Corn Utopia

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, Basil Pesto & Corn Pizza~ courtesy of Mother Nature’s bounty and bumper crop of basil & tomatoes,  recipe courtesy Southern Living.

Tomato, Basil Pesto, and Corn Pizza


3 small  tomatoes, sliced

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

1 (14-oz.) package prebaked Italian pizza crust (like Boboli)

Parchment paper

1/3 cup refrigerated pesto

1/2 cup fresh corn kernels (1 medium-size ear of fresh corn yields about 1⁄2 cup kernels)

1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

1 teaspoon sugar

8 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced

3 tablespoons fresh whole or torn basil leaves


1. Preheat oven to 450°. Place tomato slices on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; let stand 20 minutes.

2. Place pizza crust on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet; spread with pesto. Stir together corn, Parmesan, and sugar. Top pizza with corn mixture, tomatoes, and mozzarella slices.

3. Bake at 450° for 14 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden. Remove from oven, and top with basil leaves.

A trio of summer flavors

served up in every slice!

You can find a printable recipe,  here.

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

Placemats/ Kohl’s

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  56 comments for “Corn Utopia

  1. August 24, 2011 at 7:02 am

    Wonderful “corn utopia” table Mary! Perfection!

  2. August 24, 2011 at 7:12 am

    Love your “Ode to Corn.” Who would have thought to make cupcakes look like corn but you. I have never thought to have corn on pizza, but it makes perfect sense to me. I had some of the sweetest corn for dinner last night. Enjoyed this tablescape very much.

  3. August 24, 2011 at 7:29 am

    Totally delicious looking…both the food AND the tablescape! What a fantastic photo you captured with the little basil leaf reflected in the pizza cutter!!! Very creative & that dribble of melted cheese had me wishing I could reach through the monitor to pick it off & give it a taste.
    VERY will done, Mary!!!
    We’ve been enjoying fresh Ohio corn for a few weeks now. Such a treat!!

  4. August 24, 2011 at 8:27 am

    Beautiful, Mary! Absolutely beautiful! Your flowers are looking particularly fetching this week!!! The yellow alstoremeria is perfect for this table. I can’t get over those cute cupcakes! Who’d have thunk it…Laffy Taffy “butter pats”!!! I know this may sound “corny”, but that is just the bees knees!!! I love the placemats you chose because of their “kernel-like texture.” You and I used the same water glasses this week!!! :-)

  5. August 24, 2011 at 8:34 am

    This is so cute and such an original theme. Corn is about to be in season in Michigan, so I’m looking forward to enjoying some soon!

  6. Annie La Vigne
    August 24, 2011 at 8:37 am

    This is absolutely wonderful. The pizza looks divine…A

  7. August 24, 2011 at 8:46 am

    Mary –
    You always entertain with your tables. How timely and cute. Come to think of it, my mother has corn plates…..,hmmmm.
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  8. August 24, 2011 at 9:36 am

    Great table, Mary! Love the covered corn dish and s& p’s! The cupcakes look wonderful too! Fun!

  9. August 24, 2011 at 11:18 am

    What a maize ing china! :)

  10. August 24, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    I’ve never heard of corn on pizza. What kind of cheese did you use for this recipe. It looks very good.

  11. August 24, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Bravo once again. The food is just as stunning as the tablescape. Those corn cakes are about the cutest thing I’ve seen. Oh, so clever, right down to the butter pat. Love looking at this lakeside setting. It brings a cooling breeze! ~ Sarah

  12. August 24, 2011 at 3:59 pm

    Oy I spent 5 minutes trying to figure out how to post from iPad… I ate corn cupcakes the whole time… And yes, I am grinning from ear to ear :)

    Sent you an email sine the last time it didn’t make it, maybe this time I have mastered the basics?

    ALWAYS love what’s cooking, and now shaking in your neck of the woods!

  13. August 24, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    This has to be one of my favorite summer tables. Love all the corn accessories. The corn cupcakes are fantastic!

  14. August 24, 2011 at 7:49 pm

    Many of the corn facts, I did not know.. thanks for sharing those with us. I love corn and will eat it in lieu of ice cream seriously! Your table, along with that scrumptious pizza, has my mouth watering and longing for a fresh ear. Love the colors of the table with each piece playing off the other so perfectly – such unison! Great table.. thanks for sharing. xo marlis

  15. August 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    Wow! What a great table. I love corn and the Fitz and Floyd pieces are beautiful! The cupcakes are precious and the corn pizza to die for! Love it all!

  16. August 24, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    So clever … the cupcakes are cute … Love the corn! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Pat
    August 24, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    Corn is one of my favorite vegetables so I enjoyed this corn themed post very much, Mary! Your Mother-in-law’s Fitz and Floyd serving pieces are so pretty and look perfect as part of your tablescape. I saw these corn cupcakes once before in a magazine and I have to say your rendition looks even more realistic –you have a lot of patience to place all those mini jelly bellies so perfectly!

    The earthquake was certainly nerve rattling! let’s hope the hurricane won’t be the same. Stay safe!

  18. August 24, 2011 at 10:04 pm

    You have my mouth watering, love corn any style! And your tablescape is gour-gous!!

  19. August 24, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    Oh my, my mouth is watering for that pizza!!!!! It looks so good and I am hungry right now! YOur table is beautiful, your MIL’s corn pieces are lovely!!!! Another terrific table, Mary. XO, Pinky

  20. August 24, 2011 at 11:45 pm

    Wow! What fun cupcakes…they look so cute! And I’m sure time consuming and alot of patience needed! Your tablescape is lovely.And the pizza looks divine, ot though I wouldn’t be able to partake!…An enjoyable sunny yellow filled day! Sending a smile of sunshine to you! x

  21. August 24, 2011 at 11:55 pm

    I love your tablescape! I just spent some time looking back through past post! It is so beautiful and colorful over here! I love your view of the lake! I ‘pinned’ the picnic from June! A FAVORITE!!! I LOVE it! I have some of the items that you do…the quilt, cutlery, pillow…and am going to set this up for my family! I just loved it all! Too bad I don’t have that really cool JEEP! Christie at Three PIxie Lane (Lake Wylie!)

  22. Pondside
    August 25, 2011 at 1:29 am

    Such a pretty table. Corn season is always anticipated here and a good ‘feed of corn’ is a treat!

  23. August 25, 2011 at 8:48 am

    I am just speechless! From the seriously cute table, to the perfect menu, you didn’t leave anything out! By the way, I wish I had a mother-in-law with beautiful Fitz and Floyd serving pieces, too! Even the title of the post is perfect! I’m going to try making those cupcakes in the fall, I think. Thank you so much for all this inspiration!

  24. August 25, 2011 at 9:34 am

    Mary, Your “corn utopia” post IS a-maize-ing. Love your play on words and all the accents, especially the napkin holders, napkins, placemats and your great yellow glasses. So like you to find placemats that suggest corn kernels. I saw those at Kohl’s and it never crossed my mind to think of corn. LOL That just shows your creativity and eye for detail. LOVE it! Great post!
    Now, I’m starving for fresh corn and that pizza is calling my name.

  25. August 25, 2011 at 9:59 am

    How fun your corn tablescape is. Such wonderful corn accents and adorable cupcakes. I’ve seen them in several magazines — even Indian corn for autumn!

  26. August 25, 2011 at 2:02 pm

    Thank you for sharing the corn facts.

    The table looks great.

    Loved the cupcakes.

    Karin Şen Cankan

  27. August 25, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    A-maize-ing cup cakes!!! The post is a hit, as usual! when I had my kitchen shop in the Miami Lakes area of Dade County, FL I sold a lot of Fitz & Floyd pieces….I love their line and would like to own at least one of everything!

    Thanks again – I’m sharing the cupcakes with my niece, the a-maize-ing cake decorator in Greensboro!

  28. August 26, 2011 at 8:56 am

    I’ve made the pizza for an easy dinner and we loved it. This is my favorite season with fresh produce so plentiful.

  29. August 26, 2011 at 1:26 pm

    HI Mary, thanks so much for the sweet b-day wishes!!!!! No flowers but I may have CAKE!!! WE are going to dinner with our best friends for 43 years, AND she and I share a birthday! Both born today, isn’t that something???!!!! So, we always celebrate together! I have spent all day cleaning and preparing for Irene! Moved eveything off thr deck and front porch excpt bungy corded a table and 2 chairs to the railing. XO, Pinky

  30. August 26, 2011 at 5:47 pm

    Another wonderful table and view from your table. I love the corn on the cob cupcakes and can’t wait to check out the recipe for them and that delicious-looking pizza!

  31. August 27, 2011 at 9:06 pm

    Hi Mary, this post is a-maize-ing, but then, you’re a-maize-ing, too. Those cupcakes are too cute for words, the butter pats, leave it to you, no stone unturned!!!!!! xo

  32. August 27, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    So love all of your corn ware and your cupcakes are a-maize-ing, right down to the “pepper”. So glad that you’re part of Seasonal Sundays as we brace for Irene.

    – The Tablescaper

  33. August 28, 2011 at 12:30 pm

    A corn u copia of corn, I’m making a note of your recipes and links to check out later, thanks for all the great ideas.
    BTW love the Fitz & Floyd accoutrements.

  34. August 28, 2011 at 9:27 pm

    I get so excited to come and visit you! Everything you do, I love! And this corny table is no exception. What a great corn dish! I love Fitz & Floyd! Your colors for this table are beautifully organic and suble. BRAVO! Perfect end of summer table.
    The cupcakes are darling little works of art and so is the pizza for that matter.
    Now I know why I just can’t seem to get rid of every silk thread on my corn!
    Wonderful post. Thank you for sharing your a-maize-ing talent with us at ON THE MENU MONDAY.

  35. September 5, 2011 at 8:44 am

    Wow these cupcakes are adorable!! Really creative!
    Also they are perfect for this week’s Sharing Sundays theme YELLOW! We would love it if you would come by and link up this recipe and any other Yellow ingredient recipes (banana, pineapple, Lemon, Eggs, Squash etc.)

    We hope to see you there!


  36. BK
    September 5, 2011 at 10:38 pm

    Saw your corn-on-the-cob cupcakes posted on Sweets for a Saturday – so cute! Very creative.

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  38. September 6, 2011 at 9:54 am

    Your corn accessories are so pretty and the cupcakes are just fabulous. I always love to see your tablescapes. You are so creative and the view is stunning. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  39. September 7, 2011 at 4:37 pm

    How wonderful! I love sweet corn season, although ours has already passed. Those cupcakes are too cute!

  40. September 7, 2011 at 4:44 pm

    Corn is very popular on pizzas here in Romania. It still causes me to look twice. And those cupcakes? How cute!

  41. September 7, 2011 at 6:17 pm

    How pretty. I love corn-on-the-cob so this post was right up my street!

  42. September 7, 2011 at 8:15 pm

    Very pretty corn pitcher! I love the cupcakes too, that would be a fun thing to do with my grandmother.

  43. September 7, 2011 at 8:17 pm

    love the corn pizza, what eye opening items.

    your post is entertaining.

  44. Jo
    September 7, 2011 at 8:43 pm

    I saw these corn cupcakes in Better Homes and Gardens,wow this looks the corn theme…
    Visiting from Alphabe Thursday.

  45. JDaniel4's Mom
    September 7, 2011 at 10:40 pm

    This us a great U post! The table looks great!

  46. September 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    WOW! Love all the corn accessories!

  47. September 8, 2011 at 4:34 am

    I got a kick out of all your corn-y accessories. We do the same thing here in my part of Florida when it’s time for strawberries. I never saw so many strawberry-themed items before!

    The cupcakes are so CUTE, especially the little corn skewers at each end. It looks like you had a great time putting all this together and then had the treat of lots of good eats at the end.

  48. September 9, 2011 at 2:03 am

    What cutie pie cupcakes. These made the Top 5 for last week’s Sweets for a Saturday.

  49. September 10, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Amazing! The cupcakes are incredibly cute.

  50. September 10, 2011 at 7:23 pm

    Wow. What a celebration of summer! Those cupcakes are adorable. I’m going to have to see what the melted ‘butter’ is made of. Really, really clever!

    This was such a whimsical fun setting.

    I admire the way you rejoice in every day.

    Thank you for sharing this week.


  51. September 11, 2011 at 8:40 am

    Now that just looks wonderful :) I love corn and you had me sold the minute I saw the title of your post! Those corn cupcakes are the most adorable little things I’ve seen in a while. And the tomato and corn pizza looks amazing :)

  52. September 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm

    Too cute! I love how some people can pull a table together like that. Mine is always decorated in “thrift store chic”. LOL You’ve also left me hungry for cupcakes!

  53. August 5, 2014 at 9:12 am

    LOVE the corn on cob cupcake! I have a end of summer party and can’t wait to make them :)

  54. August 5, 2014 at 8:24 pm

    It all looks awesomely delicious but the cupcakes are just too cute!! Great idea, I love your “butter” and “pepper” great touches.

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