June 11th National Corn on the Cob Day

It’s summer and that means cook outs and corn on the cob! Generally corn on the cob comes from sweet corn which was first discovered, or created, in Mexico around 9,000 BC. Corn on the Cob is good for you, fun to eat and easy to make. It can be boiled, steamed or grilled and lathered in butter with salt (Both making it less healthy) is hard to beat for a summer treat. I grew up on a farm and we grew corn. Summer was always marked when we served up corn on the cob. Naturally we had to husk in and clean it but no one seemed to mind knowing we would soon be eating it and enjoying every bite.

How to celebrate – Have some corn on the cob. Go pick your own corn from a field. Try roasting corn over an open fire.

June 11th National Corn On The Cob Day

Now here’s a day we can all sink our teeth into, Corn on the Cob Day! Some of us wait all year long for this time of year when the corn finally gets ripe enough to pick and boil, steam or grill. Add a little butter and salt and it’s a party! Sweet corn was first grow for consumption in Mexico, 9000 B.C. (Or at least we think). It was as good a gold back then, and it helped that it was the same color! Anyway, it is a fun food to eat and it’s good for you as well. Don’t forget those little things you stick in the end of the cob to keep from burning your fingers!

How to celebrate – Have some corn of the cob today! Try grilling the corn instead of boiling it! Have a corn party!

June 11th National Corn On The Cob Day

Today is National Corn On The Cob Day, hence… we are not celebrating green beans, okra or split peas. If it does not grow on a cob, it ain’t corn on the cob. That corn in the can sort of works, but it isn’t the same. Well, it is the same corn but no where near as much fun to eat.

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I grew up on a farm and when the corn got ripe enough, we could just go out in the field and grab a piece off the stalk and eat it right there if we wanted to. Now it was always better cooked, with salt and butter on it but I was always surprised when I ate it off the stalk because you really could taste how sweet it was.

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Sweet corn has been around since at least 9,000 BC in Mexico. I am not sure exactly how we know that but… okay, I have no reason to doubt it. The Native Americans called it Maize, maybe because it was amazing! You can eat it raw, boiled, steamed or grilled.

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And with summer coming on it’s great right off the grill! It’s such a big deal in Plainview, Minnesota that they have a festival and parade. (I am guessing they grow a lot of corn there.)

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And always make eating corn a fun experience. It’s good for you, it tastes great and it makes nearly everyone happy! (Maybe not those missing teeth.)

How to celebrate – Plan on having Corn On The Cob today. Dress up your Corn on the Cob to make it even more fun. Go to a field and pick some corn.

March 8th Popcorn Lover’s Day

This is Popcorn Lover’s Day. A natural treat that can be served healthy, or unhealthy at your choice. Corn itself was domesticated in Mexico as far back as 9,000 years ago. No one really knows when popped corn came about but probably not that long afterwards, and probably by mistake.

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The term, popped corn, is first mentioned in John Russell Bartlett’s “Dictionary of Americanisms” in 1848 though it had been around long before that. During the great depression it was a cheap source of food, sometimes having to serve as a meal instead of a snack.

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And today, we can hardly imagine going to the movies and not having a popcorn treat to munch on  while being entertained. It has also been used to decorate Christmas trees with and to keep fingers warm on those cold winter nights.

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We’ve learned to flavor it, adapt it and make it more interesting over the years. It does have multiple uses, smells great while cooking (Or popping) and when not topped with salt and butter, a good diet food. But that salt and butter make it oh so good!

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The day was created by Bob Matthews on January 6th, 2012 in Rochester, NY. It was placed on the second Thursday of March as a day of celebration… but you don’t need to wait until then to enjoy it.

How to celebrate – Have some popcorn today. Try and come up with your own original flavoring for popcorn. Find a new and unique way to serve popcorn to your friends and family.

January 19th National Popcorn Day

The origins of today apparently started over 9,000 years ago when corn was first domesticated in what would today be Mexico. Popcorn itself did not come along until later, probably by accident, no one seems to really know.

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Popcorn was first commercially sold under the names of ‘Pearls’ and ‘Nonpareil’ and mentioned in John Russell Barlett’s dictionary in 1848. It became a popular treat, particularly during the depression when cheap snacks were often served as complete meals.

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By the 1890’s, Charles Cretos invented the popcorn popper, making volumes of popcorn available at one serving. In 1938 Glen W, Dickson put these poppers into his movie theaters for additional income and to give theater goers a snack while watching the movie. With the volume of people going to the movies, the snack spread quickly as other theaters added the product to their appeal.

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During World War 2, when sugar was not available, popcorn grew in popularity yet again. Today popcorn is considered a healthy snack when not enhanced by all the flavorings people have found to put on popcorn.

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How to celebrate – Enjoy some freshly popped popcorn today! Make it a movie night by either going to the theaters or just in front of your own television. Create your own new flavoring for your popcorn.

June 11th National Corn on the Cob Day

Get out the butter and salt and get ready for National Corn on the Cob Day! What a sweet way to celebrate the summer! You can even eat sweet corn right off the cob from the field if you like. It’s not quite as good but it is fresh that way, and when it is fresh it is at it’s sweetest!

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I grew up on a farm and I remember going out in the field and eating corn right off the stalk. If it wasn’t ripe yet, or if it had been picked too late, it wasn’t very good but when it was plump and ready to eat, it was the best thing in the world.

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Corn on the Cob has been around since 9000 B.C. in Mexico, or at least that’s when it is believed it first was used as a food source. It makes you wonder how it got there in the first place and who went up to it and said, hey I think I’ll try eating that, but I am glad they did. Whether it is boiled, steamed or grilled it is truly amazing.

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Of course if you eat too much of it, it has it’s own revenge. And it seems a bit odd that June 11th is the day we celebrate Corn on the Cob. It is right in the middle of the planting season in most places and not yet ready to eat. But I guess it doesn’t really matter because it’s generally pretty good anytime you have it.

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So you can really celebrate Corn on the Cob Day anyway you wish but you might want to model your celebration after Plainview, Minnesota. They have a parade and a full day of activities to welcome corn back to the plate again.

How to celebrate – Find yourself some FRESH sweet corn and enjoy. Try barbecuing  your corn to give it a little extra flavor. Start your own parade for Corn on the Cob Day in your hometown.

 

November 13th National Indian Pudding Day

Indian Pudding was very popular in early America, falling out of favor in the 1900’s due to the time required to cook it. It had been, and still is, a cold weather treat normally served in the New England states.

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The original colonists brought the idea of pudding with them from Europe but the recipes there called for wheat which was not easily found in the new colonies. Learning how to grow, and use corn, the colonists used cornmeal instead of wheat and created a new dessert which they called Indian Pudding in honor of their new friends.

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It is generally made with cornmeal and molasses or maple syrup, ginger, butter, eggs, raisins, and nuts. Recipes were readily available in most cook books until the 19th century. For a more traditional taste, here’s a recipe for you to try.

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Or you can buy it in a can, but I’ll bet the home made version is better. Though it has become a lesser known dessert, those who did try and improve it made it creamier in the 20th century. Pending on how you make it, or buy it, you may want to add vanilla ice cream, or whipped cream to the pudding. Most recipes call for a thicker version which is a little more cake like than like a normal pudding.

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Of course you can add anything you like to it. Cherries, apples, and any berries  add a kick to the already sweet dessert.

How to celebrate – Try making your own Indian Pudding for the holidays, it would go great with a more traditional Thanksgiving meal! Go to New England where the dessert is making a little bit of a comeback and sample what they make. Serve it at Thanksgiving but don’t tell anybody what it is, see if they can guess.

June 11th Corn On The Cob Day

One of the best summer treats anywhere in the US is an ear of corn, the fresher the better. Whether you boil it, steam it, roast it, or grill it, an ear of corn is enjoyed by nearly everyone you set it down in front of. I grew up on a farm where one of the crops we grew was sweet corn. I remember times, when everything was just right, when you could walk out in the field and actually pick an ear of corn and if it was in the milking stage you could actually eat it right there and then.

Of course it was better when it was boiled, heaping with butter, and just enough salt to add flavor.  Ah, there’s nothing better.

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Roasting it with the husk still on it was another way to cook it. This is really popular in the south where clam bakes are going on. Everything is thrown into a hole in the ground and cooked together at one time.

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Naturally steaming the corn is another popular way to cook it. The corn doesn’t become waterlogged so it is always crisp, plump, and full of flavor.

Grilling the corn is now becoming one of the most artistic ways to prepare corn on the cob.

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Wrapped up in tin foil it is easy to cook on the grill, or in the oven, adding extra flavors to the ear of corn. You can add garlic, ginger, harissa, mint, chili, cheese, or even coconut to your grilled corn while it cooks (there are three recipes there for you to look over).

But the best way, in my opinion, is the easiest. Boil it and butter it. That’s good eating.

How to celebrate:  There are normally numerous corn festivals going on, go visit one. Try going to a farm where you can pick your own corn. Buy some corn and cook it what ever way you want for dinner tonight.