Tag: Olathe Sweet Corn Festival

Coconut Curry Corn-Zucchini Chowder

Coconut Curry Corn-Zucchini Chowder

Since this is a corn chowder post, things may get a little corny now and then!

While folks east of the Rockies often wax poetic about miles of midwestern corn billowing in the breeze this time of year, we here in Colorado know a little bit more than that. The corn might be “as high as an elephant’s eye” in say, Illinois, (and since I was raised right where the Illinois cornfields begin south of Chicago, I know), we higher country dwellers are sold on Colorado’s own Olathe sweet corn. Come corn time, we run to heat the butter, ready the grill, put out the extra salt shakers, and even a jar of mayo and Queso Fresco for those who like their corn Mexican style. There’s a trip planned out to the Olathe Corn Festival, when possible — or at least a quick run to the grocery store when the corn first gets into town. 2020 finds us in a different spot. The festival’s canceled and we’re a little teary over the whole thing if you really want to know. I mean, great fresh produce is at a premium out here and we wait all year for our sweet corn that comes just about the same time as Colorado’s Rocky Ford melons and Western Slope peaches, and not long before our tasty San Luis valley potatoes. It’s almost too much good stuff at once!

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Bacon-Dijon Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Peach and Corn Salsa

Bacon-Dijon Pork Tenderloin with Grilled Peach and Corn Salsa

When summer is at its summit in Colorado, we enter our Palisade Peach and Olathe sweet corn frenzy period.

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Grilled Zucchini and Corn Salad–Celebrating National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day

Grilled Zucchini and Corn Salad–Celebrating National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor’s Porch Day

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On August 8 of each year, American cooks and gardeners celebrate …

National Sneak Some Zucchini Into Your Neighbor's Porch Day August 8

photo  courtesy national calendar day dot com

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Grilled Peach and Corn Salsa–Colorado Summer Bounty

Grilled Peach and Corn Salsa–Colorado Summer Bounty

The Colorado growing season is short, but mighty.  We make up for the reduced length with the best and sweetest Olathe (pronounced: o-LAY-tha) sweet corn and toothsome, sticky-dripping Western Slope  Palisade peaches.  (Visit Colorado wine country, too, if you go to pick peaches.)  Somewhere in there the Rocky Ford cantaloupes also ripen, the Pueblo green chiles are roasted on street corners–going into myriad pots of pork green chile or into the freezer for scrambled eggs at Christmas and Super Bowl snacks. (We eat a lot of New Mexican Hatch chiles, too, which come in somewhat milder versions.) If you’re really lucky, you even know someone who fly fishes and will bring back trout we smoke to last all winter long. (More on those last three another post.)  

By the way, the Olathe Corn growers and the Palisade Peach producers each sponsor local festivals every summer and they’re coming right up:

OLATHE SWEET CORN FESTIVAL INFO AUGUST 5, 2017

PALISADE PEACH FESTIVAL INFO  AUGUST 17-19, 2017

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Grilled Olathe Sweet Corn and Chicken Chowder–Festival This Saturday!

Grilled Olathe Sweet Corn and Chicken Chowder–Festival This Saturday!

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This week marks Colorado’s 140th birthday…and the Olathe Sweet Corn Festival! In honor of those happy occasions, a soup based on our famous Olathe (pronounced o-LAY-tha) sweet corn seemed right for dinner. While I make lots of soup come cold weather, I do still make it in the summer–just not quite as often.  Continue reading “Grilled Olathe Sweet Corn and Chicken Chowder–Festival This Saturday!”