Sunday, August 17, 2008

In Praise of Corn

I've spent a some time (and a couple of posts) vilifying corn. (See: Is Too Much Corn Making Us Fat and The Great Corn vs. Grass Debate.) But here it is, corn season, and a recent trek to the Pearl Street Farmer's Market highlighted the plus side of the debate.

We found some fabulous homemade corn tortillas:

They're sold by Paz Distributors, who offer homemade salsa, tamales, tortillas and burritos. In business for six years, these folks sell their goods at the Cherry Creek Farmer's market (Wednesdays and Saturdays), and the Pearl Street and Stapleton Farmer's Markets on Sundays. They'll make you a tasty burrito or tamale right on the spot, or you can take their tortillas home. (They freeze well, too.)
We like to use them with whatever veggies we have on hand. This week it was shredded zucchini, onions, garlic, red peppers and cilantro, sauteed in olive oil and seasoned with coriander. We pile the veggies on the tortilla, melt some cheese on top and serve them with fresh tomato salsa seasoned with cumin and (you guessed it) fresh corn.

We're talkin' corn heaven! No HFCS here; this is what corn should be.

1 comment:

S for Kitchen Confit said...

Fresh corn is so good. I agree with you that corn products are often overused, but fresh corn-on-the-cob paired with other fresh foods is great. One of my summer favorites.