Friday, August 23, 2013

FFWD ~ Boulevard Raspail Corn on the Cob

Boulevard Raspail Corn on the Cob
Here in New Jersey, we take our corn seriously!  We actually are serious about all our summer fruits and vegetables! We’re called the Garden State for a reason.  That’s why when Boulevard Raspail Corn on the Cob, was picked for this weeks French Friday, I knew I was ready!  We eat a lot of sweet and tender corn in my neck of the woods.  I live in rural northwestern Jersey, and we are surrounded by corn fields.  Jersey Fresh  is our motto and, it is also a "campaign to promote our outstanding agricultural industry".  Anyone who lives in Jersey knows we grow the best tomatoes, blueberries and peaches in addition to the best corn.  Here’s some facts on my wonderful state, according to a New Jersey State web site:
"While most people associate agriculture with our nation's heartland, New Jersey is home to more than 9,800 farms covering 790,000 acres of farmland. The state is among the leaders in many forms of agricultural production. For example, New Jersey ranks: 2nd in blueberry production, 3rd in cranberry production, 3rd in spinach, 4th in bell peppers, 4th in peach production and 4th in head lettuce. The state also produces an abundance of tomatoes, corn, apples, strawberries, potatoes, hay, soybeans and nursery stock.”
Pretty impressive, right?  

I’ve been in NY City for the past few days with my husband.  We love to take advantage of the wonderful things the city has to offer.  Dinner, a show, a walk through Central Park, the Highline to name a few!  One of my sons lives there, and we always meet for dinner.  On our way home today, I stopped by my local farm stand and picked up some beautiful corn, just picked this morning.  I make corn on the cob quite often in the summer. Usually I just peel and boil it.  When I’m not boiling it I grill it but, this week Dorie suggests placing the ears in a 400 degree oven for 40 minutes, 20 minutes on each side, unhusked. Then peel, butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  That’s it! A non-recipe really!
Now, here’s where it gets tricky.  I’m not sure if this corn was absolutely delectable because of Dorie’s
roasting it in the husk, or our corn is just plain delicious!  I have to say, I think it’s a little of both. I loved this method for cooking the corn!  Easy, tender, moist and delicious!  Thanks to Dorie, I’ve learned a new technique for cooking our wonderful Jersey corn! Oh, and in our house we eat it on the cob. The good ol' American way!  Happy Friday everyone!

This recipe can be found in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table”.

Roasted corn on the cob
 The corn was so tender and cooked perfectly
 Boulevard Raspail Corn on the Cob served with roasted chicken and a lovely bean-tomato salad

This is one of my local farms and their corn maze…amazing! It’s also where I buy my corn.
Jersey Fresh!! My farm stand picks several times a day…first thing in the morning and in the afternoon
One of the many cornfields in my neck of the woods….an hour and a half out of NYC!

24 comments:

  1. Good morning New Jersey! Good Morning Kathy!

    I can attest to the great tastes of New Jersey tomatoes and blueberries for sure! And now I can say I actually know someone who has sampled New Jersey corn too! If you say it's good then I'm sure it is! What an easy and delectable way to share it.

    We have corn signs all over the place here in PA, most of it is feed corn for the dairy farms but there is still plenty of signs for Sweet Corn too. I've frozen a ton! What I'd really love to find is non GMO corn. I don't think it's possible anymore.

    Thanks for sharing, Kathy...

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  2. Kathy, I have to agree with you on the Jersey corn. We lived in the Readington area and had the most delicious silver queen
    corn ever from a farm in Ringoes, NJ. We have fresh corn here in PA but it doesn't compare. I also love this method
    of preparing it, not necessarily on a 90 degree day. Love the corn maze. Have a great weekend.

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  3. These corns look lovely and really I enjoy the pictures, we still are in Winter but son we will have corns too:)

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  4. definitely need to add these to the must-make list!

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  5. I couldn't possibly find corn on the husk, which was really needed today. I will try it as soon as summer comes again! Have a great weekend Kathy!

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  6. Can't find corn on the husk either over here...they must be extremely fresh, tender and sweet.

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  7. I'm so jealous. On my last trip, the local market had a whopping 8 ears of corn! And that was up from only 4 the time before, so I counted myself lucky.

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  8. New Jersey and New York State have so much in common, mostly misperceptions by the rest of the country. We are very agricultural also, but all anyone thinks of is our cities and dense county of Westchester. So glad you enjoyed this techinque I was very impressed by the moistness of the kernels yet the outside stayed firm, a nice burst when you bit the corn... and yes, I just discovered the Highline 2 weeks ago with my daughter and loved it. I once lived in the building that is on the end near Gansvoort Street.

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  9. We used some wonderful corn, too...hard to go wrong! Your trip into NYC sounds perfect!

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  10. This was a great recipe. It is a keeper for me. Lovely pictures.

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  11. Your corn sure does look wonderful Kathy. It is hard to go wrong with fresh corn and butter.

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  12. I think the corn this year has been outstanding. I can't remember a year when it was as sweet as this one. I love your watermelon bowl. So cute and perfectly summery! Enjoy your Jersey produce while it lasts. Sometimes I think it's too bad it isn't summer all year long (for the produce anyway). Have a great weekend, Kathy!

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  13. I am a little partial to Upstate NY corn myself, but I agree, the Northeast/ mid-Atlantic have some great agriculture going on.
    I love that the hardest part of this recipe was husking the hot ears of corn :-)

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  14. My husband is from NJ and he is very picky about his corn so now I get it! The NJ-corn connection! I knew about the tomatoes and blueberries but didn't realize how much corn the Garden State produces. Your corn looks scrumptious and I'm sure it was due to both your excellent corn and your cooking method! We love visiting NYC-it's our bar none favorite city! Looking forward to meeting you in Seattle ;)

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  15. I have such a weakness for corn especially as tender looking as this :)

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  16. I like your full plate with salad and roasted chicken. looks delicious !

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  17. I love your photos!!! So fun. We have a lot of produce in the Coachella Valley, it mostly gets shipped out of the area since our full-time population doesn't support our local farmers enough to send their produce to the local markets. How great to be able to visit NYC. I spent 4 weeks in Mt. Laurel, NJ one year (Feb-March) our Palm Springs winter clothes were definitely not sufficient for the NJ winter -

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  18. Great photos, Kathy. I was lucky enough to get some of our locally famous corn in time to try this recipe - here, it's Chilliwack that has the reputation for producing the best corn.

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  19. LOL - I think corn is just plain delicious. Lovely photos - I would love to be there.

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  20. I loved all your pictures. Although we have a Farmer's Market here every Saturday, it is nothing compared to what's available in your locale. I will admit there is nothing like a Jersey tomato and I don't dispute your claim on everything out of your Jersey gardens being delicious. Didn't you love how the husks looked after taking them out of the oven. Just beautiful. The Colorado peaches this year from Palisade are fantastic. After not having them for nine years, I am eating them morning, noon and night. I look forward to seeing you both soon.

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  21. I had no idea there was so much farming in New Jersey. The corn does sound delicious! Great photos.

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  22. Kathy, corn certainly does not come more fresh than this and I am seriously jealous now of all that delicious and fresh corn! And roasted chicken and a tomato bean sald seem like a perfect partners to the Boulevard Raspail Corn. Another wonderful post, Kathy!

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  23. Your post brought back so many wonderful memories of growing up in Hunterdon County NJ. Indeed folks don't realize the level of agriculture in your backyard ! But truth be told, I didn't know about the cranberries and some of the other stats !! And I really loved the photos you shared - that corn field is just amazing. Pun intended :) So glad you and your hubby make it into the city and enjoy it. So many locals sort of take it for granted because it is so close. Great job on your jersey corn and I am inspired by these new ways to prepare them - no more plain old boiling for me !!

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