My palate and my table are in a state of Corn Utopia this week~ a place where these little kernels are bursting with the sweet flavor of summer.
I borrowed my mother-in-law’s Fitz and Floyd Corn Pitcher, Salt & Pepper Shakers and last but not least, Butter Dish, for summer’s sweetest vegetable~ and the essence of the season~ at its peak of flavor & availability now.
I picked maize-colored placemats with a kernel-like texture at Kohl’s and shucked napkins from the shelves at Beth Bath & Beyond~
Corn on the Cob Cupcakes~ directions and video courtesy Hello Cupcake~
Jelly Belly corn kernels and Laffy Taffy banana-flavored butter pats~ complete with black sparkling sugar masquerading as pepper~
A-maize-ing corn facts~
The average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows.
There is one piece of silk for each kernel~ (I had no idea but I can believe it :-)
A bushel of corn contains about 27,000 kernels.
Each tassel on a corn plant releases as many as 5 million grains of pollen.
Corn is an ingredient in more than 3,000 grocery products.
One bushel of corn can make 33 pounds of sweetener, 32 pounds of starch, or 2 1/2 gallons of ethanol fuel.
Tomato & Corn Pizza~ courtesy of Mother Nature’s bounty and bumper crop of basil & tomatoes~ and a recipe from Southern Living, you can find here.
Pesto, fresh corn kernels, tomatoes & mozzarella~
A trio of summer flavors in served up in every slice~
Corn Utopia Details:
Corn Pitcher, Butter Dish & Salt & Pepper/ Fitz and Floyd- Omnibus- 1990
Plates/ Oneida Westerly Basket
Woven Chargers/World Market
Napkins/ Bed, Bath & Beyond
Napkin Rings/ Pottery Barn