I don't really eat corn all that much and I've never grown it in my garden because (a.) I don't think I have enough space and (b.) it has always seemed like one of those veggies that only very experienced gardeners grow and something I'm just not ready for yet.
When I think of corn I am always reminded of my great grandmother who lived in Clarksville, Tennessee. She made the best fried corn in the world. It had a wonderful sweet and sour flavor and somehow she cooked it exactly long enough to be tender, yet perfectly crunchy. Unfortunately I never got the recipe from her before she died and I've tried, unsuccessfully, several times to make it. I can see her now, standing in her rather dinky old kitchen slicing the homegrown corn right off the cob into a big old cast iron skillet before she added her secret ingredients. I have no idea what she used to make that fried corn but I do remember that my great grandmother dipped snuff and kept a metal container embossed with the word "grease" on the stove at all times so I'm pretty sure she used things like lard, lots of salt and sugar. Nowadays that stuff is banned from most houses (including mine) because they are not particularly healthy, but my great grandmother lived to 94 eating this stuff, so you be the judge.
Side Note: We called my great-grandparents "Other Momma and Other Daddy" all our lives and I had no clue that it was odd until one of my friends looked at me like I had 3 heads when I said "my other momma blah blah blah..." I'm sure "other momma" must have been the way they explained the grandparent relationship to my mother who spent a lot of time with them when she was young.
My great grandmother made all kinds of delicious southern dishes that I never really appreciated because I was at that picky eating age where I thought just about everything was gross. Now that I'm "more mature" and even trying my hand at gardening I'm really regretting not taking the time to get gardening lessons from Other Daddy and cooking lessons from Other Momma.
Anybody have a healthier recipe for fried corn?
image from delishfood.wordpress.com