“There’s a bright, golden haze on the meadow
There’s a bright, golden haze on the meadow.
The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye
And it looks like it’s climbing clear up to the sky.”
Lyrics to “Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’ ” by Oscar Hammerstein II
Walking among the farmer’s stalls yesterday, my eyes were in search of corn on the cob. Specifically, the kind of corn on the cob that you can only get in August when the corn is white and oh so sweet and when you eat it it feels like it goes to your very core to heal your inner spirits. Changing your diet to include the freshest fruits and vegetables you can find will help strengthen your immune system as you deal with the loss of a loved one or a life changing personal crisis.
What we eat, how we respond to stress, how much exercise we get and whether we have an emotional support system can make a powerful difference in our health and well-being.
On the Eastern Shore, where farms are growing miles and miles of corn straight and tall in their regimented rows, you can buy a kind of white corn called Silver Queen and it is so incredibly wonderful and sweet you barely have to let it cook in boiling water. But yesterday I didn’t find Silver Queen corn for I am in the city, and on the hunt for the freshest and sweetest corn I can find at the weekly farmer’s market open for business near the White House.
Not only is Summer food bursting with healthy goodness, but it also brings back many wonderful and funny memories from my childhood.
Memories such as the summers when I had around 10-years-old and had a mouthful of braces. I couldn’t pick up the corn cob and just bite into it the way I wanted because then the corn kernels would get stuck in my braces and wires and I would be in a real mess! Instead, my Dad would patiently hold the corn cob upright on a plate and shave the corn kernels off for me. The rest of my five sibling could eat away on the cob but I had to wait. But I swear the corn lost some of its flavor when he did that (not his fault!) and besides, eating corn that way when no one else had to just didn’t feel right.
Part of the fun of eating corn on the cob is putting a ton of butter on it and adding salt and pepper and then trying to eat it as though the cob was a typewriter. In other words, you try to eat across the cob as quickly as you can, letting the butter run down your face and the kernels collect around your mouth. Or at least that’s what my brothers and sisters would do when my parents weren’t looking.
Boiled without its husks or grilled with its husks, summer corn on the cob is best when it is cooked simply and accompanied by butter, butter and more butter or butter flavored with fresh squeezed lime juice or butter flavored with Old Bay seasoning. . .or butter mixed with crushed red pepper flakes!
I know you get the idea!!
As Kris Carr, the wise author, motivational speaker and wellness coach, says, “You deserve to be healthy. Good nutrition will positively affect all areas of your life.”