The "official" final days of summer are upon us and I find myself latching on to the last tastes of summer produce, bracing myself for the change of seasons and blatantly ignoring the leaves which are just starting to turn red around the edges, if you really look closely. Or if you're weeding your garden and a leaf just stares you in the face, taunting you with its decided fall-like quality. Our Indian summer is still on the horizon and the tomatoes are not quite ripe yet, so I know all the fretting is in vain, but still, I'm savoring summer in the form of delicious fruits and vegetables that will soon be memories and wistful thoughts until next summer's harvest.
Like tomatoes, cantaloupe and watermelon, sweet summer corn is up there on my list with those vegetables that exude summer. I love my corn roasted on the grill, preferably in the husk next to a steaming hot serving of blue crabs, but short of that, we've been enjoying our corn grilled on the top rack of the grill (about 8-10 inches from the actual flames), wrapped in foil, thrown on before all of the other vegetables and meats and taken off right before dinner is served. I also just got a corn salad recipe that I'm dying to try that mixes corn, cilantro, red pepper, onion and lemon juice for a simple seasonal dish. How do you prepare your summer corn? What vegetables are you clinging to with the end of summer upon us?