Appreciating all that makes America special

Food: Corn on the Cob

The big debate -- do you eat horizontally, from one end to the other, or vertically, rolling the cob as you eat? Uploaded to Flickr by jennymunro.

America loves its corn, and appropriately so — the USA grows about six times more corn than any other country. We like it in corn pudding, in succotash, in corn chowder and dozens of different ways. But most of all we love it right on the cob.

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Start with a variety of sweet corn, even better if it’s grilled. It goes without saying that it has to be slathered in butter, and the balancing act of spreading a fat pat of melting butter on steaming hot corn is quite an art. Then it has to be lightly salted. And that’s it. Perfection.

Now we get to the difficult choices. Hold the corn with your hands, or use little skewers? And the biggest issue of all — do you eat horizontally, from one end to the other, or vertically, rolling the corn in a circle? Either way, it’s good to have ready access to floss or a toothbrush, because you know you’re going to have some in your teeth when you’re finished. But man, is it ever worth it…

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