Kay Wheeler Moore

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The Newfangled Country Gardener is for anyone who has a garden, would like to have a garden, or who simply enjoys eating the garden-fresh way. I don't claim to be an expert; in this blog I'm simply sharing some of the experiences my husband and I have in preparing food that is home-grown.

About the author

Kay Wheeler Moore is the author of a new cookbook, Way Back in the Country Garden, that features six generations of recipes that call for ingredients that are fresh from the garden. With home gardening surging in popularity as frugal people become more resourceful, this recipe collection and the stories that accompany it ideally will inspire others to cook the garden-fresh way and to preserve their own family food stories as well. The stories in this book center around the Three Red-Haired Miller Girls (Kay's mother and aunts) who grew up in Delta County, TX, with their own backyard garden so lavish that they felt as though they were royalty after their Mama wielded her kitchen magic on all that was homegrown. Introduced in Kay's previous book, Way Back in the Country, the lively Miller Girls again draw readers into their growing-up world, in which a stringent economic era--not unlike today's tight times--saw people turn to the earth to put food on the table for their loved ones. The rollicking yarns (all with recipes attached) have love, family, and faith as common denominators and show how food evocatively bonds us to our life experiences.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Joy in the the simple wonders of Fried Corn

When our one-and-only son shows up in town on a business trip and journeys out to stay with the parents, we don’t have to ponder long to hatch up a meal idea. Meat loaf, creamy mashed potatoes, fried okra, cornbread—his faves make menu planning a breeze. Just the simple things of life, over and over again, served amid the delight of having him home, even if for only one night.

Since sweet corn is plentiful in the grocery produce bins right now, a simple side to go with this simple meal was easy—Aunt Bonnie’s recipe for Fried Corn. My latest cookbook, Way Back in the Country Garden, presents this beloved recipe as it tells how she lovingly prepared it for Hubby after we first were married and she learned how much he adored it. Although it was included in the cookbook, I never had featured it in this blog, so the recent meal for our son gave me a great excuse to cook it again and to celebrate it here.

Eight ears of the freshest corn are shucked and the kernels removed. The cook mixes milk, salt, and pepper into the bowl containing the corn and in a heavy skillet melts 1/2 stick (4 tablespoons) of butter. After the corn becomes tender from being “fried” in the butter, the cook stirs in eggs and lets the mixture cool. This makes a dish that’s wonderful beyond belief and can bring forth more admiring comments than can the fanciest, most ingenious side.

Hubby and I never sleep as sweetly as we do when loved ones rest under the same roof. A fulfilling meal and a good night’s sleep—thank the Lord for the simple things.

Fried Corn

8 ears fresh corn
1/2 cup milk
1/2 teaspoon salt (or salt substitute)
1/4 teaspoon pepper
4 tablespoons butter
2 eggs (or 1/2 cup egg substitute)

Cut corn from cob and add milk, salt, and pepper. In a heavy skillet melt butter. When skillet is hot, add corn. Cook until tender (this can take anywhere between 5 and 10 minutes). Stir occasionally. Remove from burner, add beaten eggs, and blend well. (Makes 8 servings.)

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