Friday, September 4, 2009

I occasionally get it right

So last week on a very hot day, I made melon soup and put it in the refrigerator to chill for the next day. In rolls the fog, and we eat chilled soup in chilled weather.

BUT the night before last, after noodling over what to do with all that sweet end-of-summer corn and slightly tired of corn on the cob and off the cob, I made corn soup.

I'd been looking for a corn soup recipe that really tasted like corn, so all the recipes that included things like potatoes, celery, etc. were out. This recipe has little else besides corn. The cobs are simmered along with the corn and then discarded, which reminds me of a Chez Panisse recipe for peach ice cream that has you simmer peach pits in the cream before stirring in the puree. 

I chilled it, and

last night was HOT. And having chilled soup was NICE. 

Thinking I was on a roll, after dinner I brewed up Papa Bear, Mama Bear, and Baby Bear batches of iced tea for us to enjoy today.

And so, of course, we woke up to 

FOG. Which will probably burn off but leave us with a day not quite as warm as yesterday. No complaints: Better for me and for my redwoods


3 ears of corn, shucked
1 small onion, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 teaspoon salt
4 cups water

Cut kernels from cobs with sharp knife, then cut cobs in thirds.

Cook onion and garlic in butter in a large saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally until onion is soft, about 5 minutes. Add corn, cobs, water, and salt and simmer uncovered for 20 minutes.

Discard cobs, then puree mixture in a blender until smooth. Chill until cold and serve.


Trevor said...

You have just reminded me to go out this weekend and get my corn to husk, chuck, (whatever) and freeze for corn pudding. I've never been a fan of cold soups but I saved the melon recipe and thought I'd try it out this weekend. Heatwave down here!

Cindy said...

Two of my favorite words together: corn pudding. I must know more about this.

ANFQ said...

Check out Ina Garten's Sagaponack Corn Pudding with Basil and Cheddar.....mmmmmmm...

Your soup is just the thing for the 6 ears of corn in my farm share today!

ANFQ said...

Here 'tis:

Cindy said...

Hmm! I'm on my way in a bit to my produce market to stock up on MORE CORN. That pudding recipe sounds like the perfect match for tomorrow night's roast chicken!