This week’s farmers’ markets will have an abundance of veggies like tomatoes, corn, squash, celery and eggplant along with apples, peaches raspberries and watermelon. Need I say more? It’s obvious that summer is in full swing! Although we’re long past Independence Day celebrations, for many of us this season isn’t official until we’ve tasted sweet August corn.
The Best Corn-On-the-Cob
Whether grilling, steaming, or boiling cobs, take advantage of the fresh corn at the farmer’s markets. Corn is a great source of fiber and a good source of vitamins like folate, thiamin and vitamin C, and it can be a part of almost any meal. If you’re looking for a new twist on an old favorite, try the recipe for succotash below to wow your family and friends. And you can really impress your friends with this fun fact: The average ear of corn has 800 kernels, arranged in 16 rows, with one strand of silk for each kernel.
While at the market, choose cobs that have bright green husks and make sure there are no rotten kernels.
Green Bean Succotash Recipe
Serves: 6 Total Time: 20 minutes Recipe adapted from: MarthaStewart.com
· 6 ears of corn, husked
· A pinch of salt and pepper
· 1 pound green beans, fresh or frozen, cut into ½ inch pieces
· 3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
· 1 sweet onion, diced to size of kernels
· 2 red bell peppers, diced to size of corn kernels
· ¾ teaspoon paprika
1) Carefully slice kernels from corn using a sharp knife.
2) Bring a large pot of water to boil. Cook beans until crisp-tender, about 3 minutes; remove with a wire-strainer and spread on a plate to cool.
3) Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook onions until transparent. Add corn and bell pepper; cook about 3-5 minutes. Stir in beans and paprika. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for an additional 2 minutes.
4) Serve! Succotash can also be refrigerated and enjoyed the following day.
Poison Prevention! posted on Oct 14
Children are naturally curious. They are bound to explore and wander around the house as they play and learn. It is important to know that sometimes children can become exposed to dangers in the home without being aware of what they are doing. Each year, …Continue Reading Poison Prevention!
Highlights of the October 8th Public Health Council Meeting posted on Oct 9
This month’s meeting of the Public Health Council featured deliberations on two pending proposed amendments to existing regulations, and a pair of informational presentations for Council members on current Department initiatives and activities. First, Associate Commissioner Suzanne Condon provided an update on public comments received on a series of …Continue Reading Highlights of the October 8th Public Health Council Meeting
Celebrating a Proud Partnership between the Massachusetts Legislature and the Patrick Administration posted on Oct 9
With the end of the 188th General Court’s formal legislative session on Beacon Hill, now is the time to look back and recognize the incredible legislative progress Massachusetts has made in the past two years in promoting public health in cities and towns across the …Continue Reading Celebrating a Proud Partnership between the Massachusetts Legislature and the Patrick Administration