some summer favorites

summer is just around the corner and  full of favorites, but the abundance of fresh produce is among the best. here are two very simple and delightful ways to enjoy two of summer’s quintessential offerings: fresh corn and melon.

best corn on the cob


if you’re not grilling or roasting corn over an open flame, the next best method is by far one of the simplest.

husk and clean the corn while bringing a large pot of water to a boil. once you’ve got rolling boil, add 2 tablespoons of sugar and 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to the water and bring back to a full boil. now pop in your corn, cover and remove from the heat. let steam for 7 minutes and enjoy your perfect corn.

melon with basil and chili


of course, the fresh melons of summer are simply perfect on their own. but when you’re looking to add a little spice to your life, one of my favorite ways to do that is by tossing fresh cut melon with thinly sliced basil ribbons and chili powder, or even just a little sea salt, to bring out the complexity of the flavors. honeydew, cantelope, even watermelon are all good options for this preparation method. experiment with the proportions and you’ll find a blend that suits your taste just beautifully.

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