Sunday, August 16, 2009


Okay, so an ear of sweet corn is not as nutritious as say broccoli or tomato. And sweet corn does contain substantial calories (they fatten pigs with corn after all).

But tell me. What vegetable is tastier on a hot mid-summer day than corn-on-the- cob? Especially when you snap off a few ears from the garden late in the afternoon, pull off the husks and pop the ears right into a kettle of boiling water with hardily any waiting between picking and eating.

And, corn-on-the cob is the one vegetable you can eat with your fingers and not draw the wrath of your spouse and assorted in-laws. You can even buy special little thingamajigs to stick into each end of an ear to make the job easier and avoid having hot fingers.

Eating corn-on-the cob assumes that you’ve gotten to the sweet corn patch before the raccoons. Those masked bandits also know the special taste of fresh sweet corn. This year I beat those raiders, by gum. You can tell by the smile on my face.

THE OLD TIMER SAYS: Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a lot easier than puttin’ it back in.

(My new novel, the third in my Ames County Series, comes out in September, Its title: BLUE SHADOWS FARM.)


August 20, Afternoon. Writing From Your Life Workshop. Sheboygan Public Library. (Filled)

Sept. 9, 7:00 p.m. Whitewater Library. Old Farm and other stories.

Sept. 21, 7:00 p.m. Sequoya Library, Madison. Blue Shadows Farm

Oct 1, 7:00 p.m. Chippewa Falls Library, Blue Shadows Farm

Oct 4, 1:30 p.m. Monona Historical Society, Monona, Iowa, The Lighter Side of Country Living, including Blue Shadows Farm

Oct 15, 7:00 p.m. Reader’s Loft, Green Bay, Blue Shadows Farm

October 17, (9 to 4) Writing From Your Life Workshop. The Clearing, Ellison Bay, WI. (Still room for additional participations. Contact

Oct 20, 7:00 p.m. Barnes and Noble, Madison West. Official Book Launch, Blue Shadows Farm

Oct 24, 1:00 p.m. Wild Rose Library. Book Launch, Central Wisconsin, Blue Shadows Farm

Oct 28, 6:30 p.m. Elkhorn Library. Blue Shadows Farm

1 comment:

Matt said...

We just had corn-on-the cob last night! And Sara used this thingamajigs you speak of, where I dig right in. Such a great August dinner!