Sweet Corn Relish
My third cookbook - Sweet Corn Spectacular - came out yesterday, and I'm so excited: it marks a couple firsts for me! (Update: Sweet Corn Spectacular has been completely redone, and is now Maize Craze. It's available directly through our site, through Amazon, and through most major booksellers!)
It was my first "published through a regular publisher" book, so that was an adventure for Mega Type A, self-publisher-to-the-bone me. I'm happy to report that Minnesota Historical Society Press has been nothing but awesome so deal with, and never made me feel smothered, hindered, or compromised in any way. Those have always been some of my biggest aversions to traditional publishing, so it was all a happy surprise!
It's also my first cookbook that is NOT dessert oriented!
After my recent reality show adventure, I've been more aware than ever that there is this weird "if you bake, you probably don't know how to cook" stigma. I've always cooked like I bake - and vice versa - so that's always been a bizarre mindset to me. How nice that I get to follow it up with a book that is predominantly savory in nature! (Yes, there is a whole chapter dedicated to desserts, because... really.)
Yes, in Sweet Corn Spectacular, I was able to run free and create recipes using whatever techniques I felt like. There's some cooking, roasting, grilling... a bit of baking, some brewing AND some canning! Yay, diversity!
Today I'm sharing the recipe that may just end up being the most popular in the whole book, and it's a canning recipe: Sweet Corn Relish.
I left a big jar of this relish at a friend’s house as a welcome home gift. It didn’t take long for her to message me a thank-you, saying, “It’s delicious.” When I let her know that we had plenty in case she ever wanted more, she surprised me with her follow up:
“I will take as much of this corn business as you’re willing to give me. I want to pour it in a kiddie pool and lounge around in it.”
I think she liked it. Five quarts may not be enough: double the recipe and share the joy - it makes a great gift, or contribution to a backyard BBQ party. It's also a great way to stretch the life of summer's fresh produce... and my husband puts this on EVERYTHING. In his words, this relish "adds a delicious sweet crunch to ANYTHING".
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|If you're a fan of fresh sweet corn, you'll LOVE Maize Craze: Spectacular Sweet Corn Recipes - A full colour overhaul of "Sweet Corn Spectacular" (out of print), now with more recipes, and photos for every recipe!
If you have ever looked at a corn farmer’s market stall and wondered what all you could do with a giant sack of fresh corn, this is the book for you! It features breakfasts, appetizers/side dishes, main dishes, desserts, condiments and beverage recipes, all utilizing fresh sweet corn as a centerpiece. You’d be surprised what all you can do with this versatile grain, and how easy it is to create unique dishes from it!
Order your copy here.