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Weekend Cooking: I Love Corn

May 27, 2012
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Lisa Skye truly loves corn and has collected fifty corn recipes from some of the most well know chefs in the country in a wonderful little cookbook called I Love Corn.  The cookbook opens with tips on buying, storing, preparing, serving, and freezing corn and ends with bios of the contributing chefs as well as conversion tables and an index.  In between are recipes for breakfast, soups, starters, main courses, side dishes, and sweets, all made with corn.

Almost every recipe in this cookbook is appealing, after all, they’re made with corn.  Some of them are a little unusual, like Fresh Corn Ice Cream and Corn and Cherry Tomato Hash with Poached Duck Egg and Truffle Hollandaise, and I doubt I’ll make them – I wouldn’t even know where to buy duck eggs – but most of them look delicious.  Some of the recipes that I want to try are Roasted Corn and Goat Cheese Quiche with Brown Rice Crust, Grilled Corn, Mexican Style, and Spicy Stir-Fried Corn and Broccoli.  I tried the Jalapeño Corn Muffins since I had all the ingredients on hand and they were a big hit.  The directions were clear and concise and the muffins were easy to make.  This recipe comes from Jay Foster, the chef-owner of farmerbrown in San Francisco.

Jalapeño Corn Muffins

1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
1/3 cup cornmeal
1/3 granulated sugar
3 ½ teaspoons corn flour
1 1/8 teaspoon salt
2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
1 1/3 cups whole milk
2 large eggs
1/3 cup plus 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
5 1/3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
5 tablespoons finely diced, seeded jalapeno (about 2 medium-sized jalapenos)

  • Preheat the oven to 350ºF.  Coat twelve silicone muffin cups (or a twelve cup muffin pan) with nonstick spray.
  • Combine the flour, cornmeal, sugar, corn flour, salt, and baking powder in a large bowl.  Whisk together the milk, eggs, and vegetable oil in a separate medium-size bowl  Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredient and mix well with a soft rubber spatula.  Add the butter and jalapeño.  Stir until completely incorporated.
  • Ladle the batter evenly into the prepared cups.  Bake for 26 to 28 minutes on the center rack, until slightly golden on top.

If you love corn or end up with a lot of corn from your garden or CSA, you need to checkout I Love Corn!  Part of the proceeds from the cookbook will be donated to The Dougy Center in Portland, Oregon, an organization that gives support to grieving families.

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Review copy provided by Andrews McMeel Publishing. I am an Indiebound Affiliate.
34 Comments leave one →
  1. May 27, 2012 7:14 am

    Nice recipe … I’d like to try those!

  2. Beth F permalink
    May 27, 2012 7:48 am

    I love corn too! LOL. The muffins look great. I have a copy of this book and I can’t wait to try it.

  3. Uniflame permalink
    May 27, 2012 7:55 am

    This sounds like a book for me. I like corn, but I pretty much use it for the same stuff over and over. I could use some inspiration.

  4. May 27, 2012 8:14 am

    The muffins look so good. I love corn muffins with that kick of jalapeno. Book sounds great, could use new ideas now that we’re heading into fresh corn season.

  5. May 27, 2012 8:44 am

    I’m not very keen on corn but this recipe sounds good. Do the muffins really taste like corn a lot? I imagine not. What did you eat with/on them? Seems like a recipe I’d like to try sometime.

    • May 27, 2012 8:55 am

      Oddly enough, I can’t remember what else we had that evening. These muffins taste kind of like corn bread.

      • May 27, 2012 11:55 am

        That sounds good. I may make them for my next book group meeting. I have small muffin silicone forms that are ideal for small bites.

  6. May 27, 2012 8:45 am

    I’m not crazy of corn, but those muffins look good. Should give it a try.

  7. May 27, 2012 8:48 am

    Oh my gosh! A book full of corn recipes is a new kind of heaven. Yay!

  8. May 27, 2012 8:56 am

    I wish I could grow corn! One of our neighbors does though and it is sooooo good!

  9. talesofwhimsy permalink
    May 27, 2012 9:45 am

    OMG sounds SO good. I loooove corn and jalapenos.

  10. Staci@LifeintheThumb permalink
    May 27, 2012 10:17 am

    We love corn but now we hardly have it because it’s pure sugar for the hubby!! I love the muffins though!

  11. May 27, 2012 10:21 am

    Gosh, I need this! I love anything corn too! In Tucson, we can get Posole from the native tribes – it’s a large-kerneled corn. I don’t know really how to describe it but it’s way better in my opinion than “regular” corn (although Jim is a “regular” corn guy).

  12. May 27, 2012 11:31 am

    How unique! A cookbook on corn, which I love. My kids are wearing braces now and can’t eat corn on the cob so I cut the niblets off, but it’s not the same they tell me. There’s nothing like biting into corn right from the cob!

  13. softdrink permalink
    May 27, 2012 11:32 am

    Yum. I love corn.

    I saw a t-shirt in SF last weekend that made me think of you and the Lard cookbook. It said “Praise the Lard.” Cracked me up, but then I’m easily amused.

  14. May 27, 2012 11:50 am

    Poached Duck egg with truffle hollandaise-boy that taste great. I love corn on the cob-I must say that if it is sweet I do not need any condiments on it.

  15. May 27, 2012 11:52 am

    Those corn muffins look delish.I wouldn’t think to make corn ice cream, but there are some unusual ingredients that taste great as ice cream so who knows!

  16. May 27, 2012 12:22 pm

    I have recently become so addicted to jalapenos! and everytime I go to a restaurant that serves corn & jalapeno muffins I always choose it ~ I’m definitely going to be trying this recipe out!

  17. May 27, 2012 12:48 pm

    YUM! I have a bag of corn sitting on my counter, waiting for consumption this evening with my BBQ chicken kabobs. Hey I grew up in Indiana so I am all about the corn.

  18. May 27, 2012 1:26 pm

    I do love corn and I would certainly be intrigued to check out all of the recipes in this book!

  19. May 27, 2012 3:49 pm

    I’ve made Jamie Oliver’s Corn Chowder twice in the last few months, and it is so good. It’s made with 1% milk, so it’s lower in fat, and I can’t wait for fresh corn season to make it again.

  20. May 27, 2012 4:05 pm

    Those are definitely yummy. I also make a cheesy corn muffin and the kids love those!

  21. Patty permalink
    May 27, 2012 6:13 pm

    I was waiting for your thoughts about this book…those look yummy!

  22. May 27, 2012 7:16 pm

    Those sound super tasty! I do love corn so I might have to look into this book. 🙂

  23. May 27, 2012 11:08 pm

    How can you not love corn

  24. May 28, 2012 12:47 am

    We had some very good corn today. The muffins look great.

  25. bookingmama permalink
    May 28, 2012 8:56 am

    Those muffins look delicious. I really need to try them!

  26. May 28, 2012 10:53 am

    I love corn muffins but I can’t see eating corn ice cream. Lol. This looks like a great cookbook.

  27. zibilee permalink
    May 28, 2012 2:11 pm

    Those corn muffins look excellent, and like something that I would try. I bet they would be great with chili! Thanks for sharing this recipe and review. My family loves corn, so this book would be a wonderful addition to my cookbook shelf!

  28. May 28, 2012 3:01 pm

    This sounds like the perfect cookbook for me!

  29. May 28, 2012 6:34 pm

    Hi! Two of my kids are on a hot foods kick – so these would really go over well! Like the idea of a Corn Cookbook(!)

    I am over (finally) from Weekend Cooking…

  30. bethbookaholicmom permalink
    May 28, 2012 6:40 pm

    I love corn muffins so this sounds delicious. This cookbook is a must for us. We love corn and just had our first ears of corn on the cob for the season. They weren’t the best but it sure did taste good!

  31. May 28, 2012 10:33 pm

    Love corn. Not sure about in muffins, though.

  32. boardinginmyforties permalink
    June 23, 2012 6:19 pm

    I love corn so I’m sure I would love this book.

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