I don’t have cable television, so I must ask. Is the Food Network Cooking Challenge a reality show about cooking? I mean an amateur contest, not Iron Chef or anything featuring professional cooks against each other. Something with non-professional chefs being judged on their cooking? I’d watch that.
Not long ago I saw succotash on the menu at a local eatery, and was disappointed to find that it consisted of nothing more than corn kernels and baby limas cooked together in water. It might have come out of a can. It made me wonder if anyone really knows how to make succotash any more.
If you’ve only eaten succotash out of a can, you have no idea what the real thing is like. You can make a quite passable succotash from frozen baby limas and frozen sweet corn kernels, but if you want the authentic succotash experience, this is the way to do it.
2 cups of fresh shelled baby lima beans
@ 12 ears of young sweet corn (enough for 2 cups of kernels)
1/3 cup of butter
1/2 cup of cream.
Place the limas in a pot and barely cover with cold water. Scrape the kernels from the ears of corn and put aside. Boil the beans with the scraped cobs for about 30 minutes. Remove the cobs, add the corn kernels to the pot, and boil for 15 more minutes. Add the butter and cream and alt and pepper to taste. Do use real cream. Milk just isn’t the same in this dish.
Now, that’s succotash.