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Harriet's World

By HARRIET BISHOP

Well, it's that time of year when I get crazy for garden vegetables. We have had a very bad season this year for gardens. I don't have one at all. What with the drought and all.

I am fortunate because my friends have started to share their gardens a little with me. A tomato here and a cucumber there. I treat each piece as if it were gold.

There is nothing like that first tomato of the season is there. I don't know about you but I always like to have my first tomato sliced with salt and pepper on it. After that I can eat them on a sandwich or fix them with cucumbers and all sorts of things but that first tomato has to be eaten just plain. So you can savor the taste.

Last night my dear neighbor brought over some corn so I could have some with my dinner. Oh, it was so good. I wrapped my mouth around that first cob of the year and it was perfect. I never had anything taste as perfect. I say that every year. There is nothing like Utah corn.

There is a gazillion different varities. Most of us like the sweet variety. Some like yellow kernals. Some like white and there is even an integrated kernal. You pick it right before you eat it and then you dump it in that pot just minutes after it's been picked. The flavor oooooh weee!

Everybody eats their corn different and cooks it different. Some people microwave it. Some boil it for five or ten minutes. Some leave it in the husk and roast it. Anybody who eats corn will tell you that their way to cook it and eat it is the only way. Me, I put it in cold water in the pot and bring the water to boil. Boil one minute, then turn off the heat and let it sit. That sets the milk in the kernal. Then butter and salt right on the cob.

That's another thing. Some people eat their cobs different. Some go around the cob while others like myself eat it a few rows at a time like a typewriter. I butter as I go. Some butter the whole cob before they start eating. Whatever floats your boat.

Some people cut if off of the cob before they eat it. Me, I still have enough teeth that I can still eat it from the cob. Have I tempted your taste buds?

The best dinner of the whole summer is sliced tomatos and corn on the cob. No meat just those two vegtables. In my world corn and tomatos were meant to be eaten together.

Until next time, remember if you grew a good garden this year, don't forget to thank God for it. Bon' Appetit!





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