, sliced/shucked? off the cobb, and sprinkle the kernels over the pizza in the last few minutes. And when sweet onions are in season, we slice those thin and put them on just after the pizza comes out of the oven.


  5. Great tip on microwaving the corn, LJ! I usually shuck mine completely, wrap it in plastic wrap and then do it, but I HATE using plastic wrap! I will do it your way from now on!

    DogsDontPurr, thanks for your pizza tips, I am so making a sweet onion pizza that way soon!