Robin Anish | The Table Is Set: Jack up your corn on the cob

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Not to panic, but the local fresh corn season isn't going to last much longer.

Walk, don't run. Don't put away those cute little corn picks just yet or let your supply of butter run low. Yes, there's still time to pick up a dozen or so ears of corn at your local farm stand I just want to give you the heads up that it won't be long before you'll have to run to pick up one last dozen before the season is over.

Is anyone getting a little tired of eating corn on the cob dripping with lots of butter and plenty of salt? Ha, ha, ha never, you say! I hear ya. But, those ears of fresh, locally grown corn can be so much more with a bit of embellishment. Here a few ideas to gild the lily.

- Spread ears of grilled or roasted corn with flavored butters. Right off the top of my head, garlic butter is a no-brainer.

GARLIC BUTTER

Combine 1/2 cup softened butter with 2 cloves of minced garlic until well blended.

BACON BUTTER

INGREDIENTS:

8 slices bacon

3/4 cups unsalted butter, softened

Pinch ground pepper

DIRECTIONS:

Cook bacon until crisp. Drain. Reserve 1 tablespoon bacon fat.

Put bacon, butter, reserved bacon fat and pepper in food processor; pulse until well combined.

Tomatoes and corn are a sweet combo in this sun-dried tomato butter recipe.

SUN-DRIED TOMATO BUTTER

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup unsalted butter, room temperature

2 heaping tablespoons sun-dried tomatoes, chopped

INGREDIENTS:

In food processor, blend until almost smooth leaving bits of tomato.

Sweet corn gets sweeter with a little honey.

HONEY BUTTER

INGREDIENTS:

1/2 cup butter, room temperature

1/4 cup honey

Pinch salt

INGREDIENTS:

Beat ingredients together until light and fluffy.

Is your mouth watering yet? Here are a few more ideas for dressing up corn on the cob.

If you've been to Mexico, you know Elote, a popular Mexican street food.

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ELOTE

INGREDIENTS:

Mayonnaise

Sour cream

Chili powder

Salt

Cotija cheese, crumbled

Lime wedges

Chopped cilantro

INGREDIENTS:

Combine equal parts sour cream and mayonnaise, then season with chili powder and salt, to taste.

Spread mixture on ears of corn. Sprinkle with crumbled Cotija cheese and a squeeze of lime juice. If you, like I do, love cilantro, add a sprinkle.

Corn can take a bit of the hot stuff!

BUFFALO WING CORN ON THE COB

INGREDIENTS:

Blue cheese dip

Buffalo wing sauce

Celery salt

INGREDIENTS:

Spread ears of grilled corn with dip, drizzle with Buffalo wing sauce, sprinkle with celery salt.

Soy sauce on your corn? Try it!

ASIAN FLAVORED CORN ON THE COB

INGREDIENTS:

1/4 cup soy sauce

1/4 cup seasoned rice vinegar

2 cloves garlic, minced

1 tablespoon packed brown sugar

Pinch of cayenne pepper

INGREDIENTS:

Stir together until sugar is dissolved. Brush on corn during last few minutes of grilling or roasting.

Next time your at the farm stand, think about this why shouldn't you tell a secret on a farm? `Cause the corn has ears!


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