I recently came across this article about Cooler Corn and thought it would be fun to try. I had to bring corn to a party today and had 18 ears to cook. I was thrilled to get native corn at the Farmer’s market so I wanted to make sure it would be great (ie not overcooked!). So I scrubbed the cooler out and shucked the corn, put it in the cooler and covered it with boiling water. About 45 minutes later (it should be ready in as little as 30 minutes) it was perfect and stayed hot in the cooler. I love it! I will be doing it this way for many years to come. :)
Just a reminder that the best way to season your cooking is while it is cooking, not after it is done. A little bit of salt added to sauteing onions will carry though much better than if you add it after you have finished the recipe.
My mother and I were discussing my blog recently and she asked what kind of people were following me. Though I can really only tell from what is posted on your blogs, I see a great variety, not just parents wanting to feed their kids well, but people who want to eat well, some trying to lose weight, some who love to cook, a bit of everything. My mother made the point that it is because I cook (and blog) about real food. This is true. I rarely use anything pre-packaged because it is less expensive and tastes better to make it yourself. Not to mention how bad many of the additives and preservatives are for kids (see this great post by fellow blogger My Kids Really Eat This for more on this topic). I am constantly dismayed by what I see in people’s checkout basket at the grocery store!
I took a snack for my little ones to my eldest’s soccer game last week and another mom tried it. This is great she said. It was homemade Chex Mix. She was stunned when I told her it takes me less than 10 minutes to make and she loved the idea that you can add what you like and leave out the things that your kids don’t want.
So keep on cooking and feeding yourself and your loved ones REAL FOOD. We will all live longer, feel stronger and it is cheaper too!
Here is how to make Chex Mix at home:
I reduced the recipe on the box to fit into a large glass bowl that I put in the microwave. You can also do it in the oven.
3 Tbs butter or margarine
1Tbs Worchestershire sauce
3/4 tsp seasoned salt
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 cups each corn, rice and wheat chex cereal (the generic brands are just as good and much cheaper!)
1/2-3/4 cup of peanuts, pretzels, bagel chips, etc (if you want)
Melt the butter/margarine in the bowl. Add the seasonings and mix well. Toss in the cereal and any other ingredients. Microwave on high for two minutes then stir. Microwave for another two minutes and then stir again. Microwave for another 2 minutes then turn out onto a cookie sheet lined with paper towels. Let cool then store in an airtight container.