134. Corn on the Cob

There is nothing like Pacific Northwest yellow corn. It is perfectly sweet, perfectly textured, not starchy or bland like mixed color or white corn. It doesn’t need anything, but butter, salt and spices can add variety.

When Dad ate corn, he would pull the kernels from the cob with his bottom teeth, one row at a time.  It left the cob clean, neat little holes where the corn once sat.  Eventually, I learned the trick.  

There is nothing like Pacific Northwest yellow corn.  It is perfectly sweet, perfectly textured, not starchy or bland like mixed color or white corn.  It doesn’t need anything, but butter, salt and spices can add variety.  And since it’s September, the time is now!  Straight from the Snohomish valley farms, or my shortcut, Central Market has it delivered to the store, same day (like the old Amazon prime).

Close-up of Pacific Northwest yellow corn
Pacific Northwest yellow corn

When I was young, Grandma F used the term “Oh corn” as a euphemism.  She said it a lot.  She didn’t swear, so corn was the logical replacement, reflecting Nebraskan roots. Working for the Bothell United Methodist Church for decades, she retired when I was still in school.  The celebration service was magical, tear worthy, and sometimes comical. 

Working for the Bothell United Methodist Church for decades, my Grandma F retired when I was still in school.

They came to the altar with a beautiful box, the kind like the florist uses for long stem roses.  She opened it.  Corn.  Long stemmed corn.

Grandma never said “Oh corn” again.

Author: Michele Plumb Stowell

Michele Stowell was a teacher, a hand holder, and encouraging voice. Born an early Gen Xer, she has lived in Western Washington for the duration. Her children, two spectacular genetic daughters and an uncountable number of marvelous scout and school sons and daughters, shine as her biggest impact and her greatest blessing. Just before her 54th birthday, Michele was diagnosed with stage four cancer. Her writing and art work are expressions of the drama and the joy of living earth bound. On October 24, 2021, Michele was released from her physical body, transported to continue her work on other realms.

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