I'm not sure how much more happy one woman can be??? Summer is almost here and corn is .12cents an ear. Yes, not sure how much happier a woman can be…oh, wait…I think I know - when your friend gives you the corn and your mom cleans it.
Corn - you complete me!
Ok, I'm going just a tad bit too deep. But, in case you hadn't figured it out, I love corn, and I really love fried corn. Not just the taste but what it represents to most of my cousins and me….Friday's at Nella's house.
you knew if you went to Nella's you could get fried catfish, fried potatoes and onions, a slice of Roman Meal bread (I used to think eating brown bread was weird - boy, I wonder what she'd think about my eating habits now - raw collards, no meat)…but I digress…. Along with the fish, potatoes and bread you would have da bestest lemonade EVA! And if it were spring or summer - FRIED CORN!!!!!
Nella was my grandmother Neathel Warner's sister. For many years she babysat my cousin Mike and me. Mike and I would sit with her and watch The Dukes of Hazzard and The Golden Girls - I'm crackin' up. That was the life. Fresh cucumbers, friends, family and so much love. Now I'm crying… I wish my children could have experienced what we did as children; the feelings that even the simplest of meals can evoke some thirty plus years later…
Back to the recipe.
You guys know I'm always adding and subtracting to recipes - but it felt like blasphemy to do that here, so I tried to be as true as possible. Some things I just don't have - whole milk and regular butter…and the pink sea salt was sitting there saying pick me, pick me, so I did. If you have the option I say stay true - Morton Salt, real butter & whole milk...
Thank you to my cousins Honeygirl and Tonji for giving me the privilege of being able to own THE cast iron skillet that Nella made so many of our meals in...
Nella's Fried Corn
9 Ears Fresh Corn
2 Tablespoons Butter (I used Earth Balance Vegan Butter)
1/2 Teaspoon Pink Sea Salt
1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
1 Tablespoon Whole Wheat Flour (or White Flour)
1/3 Cup Half & Half (or regular milk)
1 Teaspoon White Sugar
Clean the corn and remove all silk. Scrape corn off the cob. Heat butter in large skillet. Place corn and all other ingredients in large bowl, mix well. Cook on medium high heat until corn begins to caramelize. I cooked mine for approximately 20 minutes - turning consistently.
Serving size - hmmmm, that depends. ;-)