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Monday, August 3, 2009

Midwest Food Tradition ... corn boil


Recently, I've read several books and articles dealing with America's lack of food culture. Compared with the rest of the world, I suppose it's true that we don't have nearly as many aspects of our culture that revolve entirely around food. Think Italy, Tuscany in particular, and you can see how we are lacking here.

I do disagree that we have no food culture at all! Especially regional food cultures - the South has their specialty foods, the east coast their seafood, the Midwest has a few that I can think of - including.... sweet corn.

There are certainly celebrations here when the first of the sweet corn is ready. Think "corn boil". This is basically a party where massive amounts of corn on the cob are boiled and dipped in butter. Other regional foods may be served, such as brats and chocolate chip cookies.

We attend a local corn boil each summer. It's the most fun! Our sons always have a blast.

It's located on a farm. A local church sponsors it. The sweet corn comes from a farm located less than a mile away and picked earlier that day. The corn is boiled in a huge cast iron kettle.

There is so much fun for the kids. There is an oval barn with a basketball court and slide inside, a clown making balloon animals, a corn maze, petting zoo, playground equipment, a magician, live music by the church choir, and more.

It's a great time that we make sure not to miss.

We in America are not completely lost in a sea of fast food. We do have some food traditions that are our own!


1 comment:

  1. Awww, that looks like so much fun; I wish we could have gone too!