Sunday, July 29, 2012

Fresh Corn on the Cob #SundaySupper

This is a special #SundaySupper for us because it involves cooking corn and family.

I recently wrote a series of posts about why I cook with my children. In that series I explained that it all began when we spent several weeks with my in-laws right after Maurene was born. During that trip I fell in love with the idea of eating together as a family as often as possible and that is the focus of the #SundaySupper movement.

It was also during that trip that I learned how amazing fresh corn on the cob can taste and how to easily cook it to perfection.

First a picture of Audrey during her first summer at the lake enjoying the taste of fresh corn. She was too little to eat the corn whole but I did let her gnaw on the empty cob.

Baby likes corn, August '08 .
The next summer was when Audrey stepped up to learn how to cook. She did not add cooking corn to her skills that summer but I did. Here is that adorable one of her making her family's favorite salad.

Salad, August '09
The next summer we were fortunate enough to make two trips to the lake. During our first visit we spent a great deal of time outside enjoying the house and the lake. It was a little cool because it was May in Minnesota but we did get one warm day to get out on the boat. The second trip was warmer and was filled with dinners of family favorites and Minnesota sweet corn. 

Playing outside, May '10

First boat ride, May '10

First time to drive, May '10
By the next summer the girls had learned to help with the corn. I set up the corn and they would get it ready to boil. When the corn is fresh we eat as much as we can stand to hold us over until next year. We buy local corn from where ever we are but we do love Minnesota corn.

Learning to shuck, July '11
This year Audrey was able to start helping with more of the corn process. I took her out to the local produce stand on the main drag in downtown Detroit Lakes, Minnesota. We spoke with the gentleman selling the corn and we were able to purchase a dozen ears of the sweetest tasting corn for $6.50. When we returned home we got right to the easiest fresh corn on the cob cooking method. After the girls helped me shuck.

Picking her own corn, July '12

Paying for her corn, July '12

Enjoying her selection, July '12
Fresh Corn on the Cob
  • fresh corn on the cob
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • enough cold water to cover plus 1 inch
  • a large pot
Peel the corn and place it in a large cooking pot. Fill the pot with enough cold water to cover the corn plus 1 inch. Add the sugar and wait to cook until 20 minutes before dinner. When you are 20 minutes out turn the burner on high and cook the corn until the water comes to a rapid boil. Remove from the heat and use tongs to pull the corn out of the boiling water. Let sit on a plate to cool for a few minutes then butter if desired.


Fresh sweet corn does not need much to make it taste amazing but we do tend to enjoy ours with a little butter. Add salt or pepper if you feel the need but you will lose a little of the fabulous taste. 

A family meal is best appreciated after a family evening spent enjoying the summer. We love to go hiking, swimming, and biking. That goes perfectly with the #SundaySupper theme this week of bringing communities together through food and activity.

We are fortunate enough to have a sponsor this week that understands the need for families to play together and eat together. Merrell staff get outside and know what activity can to for the body. They are not only providing us with a gift certificate but a giveaway of a pair of shoes for the child of a lucky reader. I posted the purple color but they have many other colors to choose from.

Merrell is an awesome company making footwear and clothing to encourage families get back outside. The shoe we are giving away is from a line called Barefoot and allows the wearer to have the protection of a shoe while not adding a lot of weight to their step. Merrell says it better than I ever could and the pictures of the shoes are so cool so you really should just click the link and take their word for it.

Get connected with Merrell on Facebook and Twitter or just check out the website for all of the fabulous products they offer. Now you want to know how to win these cool shoes.

Leave a comment here telling me what #SundaySupper means to you and also your Twitter Handle. At 7pm EST we are having a Twitter chat and you will need to participate by responding to one of the questions and include the hashtag #SundaySupper. The chat lasts for an hour so you have plenty of time to join in. I like to use Tweetchat for twitter parties because it makes it easier to focus on the party. These parties can move a little fast so just jump in when you can.

Be sure to say hello and enjoy the party. I look forward to hearing what #SundaySupper means to you. This giveaway is open to US Residents only.

And check out the other blogs listed below. The first ten are all having a giveaway of different type of Merrell products. We were selected to hold a special children's giveaway for good reason but others are giving away adult products.

The woman who started the #SundaySupper movement and group, Isabel, wrote it this wonderful post. She also lists the blogs participating and information on how to enter the giveaways if you did not understand me:

Just like #SundaySupper, Merrell is passionate about what they do and it shows. I love that they Think Outside.  ”Outside is more than a place, it’s our history and inspiration for the future.”   This week our talented group of bloggers are sharing with you what #SundaySupper means to them and their lifestyles.
#SundaySupper is so much more than one meal a week!
Merrell has chosen these 10 amazing bloggers to host a giveaway on their site.  Make sure you stop by for a chance to win some great Merrell Products.  From city streets to mountain trails and everywhere in between, we are impressed by Merrell’s passion!
The Sunday Supper fun continues. Take a look at these wonderful stories and recipes for this event:
Let’s celebrate wine, food, friends and #SundaySupper.  The fun starts every week at 3:00pm ET by showcasing fabulous recipes. At 7:00 pm ET, we will start our live chat.  Join us on twitter by using hashtag #Sundaysupper or using Tweetchat.  We love to feature your recipes on our #sundaysupper pinterest board and share them with all of our followers.
You might want to say hello to our friends at Merrell too: www.merrell.com
Or connect with them on Twitter @merrelloutside and Facebook www.facebook.com/merrell
Check them out on You Tube 

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That means that comment #2 by @libbyeddings was the winner! Congrats and I will contact you with your code shortly.


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36 comments:

  1. I love the photo of Audrey's first sample of corn on the cob...so cute! I trained my kids early to help remove the husk and silk...just like my mom did! Great #SundaySupper post.

    PS...my aunt and uncle have a cottage on Detroit Lakes...but I haven't been there since the 1970's!

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    1. My girls will now know how to cook and can teach their children. We love Detroit Lakes!

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  2. What great pictures! You brought back great memories of my childhood and my daughter's too! We used to make corn husk dolls for fun too!

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    1. oops! Forgot to add my twitter handle @writelane for #SundaySupper tweetchat !

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    2. Corn Hush Dolls sound fabulous! Might have to add that to our list of things to learn.

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  3. What a fun post! Such cute and wonderful photos. Nice to see how a simple thing like corn can make great memories.

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    1. When planning this post these photos jumped out at me and I knew I wanted to share.

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  4. Sunday supper for us has evolved over the years. When sweet husband and I were just getting together we had Sunday BBQ's every weekend with all our friends. That continued for awhile after we got married and even when we had our first child. Once we had our second and moved a little ways out of town our Sunday dinners have been reduced just to us. I miss having friends and family over every week & this post makes me want to revive the tradition. Thank you for the reminder of how wonderful #SundaySupper is. <3

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    1. Traditions like that with family and friends is exactly what we are trying to do. I love the idea of including close friends!

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  5. What a lovely post!Some great memories with corn and some fun times spent together :)

    "#SundaySupper to me means creating long lasting memories with some quality time with loved ones around the dinner table!@sonisfood"

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    1. We always have a great time in Detroit Lakes and Fresh Corn on the Cob has always been a part of our visits.

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  6. #SundaySupper to me is enjoying the company of family and friends, winding down the week with lots of food and drink. I love to cook large meals. Cindy Brickley at cjbrick@ymail.com See ya at 7:00

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    1. I wish I loved cooking large meals. For me it is more fun to pool resources and have everyone cook one dish.

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  7. I love all of the pics of the girls! Especially that one where she's handing over that money! LOL!

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    1. She is working on learning about money. We do that all the time at the Farmers Market and she loves to buy her own food.

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  8. There is nothing cuter then a baby with a cob of corn. These photos represent the meaning of #SundaySupper and the memories that are made by spending the day with family and having a good well prepared meal together. @_CRenny

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    1. Not the best photo but I love seeing her with that corn cob. She started early!

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  9. Your girls are beautiful. Great recipe.

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    1. Thank you! I love that I do not need a timer with this recipe so I can use it for another dish. Just don't walk away from the kitchen!

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  10. What a cute story! My approach with good, fresh, sweet corn (we have some amazing corn here in NJ) is to bring the water to a boil first (with a little sugar), then throw in the corn for 8 minutes, tops.

    To me, food is love, and cooking for my family to bring us together is what #SundaySupper means to me! Hope I can chat with you a bit tonight, but we will be having a #SundaySupper to celebrate my hubby's birthday @cupcakekalechip

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    1. Birthday celebrations are the best! We always involve food in our family birthdays. Mo had her third birthday a few weeks back and she had her favorite, mac 'n cheese!

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  11. #sundaysupper is all about creating memories together. @famfriendsfood

    We love fresh corn this time of year, too!

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    1. Sometimes we have fresh corn several days in a row; it is that good!

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  12. Corn on the cob has been my favorite since I was a little girl...and my mom has pictures very similar to the ones you have of your girls. Just a lovely post and I loved your story. To me, #SundaySupper means embracing old traditions while creating new ones. @girlichef

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    1. It is a favorite of mine as well. Maurene is still learning to appreciate other vegetables but she can eat two whole ears of corn.

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  13. Mmmmmm! Does anything say "Summer" like corn on the cob?

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    1. Corn and watermelon say summer to me more than any other food.

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  14. I don't think I'll ever get tired of seeing your kids helping in the kitchen!! So adorable.

    For us, Sunday Supper means being together and bringing a bit of what I had a child to my kids.

    Twitter name: @HomeCookMemory

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    1. I love that you are sharing! My mother did not share with me so I am learning as we go. Mine will have it easier!

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  15. I love fresh corn on the cob! I can remember many afternoons sitting on my grandmother's porch shucking fresh corn. Yummy!

    For us, #SundaySupper is a time to sit - block everything else out - and share our day as a family.

    Jamie @ www.mamamommymom.com
    @mamamommymom

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    1. Sundays really are good relaxing days. I wish we had more ability to block days out but we own a small business. Hopefully soon!

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  16. sunday supper means spending time with people I love and connecting with them @mellanhead

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    1. Spending Sundays with those you love is perfect! We always make sure to enjoy a meal together.

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  17. Your kids are so cute! I love the picture of them sitting together to shuck the corn!

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  18. Cute post on family fun! Corn on the cob is always a winner for these family get togethers!

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