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Birmingham’s Best Eats: Slow down with sautéed summer corn


By Amanda Storey

People often wonder how I find the time to cook from scratch. When I’m in a hurry, I remember words of wisdom from my friend and West End Community Garden program director Ama Shambulia: “Slow down.”

Birmingham's Best EatsDuring the last few weeks, those two words kept coming up. We are surrounded by 10-minute meals, easy-chopping gadgets, instant gratification via Facebook status updates and drive-through restaurants galore to help us out on extra-busy nights.

I’m busy, just like you’re busy. To find my happy place and ensure I’m prepping for the crazy week ahead, I take advantage of Sundays. I prep, roast, plan and get a head start on menu options. Sundays force me to reconnect for just a couple of hours.

In the spirit of slowing down to celebrate summer, I have a locally sourced, simple, seasonal and delicious side dish to eat throughout the week.

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Sauteed Summer Corn

Spend a Sunday turning fresh corn into a weeklong dish.
Photo by Amanda Storey.

Sautéed Summer Corn

  • Preparation time: 12 minutes
  • Cooking time: 25 minutes
  • Servings: 4


  • 6 ears Silver Queen corn (purchased from a local farmer)
  • 1 small green bell pepper, diced (from Jones Valley Urban Farm)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon butter (I used Wright Dairy)
  • Pinch salt, pepper
  • Grated Parmesan

Strip the ear of corn until most of the silk is removed. Stand the ear on its end and run knife down sides to cut the kernels off of the cob. Go slow, or else your kernels will hit the floor.

Add butter and olive oil to skillet on medium heat. Add corn and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes. Add diced bell pepper and pinch of salt and pepper.

Sauté together until kernels start to turn a golden yellow, 15 minutes or so. Taste for seasoning and texture.

Turn off stove. Stir in a few tablespoons of finely grated Parmesan.

Serve with Mexican-flavored quinoa, tacos or sliced tomatoes and cornbread.

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Amanda StoreyAmanda Storey is project coordinator of Healthy Kids, Healthy Communities, a 4-year grant aimed at fighting childhood obesity in Jefferson County. In her spare time, she writes about her true passion: food as a connector to communities on her blog, Food Revival (@foodrevival).

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