King Corn

By Ferreira, Charity | Sunset, July 2002 | Go to article overview

King Corn


Ferreira, Charity, Sunset


Celebrate the sweet kernel of summer

* Corn-enshrined in childhood memories of nibbling rows of kernels from the cob, typewriter-fashion-is surely one of the most eagerly anticipated tastes of summer.

In Olathe, Colorado, where the population more than doubles on the day of the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival (August 3 this year), revelers come in droves to celebrate the town's eponymous variety of corn. It's a blowout affair that includes an unlimited number of roasted ears for every participant.

With its mellow nature, fresh corn is equally at home in a spicy grilled salsa, such as the one at right from a festival goer, or our Asian-- inspired chowder (see page 156). So even if you're celebrating corn season on a smaller-than-Olathe scale, you will find recipes here to help you pay homage to a very sweet vegetable.

Corn and Tomato Salad

NOTES: You can make this salad (through step 2) up to 4 hours ahead; cover and chill. Bring to room temperature to serve. Sprinkle with cheese just before serving.

PREP AND COOK TIME: About 30 minutes

MAKES: 4 to 6 servings

Grilled-Corn Salsa

PREP AND COOK TIME: About 55 minutes

NOTES: This salsa, created by Susan Woody, of Montrose, Colorado, is from the Olathe festival cookbook. …

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